Russia edges Australia 99-97 at Stankovic Cup

10:21, August 02, 2011      

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Anatoly Kashilov's scored the game-high 31 points to gift Russia a 99-97 overtime win over defending champions Australia in Haining on Monday at the 2011 Stankovic Continental Cup.

Kashirov, a 2.15-meter center, also grabbed 13 rebounds for the Russian team which will play the Shenzhen Universiade in mid-August.

Igro Smygin came off the bench to contribute 17 points, 15 from 3-pointers. Petr Gubanov scored 14 and Ivan Savelyev added 10 and 7 recounds for Russia.

Thanks to a 16-0 run, Russia built a 15-point lead with one minute left in the third quarter, but too many turnovers since then almost wasted their efforts.

Entering the fourth quarter, it was 71-60 in favor of Russia. Australia rallied with a 13-2 spurt to take the lead 74-73 when Russia made five tournovers only four minutes into the fourth quarter.

It was Smygin who made his last 2-of-5 3-pointers to put Russia on the way. But their two more turnovers with 1:10 minutes to play when they made it 88-85 gifted three points to the opponents, forecing the game into overtime.

Russia outrebounded Australia 39-27 but commited 29 turnovers to Australia's 18.

"We made too many turnovers but we never gave up," Russia coach Roman Pashutin said. "We will try our best in the World University Games but now the most important thing is the game of the Stankovic."

Russia on Tuesday will face hosts China, who are playing with Angola now.

"We are credit of the young Russian team," said Australian coach Brett Brown. "They started very well especially their center. Their defensive gave us much pressure. We have to learn from the defeat."

Mark Wonrthington led four Auatralians in double-figure with 25 points. Australia will take on Angola on Tuesday.

The four-team and round-robin tournament in Haining will conclude on Aug. 4.

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