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06/07/2013
FIBA U19 World Championship Semi-Final - Serbia v Australia

PRAGUE (FIBA U19 World Championship) - The Unites States and Serbia on Sunday will do battle to be crowned champions of the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship after both secured victories in their Semi-Finals – albeit in contrasting fashion.

The USA blew out Lithuania 100-60 with five players scoring in double digits to remain the only undefeated team in the competition.

Marcus Smart led the way for the Americans with 18 points and three assists in 18 minutes and Justice Winslow added 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Americans, who entered this game having handed the Serbs their only defeat of the tournament - in the Eighth-Final Round - jumped ahead in the first quarter with a 10-0 run for a 17-5 lead. The advantage grew to 14 points and the Americans led 25-16 after one quarter.

After falling behind by 16 points, Lithuania fought back to within 37-24 before Team USA closed the half on a 10-2 surge for a 47-26 cushion.

Lithuania tried to claw their way back into the game but could only pull within 58-41 after which the Americans went on a 10-0 run and closed the third period up 72-44.

However, they would not get any closer the rest of the way and Team USA increased the lead to 44 points in the final period.

Tomas Dimsa and Donatas Tarolis paced the Lithuanians with nine points each.

Lithuania will face Australia in Sunday's Bronze Medal Game.

While the Americans breezed to their eighth straight victory, Serbia battled it out with the Australians in the first Semi-Final and clinched a hard-fought 63-58 victory to secure their third medal in four tournaments.

Nikola Jankovic poured in 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Serbia, while Vasilje Micic added 13 points, eight assists and four rebounds and Stefan Pot chipped in nine points and six rebounds.

Serbia were the 2007 U19 world champions and 2011 U19 Worlds silver medalists.

Australia had lost 78-57 to the Serbs in the Preliminary Round.

Dante Exum led the way with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists but went just four of 10 from the free-throw line, including two misses with 14 seconds left and a chance to tie the game.

Felix Kalau von Hofe knocked down four three-pointers for 12 points and Nicholas Duncan added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Australia's 7-0 run to open the game was answered by seven straight Serbia points. The Australians hit the next eight points for a 15-7 lead but Serbia struck back with a 17-3 run over the next eight minutes to take a 24-18 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Serbs were up 32-25 at half-time.

Exum's three-point play cut it to 32-28 before Jankovic took over with 11 straight points - the first nine in a 9-3 run to open a 41-31 lead.

Kalau von Hofe nailed back-to-back triples to get Australia back in the game. And the Aussies cut the deficit to 45-43 before Pot hit just before the buzzer for a 47-43 lead after three quarters.

Both teams picked up their defensive intensity before Mihajlo Andric nailed a big triple midway through the fourth quarter for a 52-46 Serbia lead.

Von Hofe hit two triples in the final 50 seconds - including a turnaround trey from the right wing to make it 59-58. After Micic split two free-throws, Exum missed a pair with 14 seconds to play after having made 12 of 13 from the line in the Quarter-Final win over Spain.

Micic knocked down two foul shots with 11 seconds left and Exum’s triple attempt went in and out with seven seconds left to secure Serbia's success.

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In the Classification Round 5-8, Spain and Canada will play for fifth place after both teams rebounded from losses in the Quarter-Finals.

Sebastian Saiz collected 16 points and 16 rebounds in leading Spain to a 75-64 victory over Croatia. Edgar Vicedo added 13 points for the Spaniards.

Croatia, who will play China for seventh place, were led once again by Dario Saric with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Mislav Brzoja and Tomislav Gabric both added 13 points.

Canada booked their ticket into the fifth-place game with a thrilling 110-100 triple overtime win over China.

Tyler Ennis scored a tournament-high 42 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 15 points and nine rebounds for Canada, who once again were playing without star center Trey Lyles.

Shuai Yuan nailed six three-pointers for 30 points with Qi Zhou adding 20 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks and Ji Wei Zhao had 16 points and 11 assists for China.

Ennis and Qi both scored in the final two seconds of regulation before Yuan knotted the game at 85-85 with 21 seconds left in the first extra session.

Shang Gao sent the game into a third overtime by nailing a triple with two seconds left before Marko Pirovic and Rathan-Mayes knocked down back-to-back treys inside the final two minutes to decide the game.

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In the Classification Round 9-12, Mikhail Kulagin had 19 points, eight rebounds and four steals as Russia knocked off Brazil 60-53 and claimed ninth place.

Deryk Ramos tallied 20 points for Brazil, who took 10th place.

Sajjad Mashayekhi collected 26 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists in leading Iran to a 79-68 victory over Argentina to grab 11th place.

Behnam Yakhchalidehkordi added 18 points and Vahid Dalirzahan added 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists for Iran.

Argentina took 12th place despite Juan Vaulet scoring 20 points and Pedro Barral hitting 17 points.

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