Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2010) 09, 664 - 668

Research article
Game Related Statistics Which Discriminate Between Winning and Losing Under-16 Male Basketball Games
Alberto Lorenzo1, , Miguel Ángel Gómez1, Enrique Ortega2, Sergio José Ibáñez3, Jaime Sampaio4
Author Information
1 Polytechnic University of Madrid,
2 Catholic University Saint Anthony of Murcia,
3 University of Extremadura,
4 Research Center for Sports Sciences, Health and Human Development, Portugal

Alberto Lorenzo
✉ Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Polytechnic University of Madrid; C/ Martín Fierro, s/n, Madrid (28040), Spain.
Publish Date
Received: 03-06-2010
Accepted: 12-10-2010
Published (online): 01-12-2010
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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.

Key words: Basketball, game-statistics, notational analysis, winners, losers

           Key Points
  • The players' game-related statistical profile varied according to game type, game outcome and in formative categories in basketball.
  • The results of this work help to point out the different player's performance described in U-16 men's basketball teams compared with senior and professional men's basketball teams.
  • The results obtained enhance the importance of the perceptive and decision making process in practice and in competition.
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