End of first phase of youth international basketball in Thailand

Argentina celebrate beating France © FIBA

The third day of the youth international basketball FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Thailand did not go well for France as they suffered a second defeat.

Argentina held off a late surge from France to win (60-58) and will head into the Qualification Round as the second place team from Group A.

France finished third in the group and will carry no victories into the next phase of the competition. Australia maintained their 100% record with a comfortable victory against Korea (99-41).

You can read our youth international basketball match report by clicking on the link below or scrolling down the page.

France 58-60 Argentina

In Group B there was no miracles for the hosts Thailand as they fell to the Czech Republic (45-97).

This defeat eliminates the hosts from the competition. Lithuania ended the perfect record of Brazil(69-65).

Australia go into the Qualification Round with the only perfectrecord from groups A and B and will lead the new Group E with amaximum six points.

Brazil, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Argentina are tied for second place with five points while France occupy the last position with four points.

Russia claimed first position in Group C with a victory against Tunisia (93-41) while Canada beat Japan (73-51) to remain in second position.

In Group D the USA cruised past Mali (100-38) while Spainrequired overtime to beat China (77-75).

Marta Tudanca © FIBALu Wen from China who top scored with 24 points had the chance to win the game in regulation time but missed the second free-throw and the game went into overtime (69-69).

China continued to press during overtime and led (73-69) with three minutes to play. But then Marta Tudanca (right) and Marta Xargay kept their cool from the free-throw line for Spain to regain the lead and win the match.

This victory keeps Spain's perfect record and takes them into theQualification Round Group F with maximum points alongside Russia.

The USA and Canada will start the next phase in joint second place while China and Japan will occupy the bottom two places.For the hosts Thailand the youth international basketball festival is not over as they will play against Korea in the 13th - 16th place of classification.

Qualification Round and Classification Schedule

The schedule for the remaining matches is as follows. All times are local time (GMT +7):

Monday, 27th July 2009
Classification place:
11:00 Korea vs. Thailand
13:00 Tunisia vs. Mali

Classification round:

Group E
15:15 Czech Republic vs. Argentina
17:30 Lithuania vs. Australia
19:45 Brazil vs. France

Group F
15:15 USA vs.Canada
17:30 China vs. Russia
19:45 Spain vs. Japan

Tuesday, 28th July 2009

Classification place:
11:00 Loser 25 vs. Loser 26
13:00 Winner 25vs. Winner 26

Group E
15:15 Australia vs. Czech Republic
17:30 France vs. Lithuania
19:45 Argentina vs. Brazil

Group F
15:15 Russia vs. USA
17:30 Japan vs. China
19:45 Canada vs. Spain

Wednesday, 29th July 2009

Group E
13:00 Czech Republic vs. France
15:15 Lithuania vs. Argentina
17:30 Brazil vs. Australia

Group F
13:00 USA vs. Japan
15:15 China vs. Canada
17:30 Spain vs. Russia

France leave it too late

 France U19 team Picture The importance of this match for the two teams became apparent right from the tip-off as both teams fought tooth and nail for the ball.

France had the better of the early exchanges and led (13-10) with five minutes played thanks to Alexia Plagnard (13-10).

The battle in the paint became more intense with Argentina winning the battle to lead (17-15) by the end of the first period.

The game was getting more physical during the second period with France once again having the better of the early exchanges to go ahead (25-23) through Maud (Medelome) Medenou after 14 minutes.

Medenou took on Argentina by herself as France hung on to the lead (28-27) with three minutes left to play in the second quarter.

However the pendulum started to swing in favour of Argentina andAgostina Burani put Argentina in front for good with Nadia Floresquickly adding a couple more points.

Argentina went 5 points clear with just under two minutes to playas Ornella Santana was left open (33-28).

Argentina then had control of the game and went into the intervalleading (37-31).

France had to chase the game during the third period. The level of intensity went up and as common in youth international basketball matches bodies started to fly all over the place.

Debora Gonzalez © FIBADebora Gonzalez (left) continued to cause problems for France and despite the efforts of Allison Vernerey Argentina went into the final quarter leading (50-42).

Argentina pushed their advantage into double digits (55-44) with eight minutes left to play.

France went all out to save the game and scored 8 quick points with Elénore Grossemy and Plagnard firing in from beyond the arc, sandwiched by a couple of points from Adja Konteh (52-55).

Argentina had to change tactics and Gonzalez one again found space to score for Argentina le lead by 5 points.France became more aggressive and with one minute left to play France trailed by a single point (58-59).

The last minute was tensioned pack and the basketball was not that great. With France running out of time and ideas had no choice but to foul their opponents to stop the clock.

With just under five seconds left to play Burani was sent to the foulline for Argentina. She hit the first and missed the second point.

Vernerey won the defensive rebound and eventually got the ball to Konteh whohad no choice but to shoot the ball as the game was at its end.

The shot missed the target and Argentina go into the qualification round with an important victory (60-58).

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France start with a win on day 1

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Date created: 25 July 2009

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