Late Three Points Lift Finland Past Lithuania

13.08.2010

Group A

6. Emmi Leino (Finland)
Emmi Leino gave Finland reason to cheer with her late three pointer that gave her side the win

A three pointer by Emmi Leino with only 21 seconds left on the clock decided a very hard fought game between Lithuania and Finland. Finland took the game by the score of 50-48 claiming their first win of the tournament. For Lithuania who had the chance to tie the game in the final seconds it was the second straight loss.

Lithuania started well and were able to grab a quick 7-3 lead. Halfway though the first quarter the Finns took over and kept a narrow advantage for the most part of the first half. Shortly before the halftime buzzer rang, the lead changed from team to team with every possession until Finland scored on the following possessions to grab a 30-26 lead after twenty minutes.

In the third quarter the score was tied at 33 before the Finns went on a 9-0 run to capture a solid lead after thirty minutes of play. Lithuania rallied and tried to work their way back in the game. With 2:17 minutes left they turned the game and took the lead (48-47). In thrilling two minutes both teams seemed to be locked in a stalemate. Leino's three-point shot finally ended the scoring drought for the Finns and turned out to be the game winner. Lithuania had the chance to tie or even win the game on the last possession. The Lithuanians went for a two-point shot to force overtime but they couldn't convert.

Finland took the game and celebrated their first victory. Lithuania had to suffer another heartbreaking loss after dropping their opener to Sweden in one more close game.


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