The Kentucky basketball team that is representing Team USA at the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games seemed to know the right time to peak as they knocked off previously unbeaten Serbia 17-16 overnight. The win advances the Kentucky team to the Gold Medal game against Tunisia tonight (tomorrow afternoon in Shanghai). The Kentucky team is made up of seven players from the Bowling Green area and two from Owensboro.
It was the second time in two days the team had faced the Serbians. The Kentucky team lost 28-17 the night before in the final game of pool play.
Kentucky will play Tunisia for the Gold Medal tonight in a game that will begin at midnight Central Time (1 pm tomorrow in Shanghai). Team USA lost to Tunisia 22-9 in the first game of the Tournament for both teams last week. The Americans are guaranteed no worse than a Silver Medal. Serbia will meet Great Britain with the winner of that game taking home the Bronze Medal.
As it turned out, the basketball team was the only part of the Kentucky delegation in action overnight. The remnants of Typhoon Krosa, which has ripped through Southeast Asia this week, reached Shanghai yesterday, forcing the cancellation of all outdoor events. Matt Minning of Taylor Mill was to have run in the 5,000-meter final.
The basketball team will play for the Gold Medal in a game that will start at 1 am Eastern Time (1 pm in Shanghai).
Minning will try once again to get on the track for his first shot at a Medal at these Games. With the schedule somewhat up in the air because of yesterday's postponement, it's difficult to determine which event he'll be running. He will compete in either the 4x400-meter relay as originally scheduled for tonight or will make up the 5,000-meters.
Also, both Kentucky Bowlers, Andrew Browning of Lexington and Jessica Haggerty of Elizabethtown will complete their competition in the Singles event. Haggerty will be trying to add her third medal. Browning will looking for his first Medal of the Games.
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