USA joined by three Europeans in U19 Worlds Semi-Finals
HERAKLION (2015 FIBA U19 World Championship) - The reigning champions United States were joined by three Europeans in reaching the Semi-Finals of the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship with both final four games promising plenty of intrigue.
Four players scored in double figures as the USA convincingly beat Italy, 86-65, with Harry Giles notching his third straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Greece were given a tough test by Spain but prevailed 70-59 thanks to a 37-17 second half run. Tyler Dorsey scored all 14 of his points in the second half while Kostas Mitoglou had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The other Semi-Final will be an all-European battle as Turkey booked their first-ever Semi-Final berth with an 81-70 win over Australia thanks to a 19-2 run in the fourth quarter. Furkan Korkmaz paced the spurt and finished with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Croatia reached their first Semi-Final since 2009 with an 84-71 victory over Canada as Marko Arapovic collected 20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals.
In the Classification 5-8 games, Canada will take on Australia and Italy will play Spain.
The Classification 9-16 round also started with Argentina and Korea winning their first games of the tournament while Egypt and Serbia also picked up wins.
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