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


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Group A

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

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

Group B

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

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

Group C

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

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

Group D

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

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




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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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