Referees: Leonidas Spiridonos (GRE), Juris Kokainis (LAT), Marek Maliszewski (POL)
Lithuania Beat Italy In Thriller
Augustas Peciukevicius nailed a three-pointer with two seconds left to give Lithuania a 76-73 victory over Italy to remain undefeated at the U18 European Championship for Men.
Peciukevicius tallied a game-high 26 points, including two foul shots with 43 seconds to tie the game as Lithuania moved to 2-0 in Group B.
Tautvydas Slezas added 22 points and 14 rebounds for Vitoldas Masalskis's team, which was playing without Donatas Motiejunas
Pasquale Paolisso scored all 14 points in the second half for Italy, who dropped to 1-1 in the group. Nicolò Melli added 13 points and David Reginald Cournooh hit 11 of his 12 points in the second half for Alessandro Ramagli's team.
Andrea De Nicolao helped Italy take the advantage early with a three-point lead 9-6. With the game knotted 11-11, Slezas took over with five straight points in a 9-0 surge to give Lithuania a 20-11 cushion after one period. Slezas's three-point play to start the second pushed the lead to 12 points.
Gilvydas Biruta made it 28-14 before Melli and Lorenzo Panzini brought the Italians back into the game and Riccardo Moraschini's lay-up knotted the game at 37-37 at half-time.
Peciukevicius led Lithuania to a 50-43 gap before Paolisso finally got on the scoreboard with four baskets - including a three-ball which closed the margin to 55-54. And Lithuania were ahead 58-54 after three periods. Slezas's three-point play sparked a 5-0 spurt for a 63-54 advantage. Peciukevicius's foul shot made it 66-58 before Ramagli's men came back from the foul stripe, hitting eight free throws in evening the game at 67-67 and Cournooh's lay-up gave Italy the lead.
The Italians were ahead 73-71 with 1:25 remaining on Paolisso's basket which Peciukevicius matched with two foul shots. Mantas Kadzevicius blocked Cournooh's lay-up attempt with 22 seconds to play and Peciukevicius knocked down the winning three-ball.