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GAME RELATED STATISTICS WHICH DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING UNDER-16 MALE BASKETBALL GAMES

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Author(s): Alberto Lorenzo | Miguel Ángel Gómez | Enrique Ortega | Sergio José Ibáñez | Jaime Sampaio

Journal: Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN 1303-2968

Volume: 9;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 664;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Basketball | game-statistics | notational analysis | winners | losers

ABSTRACT
The aim of the present study was to identify the game-related statistics which discriminate between winning and losing teams in under-16 years old male basketball games. The sample gathered all 122 games in the 2004 and 2005 Under-16 European Championships. The game-related statistics analysed were the free-throws (both successful and unsuccessful), 2- and 3-points field-goals (both successful and unsuccessful) offensive and defensive rebounds, blocks, assists, fouls, turnovers and steals. The winning teams exhibited lower ball possessions per game and better offensive and defensive efficacy coefficients than the losing teams. Results from discriminant analysis were statistically significant and allowed to emphasize several structure coefficients (SC). In close games (final score differences below 9 points), the discriminant variables were the turnovers (SC = -0.47) and the assists (SC = 0.33). In balanced games (final score differences between 10 and 29 points), the variables that discriminated between the groups were the successful 2-point field-goals (SC = -0.34) and defensive rebounds (SC = -0. 36); and in unbalanced games (final score differences above 30 points) the variables that best discriminated both groups were the successful 2-point field-goals (SC = 0.37). These results allowed understanding that these players' specific characteristics result in a different game-related statistical profile and helped to point out the importance of the perceptive and decision making process in practice and in competition.
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