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World University Games 2007 - Men Basketball



World University Games Standings
Group A
 1. Canada 2-0 
 2. N.Zealand 1-1 
 3. Thailand 0-2 
Group B
 1. Lithuania 2-0 
 2. USA 1-1 
 3. Angola 0-2 
Group C
 1. Japan 2-0 
 2. Ukraine 1-1 
 3. Brazil 0-2 
Group D
 1. Serbia 2-0 
 2. Mexico 1-1 
 3. Czech Repu. 0-2 
Group E
 1. Russia 2-0 
 2. Finland 1-1 
 3. Taiwan 0-2 
Group F
 1. Germany 2-0 
 2. Greece 1-1 
 3. Kazakhstan. 0-2 
Group G
 1. Turkey 2-0 
 2. China 1-1 
 3. S.Africa 0-2 
Group H
 1. Israel 2-0 
 2. S.Korea 1-1 
 3. Australia 0-2
 
 
Lithuania becomes the new champion - Aug. 18, 2007 
Final

Lithuania - Serbia 85:66

Lithuanian team triumphed in the 2007 Summer University Games in Bangkok. They edged Serbia to claim the Gold medals today. Serbia entered the Final undefeated and aimed to add one more trophy to the Serbian list this summer. However Lithuania previously proved their ambitions and was taken as one of the strongest teams at the competition.
Serbia opened the game in a confident manner and rolled to a 27:15 advantage after the starting frame. But Lithuania replied with a 27:15 second quarter to freeze the scoreline tied at 42 at halfitme. The things started to look better for Lithuania after the break as they managed to clear off to a 61:56 distance. Serbia though did not have enough energy to match Lithuanian pace in the fourth stanza and simply collapsed en route to the final buzzer. Lithuania easily surpassed their opponents 24:10 and celebrated a historic victory.
Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) posted 18 points and 11 rebounds for Lithuania. Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Octagon) had 19 points for the winners. Vladan Vukosauyevie paced Serbia with game-high 21 points and 7 boards. Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) netted 15 points in a losing effort.
Lithuania converted 52% from the field and 44% from free throw line. Serbia replied with 43% of firld goals and 52% of free throws. Lithuanian players won the battle under the rims outrebounding their opponents 40:29.

Lithuania: Rolandas Alijevas 19, Jonas Maciulis 18+11 boards, Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) 17
Serbia: Vladan Vukosauyevie 21, Strahinja Milosevic 15, Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) 13

Bronze medals game
Canada - Japan 90:84
Canadian team completed their Universiade campaign with a win over Japanese team today. It ensured the Bronze medals for North Americans. Canada finished the tournament with a 5-2 record.
However it was no tan easy trip for Canadian side today. Japan overwhelmed their opponents 31:15 in the first quarter. Canada bounced back in the second frame but managed just cut the deficit to 35:45 at halftime. But strong team effort in the third stanza allowed Canada to surge ahead 65:64 entering the final term. There Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) found the touch from beyond the arc and paced his teammates to the win. He poured in 18 points converting 4/6 three pointers for Canada. Theus Davis (212-C-86) posted 15 points and 13 boards for the winners. Shohei Kikuchi (190-F-85) answered with 28 points. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) and Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) added 19 points apiece in defeat.
Canada dominated the boards 41:31. They also committed just 10 turnovers, forcing Japan to 15 mistakes. Japan however were more accurate from the field converting 49%, while Canada shot 45%. Japan also knocked down 66% from free throw line, while North American side hit 69% of free throws.

Canada: Tristan Blackwood 18, Theus Davis 15+13 boards, Neil MacDonald (208-C-84, agency: ACMT) 14
Japan: Shohei Kikuchi 28, Takumi Ishizaki 19, Kosuke Takeuchi 19


Bangkok still awaits for the men's basketball tournament winner - Aug. 17, 2007 
5th-6th spots

Turkey - Russia 97:87
Turkey overcame Russia on the last day of the Universiade basketball tournament to clinch the 5th spot. The win marked a 4-2 record for Turkish side at the competition. Russia meanwhile lost three consecutive games and completed their campaign with a 3-3 record.
Turkey seemed to save more energy for this battle as they looked more impressive from the start. They rolled to a 26:19 advtantage after the first frame but Russia finally found the touch late in the second frame and cut the deficit to just 3 points at halftime 41:44. Turkey though did not slow down and posted another impressive rally in the third stanza to built a 74:65 gap entering the fourth quarter. Russia run out of steam in the dying stages and had to surrender at the end.
Serhat Getin (-F-86) notched 28 points to lead Turkey. Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) secured another 19 points in a winning effort. Evgeni Voronov (192-G-86) scored 15 points to pace Russia. Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) added 14 points in defeat.
Turkey shot impressive 64% from the field, including 50% from beyond the arc. Russia also had solid 50% accuracy. Russia outrebounded their opponents 30:23. Both teams committed 16 turnovers.

Turkey: Serhat Getin 28, Sinan Guler 19
Russia: Evgeni Voronov 15, Nikita Kurbanov 14

7th-8th spots

Korea - Germany 60:72
Korean team completed their Bangkok campaign with a loss to Germany. The defeat saw Korea occupy the 8th spot in overall ladder. Korea team lost three in a row and finished the tournament with a 3-4 record.
The teams played close basketball in the first quarter and Germany enjoyed a narrow 18:17 lead after it. But imressive performance from Dirk Madrich helped Germany to surge ahead in the second quarter and they drove to a 41:32 advantage at halftime. Korea managed to slow down European team and outscord them 20:19. But it never helped as they could not convert at the dying stages of the game. Germany limited Korean players to just 8 points in the fourth term and celebrated a confident victory.
Dirk Madrich provided 20 points and 16 boards for Germany. Gordon Geib (180-G-83, agency: LimeLight) contributed 16 points for the winners. Yoo Hee Sun (201-F-86) scored 12 points to lead Korea. Oh Sekeun (201-C-87) had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a loss.
Germany shot 55% from the field, while Korea recorded 42% accuracy. Germany also outmuscled their opponents on the boards 34:23. Korea at the same time forced German side to 23 turnovers.

Korea: Yoo Hee Sun 12, Oh Sekeun 9
Germany: Dirk Madrich 20+16 boards, Gordon Geib 16

9th-10th spots
USA - Israel 63:57
United States team celebrated a tough win over Israel to finish the Summer Universiade at the 9th overall spot. USA squad lost the opening game to Lithuania but then performed an impressive 5-game winning streak to complete the tournament with 5-1 record.
USA started the game pretty confidently and rolled to a 20:14 advantage after the opening frame. Both teams struggled from the field in the second quarter and Israel outscored USA 10:9 to trail by 5 points at halftime 24:29. United States players got to a 5:1 run early in the second half and later marked a 35:25 lead. But Israeli team responded with 11:4 rally of their own and cut the deficit to 36:39 late in the third term. Erez Kohansky connected from outside to tie the scoreline early in the fourth stanza 45:45. But Kerwin Dunham (198-G) responded with a trey to regain the lead for North American team and never looked back. Brooks McKowen added another three pointer at the dying stage to cool off Israel.
Eric Coleman (198-C-85) scored 14 points and 6 boards for USA. Kerwin Dunham and Adam Koch (203-F) provided 11 points apiece for the winners. Yuval Naimy (185-G/F-86) nailed 16 points for Israel. Nitzan Hanochi (190-G-86, agency: Ronsport) added 11 points and 11 boards in defeat.
USA outrebounded Israel 39:29. They shot 44% from the field, while Israel were limited to 38% accuracy.

USA: Eric Coleman 14, Kerwin Dunham 11, Adam Koch 11
Israel: Yuval Naimy 16, Nitzan Hanochi 11+11 boards

11th-12th spots
Greece - Finland 68:69
Greece: Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) 20, Dimitris Maslarinos (195-G-82) 16
Finland: Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) 25+11 boards, Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) 14

13th-14th spots

Mexico - Ukraine 20:0

15th-16th spots

New Zealand - China 117:88
New Zealand Emergin Tall Blacks secured the 15th spot at the Summer University Games in Bangkok. They thumped China on the last day of action in Bangkok. The win was crafted by the Bay Hawk's guard Everard Bartlett (191-G-86). Bartlett was impressive in the last game against Ukraine pouring in 39 points but it was not the end for him. Kiwi youngster was red-hot as he dropped remarkable 50 points against China. He converted 18/29 field goals, including 10/17 three pointers and 4/4 free throws, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished out 3 assists and made 3 steals.
New Zealand treated the fans gathered in Bangkok Youth Centre to some spectacular attacking basketball. They nailed 30 points in the opening frame to gain an early 30:18 lead. The gap grew to 58:39 mark at halftime. But Emerging Tall Blacks were not about to stop. One man show continued as Everard Bartlett lifted his side to a 35:28 advantage after three quarters and piled up an unassailable 93:67 lead. China never recovered and lost the game.
Zane Meehl (190-G-86) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for New Zealand. Thomas Abercombie and Callum Macleod secured 9 points apiece for Kiwis. Yang Chao (192-G/F-84) scored 32 points for China. Han Shuo (198-G-89) had 25 points in a losing clause.

New Zealand: Everard Bartlett 50, Zane Meehl 11
China: Yang Chao 32, Han Shuo 25

17th-18th spots
Australia - Czech Republic 63:54
Australian students completed their Universiade campaign with a victory over Czech Republic today. This victory allowed them to occupy the 17th overall place in Thailand. Australia won three consecutive games and ended the competition with a 4-3 record. They also revenged for a sour loss from Czech Republic in the classification round 53:69.
Australia counted for the mistakes of the previous encounter and got off to a confident start. They took an early lead and won the opening frame 16:11. Czech team however was not about to lose today. They replied with a tight defence in the second quarter and cut the deficit to 23:26 at halftime. But Aron Baynes (208-C-86) shouldered Aussies in the second half to a victory. He led Australia to a 16:11 third term as they cleared off to a 42:34 distance entering the fourth stanza. The game became more aggressive in the final part but Australia still emerged on top winning this battle.
Aron Baynes produced 19 points and 9 boards to pace Australia. Carlin Hughes (185-G) netted another 14 points for the winners. Michal Vocetka (192-G/F-87) nailed 13 points for Czech Republic. Pavel Houska (201-F-84, agency: PPGroup) added 10 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Australia: Aron Baynes 19+9 boards, Carlin Hughes 14
Czech Republic: Michal Vocetka 13, Pavel Houska 10+10 boards

19th-20th spots

Brazil - Taiwan 80:66
Brazilian team celebrated a comprehensive victory over Taiwan on the last day of the Universiade in Bangkok. The victory means Brazil finished the tournament at the 19th overall spot. Five Brazilian players deliver in double digits to lead well-balanced team to success in today's clash.
Brazil got to a confident start of the game and built a safe 45:28 lead at halftime. Taiwan however began to show the signs of revival in the third term. They outscored Latin American team 23:16 and narrowed teh distance to 51:61. But it was as close as they managed to get this evening. Brazil limited Taiwan offensive opportunities and sealed victory at the end.
Henrique Cruz (200-F/C-85) paced Brazil with 15 points and 13 boards. Audrei Parisotto (194-F-84) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Sheng Yao Liu and Chen Shun Hsiang (190-F-85) produced 13 points apiece for Taiwan. Shih Chieh Chen had 11 points and 8 boards in a losing effort.
Brazil recorded solid 52% accuracy from the field but they struggled from free throw line converting just 35%. Taiwan shot 33% of field goals and were perfect from charity stripe. Brazil won the battle under the rims outrebounding their opponents 56:27.

Brazil: Henrique Cruz 15+13 boards, Audrei Parisotto 14+9 boards
Taiwan: Sheng Yao Liu 13, Chen Shun Hsiang 13

21st-22th spots

Thailand - Kazakhstan 62:88

23rd-24th spots

Angola - South Africa 74:46
Angolan team secured their first victory at the Summer University Games in Thailand. They defeated South Africa in the battle for the 23rd spot today. South Africa meanwhile suffered their 7th straight loss and finished the tournament winless.
Angola were quick at to start biulding their lead and marked a 20:9 dominance at the end of the first quarter. Both teams played open attacking basketball in the second frame and Angola succeeded in it. They strengthen their lead and were up 46:23 at halftime. The game slowed down drastically after the intermission but it hardly helped South Africa. They still trailed and looked too weary to perform any sort of comeback. Angola easily secured the lead and drove to a comprehensive win at the end.
Joao Suingue (185-G-83) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals to pace Angola. Adilson Baza (185-C-86) contributed 14 points, 9 steals, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Tsepo Matsie (185-G-86) replied with 16 poitns for South Africans. Jerry Manyubele (195-F-83) had 11 points and 9 boards in a loss.
Angola shot 45% from the field limiting their opponents to 29% accuracy. Both teams pulled down 40 rebounds and knocked down 38% from free throw line. South African team committed massive 40 turnovers.

Angola: Joao Suingue 19, Adilson Baza 14+9 steals
South Africa: Tsepo Matsie 16, Jerry Manyubele 11+9 boards



Lithuania and Serbia will fight for Gold Medals  - Aug. 16, 2007 
Semifinals

Serbia - Japan 76:62
Serbian basketball is in its full swing this summer as they continue to gather all kinds of titles around the world. Serbian students closed on one more as they advanced to the Final of the Summer University Games in Bangkok. Serbia toppled Japan today to maintain their perfect record at the tournament and joined Lithuania in the title game. Japan will now play for Bronze medals against Canada.
Serbia was forecasted as favorites in this clash and started to prove their status early in the game. They built a narrow 17:15 lead after the first frame. However Japanese team was about to beat forecasts this evening. They limited European players to only 9 points in the second quarter and secured a 28:26 advantage at halftime.
Serbian team were probably well shaken during the intermission by their coach Sasa Nikitovic as they began to turn things their way immediately after the break. An aggressive defence maintained throughout the term helped Serbia to limit Japan to 6 points and clear off to a 46:34 distance. The final frame brought a high-scoring attacking basketball where Serbian team still were more successful outscoring Japan 30:28.
Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) led Serbia with 15 points and 7 boards. Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired 12 points for the winners. Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) answered with game-high 16 points for Japan. Akihito Inoue (198-F-84) scored 11 points in a losing effort.
Both teams shot 41% from the field, but Serbia were a bit more accurate from free throw line converting 65%. Serbia also outrebounded their opponents 45:20.

Serbia: Strahinja Milosevic 15, Marko Simonovic 12
Japan: Yusuke Okada 16, Akihito Inoue 11

Lithuania - Canada 79:64
Lithuanian team continued their impressive race in the basketball tournament at the Universiade in Bangkok. They edged Canada in today's semifinal and advanced to the title game. Rimantas Grigas' guys will now face the winner of Japan vs. Serbia semifinal.
Lithuania enjoyed a narrow 26:20 lead after the opening frame. Canada remained at a striking distance throughout the second term and trailed by the same 6 points at halftime 42:48. However Lithuania put breaks on Canadian offense in the third quarter and limited them to just 8 points. It resulted in Canada falling behind 10 points and entering the final frame trailing 50:66. Lithuania wisely held on to the advantage and never allowed Canada to come closer. Canada only managed to outscore Europeans 14:13 in the fourth quarter but it had little influence on the result.
Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points to pace Lithuania. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) secured another 13 points for the winners. Scott Morrison was the only Canadian player to deliver in double figures as he netted 16 points. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) added 9 points in a losing effort. Lithuania dominated every aspect of the game. They outrebounded Canada 36:30 and forced them to 18 turnovers. Lithuania also shot better from the field converting 44%, while North American players hit 37%.

Lithuania: Jonas Maciulis 18, Steponas Babrauskas 13
Canada: Scott Morrison 16, Jevohn Shepherd 9

Classification 5th-8th spots

Turkey - Korea 79:68
Turkish students overcame Korea in todays's action at the Universiade. The win enabled Turkey to play for the 5th spot tomorrow. Korea will now fight the 7th place.
Turkey used strong second and fourth frames to succeed in the game. Both teams kept it close throughout the opening stanza and were all square at the start of the second term 20:20. But Turkish side spurred ahead after the first intermission. They limited Korea to 11 points and outscored them 24:11 to pile up a 44:31 lead at halftime. Korea however was not about to let it slip away. They hit a couple of three point attempts and dominated the boards to cut the deficit to 52:55. But Turkey stayed cool and never let Korea to come close enough for the final strike. A solid shooting percentage from the field allowed Turkey to stay in front in the dying stages and seal victory at the end.
Cem Coskun (209-C-87) led Turkey with 17 points and 9 boards. Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) contributed 13 points for the winners. Jung Hwiryang (200-F-84) scored 15 points for Korea. Oh Sekeun (201-C-87) produced 13 points and game-high 18 rebounds in a loss.

Turkey: Cem Coskun 17+9 boards, Sinan Guler 13
Korea: Jung Hwiryang 15, Oh Sekeun 13+18 boards

Russia - Germany 94:76
Russian forward Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) scored 30 points to lift his team past Germany at the Universiade in Bangkok today. Russia will now face Turkey for the 5th spot. Gemany will play against Korea for the 7th place tomorrow.
Russia shook off bad memories of the quarterfinal loss to Lithuania and started the game bravely enough. They outscored German side 25:16 in the opening frame. The gap kept on growing in the second quarter and reached a 49:32 mark at halftime. Germany struggled to come back into contest as they could not match Russian high accuracy and slumped behind. Russia entered the final stanza up by 19 points 73:54 and easily hold on to the lead.
Nikita Kurbanov topscored for Russia with 30 points, 4 assists and 3 boards. Andrey Komarovskiy contributed another 16 points and 7 boards for the winners. Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) responded with 23 points for Germany. Philip Zwiener (198-F-85) had 20 points and 7 rebounds in a loss.
Russia recorded impressive shooting figures as they converted 57% from the field, including 43% from beyond the arc. Germany hit 37% of field goals. Russia managed to outrebound their opponents 34:27 and took advantage of German 21 personal fouls.

Russia: Nikita Kurbanov 30, Andrey Komarovskiy 16
Germany: Jan Lipke 23, Philip Zwiener 20+7 boards

Classification 9th-12th spots

Israel - Greece 74:59
Israeli team will play for the 9th spot in the Summer University Games in Thailand. It became known after today's classification game against Greece. Israel survived an early threat from Greek team and emerged strong in the second half to celebrate a comprehensive win at the end. Israel will take on the winner of USA versus Finland battle tomorrow.
Greece got to a better start of the game and led 18:13 after the first quarter. Israel managed to cut the deficit by 2 points at halftime 29:32. Israeli players recovered after the intermission as Nitzan Hanochi (190-G-86, agency: Ronsport) fueled a comeback effort. Israel surged in front 50:44 in the third term. Greece lost the touch from the field and could not revive in the final stage.
Israel were paced by 22 points from Nitzan Hanochi. Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) secured 18 points and 7 boards for the winners. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) delivered 18 points for Greece. Fotios Vassilopoulos netted 13 points in a loss.
Israel limited Greek players to just 38% from the field, while shooting 49% themselves. Greece also struggled from the stripe knocking down 42%. They however managed to outrebound Israel 39:31.

Israel: Nitzan Hanochi 22, Anton Kazarnovski 18
Greece: Kostas Kakaroudis 18, Fotios Vassilopoulos 13

USA - Finland 59:44
USA team represented by Northern Iowa University players overcame Finland in today's classification game. This was the fourth consecuive victory for United States team. They will now play for the 9th spot against Israel tomorrow.
USA had a narrow advantage in the first quarter and secured a 14:11 lead after it. Adam Koch (203-F) and Jared Josten (180-G-84) combined 17 points in the first half to pace USA to a 30:20 advantage at halftime. However Finland started the second half with a 7:0 rally that put them within three points from North American team. But USA bounced back with a 6:0 run of their own and claimed lead for good.
Adam Koch topscored for USA with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Jared Josten secured 12 points for the winners. Finland had no players to score in double figures. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) answered with 9 points and 11 boards for Finland. Juha Sten (191-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 8 points and 4 rebounds in defeat.
Both teams struggled in accuracy as USA converted 36% of field goals and Finland replied with 27%. Finland also shot miserable 30% from free throw line. United States outrebounded Finland 41:38 and forced those to 16 turnovers.

USA: Adam Koch 13+9 boards, Jared Josten 12
Finland: Ville Makalainen 9+11 boards, Juha Sten 8

Classification 13th-16th spots

New Zealand - Ukraine 86:104
New Zealand students were rallied by Ukraine in today's action at the Summer Universiade. Ukraine managed to withstand massive 39 points from Bay Hawks guard Everard Bartlett (191-G-86) to ensure their appearance in the clash for the 13th spot tomorrow. Ukrainian captain Leonid Stefanyshyn (200-F-85) led well-balanced squad to a comprehensive victory.
Europeans were dominant right from the start as they established a 21:14 after the first quarter. Playing a spectacular attacking basketball the teams rolled to a 49:40 in favor of Ukraine at halftime. Both Ukraine and New Zealand never stopped after the break and continue to entertain Thai fans with a high-scoring attitude. Ukraine extended the lead to 75:58 after three quarters. Ukrainian coach Igor Yatsenko let the bench log more minutes in the final term however it did not influence the tempo and Ukraine closed the game in style outscoring Emerging Tall Blacks 29:28.
Leonid Stefanyshyn scored 18 points and grabbed 6 boards for Ukraine. Maxym Kornienko added 14 points for the winners. Everard Bartlett posted 39 points, hitting 7/12 three pointers, 5 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals for Kiwis. Christopher Reay (206-F) had 17 points in a losing clause.
Ukraine outrebounded their opponents 43:27. They also shot impressive 61% from the field, while Emerging Tall Blacks were limited to 35%. New Zealand were a bit better from the charity stripe converting 73%, while Ukrainian players knocked down 58% of free throws.

New Zealand: Everard Bartlett 39, Christopher Reay 17
Ukraine: Leonid Stefanyshyn 18, Maxym Kornienko 14

Mexico - China 83:67
Mexican team had a successful outing against China at the Universiade today. They overcame their Asian counterparts 83:67 to ensure the game for the 13th spot tomorrow. Mexico will play against Ukraine. China meanwhile will fight for the 15th place versus New Zealand team.
A well-balanced team effort brougt Mexico their second victory and the team imroved to 2-3 record at the tournament. Latin American side looked better in the first half as they managed to pile up a 44:33 advantage at halftime. China tried to come back in the third term and cut the deficit to 55:65 entering the fourth quarter. But Mexico tightened defence and sealed a perfect win at the end.
Jose Luis Bucio (179-G-86) scored 17 points to pace Mexico. Edward Ayileke (197-F/C-84) added 14 points for the winners. Yang Chao (192-G/F-84) and Han Shuo (198-G-89) nailed 18 points apiece for China. Li Zhenyang (204-C-87) chipped in 13 points in a losing clause.
Mexico converted 49% from the field and 78% from free throw line. China shot with 45% accuracy from the field and 63% from charity stripe. China managed to outmuscle Mexico under the rims pulling down 33 boards. Both teams committed 24 turnovers.

Mexico: Jose Luis Bucio 17, Edward Ayileke 14
China: Yang Chao 18, Han Shuo 18, Li Zhenyang 13

Classification 17th-20th spots

Australia - Taiwan 106:66
Austrlian team played probably their best basetball at the Summer Universiade so far edging Taiwan 106:66. The victory allowed Aussies to fight for an overall 17th place. They will now take on the winner of Brazil versus Czech Republic clash.
Austalian players marked their intentions right from the start rolling past Taiwan 28:13 in the first frame. Taiwan tried to stay in the contest in the second term as they managed to outscore Australia 22:21 but they could not deliver after halftime break. Astralian squad completely dominated the court and established a comfortable 74:49 lead entering the fourth frame. The task was completed in the last part of the game as Australian bench dismantled their opponents 32:17.
Carlin Hughes (185-G) provided game-high 26 points for Australia. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) had 17 points and 9 boards, while Marcus Ng (189-G-85) nailed 16 points for the winners. Sheng Yao Liu answered with 22 points for Taiwan. Chang Yi Ming (185-G-84) delivered 10 points in a losing effort.
Australia shot solid 53% from the field, including 43% from beyond the arc. Taiwan replied with 42% accuracy. Australian players outrebunded their counterparts 42:19. They also committed just 11 turnovers.

Australia: Carlin Hughes 26, Aron Baynes 17+9 boards, Marcus Ng 16
Taiwan: Sheng Yao Liu 22, Chang Yi Ming 10

Czech Republic - Brazil 85:73
Czech Republic team took advantage of Brazil in today's classification game at the Universiade in Thailand. They will now play for the 17th spot against Australia tomorrow. Brazil will face Taiwan in the clash for the 19th place.
Czech Republic did not wait for too long before starting to deliver in this one. They got off to a flying start and easily ran away to a 20:12 distance after the opening frame. Brazil however managed to slow down their European opponents and cut the advantage by 4 points at halftime 34:38. Czech team then wisely held on to the lead in the third term and entered the final stanza in front 61:56. Brazil tried to come back into the contest but it was not the day for them. Czech connected a couple of long jumpers to seal the victory at the end.
Pavel Slezak (185-G-84) had 24 points to pace Czech team. Michal Vocetka (192-G/F-87) contributed 14 points in a winning effort. Gustavo Lima (178-G-90) replied with 21 points for Brazil. Audrei Parisotto (194-F-84) netted 17 points in defeat.
Czech Republic converted 47% from the field and 73% from free throw line. Brazil recorded 46% of field goals and 47% from charity stripe. Czech players outrebounded their counterparts 32:23. Both teams committed 17 turnovers.

Czech Republic: Pavel Slezak 24, Michal Vocetka 14
Brazil: Gustavo Lima 21, Audrei Parisotto 17

Classification 21st-24th spots

Thailand - Angola 77:72
Thai team celebrated a narrow victory over Angola in the classification game for the 21st-24th spots today. The hosts of the Summer Universiade will now face either Kazakhstan or South Africa for the 21st place tomorrow. Angola meawhile remained winless in Bangkok.
The teams kept it close throughout the first quarter and Thailand took a narrow advantage 27:25. Thai players extended the gap to 42:35 at halftime. However Angolan team regrouped after the break and speeded up to outscore hosts 20:12 and take a 55:54 lead. But cheered by the fans Srinakharinwirot University Thailand secured a tough victory in the final stanza.
Chaiwat Kaedum (-C-85) topscored for Thailand with 22 points. Ratdech Kruatiwa (190-F-85) contributed 17 points for the winners. Adilson Baza (185-C-86) replied with game-high 26 points and 8 boards for Angola. Joao Suingue (185-G-83) had 14 points in defeat.
Thailand shot solid 53% from the field and 63% from free throw line. Angola responded with 40% accuracy from the range and 64% from the stripe. Thai players outrebounded Angola 41:25. At the same time hosts committed massive 31 turnovers.

Thailand: Chaiwat Kaedum 22, Ratdech Kruatiwa 17
Angola: Adilson Baza 26, Joao Suingue 14

Kazakhstan - South Africa 80:59
kazakhstan added more pain for weary South African team. Kazakhs handed them the 6th straight loss and left them winless at the tournament. The victory means kazakhstan will now fight for the 21st spot against hosting Thailand tomorrow. South Africa will seek for their first success against Angola.
Kazakhstan proved the difference early in the game and rolled to a 29:12 advantage after the opening frame. South Africa however was not taken aback and did not collapse afterwards. They played a close basketball in the second half but South Africans never came close enough to trouble Kazakhstan.
Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) led all scorers with 27 points and 17 rebounds for Kazakhstan. Maxim Voyeikov (195-F-88) contributed 10 points for the winners. Eric Mofokeng (204-C-84) and Tsepo Matsie (185-G-86) nailed 15 points apiece for South Africa. Thami Kukulela (194-G-85) added 9 points in a losing clause.
Kazkahstan were more accurate from the field knocking down 50%, while South Africa shot just 34%. Kazakh players reigned under the rims outrebounding their opponents 46:33. Kazakhstan also capitalized on 25 personal fouls from African players.

Kazakhstan: Mikhail Yevstigneyev 27+17 boards, Maxim Voyeikov 10
South Africa: Eric Mofokeng 15, Tsepo Matsie 15, Thami Kukulela 9


Bangkok enjoys men's quarterfinals - Aug. 15, 2007 
Quarterfinals

Serbia - Turkey 90:51
Serbian student team continued with their winning ways in Thailand. They outscored Turkey in the quarterfinal of the Universiade today and advanced to the semifinal stage. They will now play versus Japan tomorrow. Turkey will take on Korea in the classification games for 5th-8th places.
Serbia entered the game undefeated and never seemed to give this one up. Turkey tried to stay in race early on and trialed by just 2 points after the first frame 19:21. However Serbian players made themselves comfortable in the second quarter as they extended the advantage to 13 points 43:30 at halftime. They never slowed down after intermission and looked dominant in the second half. Serbia piled up a 55:42 lead after three quarters before Turkish defense was torn in the final term 25:9.
Vladan Vukosauyevie nailed game-high 27 points and grabbed 7 boards for Serbia. Milan Rakic (193-G-86) added 11 points for the winners. Caner Topaloglu (200-F-85) secured 20 points for Turkey. Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) had 10 points and 5 assists in defeat.
Serbia converted impressive 61% from the field and 73% from free throw line. Turkey answered with 40% of field goals and 75% from the stripe. Serbia also outrebounded their opponents 32:17 and forced them to 17 turnovers.

Serbia: Vladan Vukosauyevie 27, Milan Rakic 11
Turkey: Caner Topaloglu 20, Sinan Guler 10

Japan- Korea 72:71
Japanese team secured a narrow victory over Korea to qualify for the semifinal stage at the Summer Universiade. Japan will now face Serbia in tomorrow's Top 4 clash. Korea will take on Turkey in the classification games for the 5th-8th spots.
Korean players enjoyed an early 19:11 lead after the first frame. But Japan stroke back in the second quarter and drove to a 33:33 tie at halftime. The game remained close throughout the third frame and Japan surged ahead late in the term 52:51. Korea tried to come back into this one but Japanese squad succeeded in the fierce battle of the last seconds and advanced into semifinal.
Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) topscored for Japan with 19 points. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) contributed 17 points and 14 boards for the winners. Park Chan Hee (191-G-87) provided 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Korea. Yoon Yeo Kwon (186-F-84) had 14 points in a losing clause.
Japan converted 47% from the field, including 46% from beyond the arc. Korea answered with 40% accuracy. Japan managed to outrebound their opponents 32:30 and forced those to 13 turnovers.

Japan: Yusuke Okada 19, Kosuke Takeuchi 17+14 boards
Korea: Park Chan Hee 20, Yoon Yeo Kwon 14

Lithuania - Russia 79:70
Lithuania proved their perfect form at the Summer Universiade in Thailand as they toppled Russia in today's quarterfinal. They will now face Canada in the semifinal tomorrow. Russia will play against Germany for the 5th-8th spots.
Russia got to a perfect start to this one. They dominated on the court and easily spurred to a 29:12 lead. But gradually Lithuania started to gain their usual tempo and took the initiative. They cut the deficit to 8 points at halftime 33:41. Lithuania surged ahead after the break. A couple of three point attempts from Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Justas Sinica lifted the Baltic team in front 58:57 after three quarters. Lithuanian players found the touch and bombarded Russian basket from all distances. Russia struggled to maintain tight defence and limped behind to lose the encounter.
Jonas Maciulis topscored for Lithuania with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) hit 5 three pointers and finished the game with 18 points for the winners. Evgeni Voronov (192-G-86) netted game-high 26 points for Russia. Alexei Zozulin had 15 points and 8 boards in a loss.
Russia lost the battle in the paint as they were outrebounded 28:35. Lithuania also shot more accurately from the field converting 42%. Both teams hit 68% of free throws.

Lithuania: Jonas Maciulis 22+10 boards, Justinas Sinica 18
Russia: Evgeni Voronov 26, Alexei Zozulin 15+8 boards

Canada - Germany 68:63
Canada became the first semifinalist at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They edged Germany in the quarterfinal stage today. Canada will now face the winner of Russia against Lithuania battle in semifinal tomorrow.
Canada had to come from behind as they trailed thoughout three first quarters. However a strong offensive performance in the final term brought Canadian team a victory.
Germany outscored their opponents 16:13 in the opening frame. The game remained close in the second quarter but European team were a bit better and secured a 35:28 advantage at halftime. Germany extended the lead by on point in the third term and enjoyed a 50:42 dominance at the start of the fourth quarter. But Canadian players were impressive at the dying stage of the game and celebrated a tough victory.
Theus Davis (212-C-86) scored 14 points to lead Canada. Neil MacDonald (208-C-84, agency: ACMT), Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) all contributed 10 points apiece for the winners. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) paced German team with game-high 21 points. Gordon Geib (180-G-83, agency: LimeLight) produced 14 points in defeat.
Both teams shot 34% from the field, but Canada were more accurate from free throw line converting 69%, while Germany hit 40%. Germany managed to outrebound Canada 47:36 and committed just 13 turnovers. At the same time they fouled 24 times.

Canada: Theus Davis 14, Neil MacDonald 10, Tristan Blackwood 10
Germany: Heiko Schaffartzik 21, Gordon Geib 14


Classification round is being completed in Bangkok - Aug. 14, 2007 
Group M

Brazil - Thailand 109:60

Brazilian team gained the third straight win at the classification round of the Universiade. They beat hosting Thailand to maintain their perfect record at the second stage of the tournament.
Latin American team were dominant from the start and overwhelmed their opponents 26:12 in the first frame. An impressive offensive effort paced Brazil to a 54:29 advantage at halftime. Thailand struggled to maintain Brazilian players in the second half and never managed to come closer. The gap grew to a 67:47 mark at the end of the final term. Thailand were distressed and simply stopped in the fourth quarter allowing Brazil to reign the court 32:13.
Six Brazilian players scored in double figures. Marcos Hubner (205-F-82, college: NE Oklahoma A&M CC) nailed 22 points to lead Brazil. Gustavo Lima (178-G-90) contributed 21 points for the winners. Chaiwat Kaedum (-C-85) replied with 13 points for Thailand. Ratdech Kruatiwa (190-F-85) secured 11 points in defeat.
Brazil outrebounded the home side 54:25. They converted 60% of field goals, while Thailand shot just 38% from the field.
Brazil and Thailand will now play in the classification games on July 15.

Brazil: Marcos Hubner 22, Gustavo Lima 21
Thailand: Chaiwat Kaedum 13, Ratdech Kruatiwa 11

Taiwan - South Africa 89:50
Taiwan posted their second straight victory at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They edged South Africa in Group M action today. South Africa remained winless at the tournament.
The game was a close contest at the start as South African players stayed at a striking distance. They lost the opening frame 20:22 and remained in the race for a bigger part of the second. However Taiwan capitalized on mistakes at the end of the second term and recorded a 42:31 advantage at halftime. Taiwan went out of the dressing room ready to decide on the winner early on and stormed past African side 25:12 in the third quarter. Piling up a safe 67:43 lead after three frames Taiwan let the bench fulfill the task at the end. They perfectly performed the task cruising past their opponents 22:7 in the final stanza.
Shih-chieh Chen scored 19 points for Taiwan. Chun-chieh Chen chipped in another 17 points. Jerry Manyubele (195-F-83) responded with 15 points and 7 boards for South Africa. Philani Biyela (188-G-88) and Amogelang Keogatile (193-G-88) netted 8 points apiece in defeat.
Both teams pulled down 34 rebounds, however South Africans players lost the ball to often committing 28 turnovers. Taiwan converted 57% from the field limiting their opponents to just 36%.

Taiwan: Chen Shih Chieh (175-F-84) 19, Chen Chun Chieh (180-G-83) 17
South Africa: Jerry Manyubele 15, Philani Biyela 8, Amogelang Keogatile 8

Group N

Czech Republic - Angola 82:39
Czech Republic University team posted their second victory at the classification round Group N. They thrashed Angolan team 82:39 today. Angola suffered their 5th consecutive loss and stayed at the bottom of the ladder.
The teams remained close in the opening frame. Czech Republic managed to outscore African team 17:15. But the things started to turn Czech way in the second quarter. European side tightened defence and limited Angola to just 7 points establishing a 38:22 advantage at halftime. Angola could not recover in the second half. They shot only 25% from the field and slumped behind. Czech team extended the lead by 6 points in a low-scoring third term 13:7. But Angolan defence collapsed in the last part of the game and surrendered 31 points and lost the encounter.
Pavel Slezak (185-G-84) scored 14 points to pace Czech team. Pavel Houska (201-F-84, agency: PPGroup) added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Joao Suingue (185-G-83) provided 10 points and 10 boards for Angola. Jose Miguel (185-G-86) had 9 points in defeat.
Czech players converted 52% of field goals and 67% from free throw line. They also outrebounded their opponents 41:24.

Czech Republic: Pavel Slezak 14, Pavel Houska 11+10 boards
Angola: Joao Suingue 10+10 boards, Jose Miguel 9

Kazakhstan - Australia 57:89
Kazakhstan suffered their first defeat in the classification round of the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They were beaten by Australian University team in Pool N action today. Kazakhstan entered the game after two impressive victories over Czech Republic and Angola but did not manage to extend the winning streak.
Australia dominated the game right from the start and drove to a 22:17 lead after the opening frame. Kazakhstan though bounced back in the second term and cut the deficit trailing by a single point at halftime 34:35.
Aussies spurred ahead after the break. They stored past Kazakhstan in the third quarter 25:12 and never looked back later on. Kazakhstan were outscored 11:29 in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end.
Carlin Hughes (185-G) led Australian students with 23 points. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) contributed 21 points and 10 boards for the winners. Anton Ponomarev (209-C-88) had 19 points for Kazakhstan. Maxim Voyeikov (195-F-88) and Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) scored 9 points apiece in defeat.
Kazakh players knocked down just 29% of field goals and 63% from charity stripe. They also lost the battle under the rims 23:44. Both teams committed 19 turnovers.

Kazakhstan: Anton Ponomarev 19, Maxim Voyeikov 9, Mikhail Yevstigneyev 9
Australia: Carlin Hughes 23, Aron Baynes 21+10 boards


Qualifying stage is in full swing in Thailand - Aug. 13, 2007 
Group I

Canada - Korea 79:82
Canadian University team suffered their first loss at the Summer Universiade yesterday. They were beaten by Korea in the qualifying round. They now fell to 2-1 record and need to win against Israel to day to advance into the quarterfinal. Korea meawnhile improved their record to 2-1 and lifted their quarterfinal aspirations.
Canada were confident at the start of the encounter as they posted an early 10:0 lead. However Korea quickly replied with a massive 18:3 run to surge ahead. They held on to the advantage and completed the first term 31:21 in front. Canadian players bounced back in the second frame and came within 2 points at halftime 45:47. The things looked Korean way in the third stanza. They poured Canadian defence from the outside and kept them at a safe distance. Canada entered the fourth quarter trailing by 8 points 62:70. But Canada finally managed to draw the game with less than a minute left in regulation. But Korea hit a buzzer-beater and sealed the victory.
Park Chan Hee (191-G-87) led Korea with 24 points and 7 assists. Cho Sung Min (190-G/F-83) posted 17 points for the winners. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, agency: 123 Podium) answered with game-high 25 points for Canada. Joshua Gibson-Bascombe added 14 points and 8 boards in a loss.
Korea takes on New Zealand today.

Canada: Garry Gallimore 25, Joshua Gibson-Bascombe 14
Korea: Park Chan Hee 24+7 assists, Cho Sung Min 17

Israel - New Zealand 90:87
Israeli University team secured their third straight win as they rolled past New Zealand in the starting game of the qualifying round at the Universiade. The outcome was mainly forecasted in the first frame when Israel stun Emerging Tall Blacks 32:20. Afterwards both teams played a close basketball with neither of the sides trying to spur ahead. New Zealand cut the deficit by 7 points at halftime 43:48. Israel replied in the third term as they regained an 8-point advantage 72:64. Kiwis try hard to save the encounter in the final stanza but lost the ball too often in the dying stages and had to surrender at the end.
Nitzan Hanochi (190-G-86, agency: Ronsport) topscored for Israel with 26 points. New Zealand were paced by Zane Meehl (190-G-86) with 20 points and 7 boards.
Israel will play against Canada today. New Zealand will try to rebound versus Korea.

Israel: Nitzan Hanochi 26, Guny Izraely 18, Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) 15
New Zealand: Zane Meehl 20, Everard Bartlett (191-G-86) 15

Group J

Lithuania - China 125:63
Lithuania once again proved their highest ambitions yesterday as they stormed past China 125:63 in Bangkok. This became the thrd straight victory for Lithuanian squad and they were all achieved with 30+ margin. China fell to 1-2 record after the loss.
Lithuania never waited too long to stun their opponents. They opened the game with a huge 36:16 first frame and never looked back later on. Lithuania drove to a 62:37 lead at halftime and continue to pile it up afterwards. The gap grew to 97:48 after three quarter and Lithuania eased to an overall victory at the end.
Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86) scored 24 points for Lithuania. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Barton County CC) and Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Octagon) provided 19 points apiece for the winners. Yang Chao (192-G/F-84) netted 19 points for China. Han Shuo (198-G-89) secured another 12 points in defeat.
Lithuania shot impressive 59% from the field and 79% from charity stripe. They outrebounded China 44:22 and forced them to as many as 30 turnovers. China converted 36% of field goals and 69% from free throw line.
Lithuania faces Turkey later tonight. China will try to rebound against USA.

Lithuania: Mantas Kalnietis 24, Antanas Kavaliauskas 19, Rolandas Alijevas 19
China: Yang Chao 19, Han Shuo 12

USA - Turkey 87:65
USA University team recorded their second win at the Summer University Games in Bangkok. They overcame Turkish team to stay one win away from quarterfinal.
USA were dominant in the first half and built a comfortable 48:32 lead at halftime. Turkey stroke back after the break outscoring their opponents 22:18. But it was as far as they managed to get. USA team tightened defence in the final term and secured a winning outcome at the end.
Adam Koch (203-F) paced United States team with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Jared Josten (180-G-84) provided 19 points for the winners. Murat Rifat Kaya (195-F-84) nailed game-high 22 points for Turkish team. Cihad Sahin had 10 points in a losing effort. USA shot 55% of field goals, while Turkey had 31% accuracy. North American team converted 86% of free throws and Turkey hit 66%. United States players also dominated the boards 34:23.
USA will now play against China today. Turkey takes on Lithuania later tonight.

USA: Adam Koch 20, Jared Josten 19
Turkey: Murat Rifat Kaya 22, Cihad Sahin 10

Group K

Japan - Greece 81:65
Japanese team continued with winning ways at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They overcame Greek side to post the third straight victory at the tournament. They are now one step away from the quarterfinal.
Japan got to flying start and outscored Greece 28:11 in the opening quarter. Japanese players were deadly from the three point line and extended the gap to 49:28 at halftime. Greece however were not about to surrender that early. A tight defence and full court pressure helped limit Japanese side to only 6 points in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 46:55 entering the final term. But it was the best they could do. Asian team regained control over the game sealed a confident victory at the end. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) led the action with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) contributed 19 points for the winners. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) nailed 24 points for Greece. Fotios Vassilopoulos had 13 points and 7 boards in a losing clause.
Greece managed to outrebound Japan 40:36 but lacked accuracy from the field. They converted just 31% of field goals, while Japan hit 40%, including 42% from beyond the arc.
Japan will next play against Germany today. Greece faces Ukraine in another Group K battle.

Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 23+15 boards, Yusuke Okada 19
Greece: Kostas Kakaroudis 24, Fotios Vassilopoulos 13

Ukraine - Germany 65:72
Ukrainian team failed to start the qualifying round of the Summer Universiade with win. They were bumped by Germany 65:72 and aggravated their chances of going into the quarterfinal stage.
Ukraine had a brave start to the game and led 18:15 after the opening frame. However they were not able to hold on to the lead and German team completed the first half ahead 35:33. The things just got worse for Ukrainian squad as they were outscored 15:27 in the third term and entered the final quarter trailing by 14 points 48:62. Ukraine tried to perform comeback in the dying seconds of the game but Germany survived the threat. Ukrainian team obviously lacked leader on the court as no player managed to score in double figures.
Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) led Germany with 22 points. Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) produced 13 points for the winners. Dmitri Zabirchenko (191-G-84), Maxym Kornienko and Vladimir Orlenko (215-C-85) all nailed 9 points apiece to pace Ukraine. Sergiy Gorbenko and Oleksandr Panchenko added 8 points each in a loss.
Both teams pulled down 18 rebounds and committed 10 turnovers. Germany were more accurate from the field converting 54% and knocking down 82% of free throws. Ukraine shot 46% of field goals and just 36% from charity stripe.
Ukraine will next play against Greece.

Ukraine: Dmitri Zabirchenko 9, Maxym Kornienko 9, Vladimir Orlenko 9
Germany: Heiko Schaffartzik 22, Yassin Idbihi 13

Group L
Serbia - Finland 78:55
Serbia: Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) 18, Vladan Vukosauyevie 17
Finland: Olli Ahvenniemi (208-C-83, college: Maine) 17, Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) 13

Russia - Mexico 92:54
Russian University team remained perfect at the Summer Universiade basketball tournament. They drove past Mexican team to gain their third straight success in Thailand. Russia is now one step away from the quarterfinal.
Mexico tried to keep it close in the first frame and trailed by just 6 points after it 10:16. However Russia speeded up in the second term and extended the gap to comfortable 37:22. All possible doubts about the outcome were dropped in the third frame when Russian players thrashed their opponents 25:10 and enlarged the distance to 30 points. Mexico simply surrendered in the fourth stanza and Russia eased to the third consecutive victory.
Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) fired 16 points for Russia. Damir Zibirov (188-G-86) produced 15 points in a winning effort. Santiago Nogueira (183-G-83) answered with 14 points for Mexico. Jose Bucio added 11 points in defeat.
Russia converted 48% from the field and 63% from free throw line. Mexican players shot 37% of field goals and 44% of free throws. Russia also outrebounded Latin American team 41:28 and forced them to 25 turnovers.
Russia will now face Serbia. Mexico will play against Finland.

Russia: Nikita Kurbanov 16, Damir Zibirov 15
Mexico: Santiago Nogueira 14, Jose Bucio 11

Classification round
Group M

Brazil - Taiwan 76:66
Brazilian University team celebrated their first victory at the Summer Universiade yesterday. They edged Taiwan in the opening game of the classification round in Group M. Taiwan meanwhile lost the third consecutive encounter.
Brazilian players dominated the game right from the start as they drove to a 27:14 lead early on. Taiwan however stayed competitive and bounced back in the second quarter cutting the deficit to 33:44. But Brazil emerged strong after the break and extended the gap by 7 points. Establishing a comfortable 63:43 advantage Brazil slowed down the tempo and allowed Taiwan to spur to 23:15 success in the fourth term.
Five Brazilian players scored in double figures. Joao Victor Ramalho (203-F-84) paced Latin American team with 17 points and 10 boards. Audrei Parisotto (194-F-84) added 16 points for the winners. Sheng-yao Liu answered with 19 points for Taiwan. Chun-chieh Chen netted 12 points in a losing effort.
Brazil had an obvious advantag under the rims outrebounding their opponents 40:20. Brazil converted 45% of field goals, while Taiwan shot 38%.
Brazil will play against South Africa today. Taiwan takes on Thailand later tonight.

Brazil: Joao Victor Ramalho 17+10 boards, Audrei Parisotto 16
Taiwan: Sheng-yao Liu 19, Chun-chieh Chen 12

Thailand - South Africa 85:64
Thailand defeated South Africa for their second win at the Summer University Games. South African team suffered the third straight loss at the tournament. The home side controlled the game early on and secured a 18:12 lead after the opening frame. South African players struggled to overcome tight Thai defence and converted just 8 points in the second quarter. Thailand enjoyed a 45:20 advantage at halftime. South Africa tried to come back into the contest in the third term as they finally managed to outscore hosts 25:19. But it was a local success as Thailand stayed ahead and sealed the win at the end.
Jakkrapan Silapapitat produced 23 points and 10 rebounds for Thailand. Chaiwat Kaedum (-C-85) scored 11 points for the winners. Amogelang Keogatile (193-G-88) responded with 18 points and 7 boards for South Africa. Thami Kukulela (194-G-85) had 12 points in defeat.
Thailand shot impressive 53% from the field, while South Africans managed just 37% accuracy. The home side also outrebounded their opponents 44:30 and forced them to 29 turnovers.
Thailand will next face Taiwan today. South Africa plays against Brazil.

Thailand: Jakkrapan Silapapitat 23+10 boards, Chaiwat Kaedum 11
South Africa: Amogelang Keogatile 18, Thami Kukulela 12

Group N

Angola - Australia 52:96
Angola suffered their third consecutive defeat at the Summer Universiade. They were rallied over by Australian team in the first game of the classification round. The outcome was mainly predicted in the opening frame. Aussies got to a confident start and thrashed Angola 9:30 in the first quarter. The things got worse for African side in the second stanza as the gap reached a 16:52 mark. Australia finally slowed down in the third term and allowed Angola to cut the deficit by 4 points. However the final frame was once again defined by full Australian dominance as they rolled to a comprehensive victory.
Aussies were paced by Carlin Hughes (185-G) and Aron Baynes (208-C-86) with 21 points apiece. Mitchell Brennan contributed 18 points for the winners. Jose Miguel (185-G-86) and Vladimir Pontes (190-G-84) delivered 14 points each for Angola. Almeida Daniel (180-G-87) secured another 6 points in a losing effort.
Angola shot just 26% from the field and 45% from free throw line. They were outrebounded by Austrlian players 22:42 and committed 25 personal fouls.
Angola will next play against Kazakhstan today. Australia faces Czech Republic later tonight.

Angola: Jose Miguel 14, Vladimir Pontes 14, Almeida Daniel 6
Australia: Carlin Hughes 21, Aron Baynes 21

Czech Republic - Kazakhstan 63:64
Czech Republic was not able to deliver at the start of the classification games in Group N. They were narrowly defeated by Kazakhstan to fall to 0-3 record at the tournament. Kazakhstan enjoyed their first success and improved to 1-2 record.
Both teams kept it close in the starting frame and Kazakh players secured 18:17 lead. However Czech Republic recovered in the second quarter stunning Asian team 22:10 and rolling to a 39:28 advantage at halftime. Kazakhstan started to pave their way back into the contest early in the third term. A solid shooting accuracy helped Kazakhstan cut the deficit to 4 points before the final stanza 49:53. Anton Ponomarev (209-C-88) and Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) combined effort saw Kazakhstan ensure a dramatic victory at the dying stages.
Mikhail Yevstigneyev led the action with 18 points for Kaakhstan. Anton Ponomarev contributed 13 points and 8 boards for the winners. Martin Klimes (203-C-83) responded with 14 points for Czech Republic. Pavel Slezak (185-G-84) nailed 11 points in defeat.
Kazakhstan knocked down 50% of field goals, while Czech players shot 45%. Asian team also managed to outrebound their opponents 23:21 and forced them to 22 turnovers. Czech team accumulated 27 personal fouls.

Czech Republic: Martin Klimes 14, Pavel Slezak 11
Kazakhstan: Mikhail Yevstigneyev 18, Anton Ponomarev 13


Preliminary round is completed  - Aug. 11, 2007 
Group A

New Zealand - Thailand 108:73

New Zealand delivered the winning result in their second encounter at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. In a must-win game they crashed hosting Thailand 108:73 to improve to 1-1 record. Emerging Tall Blacks will now face Israel in the qualifying round tomorrow. Thailand takes on South Africa earlier the same day.
New Zealand got to flying start as they outscored their opponents 24:12 in the first frame. The home side tried to stay at a striking distance throughout the second quarter and trailed 28:41 at halftime. Thailand cut the deficit by 4 points in the third frame to come within 9 at the start of the final stanza 54:63. But Emerging Tall Blacks were unstoppable in the fourth quarter as they nailed 45 points to leave Thailand far behind and posted their first victory at the tournament.
Everald Bartlett (191-G-86) led the action with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Callum MacLeod (216-C-84, college: Gonzaga) contributed 18 points for Kiwis. Thailand were paced by 18 points from Jakkrapan Silapapitat and Chaiwat Kaedum. Ratdech Kruatiwa added 13 points and 6 boards in a losing clause.
New Zealand players dominated the boards 50:22 and forced hosts to 27 turnovers. They also converted solid 49% from the field, while Thailand shot 44% of field goals and just 28% from free throw line.

New Zealand: Everald Bartlett 22, Callum MacLeod 18
Thailand: Jakkrapan Silapapitat 18, Chaiwat Kaedum 18

Group B
USA - Angola 84:26
USA team rebounded after a stunning loss to Lithuania at the start of the Univerisade in Thailand. They thrashed Angola in the second encounter in Pool B yesterday and improved to 1-1 record. United States will now face Turkey in the qualifying round of the tournament tomorrow. Angola suffered their second straight defeat and plays against Australia.
USA team set the right tone early in this one as they rallied past African team 23:5 in the opening frame. The gap reached a 41:11 mark at halftime and the task was fulfilled. United States coach Benjamin Jacobson let the bench players log more minutes. They though never allowed Angola to come closer and limited them to only 5 points in the third quarter piling up a massive 65:16 lead. United States proved the difference also in the fourth frame as they outscored Angola 19:10 and celebrated an easy victory.
Jordan Egiseder led the action with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Jared Josten (180-G-84) provided 13 points in a win. Wilson Joao was the only player to score in double figures for Angola. He netted 12 points and collected 6 boards. Andre Goncalo (196-F-87) scored 5 points in a losing case.
USA shot 55% from the field and pulled down 48 rebounds. Angola hit just 13% of field goals and 37% from free throw line.

USA: Jordan Egiseder 16+12 boards, Jared Josten 13
Angola: Wilson Joao 12, Andre Goncalo 5

Group C

Ukraine - Brazil 78:59
Ukraine gained their first win at the Summer World University in Thailand. They cruised past Brazil in the second round of action in Pool C. The win saw Ukraine improve to 1-1 record and occupy the second spot in Pool C. Brazil completed preliminary round winless at the bottom of the ladder. Ukraine will now take on Germany in qualifying round tomorrow. Brazil will try to grab their first victory against Taiwan.
Brazilian players played slightly better basketball in the starting quarter and stayed ahead 17:14 early on. But Ukrainian side gradually levelled the contest and finished the first half trailing by just a single point 29:30. Ukraine finally reached their opponents in the third quarter and the teams entered the fourth quarter all square 47:47. But Brazil simply collapsed defensively in the fourth quarter. Ukrainian players easily past Brazilian defensive walls and keep on firing points. Sergiy Gorbenko, Oleksandr Panchenko (184-G-84) and Dmytro Diatlovskyi all connected from beyond the arc and ensured a 31:12 final run for Ukraine.
The winning side was led by Oleksandr Panchenko with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Vladimir Orlenko (215-C-85) added 12 points for Ukraine. Gustavo Lima (175-G-90) poured in 18 points for Brazil. Joao Victor Ramalho (203-C) produced 8 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Ukraine: Oleksandr Panchenko 16, Vladimir Orlenko 12
Brazil: Gustavo Lima 18, Joao Victor Ramalho 8+14 boards

Group D

Mexico - Serbia 75:95
Mexican team was not able to succeed in the second game at the Unievrsiade. They had to surrender to Serbia in the second round of action in Pool D. Mexico fell to 1-1 record and finished the prelimianary round at the second spot in Group D. They will now face Russia in the qualifying round tomorrow. Serbia is scheduled to play against Finland.
Serbian players got to a better start as they overcame their Mexican counterparts 19:14 in the first frame. Mexico were not solid defensively and allowed Serbia to pour in another 30 points in the second quarter. European team enjoyed a 49:34 advantage at halftime and and never gave it up in the second half. The game was pretty close after the break but Sebian squad still managed to narrowly defeat Latin Americans in the third and fourth frames. Six Serbian players scored in double digits. Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points for them. Vladan Vukosauyevie and Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points apiece in a win. Joel Reynoso (190-G) answered with game-high 17 points for Mexico. Julio Martin had 14 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.
Mexico shot more accurately from the field knocking down 50% comparing to 43% from Serbia. However Mexican team allowed their opponents to pull down 19 offensive rebounds and committed 28 turnovers.

Mexico: Joel Reynoso 17, Julio Martin 14
Serbia: Vukasin Aleksic 16, Vladan Vukosauyevie 14, Marko Simonovic 14

Group E

Russia - Taiwan 78:67
Russia ensured their perfect record at the preliminary round of the Summer Universiade basketball tournament. They overcame Taiwan for the second straight victory in Pool E. Taiwan meanwhile suffered the second consecutive loss and finished at the bottom of the ladder.
Russia will now play against Mexico in the qualifying round. Taiwan will seek for their first win in the competition against Brazil tomorrow.
The teams started the game slowly and kept it close throughout the opening frame. Russia led by just 2 points 17:15. However Russian players increased the tempo in the second frame and easily ran away to a 39:29 distance at halftime. The game hardly changed after the break as Russia continued to enlarge the lead. They were up by 27 points entering the final quarter 66:39. Having reached an unassailable advantage Russia put bench players on the court and allowed Taiwan to cut the deficit to a respectable 67:78 at the end.
Five Russian players scored in double figures. Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86) topscored for the winners with 12 points and 8 boards. Damir Zibirov (188-G-86) chipped in 11 points for Russia. Chun-chieh Chen nailed game-high 27 points and pulled down 6 boards for Taiwan. Chien-wei Wang dropped 8 points in defeat.

Russia: Timofey Mozgov 12+8 boards, Damir Zibirov 11
Taiwan: Chun-chieh Chen 27, Chien-wei Wang 8

Group F

Kazakhstan - Germany 49:89
Kazakhstan were not able to deliver in the second round of action in Pool F. They were beaten by Germany to fall to 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder. Germany meanwhile occupied the top spot in Group F. They will now play versus Ukraine in the qualifying round. Kazakhstan faces Czech Republic tomorrow.
Kazakhstan started the game confidently and led 11:10 after the opening frame. However German team quickly rebounded and rolled to a stunning 33:12 advantage in the second quarter. Kazakhstan struggled to stop their opponents after the break and European team extended the gap to 67:32 at the start of the fourth quarter. Kazakh could not match the tempo and lost the final stanza 17:22 suffering another defeat at the tournament.
Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) secured game-high 18 points and 6 boards for Germany. Jermain Raffington (205-C/F-85, college: Southeastern CC) added 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Kazakhstan responded with 16 points from Roman Maravyov. Rustam Yargaliyev and Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) provided 8 points each in a losing clause.
Kazakhstan lost the battle in the paint as they were outrebounded by Germany 28:46. Kazakh players converted 32% from the field and 52% from free throw line, while Germany shot 46% of field goals and had 74% accuracy from charity stripe.

Kazakhstan: Roman Maravyov 16, Rustam Yargaliyev 8, Mikhail Yevstigneyev 8
Germany: Yassin Idbihi 18, Jermain Raffington 12+10 boards

Group G
Turkey - South Africa 76:51
Turkey: Cem Coskun (209-C-87) 20+10 boards, Caner Senturk (196-G-86) 13
South Africa: Jerry Manyubele 20+11 boards, Mogomutsi Ntladi 8

Group H
Israel - Australia 74:62
Israeli University team posted another victory at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They defeated Australian students' team 74:62 to improve to 2-0 record. Israel thus occupied the top spot in Pool H and will now face New Zealand in the next round of competition. Australia meanwhile completed the preliminary round winless and will battle against Angola tomorrow.
Israel dominated the game right from the start and led 16:11 after the opening frame. Australia managed to cut the deficit by one points and trailed 26:30 at halftime. However it was as close as Aussies could get. Israel steadily enlarged the gap and entered the final stanza ahead by 9 points 49:40. Australia tried to play an aggressive basketball in the last part of the encounter but Israeli players easily matched the rhythm and came out as winners.
Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) led Israel with 16 points. Jonathan Nir contributed 12 points for the winners. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) and Carlin Hughes (185-G) produced 14 points apiece for Australia. Luke Cooper added 6 points in a losing case.
Israel converted 44% from the field, while Aussies responded with 32% accuracy. Australia though managed to outrebound their opponents 35:24.

Israel: Anton Kazarnovski 16, Jonathan Nir 12
Australia: Aron Baynes 14, Carlin Hughes 14


Finland, Greece and China rebound after starting defeats - Aug. 10, 2007 
Group E

Finland - Taiwan 81:62
Finland University team gained their first victory at the World Universiade in Bangkok. They thrashed Taiwan 81:62 to imrove their chances of advancing to the next round of competition. Taiwan will now need to edge Russian team to qualify from Pool E.
Taiwan got to a better start of the game as they led 23:18 after the opening frame. They bombarded basket from outside making overall 37 attempts at the end of the game. Finland could not fight with it in the first half and lost it 32:36.
The things looked much better for Finland in the second half as Taiwan started to miss shots and Finland surged ahead. They overwhelmed undersized Taiwan under the rims and limited them to 13 points in the third quarter. Entering the final stanza with a 4-point lead Finland completed the task in the dying stages. They thumped Asian team 28:13 and celebrated the win.
Gerald Lee (206-F-87) led all scorers with 30 points and 15 boards. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) added 12 points and 6 boards for the winners. Sheng-yao Liu produced 19 points for Taiwan. Chih-shan Hung had 14 points in a losing effort.
Finland outrebounded their opponents 40:14 and shot more accurately from the field. Finnish players converted 52% of field goals, while Taiwan hit 38%.
Taiwan will now take on Russia in the last game in Pool E later tonight.

Finland: Gerald Lee 30+15 boards, Samuel Haanpaa 12
Taiwan: Sheng-yao Liu 19, Chih-shan Hung 14

Group F

Greece - Kazakhstan 79:62
Greek team quickly rebounded after a sour loss to Germany in the first round of the Universiade basketball competition. They cruised past Kazakhstan in the second round of action in Pool F.
Greek team set the right tone early in the game as they rolled past Kazakh team 26:9. Kazakhstan tried to come back into the contest as they outplayed their European opponents 17:13 in the second quarter but still trailed 26:39 at halftime. Greek players made it a safe game after the break extending the lead to 22 points 60:38. Kazakhstan just managed to outscore Greek team in the final stanza 24:19 but it had no real impact on the outcome.
Christoforos Choumas (194-G-85) and Dimitrios Maslarinos secured 16 points for Greek side. Vasileios Giannoulakos added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Anton Ponomarev (209-C-88) led all scorers with 26 points and 16 boards for Kazakhstan. Dmitriy Kimov had another 12 points and 7 rebounds in a defeat.
Greece had a narrow advantage under the rims and they pulled down 37 rebounds comparing to 34 from Kazakhstan. However Greek players shot 47% from the field including 90% from the stripe. Kazakh players managed only 31% of field goals.
Kazakhstan will now take on Germany for a chance to advance into the next round.

Greece: Christoforos Choumas 16, Dimitrios Maslarinos 16
Kazakhstan: Anton Ponomarev 26+16 boards, Dmitriy Kimov 12

Group G

China - South Africa 72:53
Chinese team had a successful outing on the third day of the Summer Universiade in Thailand. They managed to recover from the opening day loss to Turkey and handled South African team.
A good defence was a key to Chinese victory. They played a solid tight defensive basketball in the starting frame and gained a 14-point lead limiting African team to just 4 points. South Africa gradually got used to the pace and kept it close throughout the second quarter but still trailed by the same 14 points at halftime 14:28. China did not wait too long to drop al possible questions of the outcome as they rolled to a 19:14 advantage in the third quarter. Establishing an unassailable 47:28 gap at the start of the final stanza China showed some spectacular moments in the fourth frame and eased to an overall victory.
Cao Zhenhua (205-C-85) led China with 18 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks. Xie LiBin (190-G-88) contributed 18 points and 8 boards for the winners. Mogomutsi Ntladi replied with 14 points for South Africa. Jerry Manyubele added 9 points in a losing effort.
Chinese players reigned in the paint as they outrebounded South African opponents 55:35 pulling down 17 offensive boards. They also shot better from the field converting 37%, while South Africans hit 32%, including only 27% from charity stripe. South Africans at the same time made 15 steals and forced China to 24 turnovers.
South Africa will next take on Turkey in Pool G action.

China: Cao Zhenhua 18+17 boards, Xie LiBin 18
South Africa: Mogomutsi Ntladi 14, Jerry Manyubele 9

Group H

Israel - Korea 78:72
Isreali team got to a victorious start at the World Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They rallied past Korea in the second round of action in Pool H. The victory means Israel area now tied with Korea at 1-1 record.
The outcome was mainly predicted in the opening quarter as Israel dominated the game and grabbed a confident 25:11 lead. Korea was only able to cut the deficit by one point in the second quarter and trailed 33:46 at halftime. Israel wisely kept Korea at a safe distance and allowed them to outplay just one more point in the third stanza. The teams entered the final part with Israel leading 61:49. Korea performed an aggressive offensive basketball in the fourth frame but was not able to come within a striking distance and had to surrender at the end.
Eylon Zagury (200-F-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) led Israel with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Nitzan Hanochi (190-G-86, agency: Ronsport) secured another 18 points in a win. Sekeun Oh paced Korea with 17 points and 13 boards. Yeo Yoon had 16 points in a loss.
Israel pulled down 13 offensive rebounds and forced Korea to 24 turnovers. Korea also lacked accuracy from free throw line as they knocked down just 61%.
Israel will next take on Australia later today.

Israel: Eylon Zagury 19, Nitzan Hanochi 18
Korea: Sekeun Oh 17+13 boards, Yeo Yoon 16


Canada and Lithuania are the early favorites in Bangkok - Aug. 9, 2007 
Group A

Canada - New Zealand 74:62
Canadian University team celebrated the second straight victory at the World Summer Universiade in Thailand. Yesterday they overcame New Zealand to stay at the top spot in Group A.
Canada took off to a better start as they enjoyed an early 21:13 lead. New Zealand however managed to claw their way back into the contest and cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 25:31. Canada replied in the third frame as they capitalized on numerous Kiwis turnovers and extended the gap by 6 points to 57:45. New Zealand did not find enough arguments in the final frame and suffered their first defeat at the tournament. Canada meanwhile guaranteed the next round birth and will now await for Pool H to complete the action to get to know their opponent. New Zealand will next face Thailand to decide on the second qualifying spot from Group A.
Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) led all scorers with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) added 13 points for the winners. Leon Henry (200-F-85) scored 13 points to pace New Zealand. Callum MacLeod (216-C-84, college: Gonzaga) and Everald Bartlett (191-G-86) netted 11 points apiece for the Emerging Tall Balcks.
Canada dominated under the rims as they outrebounded New Zealand 45:35. Canada also converted solid 40% from beyond the arc and 81% from the stripe. Kiwis were too sloppy offensively committing 20 turnovers.

Canada: Jevohn Shepherd 28, Tristan Blackwood 13
New Zealand: Leon Henry 13, Callum MacLeod 11, Everald Bartlett 11

Group B

Lithuania - Angola 102:52
Lithuanian University team continued with winning ways at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. After a spectacular win over USA they cruised past Angola in the second round of action. The victory now means Lithuania secured their next round birth and would advance from the top spot in Pool B. Angola meanwhile will fight with USA team for the second place tomorrow.
Lithuanian players set the right tone early in this one as they overwhelmed African team 38:7 in the first frame. The gap grew bigger in the second quarter and Lithuania enjoyed a 56:20 advantage at halftime. Angola obviously struggled to keep the needed pace and fell short in the third quarter 18:24. European side completed the task in the fourth frame as they eased past Angola 22:14 to seal an overall win.
Michailas Anisimovas (211-C-84) nailed game-high 19 points and grabbed 8 boards for Lithuania. Valdas Vasylius (201-F-83, agency: Priority Sports) contributed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Vladimir Pontes (187-F-84) topscored for Angola with 14 points. Adilson Baza and Andre Goncalo (196-F-87) chipped in 9 points in a losing effort.
Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 44:23 and forced them to as many as 23 turnovers. Europeans also knocked down solid 56% from the field, while Angola shot with 29% accuracy.

Lithuania: Michailas Anisimovas 19, Valdas Vasylius 17
Angola: Vladimir Pontes 14, Adilson Baza 9, Andre Goncalo 9

Group C

Japan - Brazil 74:73
Japanese team marked a perfect start to their World Summer Universiade campaign. They succeeded in the second consecutive game and guaranteed the top spot in Pool C. They narrowly defeated Brazil yesterday to ensure the next round appearance. Japan used a strong opening quarter to establish a confident 20:12 advantage. Brazil outplayed a single point in the second frame and went into the dressing room trailing 33:40. The game remained pretty rough and nervous after the break however Asian players strengthened their lead and entered the final stanza ahead 62:53. Brazil rushed in front in the fourth quarter but Japanese team withstood fierce attempts of Latin American squad to win the encounter. Japan lost the frame 12:20 but survived and recorded another spectacular victory at the end.
Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) scored 18 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) netted 15 points in a winning effort. 'Joao Victor' Ramalho (203-F-84, college: South Plains JC) responded with 17 points and 5 boards for Brazil. Gustavo Lima (175-G-90) had 16 points in defeat.
Japanese team pulled down just 11 boards in the game but shot 43% from the field and committed 5 turnovers. Brazil were limited to 38% of field goals including only 44% from the free throw line.
Brazil will now take on Ukraine tomorrow to decide on the second team to qualify into the next round.

Japan: Yusuke Okada 18, Kosuke Takeuchi 15
Brazil: 'Joao Victor' Ramalho 17, Gustavo Lima 16

Group D

Mexico - Czech Republic 57:54
Mexican University team won their opening game at the Summer Univeriade in Bangkok. They handled Czech Republic team to tie Serbia in Pool D ladder. Czech team meanwhile fell to 0-2 record and remained at the bottom of the standings. Mexico and Serbia will now decide on the first spot tomorrow.
Mexican team looked better in the first half of the game. They controlled the rhythm and delivered offensively. Mexico established a 19:13 distance after the first frame. Czech players did not manage to capitalize on their advantage in size and reigning under the rims still lost the second frame 14:19. However the signs of revival appeared in the third stanza. Czech team tightened defence and limited Mexico to just 8 points. The effort saw Europeans cut the deficit to only 2 points entering the final frame 44:46. But Mexico remained a stronhold throughout the final part of the encounter as they held on to the lead and never allowed Czech Republic to succeed.
Raul Navarro (192-G/F-84) led Mexican side with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Joel Reynoso provided 10 points for the winners. Pavel Houska (201-F-84, agency: PPGroup) secured 16 points and 8 rebounds for Czech team. Jiri Holanda (183-G-86) added 12 points in a losing clause.

Mexico: Raul Navarro 13, Joel Reynoso 10
Czech Republic: Pavel Houska 16+8 boards, Jiri Holanda 12


Basketball tournament opens at Bangkok Summer Universiade - Aug. 8, 2007 
Group A

Canada - Thailand 96:43

Canada overcame hosting Thailand in the opening game of Group A at the World University Games in Bangkok. The win saw Canadian team occupied the top spot in Group A ladder.
North American team faced little problems en route to their victory as they proved the difference early in the game. They outscored Thailand 26:9 in the starting quarter and dominated the game further on. The gap grew to 53:15 mark at halftime and Canada had only to cruise to an overall success at the end. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, agency: 123 Podium) led all scorers with 20 points, converting 88% from the field, including 2/2 from outside. Neil MacDonald (208-C-84, agency: ACMT) added 18 points and 9 boards in a winning case. Ratdech Kruatiwa topscored for the home side nailing 17 points. Jakkrapan Silapapipat had 10 points in defeat.
Canada will face New Zealand in the next round. Thailand takes on New Zealand on August 10.

Canada: Garry Gallimore 20, Neil MacDonald 18+9 boards
Thailand: Ratdech Kruatiwa 17, Jakkrapan Silapapipat 10

Group B
Lithuania - USA 97:63
Lithuania University team had a victorious start to the World Universiade in Thailand. They cruised past USA in the first encounter in Group B.
Lithuanian players marked their dominance in the first frame edging North American team 32:10. They extended the gap to massive 57:27 at halftime. USA showed some signs of revival in the third quarter as they controled the tempo and enjoyed a 22:20 success. But Lithuania returned smashing in the final 10 minutes and proved their favourite status stunning USA 20:14.
Michailas Anisimovas (211-C-84) scored 18 points for Lithuania. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) delivered 15 points in a winning effort. Carlton Reed (193-G, college: Iowa) secured 15 points for USA. Adam Koch (203-F) had 12 points in a defeat.
Lithuania controlled the boards with 37:23. They shot impressive 56% from the field and limited USA to 36% accuracy. Both teams committed 15 turnovers.
Lithuania will now face Angola in today's action. USA will take on Angola tomorrow.

Lithuania: Michailas Anisimovas 18, Jonas Maciulis 15
USA: Carlton Reed 15, Adam Koch 12

Group C
Japan - Ukraine 63:53
Japanese team got to a perfect start of their Univeriade campaign as they rallied past Ukraine in Bangkok. The teams kept it close early in game as they drawn at 19 after the first quarter. However Japanese players gradually took the initiative and drove to a 36:34 lead at halftime. The breakthrough for Asian team came in the third quarter when Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) drained a couple thre pointers and Joji Takeuchi reigned under the rims to lift Japan to a 13-point advantage 57:44. Ukraine managed to limit Japanese offensive effort in the final stanza but it was not enough for an overall success. Japan sealed their first victory and topped Group C ladder.
Shohei Kikuchi (-G) and Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) provided 16 points apiece to lead Japan. Takumi Ishizaki contributed 14 points for the winners. Leonid Stefanyshyn (-85) was the only Ukrainian player to score in double digits. He nailed game-high 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Oleksandr Panchenko (184-G-84) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.
Ukraine dominated the boards 37:28 but lacked accuracy from the field and committed too many turnovers. They converted just 36% of field goals and lost the ball 23 times. Japan responded with only 13 turnovers and shot with 39% accuracy.
Japan will now face Brazil on Day 2 of action. Ukraine faces Brazil on August 10.

Japan: Shohei Kikuchi 16, Kosuke Takeuchi 16, Takumi Ishizaki 14
Ukraine: Leonid Stefanyshyn 19+8 boards, Oleksandr Panchenko 8

Group D
Czech Republic - Serbia 55:91
Czech Republic University team had a bitter taste to their start of the World Universiade in Bangkok. They were thrashed by Serbia 55:91 in Group D action. The teams played a close basketball in the opening frame and Czech team trailed by just 2 points 18:20. But things went the wrong way for Czechs in the second quarter as they were outscored 6:25 and lost the first half 24:45. They cut the deficit by 5 points in the third stanza but it was not enough to come within a striking distance. Moreover Serbain players dictated the tempo in the final frame and successfully defended the gap.
Vladan Vukosauyevie paced Serbia with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Pavel Houska (201-F-84, agency: PPGroup) scored 10 points and grabbed 7 boards for Czech Republic. Martin Klimes (203-C-83) had 8 points and 5 boards in a losing effort.
Serbia were more accurate from the field as they knocked down 50% of field goals. Czech players managed just 42%, including low 13% from beyond the arc. Czech players lost the battle in the paint as Serbia outrebounded them 27:30.
Czech Republic will next take on Mexico today. Serbia face Mexico on July 10.

Czech Republic: Pavel Houska 10, Martin Klimes 8
Serbia: Vladan Vukosauyevie 19, Strahinja Milosevic 16

Group E
Russia - Finland 86:44
Russian University team started World Univeriade campaign with a comprehensive victory. They cruised past their northern neighbours Finland 86:44 in Group E action. Russian players gained a 23:13 lead after the first frame. But the real blow for Finnish squad came in the second quarter when Russia limited their offense to just 3 points and outscored them 23:3. Therefore Russia piled up a 46:16 advantage at halftime. They never stopped in the third quarter as shots kept on dropping and Finnish defence simply collapsed allowing 33 points. Russia enjoyed a 79:24 dominance at the start of the final stanza and let the bench players to log some minutes on the court. Finland capitalized on it cutting the deficit to a respectable figures.
Evgeni Voronov (192-G-86) led Russia with 18 points. Andrey Komarovskiy provided 15 points and 6 steals. Finland were paced by Anselmi Vanjoki (193-G-88) with 8 points. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) netted 7 points in a loss.
Russian players converted 55% from the field, including 50% from beyond the arc. They also outrebounded their opponents 29:16.
Russia will next play against Chinese Taipei on August 10.

Russia: Evgeni Voronov 18, Andrey Komarovskiy 15+6 steals
Finland: Anselmi Vanjoki 8, Samuel Haanpaa 7

Group G

Turkey - China 97:73
Turkey easily secured a winning outcome in their first game of the Universiade in Thailand. They cruised pst Chinese team in Group G action. The teams kept it close in the first half as China trailed by just single points at halftime 42:41. But Turkey speeded up the tempo in the second half and left China behind. Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) led Turkey with 21 points. Ismail Esmeray (-86) contributed 17 points in a win. China responded with game-high 23 points from Xie LiBin (190-G-88).

Turkey: Sinan Guler 21, Ismail Esmeray 17
China: Xie LiBin 23, Dongyuan Xie 13

Group H
Australia - Korea 79:81
A desperate comeback effort from Australian team turned out to be insufficient as Korea secured the win on the first day of action in Group H. Leading 48:34 at halftime Korea withstood a fierce attempts from Aussies to save the encounter and sealed the win at the dying stage. Cho Sung Min (190-G/F-83) netted 18 points and pulld down 8 rebounds for Korea. Park Hyung Chul (192-G-87) added 13 points for the winners. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) shone for Australia with 19 points and 12 boards.

Australia: Aron Baynes 19+12 boards, Ben Allen (211-C-86) 16
Korea: Cho Sung Min 18+8 boards, Park Hyung Chul 13



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