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


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Group E

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

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

Group F

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

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

Group G

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

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

Group H

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

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




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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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