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Qualifying stage is in full swing in Thailand - Aug 13, 2007


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Group I

Canada - Korea 79:82
Canadian University team suffered their first loss at the Summer Universiade yesterday. They were beaten by Korea in the qualifying round. They now fell to 2-1 record and need to win against Israel to day to advance into the quarterfinal. Korea meawnhile improved their record to 2-1 and lifted their quarterfinal aspirations.
Canada were confident at the start of the encounter as they posted an early 10:0 lead. However Korea quickly replied with a massive 18:3 run to surge ahead. They held on to the advantage and completed the first term 31:21 in front. Canadian players bounced back in the second frame and came within 2 points at halftime 45:47. The things looked Korean way in the third stanza. They poured Canadian defence from the outside and kept them at a safe distance. Canada entered the fourth quarter trailing by 8 points 62:70. But Canada finally managed to draw the game with less than a minute left in regulation. But Korea hit a buzzer-beater and sealed the victory.
Park Chan Hee (191-G-87) led Korea with 24 points and 7 assists. Cho Sung Min (190-G/F-83) posted 17 points for the winners. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, agency: 123 Podium) answered with game-high 25 points for Canada. Joshua Gibson-Bascombe added 14 points and 8 boards in a loss.
Korea takes on New Zealand today.

Canada: Garry Gallimore 25, Joshua Gibson-Bascombe 14
Korea: Park Chan Hee 24+7 assists, Cho Sung Min 17

Israel - New Zealand 90:87
Israeli University team secured their third straight win as they rolled past New Zealand in the starting game of the qualifying round at the Universiade. The outcome was mainly forecasted in the first frame when Israel stun Emerging Tall Blacks 32:20. Afterwards both teams played a close basketball with neither of the sides trying to spur ahead. New Zealand cut the deficit by 7 points at halftime 43:48. Israel replied in the third term as they regained an 8-point advantage 72:64. Kiwis try hard to save the encounter in the final stanza but lost the ball too often in the dying stages and had to surrender at the end.
Nitzan Hanochi (190-G-86, agency: Ronsport) topscored for Israel with 26 points. New Zealand were paced by Zane Meehl (190-G-86) with 20 points and 7 boards.
Israel will play against Canada today. New Zealand will try to rebound versus Korea.

Israel: Nitzan Hanochi 26, Guny Izraely 18, Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) 15
New Zealand: Zane Meehl 20, Everard Bartlett (191-G-86) 15

Group J

Lithuania - China 125:63
Lithuania once again proved their highest ambitions yesterday as they stormed past China 125:63 in Bangkok. This became the thrd straight victory for Lithuanian squad and they were all achieved with 30+ margin. China fell to 1-2 record after the loss.
Lithuania never waited too long to stun their opponents. They opened the game with a huge 36:16 first frame and never looked back later on. Lithuania drove to a 62:37 lead at halftime and continue to pile it up afterwards. The gap grew to 97:48 after three quarter and Lithuania eased to an overall victory at the end.
Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86) scored 24 points for Lithuania. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Barton County CC) and Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Octagon) provided 19 points apiece for the winners. Yang Chao (192-G/F-84) netted 19 points for China. Han Shuo (198-G-89) secured another 12 points in defeat.
Lithuania shot impressive 59% from the field and 79% from charity stripe. They outrebounded China 44:22 and forced them to as many as 30 turnovers. China converted 36% of field goals and 69% from free throw line.
Lithuania faces Turkey later tonight. China will try to rebound against USA.

Lithuania: Mantas Kalnietis 24, Antanas Kavaliauskas 19, Rolandas Alijevas 19
China: Yang Chao 19, Han Shuo 12

USA - Turkey 87:65
USA University team recorded their second win at the Summer University Games in Bangkok. They overcame Turkish team to stay one win away from quarterfinal.
USA were dominant in the first half and built a comfortable 48:32 lead at halftime. Turkey stroke back after the break outscoring their opponents 22:18. But it was as far as they managed to get. USA team tightened defence in the final term and secured a winning outcome at the end.
Adam Koch (203-F) paced United States team with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Jared Josten (180-G-84) provided 19 points for the winners. Murat Rifat Kaya (195-F-84) nailed game-high 22 points for Turkish team. Cihad Sahin had 10 points in a losing effort. USA shot 55% of field goals, while Turkey had 31% accuracy. North American team converted 86% of free throws and Turkey hit 66%. United States players also dominated the boards 34:23.
USA will now play against China today. Turkey takes on Lithuania later tonight.

USA: Adam Koch 20, Jared Josten 19
Turkey: Murat Rifat Kaya 22, Cihad Sahin 10

Group K

Japan - Greece 81:65
Japanese team continued with winning ways at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They overcame Greek side to post the third straight victory at the tournament. They are now one step away from the quarterfinal.
Japan got to flying start and outscored Greece 28:11 in the opening quarter. Japanese players were deadly from the three point line and extended the gap to 49:28 at halftime. Greece however were not about to surrender that early. A tight defence and full court pressure helped limit Japanese side to only 6 points in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 46:55 entering the final term. But it was the best they could do. Asian team regained control over the game sealed a confident victory at the end. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) led the action with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) contributed 19 points for the winners. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) nailed 24 points for Greece. Fotios Vassilopoulos had 13 points and 7 boards in a losing clause.
Greece managed to outrebound Japan 40:36 but lacked accuracy from the field. They converted just 31% of field goals, while Japan hit 40%, including 42% from beyond the arc.
Japan will next play against Germany today. Greece faces Ukraine in another Group K battle.

Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 23+15 boards, Yusuke Okada 19
Greece: Kostas Kakaroudis 24, Fotios Vassilopoulos 13

Ukraine - Germany 65:72
Ukrainian team failed to start the qualifying round of the Summer Universiade with win. They were bumped by Germany 65:72 and aggravated their chances of going into the quarterfinal stage.
Ukraine had a brave start to the game and led 18:15 after the opening frame. However they were not able to hold on to the lead and German team completed the first half ahead 35:33. The things just got worse for Ukrainian squad as they were outscored 15:27 in the third term and entered the final quarter trailing by 14 points 48:62. Ukraine tried to perform comeback in the dying seconds of the game but Germany survived the threat. Ukrainian team obviously lacked leader on the court as no player managed to score in double figures.
Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) led Germany with 22 points. Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) produced 13 points for the winners. Dmitri Zabirchenko (191-G-84), Maxym Kornienko and Vladimir Orlenko (215-C-85) all nailed 9 points apiece to pace Ukraine. Sergiy Gorbenko and Oleksandr Panchenko added 8 points each in a loss.
Both teams pulled down 18 rebounds and committed 10 turnovers. Germany were more accurate from the field converting 54% and knocking down 82% of free throws. Ukraine shot 46% of field goals and just 36% from charity stripe.
Ukraine will next play against Greece.

Ukraine: Dmitri Zabirchenko 9, Maxym Kornienko 9, Vladimir Orlenko 9
Germany: Heiko Schaffartzik 22, Yassin Idbihi 13

Group L
Serbia - Finland 78:55
Serbia: Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) 18, Vladan Vukosauyevie 17
Finland: Olli Ahvenniemi (208-C-83, college: Maine) 17, Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) 13

Russia - Mexico 92:54
Russian University team remained perfect at the Summer Universiade basketball tournament. They drove past Mexican team to gain their third straight success in Thailand. Russia is now one step away from the quarterfinal.
Mexico tried to keep it close in the first frame and trailed by just 6 points after it 10:16. However Russia speeded up in the second term and extended the gap to comfortable 37:22. All possible doubts about the outcome were dropped in the third frame when Russian players thrashed their opponents 25:10 and enlarged the distance to 30 points. Mexico simply surrendered in the fourth stanza and Russia eased to the third consecutive victory.
Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) fired 16 points for Russia. Damir Zibirov (188-G-86) produced 15 points in a winning effort. Santiago Nogueira (183-G-83) answered with 14 points for Mexico. Jose Bucio added 11 points in defeat.
Russia converted 48% from the field and 63% from free throw line. Mexican players shot 37% of field goals and 44% of free throws. Russia also outrebounded Latin American team 41:28 and forced them to 25 turnovers.
Russia will now face Serbia. Mexico will play against Finland.

Russia: Nikita Kurbanov 16, Damir Zibirov 15
Mexico: Santiago Nogueira 14, Jose Bucio 11

Classification round
Group M

Brazil - Taiwan 76:66
Brazilian University team celebrated their first victory at the Summer Universiade yesterday. They edged Taiwan in the opening game of the classification round in Group M. Taiwan meanwhile lost the third consecutive encounter.
Brazilian players dominated the game right from the start as they drove to a 27:14 lead early on. Taiwan however stayed competitive and bounced back in the second quarter cutting the deficit to 33:44. But Brazil emerged strong after the break and extended the gap by 7 points. Establishing a comfortable 63:43 advantage Brazil slowed down the tempo and allowed Taiwan to spur to 23:15 success in the fourth term.
Five Brazilian players scored in double figures. Joao Victor Ramalho (203-F-84) paced Latin American team with 17 points and 10 boards. Audrei Parisotto (194-F-84) added 16 points for the winners. Sheng-yao Liu answered with 19 points for Taiwan. Chun-chieh Chen netted 12 points in a losing effort.
Brazil had an obvious advantag under the rims outrebounding their opponents 40:20. Brazil converted 45% of field goals, while Taiwan shot 38%.
Brazil will play against South Africa today. Taiwan takes on Thailand later tonight.

Brazil: Joao Victor Ramalho 17+10 boards, Audrei Parisotto 16
Taiwan: Sheng-yao Liu 19, Chun-chieh Chen 12

Thailand - South Africa 85:64
Thailand defeated South Africa for their second win at the Summer University Games. South African team suffered the third straight loss at the tournament. The home side controlled the game early on and secured a 18:12 lead after the opening frame. South African players struggled to overcome tight Thai defence and converted just 8 points in the second quarter. Thailand enjoyed a 45:20 advantage at halftime. South Africa tried to come back into the contest in the third term as they finally managed to outscore hosts 25:19. But it was a local success as Thailand stayed ahead and sealed the win at the end.
Jakkrapan Silapapitat produced 23 points and 10 rebounds for Thailand. Chaiwat Kaedum (-C-85) scored 11 points for the winners. Amogelang Keogatile (193-G-88) responded with 18 points and 7 boards for South Africa. Thami Kukulela (194-G-85) had 12 points in defeat.
Thailand shot impressive 53% from the field, while South Africans managed just 37% accuracy. The home side also outrebounded their opponents 44:30 and forced them to 29 turnovers.
Thailand will next face Taiwan today. South Africa plays against Brazil.

Thailand: Jakkrapan Silapapitat 23+10 boards, Chaiwat Kaedum 11
South Africa: Amogelang Keogatile 18, Thami Kukulela 12

Group N

Angola - Australia 52:96
Angola suffered their third consecutive defeat at the Summer Universiade. They were rallied over by Australian team in the first game of the classification round. The outcome was mainly predicted in the opening frame. Aussies got to a confident start and thrashed Angola 9:30 in the first quarter. The things got worse for African side in the second stanza as the gap reached a 16:52 mark. Australia finally slowed down in the third term and allowed Angola to cut the deficit by 4 points. However the final frame was once again defined by full Australian dominance as they rolled to a comprehensive victory.
Aussies were paced by Carlin Hughes (185-G) and Aron Baynes (208-C-86) with 21 points apiece. Mitchell Brennan contributed 18 points for the winners. Jose Miguel (185-G-86) and Vladimir Pontes (190-G-84) delivered 14 points each for Angola. Almeida Daniel (180-G-87) secured another 6 points in a losing effort.
Angola shot just 26% from the field and 45% from free throw line. They were outrebounded by Austrlian players 22:42 and committed 25 personal fouls.
Angola will next play against Kazakhstan today. Australia faces Czech Republic later tonight.

Angola: Jose Miguel 14, Vladimir Pontes 14, Almeida Daniel 6
Australia: Carlin Hughes 21, Aron Baynes 21

Czech Republic - Kazakhstan 63:64
Czech Republic was not able to deliver at the start of the classification games in Group N. They were narrowly defeated by Kazakhstan to fall to 0-3 record at the tournament. Kazakhstan enjoyed their first success and improved to 1-2 record.
Both teams kept it close in the starting frame and Kazakh players secured 18:17 lead. However Czech Republic recovered in the second quarter stunning Asian team 22:10 and rolling to a 39:28 advantage at halftime. Kazakhstan started to pave their way back into the contest early in the third term. A solid shooting accuracy helped Kazakhstan cut the deficit to 4 points before the final stanza 49:53. Anton Ponomarev (209-C-88) and Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) combined effort saw Kazakhstan ensure a dramatic victory at the dying stages.
Mikhail Yevstigneyev led the action with 18 points for Kaakhstan. Anton Ponomarev contributed 13 points and 8 boards for the winners. Martin Klimes (203-C-83) responded with 14 points for Czech Republic. Pavel Slezak (185-G-84) nailed 11 points in defeat.
Kazakhstan knocked down 50% of field goals, while Czech players shot 45%. Asian team also managed to outrebound their opponents 23:21 and forced them to 22 turnovers. Czech team accumulated 27 personal fouls.

Czech Republic: Martin Klimes 14, Pavel Slezak 11
Kazakhstan: Mikhail Yevstigneyev 18, Anton Ponomarev 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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