Turkey, Germany, Spain and Japan attain last 4 of IWBF U23 World Championship – IWBF

After 4 thrilling quarterfinals, Turkey, Germany, Spain and Japan stay within the competitors to compete for the Junior World title in Phuket, Thailand.

Turkey had been the primary to ebook their spot within the semi-finals with a decisive win over the USA, 81-54, An unbelievable triple-double (35pts, 14rbs, 10as) from Mucahit Gunaydin spearheaded Turkey because the USA struggled to include the peak of the Turkish bigs.

Subsequent up, Japan rebounded from their disappointing efficiency of their final pool recreation in opposition to Spain, to get again on monitor with a victory over Israel. A high-intensity defensive efficiency from Japan restricted Israel to only 43 factors, outscoring them by 21 factors permitting them to progress by way of to the semi-finals, 43-64.

Australia got here out firing and shocked favourites Spain within the first half of the third quarter-final, main by 4 factors on the break. However Óscar Onrubia (20 factors) and Ignacio Ortega (26 factors) fuelled a second-half comeback to rally Spain from 11 all the way down to take the sport, 77-63, and deny Australia a semi-final spot.

The ultimate quarter-final recreation didn’t disappoint as Brazil matched Germany with the groups going toe to toe all through the primary three quarters. A dominant fourth quarter from Germany, 26-8, ensured the European staff the win, 65-46, and a spot within the last 4.

The IWBF Males’s U23 World Championship semi-finals will see Germany tackle fellow European staff Turkey, while Spain and Japan will face off in a rematch from the group phases on Thursday 15 September.

Within the 9-12 Crossover video games, Canada and France each cruised by way of to the 9-10 Place Sport, easing previous South Africa (71-30) and Thailand (68-34), respectively.


09:00 – 11-12 Place – South Africa v Thailand
11:00 – 9-10 Place –  France v Canada
13:00 – 5-8 Crossover – USA v Brazil
15:00 – 5-8 Crossover – Israel v Australia
17:00 – Semi-Ultimate 1 – Germany v Turkey
19:00 – Semi-Ultimate 2 – Spain v Japan

Observe all of the motion from the 2021 IWBF Males’s U23 World Championship 

Photograph Credit score: Shingo ITO – X-1