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Day 7 in Belgrade. Quarterfinals - Jul 9, 2009

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Group 13-16 spot
Greece - Portugal 85-76
Sotirios Manolopoulos (208-F-87) tallied 31 points and 15 boards to lead Greece past Portugal at the World University Games. The Hellenes would fight for the 13th spot at the tournament now. Portugal will head to the game for the 15th overall place tomorrow. Savas Tzougarakis delivered 16 points for Greek team. Ioannis Atdinaiou had 12 points for the winners. Tiago Pinheiro replied with 21 points for Portugal. Miguel Graca notched 16 points, 11 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Romania - Italy 90-88
Romania edged a narrow win over Italy at the Universiade today. The victory means Romania will fight against Greece for the 13th spot. Italy will wrap up their campaign in Serbia against Portugal. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) tallied 28 points and 12 boards for Romania. Ionut Dragusin added 17 points in the winning affair. Roberto Prandin answered with 19 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Italy. Alberto Chiumenti knocked down 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Group 17-19 spot
Australia - Japan 106-97
Australia celebrated a tough win over Japan at the World Universiade today. The teams clashed in the classification round for the 17th-19th place. Australia trailed at two changes but managed to steal a difficult victory at the end. Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) notched 20 points and 5 boards to lead the Aussies. The winners overcame a wild 37-point and 8-board explosion from Kosuke Kanamaru. The guard peeled off 10/12 from beyond the arc but his effort could not rescue the Asian team. Ryan Bathie delivered 19 points and 7 boards for the winning team. Makoto Hiejima netted 17 points for Japan.

Group 20-22 spot
Iran - South Korea 93-86
Iran came from behind to knock down South Korea in the classification games for the 20nd-22th spot. Mehrad Atashi (186-G-86) scored 17 points and grabbed 7 boards for Iran. Mohammad Reza Akbari dropped 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win. Ilyoung Heo answered with game-high 30 points for Korea.

Group 23-25 spot
South Africa - United Arab Emirates 82-83
UAE gained the first win at the World University Games. They survived extra period to handle South Africa in the classification games for the 23rd-25th spot. UAE will next face China. Salah Khalifa (183-90) produced 25 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim added 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for UAE. Thami Kukulela responded with 21 points and 13 boards for South Africa. Celemusa Khumalo had 18 points in the loss.

Group 9-12 spot
Finland - Ukraine 67-62
Finnish team secured a tough victory over Ukraine in the classification games for the 9th-12th spot at the World University Games. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) scored 18 points to lift Finland to the success. The third quarter became decisive as Finland won it by 9 points to build an unassailable margin for Ukraine. An Anton Mirolybov team would now face the winners of Latvia vs. Canada clash for the 9th spot. Ukraine will play for the 11th position. Juho Nenonen and Ilkka Vuori finished with 12 points each for the winners. Dmitri Glebov answered with game-high 22 points for Ukraine. Sergiy Popov had 12 points, 5 assists and 4 boards in the loss.

Latvia - Canada 83-93
Canada came from behind to knock down Latvia in the classification game at the World University Games in Serbia. Canada would face Finland for the 9th overall spot at the tournament. Latvia will play against Ukraine for the 11th position. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) delivered 18 points and 12 boards for Canada. Joshua Whyte and Chris Dyck netted 14 points each for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks responded with 16 points and 7 boards for Latvia. Arturs Berzins canned 14 points, collected 6 boards and issued 4 assists in the loss.

Group Quarterfinal
USA - Bulgaria 96-66
The USA University selection advanced to the semifinal stage at the World Universiade in Serbia. They cruised past Bulgaria to stay hopeful about their title aspirations. A Bo Ryan team would challenge Russia in the semis. Bulgaria will play in the classification games for the 5th-8th place. Quincy Pondexter (198-F) finished with 15 points and 7 boards for the USA. Da'Sean Butler, Lazar Hayward and James Anderson finished with 12 points each for the winners. Pavel Marinov and Ivan Lilov replied with 15 points apiece for Bulgaria. Nikolov had 14 points in defeat.

Germany - Israel 49-66
Israel came up strong in the second half to sink Germany at the first quarterfinal game at the World University Games in Serbia today. Boris Rothbart (218-86) paced balanced Israeli effort with 17 points and 13 boards. Yuval Naimi nailed 13 points for Israel. Elishay Kadir and Gal Mekel finished with 10 points each for the winners. Johannes Lischka replied with game-high 18 points, 7 boards and 4 steals in defeat. Nicolai Simon, Dominik Bahiense de Mello and Staiger delivered 8 points each for Germany.

Serbia - Turkey 68-46
Serbia drove past Turkey in the second todays quarterfinal at the World University Games in Belgrade. The hosts led from start to finish securing a comfortable win and proving the highest ambitions for the reminder of the competition. Serbia outrebounded their opponents 50:31 and limited those to only 25% from the field. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Dejan Borovnjak led strong team performance with 16 points and 12 boards respectively. Marko Simonovic added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Serbia will now take on Israel in the semifinal tomorrow. Turkey will play against Germany for the 5th-8th place.

Russia - Lithuania 82-73
Russia overcame a halftime deficit to knock down Lithuania in the quarterfinal at the World University Games today. Aleksey Kotishevskiy (190-F-85) scored 21 points and collected 6 boards to keep Russia title ambitions alive. A Sergey Belov team will wait for the result of the USA vs. Bulgaria clash to get to know their semifinal opponent. Lithuania will continue to fight in the classification round for 5th-8th spot. Valeri Likhodey finished with 16 points, while Dramir Zibirov produced 15 for the winners. Paulius Morkeliunas delivered 12 points for Lithuania. Arnas Labuckas had 11 points and 6 boards in the loss.

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Lithuania edge USA to claim title in Taipei - 2 months ago
FINAL USA - Lithuania 74-85 Lithuania captured the Gold medals in Taipei. They overcame the USA in the Final. Ignas Vaitkus (196-SF-93, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 15 points to lead the Baltic team. The USA accumulated a 38:36 halftime lead. But Lithuania bounced back with a 25:18 run in the third term. They followed with a 24:18 rally in the fourth quarter to clinch the title. Evaldas Saulys (190-G-93) provided 14 points in the victory. Carsen Edwards (183-PG-98) knocked down 23 poin...   [read more]

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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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