Greece made it in the second match on World University Games in Belgrade. After yesterday's defeat against Serbia, the Greeks managed to beat Australia 89-72 for 1-1 record in Group A. That was the first appearance for Australians, who will meet Serbia tomorrow. For the hosts (SRB) it will be a chance to end this stage on top of Group A perfect. Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) was the most important player for the Greeks today nailing 25 points and dishing out 5 assists. Sotiris Manolopoulos (208-F-87) also shined collecting 18 points and 8 boards, while Dimitrios Kompodietas (196-G-85) followed with 16 pts. Savas Tzougarakis (207-C-86) added one point less, plus 5 boards. In Team Australia, Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.) registered 20 pts and 7 rebounds. Ben Madgen (193-G-85, college: Augusta St.) had 15 and Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) posted 12 points. Greece had very good percentage from behind the arc today. They made 12 of 25 attempts (48%). Australia had only 4 of 22. Dimitris Verginis and his teammates also were better in rebounding 38-34. Last period was the crucial one in this game as Greece finished it 26-17. After 19-19 in the first, Greece made 17-12 in second and 27-24 in third stanza.
Romania managed to grab the second win on the World University Games in Belgrade. After victory against United Arab Emirates, the Romanians were better than Mexico 78-73. It means that Romania and Lithuania are on top of Group B together with 2-0 record. Mexico fell to 0-2. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) was the best player in the winning squad collecting 21 points and 13 rebounds. Andrei Mandache (190-G-87) and Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) also demonstrated nice performance adding 19 pts each. Fourth scorer of the team was Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) with 14 pts. He also grabbed 9 rebounds beside that. On the other side, Jose Luis Bucio (179-G-86) top-scored with 17 points. Joel Reynoso (195-G-85) had 13, while Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86) and Gabriel Giron (188-G) contributed with 12 pts each. The Romanians resolved question about the winner in the last quarter. Both teams were pretty leveled until that moment, when Titus Nicoara and his teammates exploded. They scored 23 points, the most off all quarters today, while Mexico stopped on 5 less. That was the difference at the end. Romania will meet Lithuania tomorrow, while Mexico will take on United Arab Emirates.
Lithuania demonstrated its power today. The Lithuanians showed what they can yesterday against Mexico, but this evening was pretty amazing for them. UAE players played as much as they can, but difference in quality between these two teams is huge. At the end of the second day of the World University Games in Belgrade Lithuania shares the first place in Group B with Romania (2-0 record). UAE is together with Mexico winless. Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87) led all the scorers today with 26 points (6 rebs). Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) followed him with 20, while Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) added 15 pts. Laurynas Mikalauskas (203-F-85, college: Virginia) helped with 14 points and 8 rebounds. UAE had just two players with double-digits in scoring. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim (180-G-91), who had 20, and Omar Khalid Faqqas (195-F-91), who netted 12 pts. In third day of the contest Lithuania will meet Romania. That will be decisive game for the first place in Group B. At the same day UAE will take on Mexico. The team who looses this game will be the last ranked in this pool.
First win for Italy in Belgrade. The Italians suffered defeat yesterday against Canada 80-89, but today they succeeded to beat China 90-79 for 1-1 record in Group C. China will have opportunity tomorrow to register first win, but it will not be an easy job as Canadians demonstrated pretty good performance in their first appearance. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) was a key player for the winning squad. He was totally unstoppable for the Chinese nailing impressive 34 points. His 7 of 11 attempts from behind the arc were successful and beside that he had 4/11 for FG2 and 5/8 FTs. Ferrero needed just two boards more for double-double. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) was way behind him with 12, while Davide Bruttini (203-F-87) added 11 points and 5 boards. In Team China, Yang Chao (195-G/F-84) top-scored with 16 points. Zhang ZhaoXu (213-C-87) had 15 points and impressive 16 rebounds, while Ren JunFei (202-F-90) contributed with 15 pts and 5 rebs. China was slightly better during the opening ten minutes, but Italy totally took control on them after that. Giancarlo Ferrero started to make shots lifting his team to plus 4 at the half time. Third stanza was the crucial one as Italy intensified defense stopping China on just 14 pts. On the other side, they nailed 25 resolving question about the winner. Last 10 minutes were just the formality.
Bulgaria opened the World University Games in Belgrade celebrating. Ukrainians also were victorious in the first appearance beating Japan 104-74, but they failed today. It means that Ukraine ends this stage with 1-1 record in Group D, while Bulgaria will play its second game tomorrow. Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85) led the scorers in Bulgaria with 15 points. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) followed with 14, Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) had 13 and Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) 12 points and 5 rebounds. Ukraine got the most from Dmitri Glebov (198-F-88), 17 points. Sergiy Popov (193-G-88) had 15 and Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Bulgaria was better team in the first half. Hristo Nikolov and his teammates scored 23 in first and 17 points in the second frame, while Ukraine had 20 and 14. The Ukrainians woke up after the breather. They started to make shots managing to close the gap to 1 point before the last 10 minutes. However, that was all from them today. Bulgarians scored 21 points until the end stopping Ukraine on 14. Interesting is that Ukraine finished the game with 38 rebounds, while Bulgaria had 25.
Portugal made it in the second appearance on the World University Games in Belgrade. In the first game, which was played yesterday, the Portuguese failed against Turkey 62-84. Today they improved a lot beating Iran 86-78 for 1-1 record in Group E. On the other side, that was the first match of Iran who will take on Turkey tomorrow. Antonio Pires (185-G-86) stepped up for Portugal today registering double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds. He also dished out 6 assists beside that. Fernando Martins (187-G/F-86) also scored 16, while Joao Diamantino (201-F-85) added 10 pts. Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) shined on the other side with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Benny Koochoie (188-G-86) was another player with double-double, 17 pts and 10 rebs, while Ali Baheran (184-G-86) stopped on 14 pts and 5 rebounds. Second quarter was the crucial one in this game. Opening ten minutes were pretty leveled, but then Portugal started to play. Antonio Pires took full control on their opponents smashing them 32-16 in this period. The Iranians improved after the breather, but they were not able to make a turn. Portugal managed to keep its lead and totally deserved the first win in Belgrade.
Russia demonstrated magnificent performance today in Belgrade outgunning Brazil with huge 99-62. It means that Russians now have 2-0 record in Group F. As a reminder, the first game against Gabon was not played and Russia won it with official 20-0. As Russia, Israel also has perfect 2-0 record in the pool. Brazil fell to 0-2. Valeri Likhodey (203-F-86) led the scorers in Russia with 21 points. Dramir Zibirov (188-G-86) is another player who shined today and he drained 20 points, also grabbing 5 rebounds. Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) delivered 15 pts and pulled down 5 rebs. In Brazil, Douglas Kurtz (206-C-87) had 17 and Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) added 14 pts. Russia dominated during the entire game. Actually, Brazil maybe had some chance before the last quarter, but than all their hopes quickly disappeared. Russia started to play much stronger at the defensive end limiting their rivals on 15 pts in the last quarter. On the other side, they were totally unstoppable. 35 points scored until the end was a great finish for the Russians, who will meet Israel tomorrow in crucial game for position No.1.
University Games, Day 2: Latvia - South Africa 100-42
As it was expected, Latvia was too strong for South Africa today in Belgrade. The Latvians outplayed Germany yesterday 80-76 meaning that they will finish Preliminary Stage on top of Group G with perfect 2-0. On the other side, South Africa will have another chance for the first joy. That will be tomorrow against the above mention Germans. Oskars Ernsteins (194-G/F-87, college: Carl Albert JC) was totally unstoppable today. He led the Latvians in scoring with impressive 28 points. Einars Tukiss (193-G/F-88) was the second best player in Latvia with 17 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Edijs Slesers (186-G-85) helped with 13 pts and 7 rebounds. South Africa got double-double from Amogelang Keogatile (193-G-88), 10 pts and 12 rebounds. Nhlanhla Dlamini (174-G-86) contributed with 9 points and 4 rebs. The finals score says everything for itself. Latvia was a way better rival from the beginning. First quarter was a clear signal what we can expect until the end as Latvia ended it with 26-7. Third quarter was another impressive one for the winners, 30-10. Until the end Latvia moved up even more with 29-11 for huge plus 58 in total.
Expected victory by the USA Team. It was their first appearance on the World University Games in Belgrade and of course the first win. The Americans was clearly too much for Finland, who fell to 1-1 record in Group H. As a reminder, Finland was better than South Korea yesterday 90-75. Tomorrow USA will meet Korea and another easy win is expected again. Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87) led the Americans with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Corey Fisher (6'1''-G-88) followed him with 12 pts and 4 rebs, while Robbie Hummel (6'8''-F-89) added 10 points. In Team Finland, Ville Makalainen (6'5''-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Petri Heinonen (6'10''-F/C-88) contributed with 11 points. The fact that USA had 20 rebounds more (54-34) talks everything about this game, of course with the final score as well. It is important to mention that Finland scored just 2 points during the entire last quarter. On the other side USA had 23. The USA University Team is one of the main candidates for Gold in Belgrade and it seems they are just warming up. The most important games are yet to come.
Purdue to represent Team USA in 2017 World University Games - 10 months ago
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Less than a year after Bill Self's Kansas program represented the United States at the World University Games and won the country's first men's basketball gold medal at the event since 2005, another Division I program announced that it will represent the nation at next year's World University games. Tuesday morning it was announced that next summer it will be Purdue that represents the country at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Matt Painter 's program joins Kansas and Northe... [read more]
Less than a year after Bill Self's Kansas program represented the United States at the World University Games and won the country's first men's basketball gold medal at the event since 2005, another Division I program announced that it will represent the nation at next year's World University games. Tuesday morning it was announced that next summer it will be Purdue that represents the country at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Matt Painter 's program joins Kansas and Northern Iowa (2007) as programs that have been selected to represent the United States at the World University Games. This won't be Painter's first experience with USA Basketball, as he was an assistant on Jamie Dixon 's staff that led the U19 team to gold at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships in New Zealand. He was also head coach of the 2011 World University Games team, leading the United States to a fifth-place finish in Shenzhen, China. Amongst the players on the current roster, rising sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan was a member of the United States U17 and U19 teams, winning gold at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships and the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships. Leading up to next year's event it will also be interesting to see if Painter fills out his roster with a couple players from other programs. Last year's World University Games roster had two non-Jayhawks, SMU point guard Nicolas Moore (175-PG-92) and FGCU shooting guard Julian DeBose (193-G-92). Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
Germany - USA 77-84 2OT
The USA celebrated the Gold medals at the World University Games. They defeated Germany in double-overtime thriller. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Team USA claimed a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Germany narrowed the gap in the second term. They pulled within 5 points at the interval 33:38. Germany triggered a 21:16 run in the third term to even things up at 54. The teams traded baskets throughout t... [read more]
Germany - USA 77-84 2OT The USA celebrated the Gold medals at the World University Games. They defeated Germany in double-overtime thriller. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Team USA claimed a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Germany narrowed the gap in the second term. They pulled within 5 points at the interval 33:38. Germany triggered a 21:16 run in the third term to even things up at 54. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame and first overtime. The USA dropped 11 points in the second extra period and sealed the victory. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) provided 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Frank Mason (180-PG) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Maodo Lo (190-G-92) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Germany. Niklas Geske (188-PG-94) had 11 points in the defeat.
Brazil - Russia 72-80 Russia stepped onto the pedestal in Gwangju. Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia grabbed a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Brazil narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval. But Russia stepped onto the gas in the second half. They unloaded 49 points after the big break and rallied to the victory. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 13 points in the win. Henrique Coelho (183-PG-93) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Brazil.
USA and Germany advance into Final in Gwangju - 2 Years ago
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USA - Russia 78-68
The USA advanced into the World University Games Final. They held off Russian in an exciting semifinal clash. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) scored 23 points to pace the winners. Russia gained an 18:14 lead after the opening quarter. But the USA responded with a 28-point outburst to secure a 42:39 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 5-point mark at the final intermission. The North American team held Russia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and mar... [read more]
USA - Russia 78-68 The USA advanced into the World University Games Final. They held off Russian in an exciting semifinal clash. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) scored 23 points to pace the winners. Russia gained an 18:14 lead after the opening quarter. But the USA responded with a 28-point outburst to secure a 42:39 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 5-point mark at the final intermission. The North American team held Russia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the victory. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) netted 22 points, while Frank Mason (180-PG) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) answered with 20 points for Russia. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 11 points in the loss.
Germany - Brazil 59-49 Germany overcame Brazil in the semifinal clash in Gwangju. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) posted 11 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany eked out a narrow 24:23 halftime lead. The European team accounted for a 2-point lead before the fourth term. Germany held their opponents to just 11 points in the final frame and raced to the victory. Hans-George Brase (203-F-93) provided 10 points in the win. Lucas Dias Silva (209-F-95) responded with 11 points for Brazil.
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