Turning point: Lithuania led 66-64 with 5:32 remaining and went on a 10-0 run over the next to minutes to take command.
Hero: Lithuania's Ksistof Lavrinovic scored six points in that crucial surge. He led Lithuania in scoring with 16 points while pulling down six rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Key Stats: Lithuania were 22 of 24 (92%) from the free-throw line while their opponents finished eight of 11 (73%) from the charity stripe.
Lithuania remained alive at the 2009 EuroBasket with an 84-69 victory over Bulgaria, advancing to the Qualifying Round in Lodz and sending their rivals home.
Ramunas Butautas' men pulled away midway through the final quarter to claim their first victory in Wroclaw.
|Earl Rowland had 18 for Bulgaria in the loss.|
Earl Rowland, Bulgaria:
„We played our best but we still lost this game. Lithuania is a better team than we are. Such an experienced team always knows how to play in this kind of games. They made some big shots in fourth quarter."
Pini Gershon, Bulgaria Coach:
"All three teams were one level better than we were. After two days we had enough power to play 25-30 minutes. My players played their best, but it's not enough for now."
Linas Kleiza, Lithuania:
"We didn't play our best basketball in the first two games. I hope that was the last game in this gym, because we don't like it. With Bulgaria we played our game only in the fourth quarter."
Ramunas Butautas, Lithuania coach:
"We felt big pressure before the game, but my players handled it. I believe in my players, they are can play basketball and I think that in the second round we can do better."