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Day 8 in Belgrade. Semifinals - Jul 10, 2009


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23-25 spot
China - UAE 99:67

China celebrated the victory in the classification round for the 23rd-25th spot at the World University Games. They overcame UAE earlier today. Ma Yi (197-F-88) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace a Yonglin Guo team.
China stunned their opponents early marking their dominance in the opening frame. They scored 26 points worth an 11-point lead at the first break. There were more to come as China reigned under the rims and sank solid 50% from the field. They cleared off to a 20-point advantage at halftime. United Arab Emirates struggled to pick up the right rhythm in the second half as well. China fired from all guns to accumulate a 35-point lead heading into the fourth frame. UAE finally were able to show character as they prevailed in the fourth stanza but it had little impact on the final outcome as China celebrated an overwhelming victory. ZHANG Chunjun netted 19 points, collected 8 boards and issued 4 assists for China. Zhang ZhaoXu had 17 points and 17 boards in the victory. Salah Khalifa (183-90) answered with 26 points and 6 caroms for UAE. Omar Khalid Faqqas netted 15 points in defeat.

China: Ma Yi 24+10 boards, ZHANG Chunjun 19, Zhang ZhaoXu 17+17 boards
UAE: Salah Khalifa 26, Omar Khalid Faqqas 15

20-22 spot
Mexico - South Korea 118:87
Mexico trounced South Korea in the classification round for the 20th-22nd spot at the World University Games. Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) unloaded 30 points to pace Mexico. Joaquin Villanueva added 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Ki Seungho (194-F-85) answered with 17 points for the Asian team. Mexico piled up a 19-point lead after ten minutes of action and never looked back en route to the victory.
Mexico will now face Iran for the 20th position.

Mexico: Joel Reynoso 30, Joaquin Villanueva 24+10 boards, Gabriel Giron 22
South Korea: Ki Seungho 17, Park YooMin 15

17-19 spot
Brazil - Japan 98:92
Luciano De Souza (201-F-86) tallied 28 points, 11 boards and 4 assists to lead Brazil past Japan at the World University Games in Serbia. The teams met in the classification round for 17th-19th spot and Brazil proved strength at the end. The Latin American side were comfortably up by 16 points at halftime but wasted nearly all of their advantage before escaping with a narrow win at the end. Andre Felipe Almeida finished with 12 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru (192-89) answered with game-high 33 points for Japan. Fumio Nishimura and Yuki Mitsuhara delivered 14 points each in defeat.

Brazil: Luciano De Souza 28+11 boards, Andre Felipe Almeida 12, Islam Toledo 11
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 33, Fumio Nishimura 14, Yuki Mitsuhara 14

5-8 spot
Turkey - Germany 67:63

Turkish team will fight for the 5th spot at the World University Games. They prevailed against Germany in the classification game. A Naci Ozonay team will face Lithuania. Germany will complete their Belgrade campaign against Bulgaria.
Turkey looked better in the starting frame and earned a 15:11 advantage after ten minutes. Germany bounced back in the second period scoring 21 points worth a 3-point lead into the main break. Turkey were back in the drivers seat in the third period as they poured in 27 points to retain the advantage. They headed into the final stanza up by 11 points and never surrendered the lead to win the game.
Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) scored 24 points to pace Turkey. Serhat Cetin and Cem Coskun added 10 points each for the winners. Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 17 points for Germany. Oliver Komarek notched 14 points in defeat.

Turkey: Eren Beyaz 24, Serhat Cetin 10, Cem Coskun 10
Germany: Dominik Bahiense de Mello 17, Oliver Komarek 14

Lithuania - Bulgaria 89:88
Lithuania earned a narrow victory over Bulgaria at the classification round of the World Univeriade. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 26 points to lead the Baltic team to the win. Lithuania will now take on Turkey for the fifth overall spot at the tournament. Bulgaria will play against Germany.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half but Lithuania managed to earn a 2-point lead at halftime. Bulgaria struck back in the third term taking over for a 6-point lead into the final stanza. But a Robertas Kuncaitis team found the way to succeed stealing the victory at the end.
Martynas Pocius produced 20 points and 7 boards, while Deivydas Gailius added 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) banked 24 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Ivan Lilov delivered 20 points in defeat.

Lithuania: Martynas Mazeika 26, Martynas Pocius 20, Deivydas Gailius 13
Bulgaria: Krum Doychinov 24, Ivan Lilov 20

Semifinals
Serbia - Israel 82:56

Serbia clinched the spot at the World University Games Final. The hosts of the tournament held off Israel to advance to the championship game. Serbia will face Russia for Gold medals. Israel will play against the USA in the consolation final.
Serbia had to deal with an early deficit. Israel outscored the home team 21:20 in the opening stanza. But Serbia adjusted their offense in the second period to wipe their opponents off the court. The hosts unloaded 27 points in the second frame to record an 11-point lead at halftime. Serbia maintained their advantage playing suffocating defense. They limited Israel to 11 points in the third term to pile up a comfortable 17-point lead at the final intermission. Serbia stayed aggressive in the fourth period and drove to an overwhelming victory at the end. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) finished with 15 points for Serbia. Nemanja Bjelica added 11 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for the winning team. Yuval Naimi (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) replied with 25 points for Israel. Nitzan Hanochi had 8 points in defeat.

Serbia: Vladimir Stimac 15, Nemanja Bjelica 11, Milan Macvan 10, Miroslav Raduljica 10
Israel: Yuval Naimi 25, Nitzan Hanochi 8

Russia - USA 69:68
Russia eked out a last second win over the USA in the first semifinal at the World University Games tonight. Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) knocked down a late three-pointer that gave Russia the victory at the end.
The USA controlled the game at the early stages. They built a 14:11 lead after ten minutes and maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. The margin grew at 7 points at halftime as the US team seemed to be on the way to the sixth straight win at the tournament. The North American side stayed alert and ensured a 10-point lead into the final stanza. Nikita Shabalkin knocked down several key baskets late in regulation to keep Russia within striking distance. He drew things level at 66 with one minute to go in the game. Booker was fouled and connected from the line in both of his attempts to give the USA a 68:66 lead with 44 seconds to go. But Nikita Shabalkin was unstoppable for Russia as his trey sealed the fate in this one.
Nikita Shabalkin netted 20 points and grabbed 8 boards to lead Russia. Aleksey Zhukanenko and Evgeniy Kolesnikov added 13 points each for the winners. Corey Fisher (185-G-88) and Robbie Hummel responded with 14 points each for the USA. Deon Thompson notched 12 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Russia: Nikita Shabalkin 20, Aleksey Zhukanenko 13, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 13
USA: Corey Fisher 14, Robbie Hummel 14
  




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World University Games Final Standings
 1. Lithuania
 2. USA
 3. Latvia
 4. Serbia
 5. Germany
 6. Israel
 7. Finland
 8. Argentina
 9. Australia
 10. Canada
 11. Mexico
 12. Czech Rep.
 13. Taiwan
 14. Norway
 15. Ukraine
 16. Estonia
 17. Russia
 18. Hungary
 19. Romania
 20. Japan
 21. S.Korea
 22. Hong Kong
 23. Mozambique.
 24. United Ara.
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dejan VASILJEVIC
  CAN
  (190-G-97)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Vasiljevic, AUS21.5 
 2. Keane, CAN20.4 
 3. Edwards, USA19.3 
 4. Leung, HKG17.8 
 5. Tsai, HKG17.5 
 6. Edwards, USA17.4 
 7. Kirves, EST17.4 
 8. Alvarez Diez, MEX17.1 
 9. Odabasi, FIN17.1 
 10. Obst, GER16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anton ODABASI
  FIN
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Odabasi, FIN11.7 
 2. Jonatan, MEX10.1 
 3. Lazar, ROM9.8 
 4. Carlos, MOZ9.0 
 5. Abdulbasirov, RUS8.9 
 6. Ginat, ISR8.6 
 7. Gak, AUS8.4 
 8. Galardo, ARG8.1 
 9. Cooks, AUS8.1 
 10. Richter, GER7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Naor SHARON
  (193-PG-95)
  Avg: 7
 1. Sharon, ISR7.0 
 2. Chen, TAI6.6 
 3. Boyarkin, UKR6.6 
 4. Keane, CAN5.3 
 5. Sandrini, ARG5.1 
 6. Artamonov, UKR4.9 
 7. Grof, GER4.9 
 8. Urrutia, MEX4.9 
 9. Ziv, ISR4.8 
 10. Jihoon, KOR4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kaza KEANE
  (185-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Keane, CAN2.8 
 2. Thomas, ARG2.8 
 3. Mubarak, UAE2.5 
 4. Ziv, ISR2.5 
 5. Mohammad, UAE2.4 
 6. Urrutia, MEX2.3 
 7. Edwards, USA2.1 
 8. Vendrame, JPN2.1 
 9. Shuchman, ISR2.0 
 10. Boyarkin, UKR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier COOKS
  AUS
  (203-G/F-95)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooks, AUS2.4 
 2. Ahmed, UAE2.3 
 3. Brkic, SRB2.0 
 4. Tejic, SRB1.6 
 5. Park, KOR1.6 
 6. Haas, USA1.5 
 7. Madsen, FIN1.4 
 8. Kovago-Laska, HUN1.4 
 9. Kvapil, CZE1.3 
 10. Abdulbasirov, RUS1.3 
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