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Day 9 in Belgrade. Serbia clinch the title - Jul 11, 2009


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Final
Serbia - Russia 73:51

Serbia triumphed at the World University Games in Belgrade. In 2007 Serbia stopped one step away from the title but the home tournament brought the long-awaited success. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) scored 19 points to pace the hosts past Russia.
Serbia set the flying tempo in the opening period. Russia struggled to match the rhythm as Serbia cleared off to an 11-point distance at the first break. Russia gradually adjusted and started to make their presence felt. They outgunned Serbia 20:17 in the second period to stay hopeful at halftime. But the second half became a nightmare for a Sergey Belov team. Low accuracy plagued Russia as they struggled to keep close with the home team. Serbia notched a 14-point advantage at three-quarter time. The home team remained aggressive defensively in the final quarter allowing their opponents to account for only 10 points.
Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) connected for 12 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan and Nemanja Bjelica added 8 points each in the victory. Aleksey Kotishevskiy (190-F-85) responded with 13 points for Russia. Eugeny Voronov had 12 points in the losing case.

Serbia: Nemanja Protic 19, Marko Simonovic 12, Milan Macvan 8, Nemanja Bjelica 8
Russia: Aleksey Kotishevskiy 13, Eugeny Voronov 12

Bronze medals game
USA - Israel 91:80

The USA celebrated the victory in the bronze medals game at the World University Games in Serbia. A Bo Ryan team held off pesky Israel to occupy the third position.
The first quarter was a close affair with neither team able to take a serious lead. The North American team enjoyed a slender 24:22 advantage at the first break. The US team paid more attention to defense in the second quarter to hold Israel to 14 points. The margin grew at 7 points with twenty minutes gone in the game. Israel increased the tempo in the third quarter. They accounted for 28 points in the frame and got within 6 at three-quarter time. But the USA stayed cold-blooded in the dying moments keeping Israel at safe distance till the final buzzer.
Lazar Hayward (198-F-86) scored 14 points and pulled down 9 boards for the USA. Da'Sean Butler added 13 points, while Talor Battle delivered 12 points in the victory. Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) replied with 28 points and 9 boards for Israel. Gal Mekel had 16 points in defeat.
The United States had a 43:37 advantage on the glass and suffered only 10 turnovers down the stretch. Both teams accounted for 46% of field goals.

USA: Lazar Hayward 14, Da'Sean Butler 13, Talor Battle 12
Israel: Elishay Kadir 28, Gal Mekel 16

5-6 spot
Lithuania - Turkey 107:87

Lithuania ensured the 5th-spot finish at the World University Games in Serbia. They defeated Turkey today to wrap up quite successful campaign in Belgrade.
Lithuania dominated on the glass in the starting period and built a 23:18 lead at the first intermission. Lithuania shot impressively from the field to deepen the damage. They arrived at halftime leading by 11 points. Turkey could not pick up the slack in the second half. Lithuania stretched the buffer to 16 points with one quarter remaining. Turkey tried to increase the tempo but Lithuania easily matched the effort and fired 32 points in the fourth quarter to seal the winning outcome. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points to lead Lithuania. Martynas Mazeika added 15 points, while Giedrius Kurtinaitis had 14 points in the win. Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) answered with 27 points for Turkey. Caner Oner had 19 points in the loss.
Lithuania sank impressive 62% from the field limiting Turkey to 48%. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 35:28 and overcame 20 turnovers.

Lithuania: Martynas Pocius 16, Martynas Mazeika 15, Giedrius Kurtinaitis 14
Turkey: Eren Beyaz 27, Caner Oner 19

7-8 spot
Bulgaria - Germany 77:72

Bulgaria and Germany played their final game at the World University Games in Serbia today. Bulgaria celebrated a difficult win to occupy the 7th overall spot. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 22 points to lead a Konstantin Papazov team to the victory.
Bulgaria jumped off the blocks to stun Germany early. They limited their opponents to 12 points in the first frame to earn a 9-point lead. Bulgaria continued to dominate in the second frame and ensured an 18-point buffer at halftime. But Germany refused to give in and tried to change the complexion of the game in the second half. Lucca Steiger triggered a comeback effort that saw Germany cut the margin to 7 points at three-quarter time. A Denis Wucherer team worked hard to deny the deficit but Bulgaria used all of their experience to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Asen Velikov netted 15 points for Bulgaria. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) and Jannik Freese responded with 12 points each for Germany. Lischka netted 11 points in the losing effort. Bulgaria sank 47% from the field limiting Germany to just 37%. Germany had a narrow advantage on the boards 37:35 with both teams committing 13 turnovers.

Bulgaria: Chavdar Kostov 22, Asen Velikov 15, Krum Doychinov 12+14 boards
Germany: Lucca Staiger 12, Jannik Freese 12

9-10 spot
Canada - Finland 88:63

Canada crowned their World University Games campaign with a resounding win. The North American team thumped Finland to earn the 9th overall spot. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) fired 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to pace Canada.
Canada looked better in the starting frame surging in front. A Chris ORourke team outgunned Finland for an 8-point advantage after ten minutes of action. Finland fired back in the second period to keep within striking distance. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) allowed Finnish team to trail by just 7 points into the main break. Canada and Finland traded baskets throughout the third quarter and Canada were able to take a 9-point lead at three-quarter time. But the intrigue never sparked in the fourth period. Canada overwhelmed their opponents in the final stanza scoring 33 points and cruising to the win.
Joshua Whyte produced 14 points for the winners. Josh Gibson-Bascombe added 10 points for Canada. Ville Makalainen responded with 20 points for Finland. Jari Vanttaja had 16 points in the loss.

Canada: Ross Bekkering 19, Joshua Whyte 14, Josh Gibson-Bascombe 10
Finland: Ville Makalainen 20, Jari Vanttaja 16

11-12 spot
Ukraine - Latvia 79:76

Ukraine finished their World University Games campaign on a high note. They eked out a tough win over Latvia to claim the 11th overall place. Maksym Pustozvonov knocked down 20 points to lead Ukraine.
Latvia opened the game confidently and grabbed the lead early. Ukraine looked sloppy defensively in the first frame allowing Latvia too many open looks. An Ainars Bagatskis team secured a 30:21 lead after ten minutes. The scoring tempo decreased in the second frame as the teams adjusted their defense. The teams traded baskets and Latvia managed to ensure a 44:35 advantage at halftime. Ukraine finally found their rhythm after the major break. BC Kyiv duo Maksym Pustozvonov and Vyacheslav Kravtsov helped a Valentyn Melnychuk team to trim the deficit by 4 points in the third quarter. Ukraine fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and sneaked past Latvia at the end.
Oleksandr Sizov dropped 15 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Kravtsov added 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks answered with 19 points and 12 boards for Latvia. Oskars Ernsteins and Arturs Berzins had 10 points each in the losing effort.

Ukraine: Maksym Pustozvonov 20, Oleksandr Sizov 15, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 13
Latvia: Arturs Strelnieks 19+12 boards, Oskars Ernsteins 10, Arturs Berzins 10

13-14 spot
Romania - Greece 88:82
Romania finished the World University Games in style. They held off Greece to clinch the 13th spot. Romania looked better in the first half to build a decisive lead. Greece could not overcome the buffer despite dominating the second part of the encounter. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds for Romania.
A Dan Calancea team earned a 21:17 advantage at the first break. They pushed harder in the second period outscoring Greek opponents. The scoreboard showed 43:29 for Romania at halftime. But Greece came back to life in the second half. They limited Romanian offensive options and started to claw their back into the contest. Greece entered the fourth period down by just 7 points. The teams exploded with 61 points in the final stanza but Romania withheld all the comeback attempts from Greece to eke out a tough win at the end. Andrei Mandache finished with 20 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Romania. Paul Chetreanu had 17 points in the win. Dimitrios Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) knocked down 24 points for Greece. Georgios Sourlis netted 19 points in the losing case.

Romania: Titus Nicoara 21+10 boards, Andrei Mandache 20, Paul Chetreanu 17
Greece: Dimitrios Verginis 24, Georgios Sourlis 19

15-16 spot
Italy - Portugal 82:67
Italy defeated Portugal in the final game of the World University Games in Serbia. The victory allowed the Azzurri to clinch the 15th spot at the tournament. Portugal grabbed the 16th position after the loss. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) knocked down 18 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the winners. Italy got to the aggressive start as they outscored Portugal 20:12 in the starting stanza. Portugal recovered in the second frame and matched Italy. An Alexandre Pires team got within 7 at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter as Italy were able to secure a 7-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Portugal could not threaten the margin in the final stanza as Italy ran away to the victory at the end. Riccardo Casagrande notched 13 points for Italy. Simone Ferrarese added 12 points in the win. Marco Pinto (180-G-87) responded with 15 points for Portugal. Fernando Martins had 14 points in the loss.
Portugal outrebounded their opponents 38:34 but shot just 37% from the field in the loss. Italy sank 45% of field goals and forced Portugal to 22 turnovers.

Italy: Roberto Prandin 18, Riccardo Casagrande 13, Simone Ferrarese 12
Portugal: Marco Pinto 15, Fernando Martins 14

17-19 spot
Australia - Brazil 79:78
Australia claimed the 17th spot at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Brazil in the final game at the tournament. The Aussies trailed by 13 points at halftime and 15 points at the final change. But a Brett Coxsedge team struck back in the final period. They overwhelmed Brazil 27:11 in the fourth stanza to celebrate the victory.
Ben Madgen (193-G-85, college: Augusta St.) dropped 28 points to lead Australia. Carlin Hughes and Ryan Bathie notched 10 points each for the winning team. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) responded with 24 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Brazil.

Australia: Ben Madgen 28, Carlin Hughes 10, Ryan Bathie 10
Brazil: Andre Goes 24, Rodrigo Cesar 14

20-22 spot
Mexico - Iran 74:62
Mexico beat Iran on the final day of the World University Game in Belgrade. The victory allowed Mexico to clinch the 20th spot at the tournament. Iran finished in the 21st position. Julio Cesar Martin del Campo (195-G/F-88) knocked down 22 points to lift Mexico to the win. Joaquin Villanueva added 14 points and 11 caroms in the win. Mexico built an 8-point advantage at halftime and maintained it well throughout the second half.
Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) responded with 18 points and 6 boards for Iran. Ali Baheran had 12 points in defeat.

Mexico: Julio Cesar Martin del Campo 22, Joaquin Villanueva 14+11 boards, Joel Reynoso 12
Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 18, Ali Baheran 12

23-25 spot
China - South Africa 106:70
China completed their World University Games campaign. They defeated South Africa in the final day of the tournament to clinch the 23rd overall spot. South Africa remained at the bottom of the ladder winless. ZHANG Chunjun (198-C-87) fired 33 points and ripped off 9 boards to lead the Asian team. China did not waste too much time to stamp their authority. They poured in 34 points in the opening frame to account for 15-point lead. The onslaught continued in the second stanza as China cleared off to a 24-point distance at halftime. South Africa had not a single chance in the third quarter as China scored eagerly. A Yonglin Guo side managed 35 points in the period to pile up an unassailable 42-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. South Africa showed character as they did not say die and fought till the final buzzer. They won the fourth term by 6 points but finished the tournament with no victories posted. Ma Yi had 25 points for China. Zhang ZhaoXu contributed 21 points and 22 rebounds for the winning team. Celemusa Khumalo (193-G-88) responded with 20 points for South Africa. Makgotla Modisaesi canned 14 points in defeat.

China: ZHANG Chunjun 33, Ma Yi 25, Zhang ZhaoXu 21+22 boards
South Africa: Celemusa Khumalo 20, Makgotla Modisaesi 14

  




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World University Games Standings
Group A
 1. Germany 4-0 
 2. Estonia 3-1 
 3. S.Korea 1-2 
 4. China 1-3 
 5. Mozambique. 0-3 
Group B
 1. Russia 5-0 
 2. Canada 4-1 
 3. Sweden 3-2 
 4. Montenegro. 2-3 
 5. Mexico 1-4 
 6. Mongolia 0-5 
Group C
 1. France 5-0 
 2. Lithuania 4-1 
 3. Australia 3-2 
 4. Finland 2-3 
 5. Japan 1-4 
 6. Taiwan 0-5 
Group D
 1. USA 5-0 
 2. Brazil 4-1 
 3. Serbia 3-2 
 4. Turkey 2-3 
 5. Switzerlan. 1-4 
 6. Chile 0-5 
Points Per Game
 Alex MURPHY
  FIN
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 20
 1. Murphy, FIN20.0 
 2. Selden, USA19.3 
 3. Nordstrom, SWE17.1 
 4. Steinmann, SUI15.5 
 5. Mason, USA14.5 
 6. Giedraitis, LTU13.9 
 7. Spasojevic, MNT13.8 
 8. Lindqvist, SWE13.5 
 9. Mathiang, AUS13.5 
 10. Ellis, USA13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mangok MATHIANG
  AUS
  (208-F/C-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Mathiang, AUS10.3 
 2. Sanli, TUR10.0 
 3. Dubas, BEL8.5 
 4. Enkhbat, MGL8.0 
 5. Mula, MOZ7.8 
 6. Caifaz, MOZ7.8 
 7. Pot, SRB7.5 
 8. Brase, GER7.4 
 9. Nordstrom, SWE7.4 
 10. Radosavljevi., SRB7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Frank MASON
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Mason, USA4.4 
 2. Lo, GER4.2 
 3. Torres, BRA4.0 
 4. Pot, SRB3.9 
 5. Vikhrov, RUS3.8 
 6. Heo, KOR3.3 
 7. Vrbica, MNT3.3 
 8. Julien, FRA3.0 
 9. Strebkov, RUS2.8 
 10. Shtarkman, ISR2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Yudai BABA
  (193-SF-95)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Baba, JPN2.8 
 2. Dorbek, EST2.7 
 3. Leo, JPN2.5 
 4. Lee, KOR2.5 
 5. Mason, USA2.5 
 6. Torres, BRA2.3 
 7. Machava, MOZ2.2 
 8. Lee, KOR2.2 
 9. Laane, EST2.1 
 10. Djurisic, MNT2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Maik-Kalev KOTSAR
  (201-F/G-96)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kotsar, EST1.9 
 2. Choi, KOR1.8 
 3. Desyatnikov, RUS1.8 
 4. Sanli, TUR1.8 
 5. Fall, FRA1.7 
 6. Mockevicius, LTU1.5 
 7. Caven, FIN1.4 
 8. Senli, TUR1.3 
 9. Guo, CHN1.3 
 10. Morin, FRA1.3 
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