The home side of the University Games won the opener of Group A against Greece. Serbia was too good for the opponent to take 1-0 record in the group after 81:50. Belgrade Arena was glad to see the home team of the tournament and prepared a great support for Serbia. The latter opened the game with 22:15 and looked tough versus the opponent. Serbia added 20-8 in the second period to take 42:23 halftime advantage. Greece meanwhile tried to do something in the second half, but it was hard to play against the hosts. Serbia produced 24-12 in the third quarter to make the last period unnecessary. Both teams nailed 15 points in the final stanza as Serbia celebrated 81:50 victory. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 14, while Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was responsible for 9 points. Sotiris Manolopoulos (208-F-87) ended up with 14 points for Greece and Galliotos Georgios scored 6. Aleksandar Kesar 's team had 41% from the filed, while Greece showed 32%. Serbia was also better shooting from the arc and free throw line. Greece will meet Australia in the only game scheduled on July 3rd. Serbia will take on the Australian team on Saturday, July 4th.
Radu Paliciuc (198-G/F-88) netted 22 points to lift Romania to the first win at the 2009 Universiade in Serbia. Romania thumped UAE in preliminary Group B. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 5 boards for the winning side. Romania led from start to finish. They stunned their Asian counterparts with a 22:9 rally in the starting frame. United Arab Emirates tried to level things up in the second quarter but their effort was well matched by Romania. The European team piled up a 19-point advantage into the main break. UAE defense collapsed in the third stanza conceding 37 points. Romania entered the final stanza ahead by insurmountable 50 points. They fired 33 points in the final term and celebrated an overwhelming win at the end. Ioan Macaveiu (197-G-88) delivered 12 points in the victory. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim (180-G-91) and Qais Omar Ahmad (200-C-91) netted 14 points each for UAE. Omar Khalid Faqqas (195-F-91) knocked down 8 points in the losing case. Romania got a 40:29 advantage on the glass and forced their opponents to intolerable 43 turnovers. Romania will face Mexico, while UAE will challenge Lithuania in the next round.
Lithuania earned the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They held off Mexico in the opener today to take the lead in Group B. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) scored 15 points each to pace the Baltic outfit. Lithuanian looked aggressive in offense and dominated on the glass to take the lead early on. They grabbed a 24:18 advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania capitalized on numerous turnovers from the Latin American team to stretch the gap to as many as 18 points. Mexico continued to struggle defensively in the third stanza allowing their opponents to fire 28 points. It led Lithuania to a massive 23-point point buffer before the fourth stanza. They cruised to the win in the final quarter to improve at 1-0 record. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) had 14 points, while Gailius delivered 13 points for the winners. Joel Reynoso (195-G-85) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Mexico. Gabriel Giron (188-G) banked 15 points in the losing case. Lithuania outrebounded Mexico 47:35 and forced those to 26 turnovers. Lithuania is scheduled to take on UAE, while Mexico will face Romania tomorrow.
Canada and Italy opened Group C of the University Games that started in Belgrade, Serbia. The North American team showed a better game to seal the 89:80 win in the opener. Canada went on an early lead and grabbed 28:22 after the first frame. Chris O'Rourke 's team produced another 22-18 in the second period to take 50:40 advantage when the teams went to the lockers. The picture of the game did not change after the break as the North Americans remained in front in the court. They produced 25-20 for 15-point deficit closing thirty minutes of the game. Italy tried to recover in the game and bounced back with 20-14 in the last quarter, but it was to late to save the game. As a total it gave Canada 89:80 victory and the first success in Group C of the University Games. Jacob Doerksen (200-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Josh Gibson-Bascombe (193-G-86) nailed 20 and Dax Dessureault (206-C) hit 10. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort. Daniele Bonessio (197-G/F-88) posted 13, while Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) chipped in 11. Canada showed a better percentage from the filed as they made 26/58 shots. Italy meanwhile had 25/65 to have 38% from the field. Italy will face China today, while Canada will meet Asian team on Saturday.
Ukrainian University Games selection gained the first win in Serbia. They romped past Japan to improve at 1-0 record in Pool D. Maxym Korniyenko (201-F/C-87) fired game-high 33 points and collected 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) added 22 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru replied with 21 points for Japan. Ukraine used a 33-point tally in the opening frame to build a 16-point advantage. Japan slowed their opponents down in the second frame but could not trim the distance. Ukraine maintained the lead and headed into the locker rooms up by 20 points. The high-flying third quarter saw Japan clip the deficit by one point but Ukraine remained comfortable. A Valentyn Melnichuk team coasted to the win in the final quarter. Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) banked 16 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Kenta Hirose (192-G-85) and Takatoshi Furukawa responded with 11 points each in defeat. Ukraine outrebounded Japan 39:22 and shot solid 64% from the field. Japan answered with 40% of accuracy and committed 15 turnovers in the loss.
The game between Turkey and Portugal was the first one in Group E of the University Games that started in Belgrade, Serbia. Turkey looked better in every quarter of the game and won 84;62. Both teams tried to go on a lead from the very beginning. In a back-to-back first period Turkey grabbed 21:19 to finish the first 10 minutes of the game.The things got better in the second frame for the Turkish side that produced 20-12 in it. When the teams left the court for a big break the team of Naci Ozonay enjoyed 41:31 halftime deficit. In order not to slow down Turkey kept the winning pace in the game. A 22-19 in the third quarter gave them 13 points before the final period. Portugal could not match the winners at all and failed in the last quarter 12-21. Cem Coskun (209-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Caner Oner (200-F-87) delivered 18 and Ali Kavaklioglu (186-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) Berent netted 9. Miguel Graca (186-G-87) finished the night with 19 points for Portugal, MOREIRA Joao nailed 13 and Paulo Diamantino (203-C-85) scored 11. On July 3rd Portugal will face Iran, the third team in the group. Turkey will play against Asian team on Saturday, July 4th.
Israeli team survived thriller against Brazil to improve at 1-0 record at the World University Games in Belgrade. Brazil got to the better start but could maintain the lead and suffered a sour loss at the end. Jonhatan Nir (202-F-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) dropped 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Israel. Andre Felipe Almeida (208-C-88) and Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) finished with 19 points apiece for Brazil. The Latin American team accounted for a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action. Israelis matched the effort in the second frame and cut the distance to 3 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck in the third period but Israel managed to draw things level heading into the final frame. Things never changed in the fourth period as the teams had to go extra five minutes to decide on the winner. Brazil ran out of steam as they notched just 2 points in overtime and lost the clash. Youval Naimy nailed 13 points, while Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) drained 12 points each in the win. Luciano Junior had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Israel and Brazil were well-matched on the boards collecting 42 boards each. Israel sank 48% from the field, while Brazil managed just 39%. Israel also suffered only 11 turnovers down the stretch. Israel is scheduled to face Gabon, while Brazil play against Russia tomorrow.
One of the most interesting games of the first day was played between Germany and Latvia in the University Games that started in Belgrade, Serbia. Two European teams showed great effort in the opener as Latvia grabbed 80:76 victory. It was Germany to control the beginning of the game and to go on the first lead. Germany scored some important baskets to taste 19:10 lead after the first 10 minutes. The Baltic Side bounced back with 25-19 in the second period and reduced to 35:38 when the teams left the court for a big break. The game continued on a high tempo after the halftime and it was Latvia to go in front. After 21-15 in the third quarter The Baltic team enjoyed 3-point advantage. In a back-to-back last period Germany tried to change the things for good, but Latvia won the quarter 24-23 and the game itself, 80:76. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the first Latvian victory. Martins Kravcenko (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) netted 14, while Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) ended up with 22 points in defeat and Gunther Per notched 14. Latvia will face South Africa, another team in the group on July 3rd. Germany will try to tie their record on Saturday, July 4th also in the game versus African representative.
Korea started their University Games that is taking place in Belgrade, Serbia. The Asian team tried hard but lost the opener to Finland 75:90. The European team started with 25:13 after the opening quarter and looked better in the court. They made themselves proud not to stopping with the lead, however with increasing it. Finland ensured 22-20 in the second quarter for 47:33 halftime advantage. Korea managed to even the game in the second half, however they could not tie the score. Finland won the third frame 23-20, but Korea responded with 22-20 in the last one. Finland had six players in double figures. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) was the leading scorer and rebounder (15/13). Vesa's older brother Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Juho Nenonen tallied 14 points, Ilkka Vuori scored 12, Anselmi Vanjoki posted 11 and Petri Heinonen had 10. KI Seungho finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort. Heo Il-Young tallied 12 and Kim Hyeon-Min posted 11. In the next game Finland will face USA on July 3rd. Korea will take on the North American representative on Saturday, July 4th.
Purdue to represent Team USA in 2017 World University Games - 8 months ago
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Less than a year after Bill Self's Kansas program represented the United States at the World University Games and won the country's first men's basketball gold medal at the event since 2005, another Division I program announced that it will represent the nation at next year's World University games. Tuesday morning it was announced that next summer it will be Purdue that represents the country at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Matt Painter 's program joins Kansas and Northe... [read more]
Less than a year after Bill Self's Kansas program represented the United States at the World University Games and won the country's first men's basketball gold medal at the event since 2005, another Division I program announced that it will represent the nation at next year's World University games. Tuesday morning it was announced that next summer it will be Purdue that represents the country at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Matt Painter 's program joins Kansas and Northern Iowa (2007) as programs that have been selected to represent the United States at the World University Games. This won't be Painter's first experience with USA Basketball, as he was an assistant on Jamie Dixon 's staff that led the U19 team to gold at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships in New Zealand. He was also head coach of the 2011 World University Games team, leading the United States to a fifth-place finish in Shenzhen, China. Amongst the players on the current roster, rising sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan was a member of the United States U17 and U19 teams, winning gold at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships and the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships. Leading up to next year's event it will also be interesting to see if Painter fills out his roster with a couple players from other programs. Last year's World University Games roster had two non-Jayhawks, SMU point guard Nicolas Moore (175-PG-92) and FGCU shooting guard Julian DeBose (193-G-92). Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
Germany - USA 77-84 2OT
The USA celebrated the Gold medals at the World University Games. They defeated Germany in double-overtime thriller. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Team USA claimed a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Germany narrowed the gap in the second term. They pulled within 5 points at the interval 33:38. Germany triggered a 21:16 run in the third term to even things up at 54. The teams traded baskets throughout t... [read more]
Germany - USA 77-84 2OT The USA celebrated the Gold medals at the World University Games. They defeated Germany in double-overtime thriller. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Team USA claimed a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Germany narrowed the gap in the second term. They pulled within 5 points at the interval 33:38. Germany triggered a 21:16 run in the third term to even things up at 54. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame and first overtime. The USA dropped 11 points in the second extra period and sealed the victory. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) provided 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Frank Mason (180-PG) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Maodo Lo (190-G-92) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Germany. Niklas Geske (188-PG-94) had 11 points in the defeat.
Brazil - Russia 72-80 Russia stepped onto the pedestal in Gwangju. Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia grabbed a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Brazil narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval. But Russia stepped onto the gas in the second half. They unloaded 49 points after the big break and rallied to the victory. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 13 points in the win. Henrique Coelho (183-PG-93) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Brazil.
USA and Germany advance into Final in Gwangju - 18 months ago
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USA - Russia 78-68
The USA advanced into the World University Games Final. They held off Russian in an exciting semifinal clash. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) scored 23 points to pace the winners. Russia gained an 18:14 lead after the opening quarter. But the USA responded with a 28-point outburst to secure a 42:39 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 5-point mark at the final intermission. The North American team held Russia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and mar... [read more]
USA - Russia 78-68 The USA advanced into the World University Games Final. They held off Russian in an exciting semifinal clash. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) scored 23 points to pace the winners. Russia gained an 18:14 lead after the opening quarter. But the USA responded with a 28-point outburst to secure a 42:39 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 5-point mark at the final intermission. The North American team held Russia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the victory. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) netted 22 points, while Frank Mason (180-PG) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) answered with 20 points for Russia. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 11 points in the loss.
Germany - Brazil 59-49 Germany overcame Brazil in the semifinal clash in Gwangju. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) posted 11 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany eked out a narrow 24:23 halftime lead. The European team accounted for a 2-point lead before the fourth term. Germany held their opponents to just 11 points in the final frame and raced to the victory. Hans-George Brase (203-F-93) provided 10 points in the win. Lucas Dias Silva (209-F-95) responded with 11 points for Brazil.
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