KAUNAS (2012 FIBA U17 World Championship) – Reigning champions United States improved to 2-0 in Group A of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship with a dominating victory over the Czech Republic while France and Australia picked up their first wins in the tournament.
Dakari Johnson (16 points and 12 rebounds) and Jahlil Okafor (10 and 14) both had double-doubles to pace seven Americans in double figures scoring in their 95-57 win over the Czechs.
The USA won the battle of the glass 64-35 and held the Czechs to just 27 per cent shooting. Martin Peterka, Radovan Kouril, Jiri Dedek and Prokop Slanina all scored 8 points for the Czechs, who dropped to 1-1.
France are second in the group with a 1-1 record after Damien Inglis collected 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 78-54 victory over Egypt. All told, five players scored in double figures for France.
“I think, most importantly, we won the game. My players are not confident, they are afraid to lose and they seem to be afraid of the competition too,” said France coach Bernard Faure.
“We needed to take Egypt seriously, which we did. We wanted to win with a large score. We managed to do that.”
Egypt dropped to 0-2 at the tournament despite 17 points from Ehab Amin while Moataz Hosny had 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Australia also picked up their first victory for a 1-1 record by cruising past China
92-55 with Dante Exum leading the way with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Zhou Qi was China’s top scorer with 12 points along with 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. China are also 1-1 in fourth place ahead of the Czechs and Egypt.
Day 3 in Group A has France playing China; Czech Republic taking on Australia; and Egypt facing the USA.