Egyptian U-17 national basketball team - Press image courtesy of FIBA's official website
CAIRO – 9 July 2018: Egypt’s U-17 national basketball team lost to China 68-63 in the 15th place game in the 2018 FIBA U-17 World Cup.
The Pharaohs kicked off their World Cup campaign by beating New Zealand with a scoreline of 64-50, before losing the remainder of the group stage games to Canada and Montenegro 53-93 and 67-77, respectively.
The Egyptians managed to finish third in group C, only one point ahead of the bottom-placed New Zealand. They went later on to face Croatia in the round of 16, losing that game 68-55. The loss from Croatia prevented the Egyptians from reaching the quarter finals for the first time in their history.
Egypt went on to lose to Dominican Republic 65-67 in the 9-16th place quarterfinals and to the Philippines in the 13-16th place semifinals with a scoreline of 70-69.
Their final game was against China; the national team lost the game 68-63 to finish 16th in the competition.
The FIBA U-17 World Cup, held in Argentina, is the fifth edition of the competition. The Egyptian side featured in all of the previous editions. The Egyptian team is ranked 18th, according to the FIBA world rankings.