July 7, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (CIS) – The men’s basketball tournament got underway on Sunday at the 27th Summer Universiade and Canada did not disappoint in its debut, claiming a convincing 84-69 win over Sweden.
Guard Brady Heslip of Burlington, Ont., led the Canadian hoopsters with 22 points, including 15 from beyond the arc.
Six-foot-nine forward Dwight Powell of Toronto added 16 points, including nine in the second quarter to give the red and white a 43-25 lead at halftime. Kevin Pangos of Holland Landing, Ont., also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points.
Heslip acknowledged that the team’s recent nine-game tour through China – where they went 9-0 against the host country, the United States and Latvia – had them feeling comfortable.
“The whole three weeks that we spent together before this makes it easier. The guys do a great job of finding me… I’m just there to knock down shots.”
Throughout the game, Canada featured consistent line-ups, balancing the minutes across three groups.
“We’re trying to develop players and we need give them an opportunity to play and be on the court for five minute segments,” explained head coach Jay Triano. “We also think that one of our advantages could be to wear teams down – we’ve got some depth in our country as far as basketball is concerned.”
The Canadian men will continue pool play on Monday when they tip off against the United Arab Emirates (0-1) at 8:30 p.m. local (12:30 p.m. ET).
In men’s volleyball, outside hitters Steven Marshall of Abbotsford, B.C., and Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., combined for 29 kills in a 3-1 (21-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-17) victory over Mexico.
With the win, the Canadian improved to 2-0 in Group D competition. They will go for three wins in as many days Monday against Chile (0-1) at 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET).
“Mexico was pretty small and picked up a lot of balls on defence,” said Marshall, who has also led the way defensively for the winners with 13 digs. “They had a lot of energy and made us earn a lot of points. It was good for us to see that challenge to prepare for later in the tournament.”
In women’s soccer, Canada dropped to 0-2 in pool play following a 1-0 loss to Ireland. The duel was only seven minutes old when Sara Lawlor scored what stood as the game-winner on a low shot from just inside the box that left no chance to goalkeeper Kristen Funk of Calgary.
The Canucks can still advance to the quarter-finals but will need a big win Tuesday at 5 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) in their Pool B finale against China, which is currently third in the group with a record of 0-1-1. Canada needs to leapfrog China in the standings and finish with a goal differential good enough to be one of the top two third-place squads at the end of the opening round.
“We’ve talked about the need to come out stronger at the start of each half. We need to be more focused right from the get go,” said head coach Liz Jepsen. “I don’t even want to do the math and figure out the margin of victory we need on Tuesday. We just need to score some goals and win.”
Canada also fell to 0-2 in men’s water polo on Sunday as Japan jumped to a quick 6-0 lead and never looked back on its way to a dominating 25-8 win.
Devon Thumwood of Calgary, David Lapins of Gatineau, Que., and Nikola Curcija of Calgary all scored two goals in the losing effort.
The red and white faces Georgia (0-2) Monday at 12:30 p.m. local (4:30 a.m. ET).
Athletics also made its 2013 FISU Games debut on Sunday and a number of Canadians showed they were in peak form, including Rhiannon Johns of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., who finished ninth in the 10,000 final with a time of 34:18.46.
Many of her teammates qualified for semifinals, most notably national sprinting champion Sam Effah of Calgary, who easily won his first two heats in the 100m.
In women’s artistic gymnastics, 2012 Olympian Ellie Black of Halifax helped Canada to a seventh-place finish in the team competition and qualified for four individual finals along the way, including the all-around, vault, floor and beam.
In badminton, the team competition came to an end with Canada defeating Australia 3-2 and losing 3-1 to Ukraine to finish in 13th position.
In diving, the lone Canadian athlete in Kazan, Cody Yano of Edmonton, took 14th place in the semifinals of the 3m springboard and missed qualifying for the final by two spots.
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Finally in fencing, Cédric Boutet of Laval, Que., was the most successful Canadian in the men’s sabre, losing 15-10 to Juan Vega de la Torre of Mexico in the round of 64. In women’s epee, Karis Langvand of Red Deer, Alta., was downed 15-4 by Yiwen Sun of China in the round of 128.
SUNDAY, JULY 7 RESULTS
ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS – WOMEN
Team Competition – Final
1. Russia, 175.500; 2. Japan, 165.00; 3. Germany, 162.050; 7. Canada (Ellie Black, Halifax, N.S., Erica Devereaux, Logy Bay, Nfld., Sarah Flett, Winnipeg, Man., Natalie Gervais, Winnipeg, Man., Mackenzie Itcush, Calgary, Alta.), 152.050.
Individual all-around – Qualification Round
5. Ellie Black, Halifax, N.S., 55.200, advances to final; 27. Mackenzie Itcush, Calgary, Alta., 48.700, does not advance; 37. Natalie Gervais, Winnipeg, Man., 46.450.
Individual floor – Qualification round
6. Ellie Black, Halifax, N.S., 13.600, advances to final; 28. Natalie Gervais, Winnipeg, Man., 12.400, does not advance; 36. Mackenzie Itcush, Calgary, Alta., 12.200, does not advance; 39. Erica Devereaux, Logy Bay, Nfld., 12.000, does not advance.
Individual vault – Qualification Round
2. Ellie Black, Halifax, N.S., 14.650, advances to final; 23. Mackenzie Itcush, Calgary, Alta., 12.600, does not advance; NR. Natalie Gervais, Winnipeg, Man., 12.400; NR. Erica Devereaux, Logy Bay, Nfld., 12.300, does not advance.
Individual uneven bars – Qualification Round
18. Ellie Black, Halifax, N.S., 12.900, does not advance; 33. Sarah Flett, Winnipeg, Man., 11.700; 36. Mackenzie Itcush, Calgary, Alta., 11.500, does not advance.
Individual balance beam – Qualification Round
Results not available
Women’s 10,000m – Final
1. Ayuko Suzuki, Japan, 32:54.17; 2. Alina Prokopyeva, Russia, 3:00.93; 3. Mai Tsuda, Japan, 33:14.59; 9. Rhiannon Johns, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 34:18.46.
Women’s 400m – Heats
2. Alicia Brown, Ottawa, Ont., 53.81, advances to semifinals.
Men’s shot put – Preliminary round
13. Timothy Hendry-Gallagher, Parry Sound, Ont., 17.81, does not advance; Tim Nedow, Brockville, Ont., triple foul, does not advance.
Women’s 100m – Heat 2
2. Shai-Anne Davis, Richmond, B.C., 11.72, advances to semifinals.
Women’s 100m – Heat 6
2. Khamica Bingham, Brampton, Ont., 11.68, advances to semifinals.
Men’s 100m – Round 1 Heat 5
1. Sam Effah, Calgary, Alta., 10.64, advances.
Men’s 100m – Round 2 Heat 2
2. Sam Effah, Calgary, Alta., 10.35, advances to semifinals.
Men’s High Jump – Qualifying Round Group A
7. Django Lovett, Surrey, B.C., 2.15, does not advance.
Men’s High Jump – Qualifying Round Group B
11. Jeremy Eckert, Regina, Sask., 2.15, does not advance.
Men’s 400m – Heat 1
3. Benjamin Ayesu-Attah, Coquitlam, B.C., 47.15, advances to semifinals.
Men’s 400m – Heat 4
1. Daniel Harper, Brampton, Ont., 46.70, advances to semifinals.
Women’s 800m – Heat 2
2. Helen Crofts, West Vancouver, B.C., 2:04.00, advances to semifinals.
Women’s 800m – Heat 3
2. Jessica Smith, North Vancouver, B.C., 2:05.11, advances to semifinals.
Women’s Long Jump – Qualifying Round Group A
7. Sabrina Nettey, Surrey, B.C., 6.15, does not advance.
Women’s Long Jump – Qualifying Round Group A
8. Christabel Nettey, Surrey, B.C., 6.22, does not advance.
Men’s 1500m – Heat 1
2. Ross Proudfoot, Sudbury, Ont., 3:44.66, advances to semifinals.
Men’s 1500m – Heat 3
2. Jeremy Rae, Fort Erie, Ont., 3:47.81, advances to semifinals.
Team Competition – Positions 13-16
Canada wins 3-2 over Australia.
Team Competition – Positions 13-14
Canada loses 3-1 to Ukraine, finishes 14th.
Canada (1-0) wins 84-69 over Sweden (0-1) in first Pool C match, will face United Arab Emirates (0-1) Monday at 12:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. Kazan).
Men’s 3m springboard – Semifinals
14. Cody Yano, Edmonton, Alta., 348.80, does not advance.
Women’s Epee – Preliminary Round
Karis Langvand , Red Deer, Alta., goes 2-4, advances; Valérie Hogues, Montreal, Que., goes 1-5, does not advance; Vivian Poon of Mississauga, Ont., goes 0-6, does not advance.
Women’s Epee – Round of 128
Karis Langvand , Red Deer, Alta., loses 15-4 to Yiwen Sun, China.
Men’s Sabre – Preliminary round
Cédric Boutet, Laval, Que., goes 2-3, advances; Julien Hogues, Montreal, goes 2-4, does not advance; Paul Pietrusinski, North Vancouver, B.C., goes 0-6, does not advance.
Men’s Sabre – Round of 64
Cédric Boutet, Laval, Que., loses 15-10 to Juan Vega de la Torre, Mexico.
Canada (0-2) loses 1-0 to Ireland (1-0-1) in second Pool B match, will face China (0-1-1) Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET (5 p.m. Kazan) in third and final pool match.
Canada (2-0) wins 3-1 (21-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-17) over Mexico (0-1) in second Pool D match, will face Chile (0-1) Monday at 7 a.m. ET (3 p.m. Kazan).
MEN’S WATER POLO
Canada (0-2) loses 25-8 to Japan (2-0) in second Pool A match, will face Georgia (0-2) Monday at 4:30 a.m. ET (12:30 p.m. Kazan).