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Day 1 in Belgrade - Jul 3, 2009

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Serbia-Greece 81:50

The home side of the University Games won the opener of Group A against Greece. Serbia was too good for the opponent to take 1-0 record in the group after 81:50.
Belgrade Arena was glad to see the home team of the tournament and prepared a great support for Serbia. The latter opened the game with 22:15 and looked tough versus the opponent. Serbia added 20-8 in the second period to take 42:23 halftime advantage. Greece meanwhile tried to do something in the second half, but it was hard to play against the hosts. Serbia produced 24-12 in the third quarter to make the last period unnecessary. Both teams nailed 15 points in the final stanza as Serbia celebrated 81:50 victory.
Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 14, while Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was responsible for 9 points. Sotiris Manolopoulos (208-F-87) ended up with 14 points for Greece and Galliotos Georgios scored 6.
Aleksandar Kesar 's team had 41% from the filed, while Greece showed 32%. Serbia was also better shooting from the arc and free throw line.
Greece will meet Australia in the only game scheduled on July 3rd. Serbia will take on the Australian team on Saturday, July 4th.

Serbia: Marko Keselj 15, Dejan Borovnjak 14, Strahinja Milosevic 9
Greece: Sotiris Manolopoulos 14, Galliotos Georgios 6
Romania - UAE 116:53
Radu Paliciuc (198-G/F-88) netted 22 points to lift Romania to the first win at the 2009 Universiade in Serbia. Romania thumped UAE in preliminary Group B. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 5 boards for the winning side. Romania led from start to finish. They stunned their Asian counterparts with a 22:9 rally in the starting frame. United Arab Emirates tried to level things up in the second quarter but their effort was well matched by Romania. The European team piled up a 19-point advantage into the main break. UAE defense collapsed in the third stanza conceding 37 points. Romania entered the final stanza ahead by insurmountable 50 points. They fired 33 points in the final term and celebrated an overwhelming win at the end.
Ioan Macaveiu (197-G-88) delivered 12 points in the victory. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim (180-G-91) and Qais Omar Ahmad (200-C-91) netted 14 points each for UAE. Omar Khalid Faqqas (195-F-91) knocked down 8 points in the losing case. Romania got a 40:29 advantage on the glass and forced their opponents to intolerable 43 turnovers.
Romania will face Mexico, while UAE will challenge Lithuania in the next round.

Romania: Radu Paliciuc 22, Titus Nicoara 16, Ioan Macaveiu 12
UAE: Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim 14, Qais Omar Ahmad 14

Lithuania - Mexico 93:75

Lithuania earned the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They held off Mexico in the opener today to take the lead in Group B. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) scored 15 points each to pace the Baltic outfit.
Lithuanian looked aggressive in offense and dominated on the glass to take the lead early on. They grabbed a 24:18 advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania capitalized on numerous turnovers from the Latin American team to stretch the gap to as many as 18 points. Mexico continued to struggle defensively in the third stanza allowing their opponents to fire 28 points. It led Lithuania to a massive 23-point point buffer before the fourth stanza. They cruised to the win in the final quarter to improve at 1-0 record. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) had 14 points, while Gailius delivered 13 points for the winners. Joel Reynoso (195-G-85) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Mexico. Gabriel Giron (188-G) banked 15 points in the losing case.
Lithuania outrebounded Mexico 47:35 and forced those to 26 turnovers. Lithuania is scheduled to take on UAE, while Mexico will face Romania tomorrow.

Lithuania: Martynas Pocius 15, Giedrius Kurtinaitis 15, Martynas Mazeika 14
Mexico: Joel Reynoso 25, Gabriel Giron 15

Canada-Italy 89:80

Canada and Italy opened Group C of the University Games that started in Belgrade, Serbia. The North American team showed a better game to seal the 89:80 win in the opener.
Canada went on an early lead and grabbed 28:22 after the first frame. Chris O'Rourke 's team produced another 22-18 in the second period to take 50:40 advantage when the teams went to the lockers. The picture of the game did not change after the break as the North Americans remained in front in the court. They produced 25-20 for 15-point deficit closing thirty minutes of the game. Italy tried to recover in the game and bounced back with 20-14 in the last quarter, but it was to late to save the game. As a total it gave Canada 89:80 victory and the first success in Group C of the University Games.
Jacob Doerksen (200-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Josh Gibson-Bascombe (193-G-86) nailed 20 and Dax Dessureault (206-C) hit 10. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort. Daniele Bonessio (197-G/F-88) posted 13, while Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) chipped in 11.
Canada showed a better percentage from the filed as they made 26/58 shots. Italy meanwhile had 25/65 to have 38% from the field. Italy will face China today, while Canada will meet Asian team on Saturday.

Canada: Jacob Doerksen 24, Josh Gibson-Bascombe 20, Dax Dessureault 10
Italy: Giancarlo Ferrero 26, Daniele Bonessio 13, Roberto Prandin 11

Ukraine - Japan 104:74
Ukrainian University Games selection gained the first win in Serbia. They romped past Japan to improve at 1-0 record in Pool D. Maxym Korniyenko (201-F/C-87) fired game-high 33 points and collected 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) added 22 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru replied with 21 points for Japan.
Ukraine used a 33-point tally in the opening frame to build a 16-point advantage. Japan slowed their opponents down in the second frame but could not trim the distance. Ukraine maintained the lead and headed into the locker rooms up by 20 points. The high-flying third quarter saw Japan clip the deficit by one point but Ukraine remained comfortable. A Valentyn Melnichuk team coasted to the win in the final quarter. Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) banked 16 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Kenta Hirose (192-G-85) and Takatoshi Furukawa responded with 11 points each in defeat.
Ukraine outrebounded Japan 39:22 and shot solid 64% from the field. Japan answered with 40% of accuracy and committed 15 turnovers in the loss.

Ukraine: Maxym Korniyenko 33, Oleksandr Sizov 22, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 16+11 boards
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 21, Kenta Hirose 11, Takatoshi Furukawa 11
Turkey-Portugal 84:62

The game between Turkey and Portugal was the first one in Group E of the University Games that started in Belgrade, Serbia. Turkey looked better in every quarter of the game and won 84;62.
Both teams tried to go on a lead from the very beginning. In a back-to-back first period Turkey grabbed 21:19 to finish the first 10 minutes of the game.The things got better in the second frame for the Turkish side that produced 20-12 in it. When the teams left the court for a big break the team of Naci Ozonay enjoyed 41:31 halftime deficit. In order not to slow down Turkey kept the winning pace in the game. A 22-19 in the third quarter gave them 13 points before the final period. Portugal could not match the winners at all and failed in the last quarter 12-21.
Cem Coskun (209-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Caner Oner (200-F-87) delivered 18 and Ali Kavaklioglu (186-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) Berent netted 9. Miguel Graca (186-G-87) finished the night with 19 points for Portugal, MOREIRA Joao nailed 13 and Paulo Diamantino (203-C-85) scored 11.
On July 3rd Portugal will face Iran, the third team in the group. Turkey will play against Asian team on Saturday, July 4th.

Turkey: Cem Coskun 19, Caner Oner 18, Ali Kavaklioglu Berent 9
Portugal: Miguel Graca 19, MOREIRA Joao 13, Paulo Diamantino 11

Israel - Brazil 82:70 (OT)

Israeli team survived thriller against Brazil to improve at 1-0 record at the World University Games in Belgrade. Brazil got to the better start but could maintain the lead and suffered a sour loss at the end. Jonhatan Nir (202-F-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) dropped 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Israel. Andre Felipe Almeida (208-C-88) and Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) finished with 19 points apiece for Brazil.
The Latin American team accounted for a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action. Israelis matched the effort in the second frame and cut the distance to 3 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck in the third period but Israel managed to draw things level heading into the final frame. Things never changed in the fourth period as the teams had to go extra five minutes to decide on the winner. Brazil ran out of steam as they notched just 2 points in overtime and lost the clash. Youval Naimy nailed 13 points, while Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) drained 12 points each in the win. Luciano Junior had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Israel and Brazil were well-matched on the boards collecting 42 boards each. Israel sank 48% from the field, while Brazil managed just 39%. Israel also suffered only 11 turnovers down the stretch. Israel is scheduled to face Gabon, while Brazil play against Russia tomorrow.

Israel: Jonhatan Nir 18, Youval Naimy 13, Elishay Kadir 12, Gal Mekel 12
Brazil: Andre Felipe Almeida 19, Andre Goes 19+15 boards

Germany-Latvia 76:80

One of the most interesting games of the first day was played between Germany and Latvia in the University Games that started in Belgrade, Serbia. Two European teams showed great effort in the opener as Latvia grabbed 80:76 victory.
It was Germany to control the beginning of the game and to go on the first lead. Germany scored some important baskets to taste 19:10 lead after the first 10 minutes. The Baltic Side bounced back with 25-19 in the second period and reduced to 35:38 when the teams left the court for a big break.
The game continued on a high tempo after the halftime and it was Latvia to go in front. After 21-15 in the third quarter The Baltic team enjoyed 3-point advantage. In a back-to-back last period Germany tried to change the things for good, but Latvia won the quarter 24-23 and the game itself, 80:76.
Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the first Latvian victory. Martins Kravcenko (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) netted 14, while Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) ended up with 22 points in defeat and Gunther Per notched 14.
Latvia will face South Africa, another team in the group on July 3rd. Germany will try to tie their record on Saturday, July 4th also in the game versus African representative.

Korea-Finland 75:90
Korea started their University Games that is taking place in Belgrade, Serbia. The Asian team tried hard but lost the opener to Finland 75:90.
The European team started with 25:13 after the opening quarter and looked better in the court. They made themselves proud not to stopping with the lead, however with increasing it. Finland ensured 22-20 in the second quarter for 47:33 halftime advantage.
Korea managed to even the game in the second half, however they could not tie the score. Finland won the third frame 23-20, but Korea responded with 22-20 in the last one.
Finland had six players in double figures. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) was the leading scorer and rebounder (15/13). Vesa's older brother Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Juho Nenonen tallied 14 points, Ilkka Vuori scored 12, Anselmi Vanjoki posted 11 and Petri Heinonen had 10. KI Seungho finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort. Heo Il-Young tallied 12 and Kim Hyeon-Min posted 11.
In the next game Finland will face USA on July 3rd. Korea will take on the North American representative on Saturday, July 4th.

Korea: KI Seungho 16, Heo Il-Young 12, Kim Hyeon-Min 11
Finland: Ville Makalainen 15, Vesa Makalainen 15, Juho Nenonen (202-F-87) 14


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World University Games Final Standings
 1. Lithuania
 2. USA
 3. Latvia
 4. Serbia
 5. Germany
 6. Israel
 7. Finland
 8. Argentina
 9. Australia
 10. Canada
 11. Mexico
 12. Czech Rep.
 13. Taiwan
 14. Norway
 15. Ukraine
 16. Estonia
 17. Russia
 18. Hungary
 19. Romania
 20. Japan
 21. S.Korea
 22. Hong Kong
 23. Mozambique.
 24. United Ara.
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Vasiljevic, AUS21.5 
 2. Keane, CAN20.4 
 3. Edwards, USA19.3 
 4. Leung, HKG17.8 
 5. Tsai, HKG17.5 
 6. Edwards, USA17.4 
 7. Kirves, EST17.4 
 8. Alvarez Diez, MEX17.1 
 9. Odabasi, FIN17.1 
 10. Obst, GER16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Odabasi, FIN11.7 
 2. Jonatan, MEX10.1 
 3. Lazar, ROM9.8 
 4. Carlos, MOZ9.0 
 5. Abdulbasirov, RUS8.9 
 6. Ginat, ISR8.6 
 7. Gak, AUS8.4 
 8. Galardo, ARG8.1 
 9. Cooks, AUS8.1 
 10. Richter, GER7.6 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 7
 1. Sharon, ISR7.0 
 2. Chen, TAI6.6 
 3. Boyarkin, UKR6.6 
 4. Keane, CAN5.3 
 5. Sandrini, ARG5.1 
 6. Artamonov, UKR4.9 
 7. Grof, GER4.9 
 8. Urrutia, MEX4.9 
 9. Ziv, ISR4.8 
 10. Jihoon, KOR4.8 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Keane, CAN2.8 
 2. Thomas, ARG2.8 
 3. Mubarak, UAE2.5 
 4. Ziv, ISR2.5 
 5. Mohammad, UAE2.4 
 6. Urrutia, MEX2.3 
 7. Edwards, USA2.1 
 8. Vendrame, JPN2.1 
 9. Shuchman, ISR2.0 
 10. Boyarkin, UKR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier COOKS
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooks, AUS2.4 
 2. Ahmed, UAE2.3 
 3. Brkic, SRB2.0 
 4. Tejic, SRB1.6 
 5. Park, KOR1.6 
 6. Haas, USA1.5 
 7. Madsen, FIN1.4 
 8. Kovago-Laska, HUN1.4 
 9. Kvapil, CZE1.3 
 10. Abdulbasirov, RUS1.3 
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