Global Games 2003 Recaps
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First, final standings and daily scores. Then, daily
2003 GLOBAL GAMES FINAL STANDINGS: W-L
1. United States 5-0
2. Global Games Select 3-2
3. Serbia-Montenegro 4-1
4. Canada 2-3
5. Lithuania 3-2
6. Puerto Rico 2-3
7. Ukraine 2-3
8. Africa 2-3
9. Scandinavia 2-3
10. Brazil 0-5
Sunday, June 29
Puerto Rico 99, Scandinavia 85
Serbia-Montenegro 121, Brazil 69
Monday, June 30
Canada 73, Africa 65
Scandinavia 84, Ukraine 66
Global Games Select 104, Puerto Rico 93
USA 79, Lithuania 63
Tuesday, July 1
Ukraine 95, Brazil 89
Canada 98, Scandinavia 71
Africa 62, Lithuania 53
Serbia-Montenegro 84, Puerto Rico 74
USA 97, Global Games Select 77
Wednesday, July 2
Lithuania 98, Canada 97
Serbia-Montenegro 90, Ukraine 70
Global Games Select 106, Brazil 69
USA 97, Africa 69
Thursday, July 3
Lithuania 70, Ukraine 52
Africa 66, Scandinavia 64
Puerto Rico 73, Brazil 57
Global Games Select 94, Serbia-Montenegro 87
USA 102, Canada 71
Saturday, July 5
9th/10th Place: Scandinavia 77, Brazil 66
7th/8thPlace: Ukraine 81, Africa 70
5th/6th Place: Lithuania 114, Puerto Rico 78
Bronze Medal Game: Serbia-Montenegro 87, Canada 81
Gold Medal Game: USA 104, Global Games Select 80
June 30, 2003: Puerto Rico, Scandinavia Kick
Off First Round of Global Games
Dallas, Texas- The 2003 Coca-Cola Global Games began today at Southern Methodist
University Moody Coliseum, with Puerto Rico defeating Scandinavia, 99-85. Verdejo
Jesus led Puerto Rico with 22 points. Kaunisto Ville had 14 points for the Scandinavian
The next round of action for the Puerto Ricans will be on Monday at 6 p.m. against
the Global Games Select team. The Scandinavians will face Ukraine Monday at 4
p.m. Other games on Monday will include; Canada vs. Africa at 2 p.m., and USA
vs. Lithuania at 8 p.m. All games take place at Moody Coliseum.
Yugoslavia Dominates Brazil
Dallas, Texas- Yugoslavia blasted past Brazil, 123-67, during the second round
of action at the 2003 Coca-Cola Global Games at SMU Moody Coliseum. The Yugoslavians
led 50-32 at halftime and never trailed in the second half. Mladen Slijavancanin
led the Yugoslavian team with 20 points. Pinto Vinicius was the leading scorer
for Brazil with 19 points. Yugoslavia will play Puerto Rico at 6 p.m Tuesday evening.
Brazil will face Ukraine Tuesday at 12 p.m.
Games of Monday, June 30, 2003:
Canada Opens Up With Win Over Africa
Dallas, Texas- Team Canada was successful in winning their first game at the 2003
Coca-Cola Global Games by a score of 71-67 over Africa. Shane James led Canada
in scoring with 16 points, and Boubacor Coly was Africa’s leading scorer with
Next up for the Canadian team will be Scandinavia, Tuesday, July 1, at 2 p.m.
Africa’s next opponent will be Ukraine Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Scandinavia Defeats Ukraine
The Scandinavian team won its first game ever in Global Games history with a win
over Ukraine, 87-65. Olafur Ingvason led Scandinavia with 24 points. Sachava Yevgen
provided the highlights for Ukraine by scoring 15 points.
On Tuesday, July 1, the Scandinavians will play against Canada at 2 p.m., and
Ukraine will face Brazil, who did not play today, at 12 p.m.
Global Games Select Dominates Puerto Rico
The defending champs, Global Games Select, got off to a strong start by defeating
Puerto Rico 104-93. The Select team, led by Ft. Worth Dunbar star Jeremis Smith
and Kansas freshman J. R. Giddens. never trailed against Puerto Rico. Smith registered
a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds (in addition to three steals and
two blocks). Giddens finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Jose
Barea continued his prolific Global Games scoring performances with 35 pts. With
the loss to Global Games Select, Puerto Rico falls to 0-2 in the tournament.
Global Games Select will face USA Basketball Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Puerto
Rico is up against Yugoslavia at 6p.m.
USA Takes First Win at Global Games
The USA Junior World team won their first game at the 2003 Coca-Cola Global Games
against Lithuania, 79-63. Team USA was led by Daniel Brown and Paul Davis, both
of whom scored 11 points. Lithuania leading scorer was Alvaidas Gedminas with
Lithuania will play Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. against Africa. Team USA will
battle for a win against the other American team, Global Games Select, at 8 p.m.
Games of Wednesday, July 2, 2003
Close Call for Lithuania
Dallas, Texas- Lithuania pulled out a close win over Canada by a score of 98-97.
Tristan Blackwood of Canada had 26 points, and was 4 of 5 from the free-throw
line. Aurimas Kieza had 15 points for Lithuania. Southern Methodist University’s
Donatas Rackauskas also had 15 points coming off the bench.
Lithuania plays against Ukraine tomorrow, Thursday, July 3, at 12 p.m., and Canada
will face undefeated USA at 8 p.m.
Yugoslavia Rolls Over Ukraine
The team from Yugoslavia defeated Ukraine 90-70, today at the Coca-Cola Global
Games at Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum. Luka Bogdanovic had 30
points and 10 rebounds. Bogdanovic outscored the entire Ukrainian bench, as Yugoslavia’s
record improves to 2-0. Lev Zagaynov led Ukraine with 17 points.
On Thursday, July 3, the undefeated Yugoslavia will play the Global Games Select
team at 6 p.m., and Ukraine is up against Lithuania at 12 p.m.
Global Games Select Dominates Brazil
After a disappointing loss to USA Tuesday evening, the Global Games Select team
bounced back tonight to take a huge win against Brazil, 106-69, at the Coca-Cola
Global Games. LaMarcus Aldridge led Global Games Select with 18 points and 10
rebounds. Dez Willingham was a perfect 4 of 4 at the free-throw line, and completed
3 of 4 in 3-point shooting. Marcos Vieira was the leading scorer for Brazil with
13 points, and was 3 of 4 from the free-throw line. The win improves Global Games
Select’s record to 2-1 in the tournament.
Global Games Select will play Yugoslavia Thursday evening at 6 p.m., and Brazil
faces Puerto Rico at 4 p.m.
USA Takes Another Win
USA Basketball continued its winning streak tonight against the team from Africa,
97-69. This marks USA’s third consecutive win in the tournament, advancing to
3-0 overall. Maurice Ager had 21 points, and six total rebounds for USA. Jeff
Varem was the leading scorer from Africa with 20 total points, and seven rebounds.
USA will play Thursday evening at 8 p.m. against Canada, and Afica will face Scandinavia
tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.
Games of Thursday, July 3, 2003:
Lithuania Improves to 2-2
Dallas, Texas- In the kickoff game of the day at the Coca-Cola Global Games, Lithuania
defeated Ukraine, 70-52. Aurimas Kieza was the leading scorer for Lithuania with
21 points and 14 rebounds. Artem Shvets scored 13 points, as Ukraine shot a paltry
28% from the field.
Africa Takes Lead Within Minutes to Win
Team Africa had a close call, but was able to win in the final minutes against
Scandinavia, 66-64, at the Coca-Cola Global Games. Soloman Tat and Churchill Odia
each had 16 points. Scandinavia’s Helgi Magnusson scored 25 points and grabbed
six rebounds. The loss drops Scandinavia to 1-3 overall in the tournament and
improves Africa’s record to 2-2.
Brazil Overturned Again
Puerto Rico defeated Brazil 73-57 in the third game of the day at the Coca-Cola
Global Games. Jesus Verdejo continued to show why John Chaney is so excited about
him at Temple. He led Puerto Rico with 20 points. Brazil’s Caio Torres connected
with 17 points and seven rebounds. Brazil finished pool play with a disappointing
0-4 record. Puerto Rico upped their record to 2-2 and secured a spot in the fifth
place game on Saturday.
Global Games Select Upsets Yugoslavia
Recovering from a 20 point deficit during the first half, the Global Games Select
team came back to defeat the heavily favored Yugoslavians, 94-87. Before the loss,
Yugoslavia was 3-0 and appeared headed for a gold medal showdown with USA Basketball.
However, the upstart Global Games Select team provided a detour and will face
USA Basketball in the first all-USA championship match-up. Global Games Select
was led by two of the younger players in the tournament, LaMarcus Aldridge, who
delivered 22 points and 15 rebounds and Jeremis Smith who had another strong all-around
game with 12 pts., 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. J.R. Giddens put in his
bid for tournament MVP with 18 points, and 15 rebounds. Ivanw Koljevic led the
Yugos with 38 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
USA Devours Canada
Team USA remained undefeated with a 102-71 win against our neighbors to the north,
Canada. Kevin Pittsnogel led USA with 24 points, six rebounds, and was 7 of 10
from the free-throw line. Silver Laku from Canada was the leading scorer with
16 points, and 5 of 7 in field-goals. Former Colony great, Deron Williams chipped
in with 16 points for the USA.
2003 Coca-Cola Global Games Medal Rounds
Saturday, July 5, 2003
12:00 p.m. Brazil vs. Scandinavia (9th place game)
2:00 p.m. Ukraine vs. Africa (7th place game)
4:00 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. Lithuania (5th place game)
6:00 p.m. Yugoslavia vs. Canada (Bronze medal game)
8:00 p.m. USA vs. Global Games Select (Gold medal game)
Full 2003 Global Games championship game recap - click here.
Games of Saturday, July 5, 2003
Brazil tops Scandinavia for its First Win in Tournament
Dallas, Texas- The medal rounds of the Coca-Cola Global Games began with Brazil defeating Scandinavia, 77-66. With the win, Brazil finishes in 9th place, and Scandinavia drops to 10th place overall in the tournament. Andre Olivera paced Brazil with 19 total points, 11 rebounds, and four steals. Helgi Magnusson capped off his five-game run as the tournament’s scoring leader (23.4 ppg) by scoring 30 points and grabbing four rebounds for the Scandinavians, who finished the competition with a 1-4 record.
Ukraine Takes 7th Place in Coca-Cola Global Games
Team Africa fell to Ukraine 81-70. With the loss, Africa finishes the 2003 tournament in eighth place. Dmytro Shevchenko led the Ukraine’s with 21 points and three assists. Africa’s Boubacar Coly was the leading scorer with 21 points. Jeff Varem, also from Africa and headed to play for Washington State in the fall, set a Coca-Cola Global Games tournament record for steals with 19..
Lithuania Prevails Over Puerto Rico
Lithuania was never challenged by Puerto Rico in the fifth place game. The Lithuanians jumped to a 17-point half-time lead and never looked back. The final score was 114-78. The win improved Lithuania’s tournament record to 3-2. Puerto Rico dropped to 2-3. Lithuania had three players score in double figures-- Matas Niparavicius, (24 pts.) Andrius Petkunas (22 pts.), and Aurim Kieza (20 pts.). Jose Barea of Puerto Rico (and Northeastern University) posted another strong outing with 15 points, and seven assists.
Canada Loses a Tough One to Global Games Favorite
Yugoslavia bounced back from its upset loss to the Global Games Select squad by defeating Canada 87-81 in the Bronze medal game. Yugoslavia’s leading scorer was Ivanw Koljevic with his second straight 38 point game. Luka Bogdanovic continued his strong all-around play with 12 rebounds and 20 points. For Canada, Shane James scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. Yugoslavia finished the 2003 Coca-Cola Global Games with a 4-1 record. Canada’s final record stands at 2-3.
USA Basketball Wins First Coca-Cola Global Games Gold
Once again, USA Basketball proved too quick, and too strong for the upstart Global Games Select team. USA Basketball’s 104-80 win in the gold medal game was its second victory of the week over the Select squad. Daniel Brown led USA with 18pts. and laid claim to the title of the quickest player in America. Kevin Pittsnogel continued his strong play by scoring 14 points, and grabbing eight rebounds. J.R. Giddens was Select’s leading scorer with 19 points. Jeremis Smith, who in August will begin his senior year of high school at Ft. Worth Dunbar, chipped in with 13 points and nine rebounds. USA Basketball finished the tournament with a 5-0 record, the Select team at 3-2.
Full 2003 Global Games championship game recap - click here.
Giddens and Williams headline 2003 Coca-Cola Global Games All-Tournament Team
Former Colony High School star and current University of Illinois starter Deron Williams of USA Basketball and Kansas freshman J.R. Giddens of the Global Games Select squad were named the 2003 Coca-Cola Global Games co-MVPs. Williams displayed his strong court presence and clutch decision-making throughout the tournament. Giddens served notice to the Big 12 that he will be a force sooner rather than later.
Coca-Cola Global Games All-Tournament Team:
USA: Paul Davis
Global Games Select: LaMarcus Aldridge, Jeremis Smith
Yugoslavia: Ivanw Koljevic, Kosta Perovic
Canada: Tristan Blackwood
Brazil: Marcus Souza
Puerto Rico: Jose Barea
Africa: Jeff Veram
Lithuania: Matas Niparavicius
2003 Coca-Cola Global Games Co-MVP Awards
Global Games Select: J.R. Giddens
USA: Deron Williams