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Lithuania, Latvia, USA and Serbia enter semifinals in Taipei - Aug 27, 2017

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Lithuania - Argentina 72-70
Lithuania narrowly defeated Argentina in the quarterfinal clash in Taipei. Tomas Dimsa accounted for 16 points to lead the Baltic team. Argentina enjoyed a 24:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Lithuania used a 40:28 run in the next two quarters to secure a 4-point lead. Argentina stayed neck and neck with their opponents in the fourth frame but could not overcome the deficit at the end. Evaldas Saulys had 13 points in the victory. Carlos Buemo (194-G/F-96) chipped in 22 points for Argentina.

Germany - Latvia 76-78
Latvia nipped Germany to advance into the semifinal stage. Kristaps Plavnieks (183-PG-95) and Linards Jaunzems (198-F-95) stepped up with 18 points each for the winners. Latvia posted a 41:36 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 9-point mark at the final intermission. Germany narrowed the gap in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Mahir Agva (206-C-96) banked in 22 points for Germany.

USA - Israel 111-107 OT
USA cruised past Israel in overtime to advance into the semifinal stage at the tournament. Carsen Edwards (183-PG-98) accounted for 36 points to lead the charge. Israel established a 49:45 halftime lead. USA went on a 26:17 run in the third term to spur ahead. But Israel poured in 31 points in the fourth period to send the game into overtime. The North American team though poured in 14 points in the extra period and stayed alive in the title race. P.J. Thompson (178-PG-96) connected for 22 points in the win. Tomer Ginat (202-PF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) delivered 24 points and 13 rebounds for Israel.

Serbia - Finland 85-84 2OT
Serbia outlasted Finland in double-overtime thriller to reach the semifinals stage. Strahinja Jovanovic (180-PG-96) notched 19 points to lead the winners. Finland accounted for a 33:27 halftime advantage. They stretched the margin at 13-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Serbia went on a 22:9 run in the fourth period to force overtime. The teams did not decide on the winner in the first extra period but Serbia managed to eke out a tough win in overtime number 2. Nemanja Nenadic (197-G-94) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Serbia. Anton Odabasi (206-PF-95) produced 24 points and 10 rebounds for Finland.
17-24 Place
Romania - Mozambique 89-61
Romania cruised past Mozambique today. Sebastian Ionescu accounted for 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. Mozambique piled up a 35:30 halftime lead. But Romania ignited a furious 35:6 rally in the fourth period to secure the winning outcome. Mario Lazar (201-PF-94) had 18 points and 9 boards in the win. Dercio Mula (200-F-93) tossed in 17 points and collected 9 boards for Mozambique.

Hungary - Hong Kong 100-90 OT
Hungary beat Hong Kong in overtime in Taipei. Akos Vagvolgyi (193-G-96) notched 20 points to lead the European team. Hungary established a 46:35 halftime lead. But Hong Kong turned things around in the second half. They denied the deficit forcing overtime. However Hungary sank 14 points in the extra period to secure the winning outcome. Adam Wirth (191-G-93) and Kristof Bognar (205-C/F-94) had 19 points each in the victory. Tsai Choi Kwan (186-SF-95) replied with 36 points for Hong Kong.

Japan - South Korea 84-80
Japan held off South Korea behind 15 points and 10 rebounds from Gen Hiraiwa (198-C-97). Japan accumulated a 38:27 halftime lead. They dropped 46 points in the second half and secured the winning outcome at the end. Ando Shuto posted 12 points for Japan. Jihoon Park (184-PG-95) delivered 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for South Korea.

Russia - United Arab Emirates 116-55
Russia rolled past UAE in Taipei today. Alexandr Kurbatov (208-PF-97) scored 23 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Russia accumulated a 64:27 halftime lead. They sank 52 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Sergei Mitusov (193-PG-96, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Dmitry Popov (202-F-96) had 16 points each in the win. Mohammed Khamis (183-PG-98) answered with 15 points for UAE.

9-16 Place
Ukraine - Czech Republic 79-84
Czech Republic outscored Ukraine behind 33 points from Vaclav Bujnoch (200-C-93, college: Des Moines Area CC). Ukraine recorded a 41:38 halftime lead. Czech Republic though answered with a 25:17 rally to ensure a 5-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as the Czech side marched to the win. Ondrej Siska (190-PG-93) had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Czech Republic. Oleksandr Kobets (197-SF-96) netted 24 points for Ukraine.

Mexico - Norway 81-75
Mexico outgunned Norway in the classification game in Taipei. Victor Alvarez Diez (180-SF-96) produced 30 points to lead the charge. Norway eked out a 44:43 halftime lead. Mexico denied the deficit in the third term as the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 61. Mexico then went on a 20:14 run in the fourth period to snatch the win. Bryan Urrutia (185-G-97) added 14 points in the victory. Lars Espe (179-PG-98) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Norway.

Estonia - Australia 83-105
Xavier Cooks tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Australia past Estonia. The Emerging Boomers dominated throughout the first half. They established a 48:31 halftime lead. Australia added 57 points in the second half to march to the victory. Kyle Adnam (186-G-93) notched 19 points in the win. Karl-Johan Lips (198-F-96) drilled 21 points for Estonia.

Canada - Taiwan 98-61
Canada stormed past Taiwan in the classification round. The North American team recorded a 44:23 halftime lead. They sank 54 points in the second half to roll to a comfortable win. Kaza Keane (185-PG-94, college: Cleveland St.) netted 25 points for Canada. Connor Wood (201-G-93) added 15 points and 9 assists for the winners. Chen Ying-Chun (183-PG-93) banked in 14 points for Taiwan.

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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]

USA and Lithuania to battle for title in Taipei - 2 months ago
SEMIFINALS Latvia - Lithuania 75-77 Lithuania nipped Latvia to enter Final in Taipei. Ignas Vaitkus (196-SF-93, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 20 points to lead the winners. Latvia recorded a 17:13 lead after the opening quarter. Lithuania bounced back in the second term. They sank 23 points to surge ahead for a 36:33 halftime lead. Latvia denied the deficit in the third term as the teams entered the final term tied at 56. Lithuania however sank 21 points in the fourth quarter and eked...   [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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