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Results and Stats from Day 2 in Taipei - Aug 21, 2017

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Group A
Serbia - South Korea 91-64
Serbia knocked down South Korea behind 13 points from Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96). Serbia claimed a 50:28 halftime lead. Serbia sank 26 points in the fourth frame to ease to the victory. Strahinja Jovanovic (180-PG-96) and Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) netted 12 points each in the win. Sang-Jae Kang (202-F-94) netted 13 points for South Korea.

Taiwan - Hungary 75-61
Taiwan overcame Hungary for the opening victory at the tournament. Chien You-Che (180-SG-95) tossed in 18 points for the winning side. Taiwan accumulated a 37:25 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 21-point mark heading into the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the win. Chen Ying-Chun (183-PG-93) recorded 15 points and 8 assists for Taiwan. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93) replied with 16 points for Hungary.

Mexico - Latvia 85-78
Mexico recorded the first win in Group A. They held off Latvia for 1-1 record. Alejandro Villanueva (199-SF-93) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Mexico and Latvia were tied at 41 at the interval. But Mexico sank 44 points in the second half to seal the win. Bryan Rivera (178-PG) added 20 points in the victory. Kristaps Plavnieks (183-PG-95) replied with 20 points and 7 assists for Latvia.

Group B
Germany - Norway 83-58
Andreas Obst (191-SG-96, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points to lead Germany past Norway in Group B. Germany posted a 38:31 halftime advantage. Germany went on a 25:11 run in the third term to take a comfortable lead and raced to the victory. Mahir Agva (206-C-96) and Sid-Marlon Theis (205-F/C-93) netted 13 points each in the win. Espen Fjaerestad (193-F-94) recorded 13 points for Norway.

Canada - Finland 71-79
Finland clinched the second win in a row in Taipei. They held off Canada in Group B. Anton Odabasi (206-PF-95) notched 19 points and 18 rebounds for the European side. Finland used a 21:8 run in the second period to take a 13-point halftime lead. Finland went on a 29:12 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Tommi Huilila netted 14 points for the winning side. Kazak Keane topscored with 21 points for Canada.

Japan - Hong Kong 86-82
Japan held off Hong Kong for 1-1 record in Group B. Keisuke Masuda (191-G/F-98) delivered 19 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Japan unloaded 54 points in the first half to gain a 19-point halftime lead. Hong Kong cut the deficit in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Takumi Saito (172-PG-95) netted 15 points for Japan. Leung Shiu Wah (189-SF-94) and Tsai Choi Kwan (186-SF-95) netted 24 points each for Hong Kong.

Group C
USA - United Arab Emirates 127-53
USA coasted past United Arab Emirates for the second straight win in Taiwan. Ryan Cline (196-G-97) notched 20 points and 7 boards in the victory. USA unloaded 59 points in the first half to clear off for good. Vincent Edwards (203-F-96) produced 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Khalfan Mubarak (190-G-94) tossed in 16 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 5 boards for the UAE.

Estonia - Romania 74-72
Estonia nipped Romania for the second straight win in Group C. Mihkel Kirves (190-F-96) was unstoppable with 34 points and 12 rebounds for the Baltic team. Estonia grabbed a 50:36 halftime lead. Romania went on a strong comeback rally in the second half but came up empty at the end. Siim-Markus Post (183-PG-97) had 10 points in the victory. Mario Lazar tossed in 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Romania.

Czech Republic - Argentina 49-87
Argentina crushed Czech Republic for the first win in Group C. Jeremias Sandrini (184-PG-93) tossed in 19 points to lead the effort. Argentina trailed by three points after ten minutes. But they unloaded 55 points in the next two periods to take a comfortable lead that they did not surrender till the final buzzer. Carlos Buemo (194-G/F-96) netted 13 points in the win. Marek Sehnal (196-F/G-96) and Vaclav Bujnoch (200-C-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) notched 11 points each for Czech Republic.

Group D
Russia - Israel 80-107
Israel breezed past Russia for 1-1 record in Group D. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Egor Koulechov (196-G/F-94) had 18 points in the victory. Israel earned a 56:38 halftime advantage. They went on a 26:17 run in the fourth period to ice the win. Iftach Ziv (191-SG-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) netted 16 points, grabbed 6 boards and distributed 6 assists for the winners. Vyacheslav Brykin (194-G-95) produced 16 points for Russia.

Ukraine - Mozambique 111-42
Ukraine cruised past Mozambique to improve at 2-0 record in Group D. Viacheslav Petrov (204-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 21 points and 7 rebounds for the European team. Ukraine piled up a 56:20 halftime lead. Ukraine added 55 points in the second half to march to the win. Oleksandr Kobets (197-SF-96) chipped in 16 points for the winners. Chirindza Carlos (197-F-94) replied with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Mozambique.

Lithuania - Australia 82-84
Australia narrowly defeated Lithuania to open win count in Group D. Dejan Vasiljevic (190-G-97) delivered 28 points to pace the Aussies. Australia claimed a 44:37 halftime advantage. They unloaded 28 points in the third term to secure a 16-point lead. Lithuania ignited a 26:12 run in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Xavier Cooks (203-G/F-95) had 20 points in the win. Evaldas Saulys (190-G-93) tossed in 17 points for Lithuania.


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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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