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World University Games Final Standings
 1. Serbia
 2. Russia
 3. USA
 4. Israel
 5. Lithuania
 6. Turkey
 7. Bulgaria
 8. Germany
 9. Canada
 10. Finland
 11. Ukraine
 12. Latvia
 13. Romania
 14. Greece
 15. Italy
 16. Portugal
 17. Australia
 18. Brazil
 19. Japan
 20. Mexico
 21. Iran
 22. South Korea
 23. China
 24. South Africa
 25. United Arab Emirates
World University Games Qualifying Round Standings
Group I
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. Serbia 2-1 
 3. Finland 1-2 
 4. Greece 0-3 
Group J
 1. Lithuania 3-0 
 2. Germany 1-2 
 3. Latvia 1-2 
 4. Romania 1-2 
Group K
 1. Israel 3-0 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Canada 1-2 
 4. Italy 0-3 
Group L
 1. Turkey 3-0 
 2. Bulgaria 2-1 
 3. Ukraine 1-2 
 4. Portugal 0-3 
Group M
 1. Australia 2-0 
 2. Iran 1-1 
 3. China 0-2 
Group N
 1. Brazil 2-0 
 2. Mexico 1-1 
 3. United Ara. 0-2 
Group O
 1. Japan 2-0 
 2. S.Korea 1-1 
 3. S.Africa 0-2 
World University Games Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. Serbia 2-0 
 2. Greece 1-1 
 3. Australia 0-2 
Group B
 1. Lithuania 3-0 
 2. Romania 2-1 
 3. Mexico 1-2 
 4. United Ara. 0-3 
Group C
 1. Canada 2-0 
 2. Italy 1-1 
 3. China 0-2 
Group D
 1. Bulgaria 2-0 
 2. Ukraine 1-1 
 3. Japan 0-2 
Group E
 1. Turkey 2-0 
 2. Portugal 1-1 
 3. Iran 0-2 
Group F
 1. Israel 3-0 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Brazil 1-2 
 4. Gabon 0-3 
Group G
 1. Latvia 2-0 
 2. Germany 1-1 
 3. S.Africa 0-2 
Group H
 1. USA 2-0 
 2. Finland 1-1 
 3. S.Korea 0-2
Points Per Game
 Kosuke KANAMARU
  (192--89)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Kanamaru, JPN29.8 
 2. Reynoso, MEX23.3 
 3. Nicoara, ROM21.3 
 4. Akbari, IRI18.8 
 5. Ferrero, ITA18.2 
 6. Wagstaff, AUS18.0 
 7. Zhang, CHN18.0 
 8. Heo, KOR17.8 
 9. Khalifa, UAE16.8 
 10. Verginis, G.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 ZhaoXu ZHANG
  (218-C-87)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Zhang, CHN17.3 
 2. Korniyenko, UKR11.7 
 3. Nicoara, ROM11.7 
 4. Villanueva, MEX10.5 
 5. Allen, AUS10.4 
 6. Lischka, GER10.4 
 7. Akbari, IRI9.7 
 8. Dragusin, ROM9.7 
 9. Strelnieks, LAT9.7 
 10. Arghavan, I.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Fumio NISHIMURA
  (177--86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Nishimura, JPN6.3 
 2. Vuori, FIN5.8 
 3. Goes, BRA4.6 
 4. Xing, CHN4.5 
 5. Pires, POR4.5 
 6. Park, KOR4.0 
 7. Park, KOR3.8 
 8. Popov, UKR3.5 
 9. Hirose, JPN3.5 
 10. Glebov, U.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Khalifa KHALIL IBRAHIM
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Khalil Ibrah., UAE3.7 
 2. Giron, MEX3.2 
 3. Martin del C., MEX3.0 
 4. Garcia, MEX2.8 
 5. Keogatile, RSA2.6 
 6. Tovey, AUS2.5 
 7. Verginis, GRE2.5 
 8. Silvasan, ROM2.4 
 9. Casagrande, ITA2.3 
 10. Kim, K.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhaoXu ZHANG
  (218-C-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Zhang, CHN5.7 
 2. Kravtsov, UKR3.0 
 3. Dragusin, ROM1.9 
 4. Othman Belal, UAE1.8 
 5. Likhodey, RUS1.4 
 6. Varbanov, BUL1.3 
 7. Villanueva, MEX1.3 
 8. Korniyenko, UKR1.3 
 9. Varnado, USA1.2 
 10. Bjelica, S.1.1 


Serbia won in belgrade World University Games 2009

Serbian University National Team 2009
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Keselj
MilosevicMilosevic
Milosevic
PaunicPaunic
Paunic
BorovnjakBorovnjak
Borovnjak
4 Nikola Koprivica (198-G-88) of Washington State University (USA)
5 Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
6 Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
7 Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
8 Marko Keselj (205-F-88) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
9 Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd

10 Vukasin Aleksic (182-G-85) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd
11 Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
12 Marko Simonovic (202-F-86) of BC Buducnost Podgorica (MNT)
13 Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) of Base Oostende (BEL)
14 Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LTU)

15 Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Head Coach: Aleksandar Kesar
Assistant Coach: Sasa Nikitovic


Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Awards 2009 - Jul. 23, 2009 

1st Team 2009
ShabalkinShabalkin
Shabalkin
BattleBattle
Battle
RaduljicaRaduljica
Raduljica
PociusPocius
Pocius
NikolovNikolov
Nikolov

Best Player: Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) of Russia
Best Guard: Talor Battle (180-G-88) of USA
Best Forward: Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) of Russia
Best Center: Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of Serbia
Best Coach: Aleksandar Kesar of Serbia

1st Team
PG: Talor Battle (180-G-88) of USA
SG: Martynas Pocius (196-G-86) of Lithuania
F: Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85) of Bulgaria
PF: Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) of Russia
C: Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of Serbia

2nd Team
PG: Youval Naimy (188-G-85) of Israel
F/G: Aleksey Kotishevskiy (190-F/G-85) of Russia
SF: Lazar Hayward (198-F-86) of USA
PF: Marko Keselj (205-F-88) of Serbia
C: Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) of Turkey

3rd Team (6 players selected)
PG: Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) of Latvia
G/F: Kosuke Kanamaru (192-G/F-89) of Japan
F: Titus Nicoara (200-F-88) of Romania
PF: Valeri Likhodey (203-F-86) of Russia
PF: Elishay Kadir (203-F-87) of Israel
F/C: Maxym Korniyenko (201-F/C-87) of Ukraine

Honorable Mention
Gal Mekel (195-G-88) of Israel
Dramir Zibirov (188-G-86) of Russia
Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of USA
Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) of Germany
Josh Gibson-Bascombe (193-G-86) of Canada
Ville Makalainen (194-F-85) of Finland
Dimitrios Verginis (194-G-87) of Greece
Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) of Italy
Ben Allen (211-C-86) of Australia
Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) of Brazil
Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) of Mexico
Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) of Iran
Heo Ilyoung (197-F-85) of South Korea
Zhang ZhaoXu (218-C-87) of China

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

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

Day 8 in Belgrade. Semifinals - Jul. 10, 2009 
23-25 spot
China - UAE 99:67

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

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

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

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

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

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

5-8 spot
Turkey - Germany 67:63

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

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

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

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

Semifinals
Serbia - Israel 82:56

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

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

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

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

Day 7 in Belgrade. Quarterfinals - Jul. 9, 2009 
Group 13-16 spot Greece - Portugal 85-76
Sotirios Manolopoulos (208-F-87) tallied 31 points and 15 boards to lead Greece past Portugal at the World University Games. The Hellenes would fight for the 13th spot at the tournament now. Portugal will head to the game for the 15th overall place tomorrow. Savas Tzougarakis delivered 16 points for Greek team. Ioannis Atdinaiou had 12 points for the winners. Tiago Pinheiro replied with 21 points for Portugal. Miguel Graca notched 16 points, 11 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Romania - Italy 90-88
Romania edged a narrow win over Italy at the Universiade today. The victory means Romania will fight against Greece for the 13th spot. Italy will wrap up their campaign in Serbia against Portugal. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) tallied 28 points and 12 boards for Romania. Ionut Dragusin added 17 points in the winning affair. Roberto Prandin answered with 19 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Italy. Alberto Chiumenti knocked down 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Group 17-19 spot Australia - Japan 106-97
Australia celebrated a tough win over Japan at the World Universiade today. The teams clashed in the classification round for the 17th-19th place. Australia trailed at two changes but managed to steal a difficult victory at the end. Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) notched 20 points and 5 boards to lead the Aussies. The winners overcame a wild 37-point and 8-board explosion from Kosuke Kanamaru. The guard peeled off 10/12 from beyond the arc but his effort could not rescue the Asian team. Ryan Bathie delivered 19 points and 7 boards for the winning team. Makoto Hiejima netted 17 points for Japan.

Group 20-22 spot Iran - South Korea 93-86
Iran came from behind to knock down South Korea in the classification games for the 20nd-22th spot. Mehrad Atashi (186-G-86) scored 17 points and grabbed 7 boards for Iran. Mohammad Reza Akbari dropped 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win. Ilyoung Heo answered with game-high 30 points for Korea.

Group 23-25 spot South Africa - United Arab Emirates 82-83
UAE gained the first win at the World University Games. They survived extra period to handle South Africa in the classification games for the 23rd-25th spot. UAE will next face China. Salah Khalifa (183-90) produced 25 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim added 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for UAE. Thami Kukulela responded with 21 points and 13 boards for South Africa. Celemusa Khumalo had 18 points in the loss.

Group 9-12 spot Finland - Ukraine 67-62
Finnish team secured a tough victory over Ukraine in the classification games for the 9th-12th spot at the World University Games. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) scored 18 points to lift Finland to the success. The third quarter became decisive as Finland won it by 9 points to build an unassailable margin for Ukraine. An Anton Mirolybov team would now face the winners of Latvia vs. Canada clash for the 9th spot. Ukraine will play for the 11th position. Juho Nenonen and Ilkka Vuori finished with 12 points each for the winners. Dmitri Glebov answered with game-high 22 points for Ukraine. Sergiy Popov had 12 points, 5 assists and 4 boards in the loss.

Latvia - Canada 83-93
Canada came from behind to knock down Latvia in the classification game at the World University Games in Serbia. Canada would face Finland for the 9th overall spot at the tournament. Latvia will play against Ukraine for the 11th position. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) delivered 18 points and 12 boards for Canada. Joshua Whyte and Chris Dyck netted 14 points each for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks responded with 16 points and 7 boards for Latvia. Arturs Berzins canned 14 points, collected 6 boards and issued 4 assists in the loss.

Group Quarterfinal USA - Bulgaria 96-66
The USA University selection advanced to the semifinal stage at the World Universiade in Serbia. They cruised past Bulgaria to stay hopeful about their title aspirations. A Bo Ryan team would challenge Russia in the semis. Bulgaria will play in the classification games for the 5th-8th place. Quincy Pondexter (198-F) finished with 15 points and 7 boards for the USA. Da'Sean Butler, Lazar Hayward and James Anderson finished with 12 points each for the winners. Pavel Marinov and Ivan Lilov replied with 15 points apiece for Bulgaria. Nikolov had 14 points in defeat.

Germany - Israel 49-66
Israel came up strong in the second half to sink Germany at the first quarterfinal game at the World University Games in Serbia today. Boris Rothbart (218-86) paced balanced Israeli effort with 17 points and 13 boards. Yuval Naimi nailed 13 points for Israel. Elishay Kadir and Gal Mekel finished with 10 points each for the winners. Johannes Lischka replied with game-high 18 points, 7 boards and 4 steals in defeat. Nicolai Simon, Dominik Bahiense de Mello and Staiger delivered 8 points each for Germany.

Serbia - Turkey 68-46
Serbia drove past Turkey in the second todays quarterfinal at the World University Games in Belgrade. The hosts led from start to finish securing a comfortable win and proving the highest ambitions for the reminder of the competition. Serbia outrebounded their opponents 50:31 and limited those to only 25% from the field. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Dejan Borovnjak led strong team performance with 16 points and 12 boards respectively. Marko Simonovic added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Serbia will now take on Israel in the semifinal tomorrow. Turkey will play against Germany for the 5th-8th place.

Russia - Lithuania 82-73
Russia overcame a halftime deficit to knock down Lithuania in the quarterfinal at the World University Games today. Aleksey Kotishevskiy (190-F-85) scored 21 points and collected 6 boards to keep Russia title ambitions alive. A Sergey Belov team will wait for the result of the USA vs. Bulgaria clash to get to know their semifinal opponent. Lithuania will continue to fight in the classification round for 5th-8th spot. Valeri Likhodey finished with 16 points, while Dramir Zibirov produced 15 for the winners. Paulius Morkeliunas delivered 12 points for Lithuania. Arnas Labuckas had 11 points and 6 boards in the loss.


Day 6 in Belgrade - Jul. 8, 2009 
Group M
Australia Iran 88:80

Australia celebrated a tough win over Iran to clinch the top spot in Group M. Australia will now face Japan for the 17th-19th spot. Iran will play against South Korea for the 2oth-22nd overall place.
The first frame was an even battle with neither team able to take over. The teams traded baskets and were tied at 22 at the first break. Australia stepped on the gas in the second frame. They notched 25 points as Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) paced the charge to clear off to a 10-point distance. Iran refused to fold and bounced back in the third stanza. They went on a 28:15 rally to turn the tables in this one. The Asian team entered the final frame ahead by 3 points. But the Aussies had the last laugh in the game. They fired 26 points in the fourth quarter and ran away to the difficult victory. Jesse Wagstaff knocked down 23 points to lead Australia. Ben Allen (211-C-86, college: Indiana) added 16 points and 13 boards, while Carlin Hughes (188-G-85, college: Montana St. - Billin) finished with 14 points for the winners. Aren Davoudichegani (184-G-86) and Rouzbeh Arghavan (212-F-88) replied with 18 points apiece for Iran. Baheran netted 16 points in the losing effort.

Australia: Jesse Wagstaff 23, Ben Allen 16, Carlin Hughes 14
Iran: Aren Davoudichegani 18, Rouzbeh Arghavan 18

Group N
South Korea - South Africa 105:72
South Korean team grabbed the initial win at the World Univeriade in Serbia. They held off South Africa to clinch the second spot in Group O. South Korea will now take on Mexico in the classification games for 20th-22nd place on Friday. South Africa will play against UAE tomorrow.
A high-flying first frame saw South Korea grab a 26:21 advantage. The Asian team increased the tempo even more in the second term exploding with 40 points to pile up a massive 29-point lead at halftime. South Africa managed to slow down Korea in the third frame but failed to get any closer. South Korea enjoyed a comfortable 31-point cushion into the fourth term. They did not allow South Africa to win a single quarter coasting to the victory in the fourth stanza.
Seven players scored in double figures for South Korea in the win. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) delivered 23 points and 9 boards to pace the charge. Park Yoo Min (185-G-88) contributed 18 points, 8 boards and 8 assists for the winners. Celemusa Khumalo (193-G-88) responded with 16 points for South Africa. Wayne Mhlongo added 13 points and 6 boards in the loss.

South Korea: Heo Il-Young 23, Park Yoo Min 18, Ham Nuri 13
South Africa: Celemusa Khumalo 16, Wayne Mhlongo 13


Day 5 in Belgrade - Jul. 7, 2009 
Group I
USA - Serbia 68:66
Serbia gave scares to the USA before falling short at the World University Games in Belgrade today. The USA team thus improved at 3-0 record in Group I and would face Bulgaria in the quarterfinal on Thursday. Serbia clinched the second spot in the pool to set up the quarterfinal clash against Turkey. The USA won the fourth game on the trot to enter the playoffs unbeaten. But the hosts made the favorites sweat for the victory tonight. Balanced offense and stifling defense served as the key to Serbian 18:15 lead after ten minutes. The USA found the beat in the second frame as they began clawing their back. Talor Battle (180-G-88) stepped up for the North American team as they toiled for a one-point lead at the interval. The teams went neck and neck in the third quarter. The USA secured a minimal lead into the final frame. The tension grew higher in the dying minutes but the USA proved calm down the line and escaped with a nervous win at the end. Talor Battle knocked down 17 points to lead the charge. Da'Sean Butler produced 12 points for the winners. Milan Macvan and Miroslav Raduljica answered with 13 points apiece for Serbia. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) topscored with 14 points for the home team.

USA: Talor Battle 17, Da'Sean Butler 12, Corey Fisher 8
Serbia: Ivan Paunic 14, Milan Macvan 13, Miroslav Raduljica 13+10 boards

Finland - Greece 70:66
Finland posted the first win at the World University Games Group I. They held off Greece to clinch the third spot, while Greece remained in the fourth position at 0-3. Finland will now face Ukraine in the classification games of the 9th-12th spots. Greece will take on Portugal for the 13th-16th overall places.
Finland had to overcome a deep 9-point hole at halftime to come out winners at the end. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) provided 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Finland to the victory. Greece opened the game confidently earning a 4-point lead after ten minutes. They did not loosen the grip and stormed to a 9-point advantage at the main break. But Finland found the way to neutralize their opponents in the second half. They limited the Hellenes to 8 points in the third term to pull as close as 3 points with ten minutes to go. Finland fired on all cylinders in the final stanza to steal a tough at the end. Juho Nenonen delivered 15 points for Finland at the end. Ilkka Vuori had 9 points and 8 assists in the win. Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) responded with 14 points for Greece. Sotiris Manolopoulos posted 10 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Finland: Ville Makalainen 16, Juho Nenonen 15, Ilkka Vuori 9
Greece: Dimitris Verginis 14, Sotiris Manolopoulos 10

Group J
Lithuania - Latvia 84:64
Lithuania clinched the top spot in Group J at the World University Games. They toppled their archrivals Latvia to improve at 3-0 record. Lithuania will now face either Israel or Russia in the quarterfinal on Thursday. Latvia slipped at 1-2 record in the third place in the pool.
Latvia got to the better in this one. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) paced the team as they grabbed a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. But a Robertas Kuncaitis team quickly rebounded and started to dictate their rules in the second stanza. Lithuania trimmed the margin to a single point at halftime. They quickly turned the deficit into a lead in the second half. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) and Martynas Mazeika helped Lithuania to a 63:53 lead at three-quarter time. Lithuania finished off their opponents in the fourth period limiting those to just 11 points. Deividas Gailius scored 16 points and collected 6 boards to lead the way for Lithuania. Martynas Mazeika added 12 points, while Martynas Pocius produced 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks notched 18 points and 13 boards for Latvia. Martins Kravcenko and Arturs Berzins had 12 points each for Latvia in defeat.

Lithuania: Deividas Gailius 16, Martynas Mazeika 12, Martynas Pocius 11
Latvia: Arturs Strelnieks 18+13 boards, Martins Kravcenko 12, Arturs Berzins 12

Germany - Romania 81:69
Germany defeat Romania at the World University Games in Serbia tonight. Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 22 points to lead the German selection. Germany thus claimed the second spot in Group J and advanced into the quarterfinal stage. Romania were sent to the fourth position in the standings. Germany will play against Israel next. Romania will face Italy in the classification games for 13th-16th places.
Germany quickly marked their serious ambitions for the game. They outgunned Romania 23:11 in the starting frame to enjoy a 12-point lead at the first break. The Bundesteam unloaded 29 points in the second stanza to keep Romania at bay. A Tudor Costescu team showed some signs of recovery in the third frame. With their backs against the wall Romania tried to bounce back. They stepped on the gas and trimmed the margin to 13 points before the fourth stanza. Romania won the final quarter by one point but it was not enough for the victory as Germany celebrated a vital success.
Per Gunther had 15 points for the winning side. Johannes Lischka produced 13 points and 15 boards for Germany. Ionut Dragusin replied with 20 points and 16 boards for Romania. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) had a monster game of 20 points and 19 boards in defeat.

Germany: Dominik Bahiense de Mello 22, Per Gunther 15, Johannes Lischka 13+15 boards
Romania: Titus Nicoara 20+19 boards, Ionut Dragusin 20+16 boards

Group K
Israel - Canada 89:81

Israel completed the fifth straight victory at the World University Games in Belgrade. They knocked down Canada in Group K action today to set up a quarterfinal clash against Germany. Canada will play against Latvia for the 9th-12th spots on Thursday.
Canada gave all Israel could handle before narrowly losing at the end. Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Gal Mekel fired up Israel in the starting frame as they rolled to a 7-point lead at the first intermission. But Canada seemed ready for the challenge. They burst out of the blocks in the second term to account for 30 points. Canada arrived at halftime ahead by 3 points giving Israel some food for thought during the major break. Israel got the message and went off the dressing room much more aggressive defensively and restored the lead with one quarter remaining. Israel played it safe in the final period and did not allow the North American team to threaten the margin.
Elishay Kadir delivered 25 points and 9 boards for Israel. Gal Mekel had 20 points, 9 boards and 5 boards, while Yuval Naimi netted 17 points in the loss. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) drained 15 points and collected 11 boards for Canada. Phillip Nkrumah recorded 10 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Israel: Elishay Kadir 25, Gal Mekel 20, Yuval Naimi 17
Canada: Ross Bekkering 15+11 boards, Phillip Nkrumah 10

Russia - Italy 92:76
Russia secured a 2-1 record in Group K of the World University Games in Serbia. They bruised Italy today to clinch the quarterfinal birth. Italy in the meantime fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the table. Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) was pivotal with 21 points for Russia. Dramir Zibirov provided 19 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the winning side. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points for Italy.
Russia jumped to an early lead and completed the opening stanza ahead by 11 points. But Italy showed character outscoring their opponents in the second frame. They cut the margin to just 7 points at halftime. Russia however looked animated in the third frame going for 29 points. Italy could not match the tempo and appeared down by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter. Russia wisely kept Italy at safe distance at the dying stages and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Valeri Likhodey had 16 points and 7 boards in the victory. Roberto Prandin canned 12 points for the Azzurri. Russia outrebounded their opponents 36:30 and sank solid 58% from the field.

Russia: Nikita Shabalkin 21, Dramir Zibirov 19, Valeri Likhodey 16
Italy: Giancarlo Ferrero 13, Roberto Prandin 12

Group L
Ukraine - Portugal 90:69

Ukraine proved the strength against Portugal at the World University Games in Serbia today. Sergiy Popov (193-G-88) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards as Ukraine claimed a comfortable victory at the end. The victory lifted a Valentyn Melnychuk team to 1-2 record in Group L. Portugal remained at 0-3 at the bottom of the ladder.
Ukraine set up the victory in the opening frame. They fired 25 points and accumulate a 12-point lead at the first break. Portugal could not come to terms with aggressive offense and lost the battle under the rims to trail by 27 points at halftime. Portugal however remained in the match as they ignited a comeback rally in the third quarter. Ukraine got sloppy and conceded a 9:27 run from Portugal as an Alexandre Pires team trimmed the deficit to 9 points with one quarter remaining. But Valentyn Melnychyk managed to sober up his team during the final intermission as Ukraine poured in 30 points and escaped with a comfortable victory.
Maxym Korniyenko delivered 19 points and 9 boards for Ukraine. Andrei Kalnichenko and Vyacheslav Kravtsov had 11 points apiece for the winning side. David Tavares (192-F-88) answered with 12 points for Portugal. Tiago Pinheiro delivered 10 points in the loss.

Ukraine: Sergiy Popov 20, Maxym Korniyenko 19, Andrei Kalnichenko 11, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 11+11 boards
Portugal: David Tavares 12, Tiago Pinheiro 10

Group M
Iran - China 91:80 (2OT)

Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) knocked down 30 points, grabbed 11 boards and made 6 steals to inspire a dramatic double-overtime victory for Iran at the World University Games today. Iran had to survive two extra periods before securing an exhausting success against China. Iran improved at 1-0 record in Group M. China fell at 0-2 at the bottom of the standings in the pool. Iran would face Australia for the top position in the group tomorrow.
Iran stunned China in the opening frame outgunning their opponents 22:6. China stopped the bleeding in the second frame as they managed to slow down Iran. A Mehran Hatami team still were able to gain a 17-point lead at halftime. But China were not about to fold that early. They changed the complexion of the encounter drastically in the second half. Zhang ZhaoXu (213-C-87) recharged the team as they began clawing their way back into the game. China trimmed the distance to 9 points at the end of the third frame. There was more to come. China completed the rescue mission late in regulation drawing things level and forcing overtime. The first extra period did not figure out the winners as the teams were knotted at 73. But Iran saved more energy for the final surge. They outscored China 18:7 in the second overtime to eke out a nail-biting win at the end. Mehrad Atashi delivered 21 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Iran. Aren Davoudichegani had 13 points for the winners. Zhang ZhaoXu produced 25 points and 12 boards for China. Li Xuesong banked 19 points in defeat.

Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 30+11 boards, Mehrad Atashi 21, Aren Davoudichegani 13
China: Zhang ZhaoXu 25+12 boards, Li Xuesong 19

Group N
Brazil - Mexico 84:80

Luciano De Souza (201-F-86) scored 18 points to lift Brazil past Mexico at the University Games today. Brazil clinched the top spot in Group N with 2-0 record. Mexico finished in the second position as they slipped at 1-1 record. It was a close affair from start to finish. Mexico enjoyed a narrow 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They did not surrender the advantage in the second quarter and ensured a 43:42 lead at the interval. But Brazil managed to turn the tables in the second half. They fired 26 points in the third stanza and headed into the fourth term ahead by 3 points. Brazil hung on to eke out a difficult victory at the end. Andre Felipe Almeida posted 11 points for Brazil. Roberto Alves and Andre Goes notched 10 points each in the winning effort. Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) responded with 25 points and 9 boards for Mexico. Gabriel Giron registered 20 points in defeat.
Brazil shot 50% from the field, while holding Mexican counterparts to 43% accuracy. They also had a slender advantage on the glass with 38 boards.

Brazil: Luciano De Souza 18, Andre Felipe Almeida 11, Roberto Alves 10, Andre Goes 10
Mexico: Joel Reynoso 25, Gabriel Giron 20

Group O
Japan - South Korea 97:77

Japan prevailed against their archrivals South Korea at the World University Games tonight. Kosuke Kanamaru (192-89) was instrumental with 31 points for the winners. Kenta Hirose added 21 points, 11 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals as Japan claimed the top spot in Group O. South Korea will fight for the second position in the pool against South Africa tomorrow.
Japan however needed to overcome fierce opposition from winless South Korea at the start of the game. The teams traded baskets in the opening frame and Japan were up by just one point at the first break. Japan pushed harder in the second quarter building a 7-point cushion at halftime. Japan polished their dominance in the third frame. They went on a 28:13 rally to put South Korea to the dead end before the final stanza. South Korea finished the game with dignity outscoring Japan in the final frame but it never put any doubts about the final outcome.
Makoto Hiejima dropped 18 points for Japan. Park Sung Jin (182-G-86) responded with 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for South Korea. Heo Il-Young posted 16 points and 7 boards in the losing effort. Japan won the battle on the boards 41:31 and sank solid 50% from the field. South Korea committed 20 turnovers in defeat.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 31, Kenta Hirose 21+11 boards, Makoto Hiejima 18
South Korea: Park Sung Jin 20, Heo Il-Young 16

Day 4 in Belgrade. The start of the Qualifying Round - Jul. 6, 2009 
Group I
USA - Greece 108:77

The USA outgunned Greece at the World University Games today. They extended their winning streak to three games after the win and stayed on top of Group I of the Qualifying round of the tournament. Greece slipped at 0-2 record in the pool. Greece and the USA stayed close in the first half. The North American team built a slender 5-point advantage at halftime. But Greece could not keep up with their opponents after the major break. The USA started to dominate every facet of the encounter and raced in front. They unloaded 31 points in the third stanza worth a 21-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The USA stayed aggressive pouring in 33 points in the fourth frame and claiming a comfortable win at the end. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) nailed 17 points for the USA. Quincy Pondexter (198-F) and Lazar Hayward delivered 13 points apiece in the victory. Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) responded with 25 points for Greece. Savas Tzougkarakis had 21 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. The United States outrebounded their opponents 43:22 and sank solid 60% from the field.

USA: Deon Thompson 17, Quincy Pondexter 13, Lazar Hayward 13
Greece: Dimitris Verginis 25, Savas Tzougkarakis 21

Serbia - Finland 82:70
Serbia claimed a confident win over Finland at the World University Games today. A well-balanced offensive effort helped the hosts to defy Finland in Belgrade as Serbia improved at 2-0 record in Pool I. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances), Ivan Paunic and Miroslav Raduljica nailed 13 points apiece to lead the home team. Finland slipped at 0-2 record at the bottom of the pool.
Serbia ensured a confident start to the game. They limited the visitors to 9 points in the opening frame and piled up an 11-point advantage after the starting period. Finland reacted with more aggressive basketball in the second stanza. They slowed Serbia down and outscored them to trim the distance to 9 points at halftime. Serbia however quickly rebounded and changed complexion in the second half. They shifted the gear and easily ran away from their opponents. The hosts registered a 23-point advantage into the final period and never looked back en route to the win. Milan Macvan and Dejan Borovnjak finished with 9 points each for Serbia. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) responded with game-high 21 points and 7 boards for Finland. Ville Makalainen had 12 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia: Nemanja Bjelica 13, Ivan Paunic 13, Miroslav Raduljica 13
Finland: Vesa Makalainen 21, Ville Makalainen 12

Group J
Lithuania - Germany 76:75
Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 18 points to pace Lithuania to a narrow victory over Germany at the World University Games in Belgrade. Lithuania entered the final stanza down by 17 points but managed to erase the deficit. They limited the German team to 9 points in the final frame and stole an incredible win at the end. Lithuania thus managed to stretch the winning streak to three games. Germany lost the third game in a row in Belgrade. The teams stayed close in the first half. Germany earned a 4-point lead at the first break but Lithuania reacted in the second stanza narrowing the gap to 2 points at the interval. But the Bundesteam unleashed a 25:10 rally in the third period to grab a comfortable 17-point buffer at the final break. But Germany seemed to believe in the success a bit too early. Lithuania found the way to resurrect and sneaked past shocked Germany at the end.
Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14 points and collected 10 rebounds for Lithuania. Deividas Gailius and Brazdauskis had 12 points apiece for the winners. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) responded with 21 points for Germany. Maik Zirbes notched 13 points in a bitter defeat. Lithuania outmuscled Germany in the paint grabbing 42 rebounds. The winners also shot 48% from the field.

Lithuania: Martynas Mazeika 18, Martynas Pocius 14+10 boards, Deividas Gailius 12, Romas Brazdauskas 12
Germany: Lucca Staiger 21, Maik Zirbes 13

Romania - Latvia 85:78
Romania grabbed the third win at the World University Games in Serbian capital. They held off Latvia in Group J opener. Latvia in the meantime suffered the first defeat at the tournament. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) was unstoppable for Romania with 28 points and 10 boards. Latvia could not win despite a storming start to the clash. They fired 30 points in the opening frame to account for 13-point advantage after ten minutes. Romania gradually came back to life as Titus Nicoara orchestrated the resurrection. Romania trimmed the margin to 10 points at halftime. They continued to keep Latvia under pressure in the third stanza clipping the distance to just 4 points before the fourth frame. Romania stepped on the gas in the final stanza leaving fatigued Latvia without win in this one. Mihai Silvasan produced 20 points and 7 rebounds for Romania. Ionut Dragusin had 13 points and 8 boards for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) replied with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia. Arturs Berzins delivered 19 points in the losing case.

Romania: Titus Nicoara 28+10 boards, Mihai Silvasan 20, Ionut Dragusin 13
Latvia: Arturs Strelnieks 26+10 boards, Arturs Berzins 19

Group K
Israel - Italy 109:76

Israel easily defeated Italy in the opening game of the Qualifying Round in Group K of the World University Games for both teams. Israel entered the round undefeated and managed to stretch the winning streak to four games. Italy suffered the second loss in three games played at the tournament. Six Israeli players scored in double figures en route to the win. Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances) and Robert Rothbart led the winners with 17 points each.
Israel did not waste too much time to build a comfortable buffer. They knocked down 30 points in the first stanza to pile up a 15-point advantage. Israel continued to dominate as they registered 31 points in the second frame worth a 31-point lead at halftime. Italy slowed down their opponents in the second half but it was too late to save the encounter. Israel still got the upper hand as they posted an 86:52 lead into the final quarter. Italy had no chance whatsoever and had to surrender at the end.
Yuval Naimi knocked down 14 points for Israel. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) replied with 13 points for Italy. Roberto Prandin and Donato Cutolo finished with 12 points apiece in the losing case.

Israel: Yogev Ohayon 17, Robert Rothbart 17, Yuval Naimi 14
Italy: Giancarlo Ferrero 13, Roberto Prandin 12, Donato Cutolo 12

Russia - Canada 89:77
Russia clinched the third win at the World University Games in Serbia. They outlasted Canada at the start of the second stage of the tournament today. Canada in the meantime suffered the first loss in Belgrade. Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) sparked Russia tallying 21 points and 14 rebounds. Dramir Zibirov added 17 points for the winning team.
Russia began the game strongly building a 26:16 advantage at the first intermission. Canada could not rebound in the second frame as Russia stayed aggressive. The North American team dominated the boards but could not cope with Russian accuracy and overcome numerous turnovers. The margin grew at 22 points into the major break. Canada went off the dressing room ready to erase the deficit but Russia matched the effort and secured a 22-point lead before the fourth stanza. Canada cut the margin by 10 points in the final frame but could not escape the loss.
Evgeniy Kolesnikov notched 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Russia. Chris Dyck (191-G-85) replied with 18 points for Canada. Ross Bekkering had 10 points and 10 caroms in the loss. Canada outrebounded Russia 57:35 but suffered 24 turnovers and sank only 31% from the field.

Russia: Nikita Shabalkin 21+14 boards, Dramir Zibirov 17, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 16
Canada: Chris Dyck 18, Ross Bekkering 10+10 boards

Group L
Turkey - Ukraine 63:61

Turkish Universiade selection claimed the third straight win in Serbia. They narrowly defeated Ukraine at the beginning of the second stage of the tournament. Ukraine slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Serhat Cetin (197-G-86) and Eren Beyaz nailed 15 points apiece to lead Turkey to the victory.
A low-scoring first frame saw Turkey grab a 17:12 advantage. However Ukraine managed to turn the tables in the second stanza. They reigned under the rims and limited Turkey to just 13 points trimming the distance to a single point at halftime. Turkey increased the tempo in the third frame and capitalized on numerous turnovers from the Ukrainian team. Turkey entered the final stanza ahead by 9 points. Ukraine went on a fierce comeback rally in the fourth term but it was too late. Turkey survived the challenge and sneaked past their opponents at the end. Soner Senturk knocked down 12 points for the winning side. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) and Dmitri Glebov replied with 15 points for Ukraine. Pustozvonov had 9 points and 6 boards in the loss. Turkey will play against Bulgaria, while Ukraine will face Portugal tomorrow.

Turkey: Serhat Cetin 15, Eren Beyaz 15, Soner Senturk 12
Ukraine: Oleksandr Sizov 15, Dmitri Glebov 15

Bulgaria - Portugal 86:74
Bulgaria stayed unbeaten at the World University Games in Serbia. They toppled Portugal at the start of the second stage of the tournament to top Group L. Portugal suffered the second defeat at the tourney. Six played scored in double figures for Bulgaria as they proved their highest ambitions for the competition. Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85) netted 16 points and pulled down 6 boards to lead the way for the winners.
Bulgaria however had to overcome a slow start to the game to come out victorious in this one. Portugal raced in front in the opening stanza and headed into the second frame ahead by 4 points 22:18. Bulgaria needed some first class performance in the second half to gain control. They leveled things up and then spurred in front taking a 42:38 lead at the interval. Portugal were losing the battle under the rims and conceded 28 points in the third quarter trailing by 12 points with ten minutes to go. Bulgaria wisely kept Portugal at safe distance in the fourth quarter and ensured a comfortable victory at the end. Zlatin Georgiev and Vladimir Marinov delivered 14 points each for the winners. Kostov had 13 points for Bulgaria. Antonio Pires (185-G-86) replied with 13 points for Portugal. Tiago Pinheiro canned 12 points in the losing case.

Bulgaria: Hristo Nikolov 16, Zlatin Georgiev 14, Vladimir Marinov 14
Portugal: Antonio Pires 13, Tiago Pinheiro 12

Group M
Australia - China 85:79

Australian World University Games selection posted the first win at the tournament. They narrowly defeated China today in the Qualifying Round Group M. Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) knocked down 27 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to pace the Aussies. China enjoyed a 7-point lead after ten minutes of action but could not maintain the advantage and surrendered at the end.
Australia adjusted in the second frame and trimmed the margin at 6 points into the major break. The third quarter proved decisive for the Australian selection. They locked down their defense and held the Asian team to only 13 points. It helped Australia to surge ahead 66:65 after three quarters of action. Australia kept their at bay in the final stanza en route to the initial win in Belgrade.
Ben Allen and Anatoly Bose had 12 points each for the winning team. Ren JunFei (202-F-90) answered with 27 points for China. Zhang ZhaoXu delivered 18 points and 22 boards in defeat.
Australia and China were well-matched on the glass with 46 rebounds apiece. The Aussies capitalized on 20 turnovers from China.

Australia: Jesse Wagstaff 27, Ben Allen 12, Anatoly Bose 12
China: Ren JunFei 27, Zhang ZhaoXu 18+22 boards

Group N
Brazil - UAE 107:49
Brazil earned a cruising win over United Arab Emirates at the World University Games in Serbia. The victory marked the second success for Brazilian team as they were awarded the win over Gabon after no-show from of the African team for the tournament. UAE lost all of their three games at the preliminary round and could not even hope for the success against the Latin American team. UAE lost the starting period by 20 points and struggled to find the rhythm throughout the reminder of the contest. Brazil eased to a 29-point lead at halftime. They followed with a 33:7 run in the third quarter to leave UAE far behind and coasted to the win in the final frame. Rinaldo Mafra (200-F/C-86) scored 20 points to lead Brazil. Luciano Junior had 19 points, while Rafael Silva and Andre Goes finished with 14 points each in the victory. Salah Khalifa replied with 18 points for UAE. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim tallied 13 points, 7 boards, 5 steals and 4 assists in the loss. Brazil outmuscled the Arab team 64:30 under the rim and limited those to just 25% from the field. Brazil sank 56% of their field goals including 8/19 from beyond the arc. Both teams committed 24 turnovers.
Brazil will now take on Mexico tomorrow. UAE will face Mexico on Wednesday.

Brazil: Rinaldo Mafra 20, Luciano Junior 19, Rafael Silva 14, Andre Goes 14
UAE: Salah Khalifa 18, Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim 13

Group O
Japan - South Africa 107:61
Japan posted the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They dismantled South Africa in Group O today. The African team remained winless as they suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament. Kosuke Kanamaru knocked down 19 points to lead Japan. Takatoshi Furukawa had 18 points in the winning effort. Amogelang Keogatile (193-G-88) replied with 15 points and 12 boards for South Africa.
Japan scored eagerly in the opening stanza as they accounted for 30 points. It helped the Asian team to pile up an 8-point lead into the second stanza. South Africa could not pick up the slack as Japan started to get away in the second quarter. Japan outgunned their opponents by 19 points in the second stanza to grab a 27-point halftime lead. Japan never slowed down in the second half. They wrote in 32 more points in the third stanza to enter the final period with an insurmountable advantage. South Africa had no answers for the onslaught and had to surrender at the end.
Yuki Mitsuhara delivered 13 points for the winners. Celemusa Khumalo notched 12 points in the loss.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 19, Takatoshi Furukawa 18, Yuki Mitsuhara 13
South Africa: Amogelang Keogatile 15+12 boards, Celemusa Khumalo 12

Last day of Preliminary Round in Belgrade - Jul. 4, 2009 

GROUP A
University Games, Day 3: Australia - Serbia 66-84

Serbia finished Preliminary Round perfect. After victory in the first game against Greece, the hosts of the World University Games 2009 managed to beat Australia for
position No.1 in Group A. On the other side, Australia ended this stage winless (0-2). Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) this time led the scorers in Serbia with 15 points. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) was behind him with 14, while Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) helped with double-double, 13 points and 13 rebounds. Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.) was on fire in Australia scoring 21 points. Ben Allen (211-C-86, college: Indiana) had 12 pts and 9 rebs, while Carlin Hughes (188-G-85, college: Montana St. - Billin) posted 11 pts.

Australia: Cameron Tovey 21+5 boards, Ben Allen 12+9 boards, Carlin Hughes 11+5 boards
Serbia: Ivan Paunic 15, Nemanja Protic 14, Dejan Borovnjak 13+13 boards

GROUP B

University Games, Day 3: Lithuania - Romania 85-65


Lithuania ended the Preliminary Round at the World University Games in Belgrade with perfect 3-0 record (Group B). The Lithuanians trashed Romanians 85-65, who were undefeated until today. Both teams are going to Intermediate Round. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) led the scorers in Lithuania today with 18 points. Zydrunas Kelys (188-G-87, agency: Interperformances) and Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87) had 11 each, while Laurynas Mikalauskas (203-F-85, college: Virginia) delivered one point less. On the other side, Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) shined with 19 pts and 8 rebs. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 and Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) contributed with 13 pts.

Lithuania: Deividas Gailius 18, Zydrunas Kelys 11+5 as, Arnas Labuckas 11, Laurynas Mikalauskas 10
Romania: Ionut Dragusin 19+8 boards, Titus Nicoara 15+13 boards, Mihai Silvasan 13


University Games, Day 3: UAE - Mexico 54-130


It was a game between two winless teams after two days. Mexico totally dominated during the entire time ending the Preliminary Stage as No.3 in Group B with 2-1 record. Joel Reynoso (195-G-85) (195-G-85) was totally unstoppable for UAE draining impressive 35 points. He also registered 6 rebounds and 6 assists beside that. Julio Cesar Martin (195-G/F-88) also shined with 22, while Jorge Chavez (198-G/F-87) added 17 points and 8 rebounds. Omar Khalid Faqqas (195-F-91) responded with 18 points in loss. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim (180-G-91) stopped on 9 pts, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.

UAE: Omar Khalid Faqqas 18, Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim 9+6 boards+7 as
Mexico: Joel Reynoso 35+6 boards+6 as, Julio Cesar Martin 22, Jorge Chavez 17+8 boards


GROUP C

University Games, Day 3: China - Canada 83-100

Another great performance by Canada at the World University Games in Belgrade. After win in the first appearance, the Canadians managed to beat China today finishing the Preliminary Round on top of Group C with prefect 2-0 record. On the other side, China remained winless. Greg Surmacz (203-F-86) (203-F-86) stepped up for the winning squad collecting 22 points and 8 rebounds. Josh Gibson-Bascombe (193-G-86) was behind him with 15, while Jacob Doerksen (200-F-88) netted one point less. Yang Chao (195-G/F-84) was on fire for Team China delivering impressive 35 points. Cao Zhenhua (205-C-85) had 19 pts and 6 rebounds.

China: Yang Chao 35, Cao Zhenhua 19+6 boards
Canada: Greg Surmacz 22+8 boards, Josh Gibson-Bascombe 15+5 boards, Jacob Doerksen 14

GROUP D

University Games, Day 3: Bulgaria - Japan 108-96

Bulgarians were on fire today outplaying Japan 108-96. It means that Bulgaria ended Preliminary Round on top of Group D with perfect 2-0 record. On the other side, Japan is winless. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) top-scored in victory with 16 points. Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85) had 14, while Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) and Pavel Marinov (196-G-88) drained 13 points each. Slaveykov also had 6 rebounds beside that. In Team Japan, Kanamaru Kosuke demonstrated magnificent performance netting 38 points. Nishimura Fumio was far behind him with 14.

Bulgaria: Ivan Lilov 16, Hristo Nikolov 14, Stanislav Slaveykov 13+6 boards, Pavel Marinov 13
Japan: Kanamaru Kosuke 38, Nishimura Fumio 14

GROUP E

University Games, Day 3: Iran - Turkey 76-91

Turkey managed to beat Iran in the last game of the Preliminary Round ending it on top of Group E with perfect 2-0 record. The Iranians faced with two failures in two games, meaning that they are No.3 team in the same pool. Ali Kavaklioglu (186-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) (186-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) demonstrated impressive performance for Turkey. He was totally the best player in this match netting 25 points. Caner Oner (200-F-87) helped the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) was on high level on the other side registering double-double, 20 points and 10 rebounds. Mehrad Atashi (186-G-86) replied with 17 pts.

Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 20+10 boards, Mehrad Atashi 17
Turkey: Ali Kavaklioglu 25, Caner Oner 14+5 boards

GROUP F

University Games, Day 3: Russia - Israel 55-81

It was a decisive game for the first place in Group F as both teams were undefeated after two days. Both are going to Intermediate Round, but Israel as No.1 and Russia as No.2. Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances) had 14, while Robert Rothbart (216-C-86) delivered 12 points and grabbed 8 boards. Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) also had 12 pts in victory. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) led the scorers in Russia with 13 points. Dramir Zibirov (188-G-86) contributed with 12.

Russia: Evgeniy Kolesnikov 13, Dramir Zibirov 12
Israel: Elishay Kadir 15+13 boards, Yogev Ohayon 14, Robert Rothbart 12+8 boards, Gal Mekel 12

GROUP G


University Games, Day 3: South Africa - Germany 42-86

As it was expected, Germany destroyed South Africa registering the first win on the World University Games in Belgrade. It means that Germany is No.2 in Group G

with 1-1 record, while South Africa is the last ranked team with no win. Per Gunther (185-G-88, agency: Rasmussen Services) led the scorers in Germany today with 14 points. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) followed him with 13 points and 5 boards, while Jannik Freese (208-F/C-86) helped with 11 pts and 5 rebounds. South Africa did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Celemusa Khumalo (193-G-88) and Nhlanhla Dlamini (174-G-86) were the best ones with 9 pts each. All other played had less than 8.

South Africa: Celemusa Khumalo 9, Nhlanhla Dlamini 9
Germany: Per Gunther 14, Lucca Staiger 13+5 boards, Jannik Freese 11+5 boards


GROUP H

University Games, Day 3: USA - Korea 113-76

Another expected win for the USA Team. In the first match USA was better than Finland and today they blasted Korea with huge 113-76. It means that USA advanced to next stage as No.1 of Group H (2-0). Quincy Pondexter (6'6''-F) stepped up in victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. James Anderson (6'6''-G-89) also had 14 pts, plus 5 boards, while Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86), Talor Battle (5'11''-G-88) and Deon Thompson (6'8''-F-88) helped with 12 points each. Ki Seungho responded with 20 points for Korea. They ended this stage winless.

USA: Quincy Pondexter 14+6 boards, James Anderson 14+5 boards, Lazar Hayward 12+6 boards, Talor Battle 12, Deon Thompson 12
Korea: Ki Seungho 20


Day 2 in Belgrade  - Jul. 3, 2009 
GROUP A

University Games, Day 2: Greece - Australia 89-72

Greece made it in the second match on World University Games in Belgrade. After yesterday's defeat against Serbia, the Greeks managed to beat Australia 89-72 for 1-1 record in Group A. That was the first appearance for Australians, who will meet Serbia tomorrow. For the hosts (SRB) it will be a chance to end this stage on top of Group A perfect.
Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) was the most important player for the Greeks today nailing 25 points and dishing out 5 assists. Sotiris Manolopoulos (208-F-87) also shined collecting 18 points and 8 boards, while Dimitrios Kompodietas (196-G-85) followed with 16 pts. Savas Tzougarakis (207-C-86) added one point less, plus 5 boards. In Team Australia, Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.) registered 20 pts and 7 rebounds. Ben Madgen (193-G-85, college: Augusta St.) had 15 and Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) posted 12 points.
Greece had very good percentage from behind the arc today. They made 12 of 25 attempts (48%). Australia had only 4 of 22. Dimitris Verginis and his teammates also were better in rebounding 38-34. Last period was the crucial one in this game as Greece finished it 26-17. After 19-19 in the first, Greece made 17-12 in second and 27-24 in third stanza.

Greece: Dimitris Verginis 25+5 as, Sotiris Manolopoulos 18+8 boards, Dimitrios Kompodietas 16, Savas Tzougarakis 15+5 boards
Australia: Cameron Tovey 20+7 boards, Ben Madgen 15+5 boards, Jesse Wagstaff 12



GROUP B

University Games, Day 2: Mexico - Romania 73-78

Romania managed to grab the second win on the World University Games in Belgrade. After victory against United Arab Emirates, the Romanians were better than Mexico 78-73. It means that Romania and Lithuania are on top of Group B together with 2-0 record. Mexico fell to 0-2.
Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) was the best player in the winning squad collecting 21 points and 13 rebounds. Andrei Mandache (190-G-87) and Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) also demonstrated nice performance adding 19 pts each. Fourth scorer of the team was Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) with 14 pts. He also grabbed 9 rebounds beside that. On the other side, Jose Luis Bucio (179-G-86) top-scored with 17 points. Joel Reynoso (195-G-85) had 13, while Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86) and Gabriel Giron (188-G) contributed with 12 pts each.
The Romanians resolved question about the winner in the last quarter. Both teams were pretty leveled until that moment, when Titus Nicoara and his teammates exploded. They scored 23 points, the most off all quarters today, while Mexico stopped on 5 less. That was the difference at the end. Romania will meet Lithuania tomorrow, while Mexico will take on United Arab Emirates.

Mexico: Jose Luis Bucio 17, Joel Reynoso 13+6 boards, Joaquin Villanueva 12+12 boards, Gabriel Giron 12
Romania: Titus Nicoara 21+13 boards, Andrei Mandache 19+6 boards, Mihai Silvasan 19, Ionut Dragusin 14+9 boards
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University Games, Day 2: UAE - Lithuania 48-131

Lithuania demonstrated its power today. The Lithuanians showed what they can yesterday against Mexico, but this evening was pretty amazing for them. UAE players played as much as they can, but difference in quality between these two teams is huge. At the end of the second day of the World University Games in Belgrade Lithuania shares the first place in Group B with Romania (2-0 record). UAE is together with Mexico winless.
Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87) led all the scorers today with 26 points (6 rebs). Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) followed him with 20, while Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) added 15 pts. Laurynas Mikalauskas (203-F-85, college: Virginia) helped with 14 points and 8 rebounds. UAE had just two players with double-digits in scoring. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim (180-G-91), who had 20, and Omar Khalid Faqqas (195-F-91), who netted 12 pts.
In third day of the contest Lithuania will meet Romania. That will be decisive game for the first place in Group B. At the same day UAE will take on Mexico. The team who looses this game will be the last ranked in this pool.

UAE: Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim 20, Omar Khalid Faqqas 12
Lithuania: Arnas Labuckas 26+6 boards, Martynas Mazeika 20, Martynas Pocius 15+6 boards, Laurynas Mikalauskas 14+8 boards



GROUP C

University Games, Day 2: Italy - China 90-79

First win for Italy in Belgrade. The Italians suffered defeat yesterday against Canada 80-89, but today they succeeded to beat China 90-79 for 1-1 record in Group C. China will have opportunity tomorrow to register first win, but it will not be an easy job as Canadians demonstrated pretty good performance in their first appearance.
Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) was a key player for the winning squad. He was totally unstoppable for the Chinese nailing impressive 34 points. His 7 of 11 attempts from behind the arc were successful and beside that he had 4/11 for FG2 and 5/8 FTs. Ferrero needed just two boards more for double-double. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) was way behind him with 12, while Davide Bruttini (203-F-87) added 11 points and 5 boards. In Team China, Yang Chao (195-G/F-84) top-scored with 16 points. Zhang ZhaoXu (213-C-87) had 15 points and impressive 16 rebounds, while Ren JunFei (202-F-90) contributed with 15 pts and 5 rebs.
China was slightly better during the opening ten minutes, but Italy totally took control on them after that. Giancarlo Ferrero started to make shots lifting his team to plus 4 at the half time. Third stanza was the crucial one as Italy intensified defense stopping China on just 14 pts. On the other side, they nailed 25 resolving question about the winner. Last 10 minutes were just the formality.

Italy: Giancarlo Ferrero 34+8 boards, Roberto Prandin 12, Davide Bruttini 11+5 boards
China: Yang Chao 16, Zhang ZhaoXu 15+16 boards, Ren JunFei 15+5 boards



GROUP D

University Games, Day 2: Ukraine - Bulgaria 71-79

Bulgaria opened the World University Games in Belgrade celebrating. Ukrainians also were victorious in the first appearance beating Japan 104-74, but they failed today. It means that Ukraine ends this stage with 1-1 record in Group D, while Bulgaria will play its second game tomorrow.
Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85) led the scorers in Bulgaria with 15 points. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) followed with 14, Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) had 13 and Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) 12 points and 5 rebounds. Ukraine got the most from Dmitri Glebov (198-F-88), 17 points. Sergiy Popov (193-G-88) had 15 and Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
Bulgaria was better team in the first half. Hristo Nikolov and his teammates scored 23 in first and 17 points in the second frame, while Ukraine had 20 and 14. The Ukrainians woke up after the breather. They started to make shots managing to close the gap to 1 point before the last 10 minutes. However, that was all from them today. Bulgarians scored 21 points until the end stopping Ukraine on 14. Interesting is that Ukraine finished the game with 38 rebounds, while Bulgaria had 25.

Ukraine: Dmitri Glebov 17, Sergiy Popov 15, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 13+9 boards
Bulgaria: Hristo Nikolov 15, Chavdar Kostov 14, Ivan Lilov 13, Nikolay Varbanov 12+5 boards



GROUP E

University Games, Day 2: Portugal - Iran 86-78

Portugal made it in the second appearance on the World University Games in Belgrade. In the first game, which was played yesterday, the Portuguese failed against Turkey 62-84. Today they improved a lot beating Iran 86-78 for 1-1 record in Group E. On the other side, that was the first match of Iran who will take on Turkey tomorrow.
Antonio Pires (185-G-86) stepped up for Portugal today registering double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds. He also dished out 6 assists beside that. Fernando Martins (187-G/F-86) also scored 16, while Joao Diamantino (201-F-85) added 10 pts. Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) shined on the other side with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Benny Koochoie (188-G-86) was another player with double-double, 17 pts and 10 rebs, while Ali Baheran (184-G-86) stopped on 14 pts and 5 rebounds.
Second quarter was the crucial one in this game. Opening ten minutes were pretty leveled, but then Portugal started to play. Antonio Pires took full control on their opponents smashing them 32-16 in this period. The Iranians improved after the breather, but they were not able to make a turn. Portugal managed to keep its lead and totally deserved the first win in Belgrade.

Portugal: Antonio Pires 16+11 boards+6 as, Fernando Martins 16, Joao Diamantino 10
Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 18+14 boards, Benny Koochoie 17+10 boards, Ali Baheran 14+5 boards

GROUP F

University Games, Day 2: Brazil - Russia 62-99

Russia demonstrated magnificent performance today in Belgrade outgunning Brazil with huge 99-62. It means that Russians now have 2-0 record in Group F. As a reminder, the first game against Gabon was not played and Russia won it with official 20-0. As Russia, Israel also has perfect 2-0 record in the pool. Brazil fell to 0-2.
Valeri Likhodey (203-F-86) led the scorers in Russia with 21 points. Dramir Zibirov (188-G-86) is another player who shined today and he drained 20 points, also grabbing 5 rebounds. Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) delivered 15 pts and pulled down 5 rebs. In Brazil, Douglas Kurtz (206-C-87) had 17 and Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) added 14 pts.
Russia dominated during the entire game. Actually, Brazil maybe had some chance before the last quarter, but than all their hopes quickly disappeared. Russia started to play much stronger at the defensive end limiting their rivals on 15 pts in the last quarter. On the other side, they were totally unstoppable. 35 points scored until the end was a great finish for the Russians, who will meet Israel tomorrow in crucial game for position No.1.

Brazil: Douglas Kurtz 17, Andre Goes 14
Russia: Valeri Likhodey 21, Dramir Zibirov 20+5 boards, Nikita Shabalkin 15+5 boards

GROUP G

University Games, Day 2: Latvia - South Africa 100-42

As it was expected, Latvia was too strong for South Africa today in Belgrade. The Latvians outplayed Germany yesterday 80-76 meaning that they will finish Preliminary Stage on top of Group G with perfect 2-0. On the other side, South Africa will have another chance for the first joy. That will be tomorrow against the above mention Germans.
Oskars Ernsteins (194-G/F-87, college: Carl Albert JC) was totally unstoppable today. He led the Latvians in scoring with impressive 28 points. Einars Tukiss (193-G/F-88) was the second best player in Latvia with 17 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Edijs Slesers (186-G-85) helped with 13 pts and 7 rebounds. South Africa got double-double from Amogelang Keogatile (193-G-88), 10 pts and 12 rebounds. Nhlanhla Dlamini (174-G-86) contributed with 9 points and 4 rebs.
The finals score says everything for itself. Latvia was a way better rival from the beginning. First quarter was a clear signal what we can expect until the end as Latvia ended it with 26-7. Third quarter was another impressive one for the winners, 30-10. Until the end Latvia moved up even more with 29-11 for huge plus 58 in total.

Latvia: Oskars Ernsteins 28, Einars Tukiss 17+5 boards+ 5 as, Edijs Slesers 13+7 boards, Martins Kravcenko (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) 11
South Africa: Amogelang Keogatile 10+12 boards, Nhlanhla Dlamini 9+4 boards

GROUP H

University Games, Day 2: Finland - USA 40-87

Expected victory by the USA Team. It was their first appearance on the World University Games in Belgrade and of course the first win. The Americans was clearly too much for Finland, who fell to 1-1 record in Group H. As a reminder, Finland was better than South Korea yesterday 90-75. Tomorrow USA will meet Korea and another easy win is expected again.
Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87) led the Americans with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Corey Fisher (6'1''-G-88) followed him with 12 pts and 4 rebs, while Robbie Hummel (6'8''-F-89) added 10 points. In Team Finland, Ville Makalainen (6'5''-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Petri Heinonen (6'10''-F/C-88) contributed with 11 points.
The fact that USA had 20 rebounds more (54-34) talks everything about this game, of course with the final score as well. It is important to mention that Finland scored just 2 points during the entire last quarter. On the other side USA had 23. The USA University Team is one of the main candidates for Gold in Belgrade and it seems they are just warming up. The most important games are yet to come.

Finland: Ville Makalainen 13+5 boards, Petri Heinonen 11
USA: Craig Brackins 16+9 boards, Corey Fisher 12+4 boards, Robbie Hummel 10


Day 1 in Belgrade - Jul. 3, 2009 

GROUP A
Serbia-Greece 81:50


The home side of the University Games won the opener of Group A against Greece. Serbia was too good for the opponent to take 1-0 record in the group after 81:50.
Belgrade Arena was glad to see the home team of the tournament and prepared a great support for Serbia. The latter opened the game with 22:15 and looked tough versus the opponent. Serbia added 20-8 in the second period to take 42:23 halftime advantage. Greece meanwhile tried to do something in the second half, but it was hard to play against the hosts. Serbia produced 24-12 in the third quarter to make the last period unnecessary. Both teams nailed 15 points in the final stanza as Serbia celebrated 81:50 victory.
Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 14, while Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was responsible for 9 points. Sotiris Manolopoulos (208-F-87) ended up with 14 points for Greece and Galliotos Georgios scored 6.
Aleksandar Kesar 's team had 41% from the filed, while Greece showed 32%. Serbia was also better shooting from the arc and free throw line.
Greece will meet Australia in the only game scheduled on July 3rd. Serbia will take on the Australian team on Saturday, July 4th.

Serbia: Marko Keselj 15, Dejan Borovnjak 14, Strahinja Milosevic 9
Greece: Sotiris Manolopoulos 14, Galliotos Georgios 6 GROUP BRomania - UAE 116:53
Radu Paliciuc (198-G/F-88) netted 22 points to lift Romania to the first win at the 2009 Universiade in Serbia. Romania thumped UAE in preliminary Group B. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 5 boards for the winning side. Romania led from start to finish. They stunned their Asian counterparts with a 22:9 rally in the starting frame. United Arab Emirates tried to level things up in the second quarter but their effort was well matched by Romania. The European team piled up a 19-point advantage into the main break. UAE defense collapsed in the third stanza conceding 37 points. Romania entered the final stanza ahead by insurmountable 50 points. They fired 33 points in the final term and celebrated an overwhelming win at the end.
Ioan Macaveiu (197-G-88) delivered 12 points in the victory. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim (180-G-91) and Qais Omar Ahmad (200-C-91) netted 14 points each for UAE. Omar Khalid Faqqas (195-F-91) knocked down 8 points in the losing case. Romania got a 40:29 advantage on the glass and forced their opponents to intolerable 43 turnovers.
Romania will face Mexico, while UAE will challenge Lithuania in the next round.

Romania: Radu Paliciuc 22, Titus Nicoara 16, Ioan Macaveiu 12
UAE: Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim 14, Qais Omar Ahmad 14

Lithuania - Mexico 93:75

Lithuania earned the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They held off Mexico in the opener today to take the lead in Group B. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) scored 15 points each to pace the Baltic outfit.
Lithuanian looked aggressive in offense and dominated on the glass to take the lead early on. They grabbed a 24:18 advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania capitalized on numerous turnovers from the Latin American team to stretch the gap to as many as 18 points. Mexico continued to struggle defensively in the third stanza allowing their opponents to fire 28 points. It led Lithuania to a massive 23-point point buffer before the fourth stanza. They cruised to the win in the final quarter to improve at 1-0 record. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) had 14 points, while Gailius delivered 13 points for the winners. Joel Reynoso (195-G-85) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Mexico. Gabriel Giron (188-G) banked 15 points in the losing case.
Lithuania outrebounded Mexico 47:35 and forced those to 26 turnovers. Lithuania is scheduled to take on UAE, while Mexico will face Romania tomorrow.

Lithuania: Martynas Pocius 15, Giedrius Kurtinaitis 15, Martynas Mazeika 14
Mexico: Joel Reynoso 25, Gabriel Giron 15


GROUP C
Canada-Italy 89:80


Canada and Italy opened Group C of the University Games that started in Belgrade, Serbia. The North American team showed a better game to seal the 89:80 win in the opener.
Canada went on an early lead and grabbed 28:22 after the first frame. Chris O'Rourke 's team produced another 22-18 in the second period to take 50:40 advantage when the teams went to the lockers. The picture of the game did not change after the break as the North Americans remained in front in the court. They produced 25-20 for 15-point deficit closing thirty minutes of the game. Italy tried to recover in the game and bounced back with 20-14 in the last quarter, but it was to late to save the game. As a total it gave Canada 89:80 victory and the first success in Group C of the University Games.
Jacob Doerksen (200-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Josh Gibson-Bascombe (193-G-86) nailed 20 and Dax Dessureault (206-C) hit 10. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort. Daniele Bonessio (197-G/F-88) posted 13, while Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) chipped in 11.
Canada showed a better percentage from the filed as they made 26/58 shots. Italy meanwhile had 25/65 to have 38% from the field. Italy will face China today, while Canada will meet Asian team on Saturday.

Canada: Jacob Doerksen 24, Josh Gibson-Bascombe 20, Dax Dessureault 10
Italy: Giancarlo Ferrero 26, Daniele Bonessio 13, Roberto Prandin 11

GROUP D
Ukraine - Japan 104:74

Ukrainian University Games selection gained the first win in Serbia. They romped past Japan to improve at 1-0 record in Pool D. Maxym Korniyenko (201-F/C-87) fired game-high 33 points and collected 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) added 22 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru replied with 21 points for Japan.
Ukraine used a 33-point tally in the opening frame to build a 16-point advantage. Japan slowed their opponents down in the second frame but could not trim the distance. Ukraine maintained the lead and headed into the locker rooms up by 20 points. The high-flying third quarter saw Japan clip the deficit by one point but Ukraine remained comfortable. A Valentyn Melnichuk team coasted to the win in the final quarter. Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) banked 16 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Kenta Hirose (192-G-85) and Takatoshi Furukawa responded with 11 points each in defeat.
Ukraine outrebounded Japan 39:22 and shot solid 64% from the field. Japan answered with 40% of accuracy and committed 15 turnovers in the loss.

Ukraine: Maxym Korniyenko 33, Oleksandr Sizov 22, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 16+11 boards
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 21, Kenta Hirose 11, Takatoshi Furukawa 11

''GROUP E"
Turkey-Portugal 84:62
The game between Turkey and Portugal was the first one in Group E of the University Games that started in Belgrade, Serbia. Turkey looked better in every quarter of the game and won 84;62.
Both teams tried to go on a lead from the very beginning. In a back-to-back first period Turkey grabbed 21:19 to finish the first 10 minutes of the game.The things got better in the second frame for the Turkish side that produced 20-12 in it. When the teams left the court for a big break the team of Naci Ozonay enjoyed 41:31 halftime deficit. In order not to slow down Turkey kept the winning pace in the game. A 22-19 in the third quarter gave them 13 points before the final period. Portugal could not match the winners at all and failed in the last quarter 12-21.
Cem Coskun (209-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Caner Oner (200-F-87) delivered 18 and Ali Kavaklioglu (186-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) Berent netted 9. Miguel Graca (186-G-87) finished the night with 19 points for Portugal, MOREIRA Joao nailed 13 and Paulo Diamantino (203-C-85) scored 11.
On July 3rd Portugal will face Iran, the third team in the group. Turkey will play against Asian team on Saturday, July 4th.

Turkey: Cem Coskun 19, Caner Oner 18, Ali Kavaklioglu Berent 9
Portugal: Miguel Graca 19, MOREIRA Joao 13, Paulo Diamantino 11

GROUP F
Israel - Brazil 82:70 (OT)


Israeli team survived thriller against Brazil to improve at 1-0 record at the World University Games in Belgrade. Brazil got to the better start but could maintain the lead and suffered a sour loss at the end. Jonhatan Nir (202-F-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) dropped 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Israel. Andre Felipe Almeida (208-C-88) and Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) finished with 19 points apiece for Brazil.
The Latin American team accounted for a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action. Israelis matched the effort in the second frame and cut the distance to 3 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck in the third period but Israel managed to draw things level heading into the final frame. Things never changed in the fourth period as the teams had to go extra five minutes to decide on the winner. Brazil ran out of steam as they notched just 2 points in overtime and lost the clash. Youval Naimy nailed 13 points, while Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) drained 12 points each in the win. Luciano Junior had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Israel and Brazil were well-matched on the boards collecting 42 boards each. Israel sank 48% from the field, while Brazil managed just 39%. Israel also suffered only 11 turnovers down the stretch. Israel is scheduled to face Gabon, while Brazil play against Russia tomorrow.

Israel: Jonhatan Nir 18, Youval Naimy 13, Elishay Kadir 12, Gal Mekel 12
Brazil: Andre Felipe Almeida 19, Andre Goes 19+15 boards

GROUP G
Germany-Latvia 76:80

One of the most interesting games of the first day was played between Germany and Latvia in the University Games that started in Belgrade, Serbia. Two European teams showed great effort in the opener as Latvia grabbed 80:76 victory.
It was Germany to control the beginning of the game and to go on the first lead. Germany scored some important baskets to taste 19:10 lead after the first 10 minutes. The Baltic Side bounced back with 25-19 in the second period and reduced to 35:38 when the teams left the court for a big break.
The game continued on a high tempo after the halftime and it was Latvia to go in front. After 21-15 in the third quarter The Baltic team enjoyed 3-point advantage. In a back-to-back last period Germany tried to change the things for good, but Latvia won the quarter 24-23 and the game itself, 80:76.
Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the first Latvian victory. Martins Kravcenko (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) netted 14, while Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) ended up with 22 points in defeat and Gunther Per notched 14.
Latvia will face South Africa, another team in the group on July 3rd. Germany will try to tie their record on Saturday, July 4th also in the game versus African representative.

GROUP H
Korea-Finland 75:90

Korea started their University Games that is taking place in Belgrade, Serbia. The Asian team tried hard but lost the opener to Finland 75:90.
The European team started with 25:13 after the opening quarter and looked better in the court. They made themselves proud not to stopping with the lead, however with increasing it. Finland ensured 22-20 in the second quarter for 47:33 halftime advantage.
Korea managed to even the game in the second half, however they could not tie the score. Finland won the third frame 23-20, but Korea responded with 22-20 in the last one.
Finland had six players in double figures. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) was the leading scorer and rebounder (15/13). Vesa's older brother Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Juho Nenonen tallied 14 points, Ilkka Vuori scored 12, Anselmi Vanjoki posted 11 and Petri Heinonen had 10. KI Seungho finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort. Heo Il-Young tallied 12 and Kim Hyeon-Min posted 11.
In the next game Finland will face USA on July 3rd. Korea will take on the North American representative on Saturday, July 4th.

Korea: KI Seungho 16, Heo Il-Young 12, Kim Hyeon-Min 11
Finland: Ville Makalainen 15, Vesa Makalainen 15, Juho Nenonen (202-F-87) 14

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