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JULY 6 2015 07:50h

Croatia's U19 basketball squad world vice-champion




Croatia's U-19 national team won the silver at the world championship in Heraklion, Greece, on Sunday after they were defeated by the United States in a final match with overtime, 71-79.

A report on the official website of FIBA, the International Basketball Federation and the governing body of Basketball, describes the performance of the Croatians as valiant.

"The United States became the first country since 1983 to successfully defends its title, fighting off a valiant challenge from Croatia for a 79-71 victory in overtime to win the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship trophy. The Americans captured their sixth U19 Worlds crown as four players scored in double figures paced by MVP Jalen Brunson's 14 points. Croatia claimed their first podium finish in taking second place as Nik Slavica scored 23 points in the loss," according to FIBA.