After today’s quarterfinals at the 2014 U21 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Turkey, the men’s semifinal matches have been set for tomorrow’s games. Turkey is scheduled to take on Lithuania in the first game, and Israel is scheduled to take on the United States in the second.
Turkey qualified for the semifinal today after decisively beating Argentina by an impressive score of 121 – 43. Israel’s path was slightly more competitive, with an 89 – 76 win over Russia. The first period ended 25 – 15 with Israel in the lead. Russia staged a comeback, and the second period ended 46 – 42 with Israel holding only a four point lead. Israel took a 21 point lead out of the third for the period 70 – 49. Lithuania defeated Poland 84 – 78 to qualify. The United States absolutely crushed Mexico on their road to the semifinals, winning 140 – 23.
The competition officially kicked off July 4. The United States qualified for the semifinals after qualifying out of group play, where they played Lithuania, Turkey, Mexico and Russia. In their opening game against Lithuania, the United States won 60 – 31. One of the members of the United States team is Lawjen Ashmore, a West Valley High School in Alaska graduate. Ashmore is currently attending Gallaudet University.
In the women’s semifinal play today, Turkey defeated Russia 58 – 38.