Youth International basketball quarter-finals in Thailand Argentina, Canada, Spain and the USA make it to the semi-final
The youth international basketball quarter-finals of the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Thailand lived up to expectation with some exciting matches.
For the neutrals the first three matches of the day were good advertisements for youth international basketball.
These matches had excitement, tension, passion and at times good basketball. At the same you could also see that no matter the skill level of certain individuals that it was teenagers playing.
Canada showed that team basketball can still win games. Yet they must have also been happy with the individual performances of Natalie Achonwa who had been quiet during the Qualification Round and Kayla Alexander.
Australia will be left wondering what had happened.
Liz Cambage was the only player from Australia who was really in the game during the defeat against Canada.
The USA showed that they can keep teams out of the paint when required. Despite foul problems to key players they had the maturity to beat France.
Argentina do not have the word beaten in their dictionary. They play till the very last second. They seem to have so many clutch players. During this quarter-final it was the turn of Andrea Boquete to come to the rescue to secure a place in the semi-final.
Spain remain perfect after blowing away Lithuania in the second half to take the last semi-final place.
Canada will play USA in the first semi-final and Argentina will face Spain.
The Czech Republic beat China (78-70) and will face Brazil for ninth place who beat Japan (62-56).
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Spain are the current U18 European Champions but finished fifth during the 2008 competition.
Spain play a lot like the senior team. They wait until the third period before taking control of the game.
Spain went into the locker room leading (35-31) against Lithuania. But by the end of the third quarter they had a 15-point lead (54-39) and continued to score during the final period and went on to win by a big margin(79-47).
Cristina Ouvina (right) scored 19 points for Spain. Marta Xargay continued her good show for Spain with 14 points. Leonor Rodriguez and Marta Tudanca scored 12 points each.