Basketball tournament opens at Bangkok Summer Universiade - Aug 8, 2007
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Canada - Thailand 96:43 Canada overcame hosting Thailand in the opening game of Group A at the World University Games in Bangkok. The win saw Canadian team occupied the top spot in Group A ladder. North American team faced little problems en route to their victory as they proved the difference early in the game. They outscored Thailand 26:9 in the starting quarter and dominated the game further on. The gap grew to 53:15 mark at halftime and Canada had only to cruise to an overall success at the end. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, agency: 123 Podium) led all scorers with 20 points, converting 88% from the field, including 2/2 from outside. Neil MacDonald (208-C-84, agency: ACMT) added 18 points and 9 boards in a winning case. Ratdech Kruatiwa topscored for the home side nailing 17 points. Jakkrapan Silapapipat had 10 points in defeat. Canada will face New Zealand in the next round. Thailand takes on New Zealand on August 10.
Group B Lithuania - USA 97:63 Lithuania University team had a victorious start to the World Universiade in Thailand. They cruised past USA in the first encounter in Group B. Lithuanian players marked their dominance in the first frame edging North American team 32:10. They extended the gap to massive 57:27 at halftime. USA showed some signs of revival in the third quarter as they controled the tempo and enjoyed a 22:20 success. But Lithuania returned smashing in the final 10 minutes and proved their favourite status stunning USA 20:14. Michailas Anisimovas (211-C-84) scored 18 points for Lithuania. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) delivered 15 points in a winning effort. Carlton Reed (193-G, college: Iowa) secured 15 points for USA. Adam Koch (203-F) had 12 points in a defeat. Lithuania controlled the boards with 37:23. They shot impressive 56% from the field and limited USA to 36% accuracy. Both teams committed 15 turnovers. Lithuania will now face Angola in today's action. USA will take on Angola tomorrow.
Group C Japan - Ukraine 63:53 Japanese team got to a perfect start of their Univeriade campaign as they rallied past Ukraine in Bangkok. The teams kept it close early in game as they drawn at 19 after the first quarter. However Japanese players gradually took the initiative and drove to a 36:34 lead at halftime. The breakthrough for Asian team came in the third quarter when Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) drained a couple thre pointers and Joji Takeuchi reigned under the rims to lift Japan to a 13-point advantage 57:44. Ukraine managed to limit Japanese offensive effort in the final stanza but it was not enough for an overall success. Japan sealed their first victory and topped Group C ladder. Shohei Kikuchi (-G) and Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) provided 16 points apiece to lead Japan. Takumi Ishizaki contributed 14 points for the winners. Leonid Stefanyshyn (-85) was the only Ukrainian player to score in double digits. He nailed game-high 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Oleksandr Panchenko (184-G-84) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Ukraine dominated the boards 37:28 but lacked accuracy from the field and committed too many turnovers. They converted just 36% of field goals and lost the ball 23 times. Japan responded with only 13 turnovers and shot with 39% accuracy. Japan will now face Brazil on Day 2 of action. Ukraine faces Brazil on August 10.
Group D Czech Republic - Serbia 55:91 Czech Republic University team had a bitter taste to their start of the World Universiade in Bangkok. They were thrashed by Serbia 55:91 in Group D action. The teams played a close basketball in the opening frame and Czech team trailed by just 2 points 18:20. But things went the wrong way for Czechs in the second quarter as they were outscored 6:25 and lost the first half 24:45. They cut the deficit by 5 points in the third stanza but it was not enough to come within a striking distance. Moreover Serbain players dictated the tempo in the final frame and successfully defended the gap. Vladan Vukosauyevie paced Serbia with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Pavel Houska (201-F-84, agency: PPGroup) scored 10 points and grabbed 7 boards for Czech Republic. Martin Klimes (203-C-83) had 8 points and 5 boards in a losing effort. Serbia were more accurate from the field as they knocked down 50% of field goals. Czech players managed just 42%, including low 13% from beyond the arc. Czech players lost the battle in the paint as Serbia outrebounded them 27:30. Czech Republic will next take on Mexico today. Serbia face Mexico on July 10.
Group E Russia - Finland 86:44 Russian University team started World Univeriade campaign with a comprehensive victory. They cruised past their northern neighbours Finland 86:44 in Group E action. Russian players gained a 23:13 lead after the first frame. But the real blow for Finnish squad came in the second quarter when Russia limited their offense to just 3 points and outscored them 23:3. Therefore Russia piled up a 46:16 advantage at halftime. They never stopped in the third quarter as shots kept on dropping and Finnish defence simply collapsed allowing 33 points. Russia enjoyed a 79:24 dominance at the start of the final stanza and let the bench players to log some minutes on the court. Finland capitalized on it cutting the deficit to a respectable figures. Evgeni Voronov (192-G-86) led Russia with 18 points. Andrey Komarovskiy provided 15 points and 6 steals. Finland were paced by Anselmi Vanjoki (193-G-88) with 8 points. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) netted 7 points in a loss. Russian players converted 55% from the field, including 50% from beyond the arc. They also outrebounded their opponents 29:16. Russia will next play against Chinese Taipei on August 10.
Turkey - China 97:73 Turkey easily secured a winning outcome in their first game of the Universiade in Thailand. They cruised pst Chinese team in Group G action. The teams kept it close in the first half as China trailed by just single points at halftime 42:41. But Turkey speeded up the tempo in the second half and left China behind. Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) led Turkey with 21 points. Ismail Esmeray (-86) contributed 17 points in a win. China responded with game-high 23 points from Xie LiBin (190-G-88).
Group H Australia - Korea 79:81 A desperate comeback effort from Australian team turned out to be insufficient as Korea secured the win on the first day of action in Group H. Leading 48:34 at halftime Korea withstood a fierce attempts from Aussies to save the encounter and sealed the win at the dying stage. Cho Sung Min (190-G/F-83) netted 18 points and pulld down 8 rebounds for Korea. Park Hyung Chul (192-G-87) added 13 points for the winners. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) shone for Australia with 19 points and 12 boards.
Purdue to represent Team USA in 2017 World University Games - 10 months ago
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Less than a year after Bill Self's Kansas program represented the United States at the World University Games and won the country's first men's basketball gold medal at the event since 2005, another Division I program announced that it will represent the nation at next year's World University games. Tuesday morning it was announced that next summer it will be Purdue that represents the country at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Matt Painter 's program joins Kansas and Northe... [read more]
Less than a year after Bill Self's Kansas program represented the United States at the World University Games and won the country's first men's basketball gold medal at the event since 2005, another Division I program announced that it will represent the nation at next year's World University games. Tuesday morning it was announced that next summer it will be Purdue that represents the country at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Matt Painter 's program joins Kansas and Northern Iowa (2007) as programs that have been selected to represent the United States at the World University Games. This won't be Painter's first experience with USA Basketball, as he was an assistant on Jamie Dixon 's staff that led the U19 team to gold at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships in New Zealand. He was also head coach of the 2011 World University Games team, leading the United States to a fifth-place finish in Shenzhen, China. Amongst the players on the current roster, rising sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan was a member of the United States U17 and U19 teams, winning gold at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships and the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships. Leading up to next year's event it will also be interesting to see if Painter fills out his roster with a couple players from other programs. Last year's World University Games roster had two non-Jayhawks, SMU point guard Nicolas Moore (175-PG-92) and FGCU shooting guard Julian DeBose (193-G-92). Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
Germany - USA 77-84 2OT
The USA celebrated the Gold medals at the World University Games. They defeated Germany in double-overtime thriller. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Team USA claimed a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Germany narrowed the gap in the second term. They pulled within 5 points at the interval 33:38. Germany triggered a 21:16 run in the third term to even things up at 54. The teams traded baskets throughout t... [read more]
Germany - USA 77-84 2OT The USA celebrated the Gold medals at the World University Games. They defeated Germany in double-overtime thriller. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Team USA claimed a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Germany narrowed the gap in the second term. They pulled within 5 points at the interval 33:38. Germany triggered a 21:16 run in the third term to even things up at 54. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame and first overtime. The USA dropped 11 points in the second extra period and sealed the victory. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) provided 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Frank Mason (180-PG) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Maodo Lo (190-G-92) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Germany. Niklas Geske (188-PG-94) had 11 points in the defeat.
Brazil - Russia 72-80 Russia stepped onto the pedestal in Gwangju. Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia grabbed a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Brazil narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval. But Russia stepped onto the gas in the second half. They unloaded 49 points after the big break and rallied to the victory. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 13 points in the win. Henrique Coelho (183-PG-93) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Brazil.
USA and Germany advance into Final in Gwangju - 2 Years ago
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USA - Russia 78-68
The USA advanced into the World University Games Final. They held off Russian in an exciting semifinal clash. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) scored 23 points to pace the winners. Russia gained an 18:14 lead after the opening quarter. But the USA responded with a 28-point outburst to secure a 42:39 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 5-point mark at the final intermission. The North American team held Russia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and mar... [read more]
USA - Russia 78-68 The USA advanced into the World University Games Final. They held off Russian in an exciting semifinal clash. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) scored 23 points to pace the winners. Russia gained an 18:14 lead after the opening quarter. But the USA responded with a 28-point outburst to secure a 42:39 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 5-point mark at the final intermission. The North American team held Russia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the victory. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) netted 22 points, while Frank Mason (180-PG) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) answered with 20 points for Russia. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 11 points in the loss.
Germany - Brazil 59-49 Germany overcame Brazil in the semifinal clash in Gwangju. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) posted 11 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany eked out a narrow 24:23 halftime lead. The European team accounted for a 2-point lead before the fourth term. Germany held their opponents to just 11 points in the final frame and raced to the victory. Hans-George Brase (203-F-93) provided 10 points in the win. Lucas Dias Silva (209-F-95) responded with 11 points for Brazil.
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