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    Default 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Women's Championship

    Tournament is scheduled from June 7-11 in Buenos Aires, ARG.
    http://www.fiba.com/americas/u16women/2017

    Participants: Canada, USA; Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico; Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia.

    Top four teams will qualify for 2018 U17 WC.

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    USA Basketball announced today a list of 35 invitees to the trials, that will be attended by over 100 applicants as well.
    The invitees list is led by 2019-class Samantha Brunelle, member of the 2016 U17 WC team and Aaliyah Boston, who was among the 18 finalists last year.
    Just few names are known, among them is Francesca Belibi who became famous as the first girl in Colorado dunking in a game.

    https://www.usab.com/news-events/new...-invitees.aspx

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    Canada Basketball tryouts roster:
    http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...l-team-tryouts

    The list is headed by "veteran" Laeticia Amihere, one of the world top players in her age-class.

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    As many as 142 players will attend US team trials (May 25-29).

    https://www.usab.com/news-events/new...te-roster.aspx

    Best known pre-trials prospects:
    from 2019 class, Samantha Brunelle, Nyah Green, Aliyah Boston, Haley Jones, Jordan Horston, Shaila Beeler, Taylor Jones, Fran Belibi;
    2020 class, Sydney Parrish, Deja Kelly, Cameron Brink.

    Of course new names are expected to shine as well.

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    Draw results:

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    18 finalists have been named by USA Basketball:

    River Baldwin C, 6-5, 2019 (Pleasant Home School/Andalusia, Ala.);
    Francesca Belibi Fw, 6-1, 2019 (Regis Jesuit H.S./Centennial, Colo.);
    Aliyah Boston Fw, 6-4, 2019 (Worcester Academy/Worcester, Mass.);
    Cameron Brink Fw, 6-5, 2020 (Southridge H.S./Beaverton, Ore.);
    Samantha Brunelle Fw, 6-3, 2019 (William Monroe H.S./Ruckersville, Va.);
    Paige Bueckers G, 5-11, 2020 (Hopkins H.S./Eden Prairie, Minn.);
    Maddie Burke G 6-0, 2020 (Central Bucks H.S. West/ Doylestown, Pa.);
    Caitlin Clark G, 5-11, 2020 (Dowling Catholic H.S./West Des Moines, Iowa);
    Zia Cooke G, 5-9, 2019 (Rogers H.S./Toledo, Ohio);
    Azzi Fudd G, 5-11, 2021 (Potomac School/Falls Church, Va.);
    Jordan Horston G, 6-0, 2019 (Columbus Africentric Early College/Columbus, Ohio);
    Haley Jones G, 6-1, 2019 (Archbishop Mitty H.S./Santa Cruz, Calif.);
    Diamond Miller G, 6-1, 2019 (Franklin H.S./Somerset, N.J.);
    Jordyn Oliver G, 5-11, 2019 (Prosper H.S./Prosper, Texas);
    Ashley Owusu G, 5-11, 2019 (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Woodbridge, Va.);
    Ramani Parker F/C, 6-4, 2019 (Central H.S./Fresno, Calif.);
    Celeste Taylor G, 5-11, 2019 (Long Island Lutheran H.S./Valley Stream, N.Y.);
    Kylee Watson Fw, 6-4, 2020 (Mainland Regional H.S./Linwood, N.J.).

    12 players are 2019-class, youngest is Fudd (2021), just 14. She and Miller and Parker are the only survivors from around 100 applicants. The only somewhat surprising cuts were imo Nyah Green and Rickea Jackson.

    Finalists will stay in Colorado Springs for training camp and the 12-player final team will be announced beginning of June.

    https://www.usab.com/news-events/new...finalists.aspx

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    Canada 12 finalists roster named:

    #4 Sarah Te-Biasu, PG, 5-3, Montreal, QC
    #5 Kaillie Hall, SG, 5-9, Stoney Creek, ON
    #6 Aerial Wilson, G, 5-9, Dundas, ON
    #7 Kenya Côté–Lysius, SG, 5-6, St. Constant, QC
    #8 Makayla Ennis, G/F, 5-9, Brampton, ON
    #9 Donna Ntambue, SF, 5-10, Montreal, QC
    #10 Aaliyah Edwards, Fw, 6-1, Kingston, ON
    #11 Yvonne Ejim, Fw, 5-11, Calgary, AB
    #12 Merissah Russell, Fw, 5-11, Ottawa, ON
    #13 Brynn Masikewich, PF, 6-2, Calgary, AB
    #14 Deanna Tuchscherer, PF, 6-0, Chilliwack, BC
    #15 Olivia Morgan-Cherchas, C, 6-5, Kamloops, BC

    Top prospect Laeticia Amihere is engaged with Sr NT and wasn't available at the tryouts.

    http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...ricas-roster-1

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    USA trials coverage from Blue Star:
    http://www.bluestarmedia.org/2017-us...u16-finalists/
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedfan
    Most ppl get childish when they lose.
    Quote Originally Posted by GuTO
    refs in games of Spain walks with literally poop in his pants afraid of the Spanish players

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    Three #1 prospects among 18 USA finalists:
    http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/art...:womenbb:index

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    USA final 12 announced:

    Francesca Belibi Fw, 6-1, 2019
    Aliyah Boston Fw, 6-4, 2019
    Samantha Brunelle Fw, 6-3, 2019
    Paige Bueckers G, 5-11, 2020
    Caitlin Clark G, 5-11, 2020
    Zia Cooke G, 5-9, 2019
    Azzi Fudd G, 5-11, 2021
    Jordan Horston G, 6-0, 2019
    Diamond Miller G, 6-1, 2019
    Jordyn Oliver G, 5-11, 2019
    Celeste Taylor G, 5-11, 2019
    Kylee Watson Fw, 6-4, 2020

    https://www.usab.com/news-events/new...wu16-team.aspx

    After the last cuts, the team has lost some size on frontcourt, maybe it won't be necessary in this tornament.

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    USA met Canada in a friendly winning 86-64.

    Some details of the scrimmage here.

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    Venezuela's Luisanny Zapata, who was the top scorer at last year's South American U15 championship (19.4 ppg, .571 FG), and also the team's top scorer at the 2015 Americas U16 championship, is out with a knee injury.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedfan
    Most ppl get childish when they lose.
    Quote Originally Posted by GuTO
    refs in games of Spain walks with literally poop in his pants afraid of the Spanish players

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    No close games on the first day. US led Colombia 32-4 after the first quarter, but at times later on they did have trouble with Colombia's aggressive defense. Argentina looked pretty good but they turned the ball over a lot and will have a much harder time executing their offense against Canada and the US. Would be a big surprise if the four winners today were not the four WC qualifiers.

    Star of the day was Mexican guard Karina Esquer, whose 34 points almost matched Puerto Rico's 35 turnovers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedfan
    Most ppl get childish when they lose.
    Quote Originally Posted by GuTO
    refs in games of Spain walks with literally poop in his pants afraid of the Spanish players

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    US had a very sluggish first quarter against Mexico, then started pressing(!!), scored 13 points in less than 3 minutes, and it seemed to energize they ran the Mexicans off the court the rest of the game. I have to revise my comment about being about the four first-day winners being big favorites for qualifying as Colombia has some chance to beat Mexico, they are not very big or skilled but they are aggressive on defense and the Mexicans will have trouble with that.

    42 turnovers for Puerto Rico today.

    Canada and Argentina sealed their qualification with big wins.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedfan
    Most ppl get childish when they lose.
    Quote Originally Posted by GuTO
    refs in games of Spain walks with literally poop in his pants afraid of the Spanish players

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    Historic qualification of Colombia, that upset Mexico 45-41. It was a tense game, certainly not high level and marked by some 70 turnovers altogether. Mexico took a slight edge during Q4 but went scoreless in the last couple of minutes and a more energetic Colombian team achieved the unexpected qualification. Maybe needless to say that COL could barely compete in U16 Euro Div.B and took advantage of the forced absence of Brazil.

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    The US opponents seemed even weaker than normal. Colombia played with the most spirit and heart and deserved to get second place. US shot extremely poorly today and it will be interesting to see how they do the next two games.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedfan
    Most ppl get childish when they lose.
    Quote Originally Posted by GuTO
    refs in games of Spain walks with literally poop in his pants afraid of the Spanish players

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    Argentina kept it close for a while, but the US played their best half in several years at this age group to crush the hosts in the second half. Canada also had some early trouble with Colombia but pulled away.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedfan
    Most ppl get childish when they lose.
    Quote Originally Posted by GuTO
    refs in games of Spain walks with literally poop in his pants afraid of the Spanish players

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    US with their second straight strong performance rolled over Canada 91-46 in the final. Had some ups and downs against weak opposition in the group stages but came through in the big games.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedfan
    Most ppl get childish when they lose.
    Quote Originally Posted by GuTO
    refs in games of Spain walks with literally poop in his pants afraid of the Spanish players

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    Tournament was less competitive than last one, but US team played much more organized bball than 2015's. Good job from coaching staff and good news for 2018 U17 WC.
    Individually, Aliyah Boston, a native of St Thomas, USVI, finished as US team best scorer and deserved the MVP award, while 14-y old Azzi Fudd was the final's top scorer.

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    I follow the Women's Championship. I enjoy watching the competition.

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