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


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Group A

Canada - Thailand 96:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group G

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

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

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

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




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