Egypt lose to Croatia 68-55 in round of 16 at FIBA U-17 World Cup
After finishing in third place in Group C, Egypt, who are currently ranked No. 18 in the world in the FIBA boys’ national team ranking, lost 68-55 to No. 10 Croatia in the round of 16. The Croatians stormed to a 20-11 lead in the first quarter, but a massive second quarter from the young Pharaohs, where they outscored Croatia by four points, put Egypt within five points of Croatia at the halfway point.
Though Egypt kept it close in the third quarter, the European side extended their lead by another two points. The young Croatias wrapped up the game in the fourth quarter with a dominate performance ending the game with a 68-55 win.
Al Ahly’s Youssef Osama continued his class performances from the group stages into the round of 16. Not only did he play the most minutes of any Egyptian player, but he also put up the most points, 17, and rebounds, 13.
Despite not qualifying to the quarter-finals the young Pharaohs will continue playing in Argentina in the 9-16 classification games. They will next face the Dominican Republic on July 6. If they win, they will move onto the 9-12 classification matches. If they lose, they will play in the 12-16 classification matches.
Africa’s only other representative, Mali, lost to Australia 74-65 earlier on Wednesday and will play against the Philippines in the 9-16 classification match on Friday.
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