Turkey75-87

13-22, 15-24, 18-19, 29-22

Lithuania

 

Date: 16.09.2005, 21:00hGroup:  BVenue:   Podgorica (MNE) Spectators: 3700
Referees:  Shmuel Bachar (ISR), Anibal Castano (FRA), Sasa Pukl (SLO)
TEAM LEADERS
Turkey Lithuania
Hidayet Türkoglu (14)PtsRamunas Siskauskas (20)
Kaya Peker (5)RebKsistof Lavrinovic (9)
Kerem Tunçeri (2)ASRamunas Siskauskas (3), Robertas Javtokas (3)
Ender Arslan (4)STPaulius Jankunas (2)
3 players tied with 1BSDarjus Lavrinovic (2)

GAME REPORT

16.09.2005
New Look Lithuania Down Turkey

With just four players remaining from their 2003 EuroBasket championship team, Lithuania took a first step towards defending their title with an impressive 87-75 victory over Turkey in the teams´ opening preliminary round game in Podgorica.

Behind a 24-13 second quarter run and the offensive performance of Ramunas Siskauskas, Lithuania jumped out to a 46-28 first half lead. With questions swirling about Lithuania due to the absence of the core group from the 2004 Olympic and 2003 EuroBasket championship teams, the Lithuanians provided answers, shooting a blistering 61% for the game.

“Before this first game I was nervous because we did not have so many players that we had in the past,” confessed Lithuanian head coach Antanas Sireika. “But these guys responded and played well.”

Ramunas Siskauskas (Lithuania)
Ramunas Siskauskas
“Lithuania played wonderfully,” said Turkey's head coach Bogdan Tanjevic. “They proved that they have one of the best basketball schools in the world.”

Defensively, Lithuania were dominant, holding Turkey star Mehmet Okur to seven points. Okur, who averaged 18.8 points per game in the 2003 EuroBasket, was scoreless in the first half and didn't tally his first points until the end of the third quarter.

“Psychologically, this game was very important for this group of players,” said Lithuania´s Robertas Javtokas, who grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

The offensive onslaught continued in the second half as Lithuania opened the third quarter with an 11-4 run and increased their lead to 25.

Turkey outscored Lithuania 29-22 in the fourth quarter and at one time cut the deficit to seven points with 4:20 remaining in the game, but could get no closer.

Darius Lavrinovic, who  finished with 14 points, hit a key three point field goal with under four minutes remaining to stop Turkey's momentum and secure the win for Lithuania.

“We need to have the same aggressiveness for the whole game, not just one quarter,” said Turkish guard Hidayet Turkoglu, who led Turkey with 14 points.

Siskauskas scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the first half.

Lithuania will look to continue their winning ways against Croatia on Saturday, while Turkey will try to rebound from their loss by taking on Bulgaria.

NOTES : Lithuania´s roster includes six players making their national team debut. .... In his first game in the starting line-up with the national team, point guard Vidas Ginevicius  finished with three points on 1/5 shooting.

Top performers

Turkey Lithuania

Mirsad Türkcan

 

Ramunas Siskauskas

13Pts20
4Reb2
1AS3
2ST1
1BS0

Accumulated statistics

Turkey Lithuania
27/63FG M/A30/57
21/38 (55.3%) FG2P M/A21/34 (61.8%)
6/25 (24.0%) FG3P M/A9/23 (39.1%)
15/20 (75.0%) FT M/A18/22 (81.8%)
22 (6-16) Reb (O-D) 36 (9-27)
8AS10
9TO20
13ST8
3BS2
24PF28
75Pts87

PHOTO GALLERY

TURKEY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Tunçeri, K. 172/540.01/250.01/333.31/250.0011212036
5Kuqo, E. 185/862.55/862.50/00.00/00.02131000310
6Türkcan, M. 276/966.75/683.31/333.30/00.01341021213
*7Arslan, E. 183/837.53/560.00/30.02/450.0000104038
8Akyol, C. 80/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0011100000
9Erdogan, S. 192/633.31/250.01/425.02/2100.0101010027
*10Kutluay, I. 212/540.01/333.31/250.04/4100.0000013039
11Solak, F. DNP
12Gönlüm, K. 70/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000010000
*13Okur, M. 243/933.33/650.00/30.01/250.0022131147
*14Peker, K. 120/00.00/00.00/00.01/250.0235011131
*15Türkoglu, H. 294/1233.32/540.02/728.64/4100.00221100114
TEAM/COACH03300
TOTAL27/ 6342.921/ 3855.36/ 2524.015/2075.061622891332475
LITHUANIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
*4Ginevicius, V. 281/520.00/10.01/425.00/00.0022021053
*5Zukauskas, M. 232/2100.01/1100.01/1100.00/00.0011140045
6Lukauskis, M. 101/333.31/1100.00/20.00/00.0022200002
7Lavrinovic, D. 196/1060.04/757.12/366.70/00.02460212314
*8Siskauskas, R. 316/1060.03/650.03/475.05/683.30223210320
9Gustas, G. 121/333.31/1100.00/20.06/6100.0011051048
10Serapinas, S. DNP
11Silinskis, D. DNP
*12Lavrinovic, K. 235/1145.55/771.40/40.04/4100.04591110214
13Jasaitis, S. 192/450.00/10.02/366.72/450.0224001018
14Jankunas, P. 102/366.72/366.70/00.01/1100.0101012015
*15Javtokas, R. 264/666.74/666.70/00.00/10.0044330058
TEAM/COACH04400
TOTAL30/ 5752.621/ 3461.89/ 2339.118/2281.8927361020822887
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Turkey Lithuania

Mirsad Türkcan

 

Ramunas Siskauskas

13Pts20
4Reb2
1AS3
2ST1
1BS0
27Min31

TEAM STATS

Turkey Lithuania
27/63FG M/A30/57
21/38 (55.3%) FG2P M/A21/34 (61.8%)
6/25 (24.0%) FG3P M/A9/23 (39.1%)
15/20 (75.0%) FT M/A18/22 (81.8%)
22 (6-16) Reb (O-D) 36 (9-27)
8AS10
9TO20
13ST8
3BS2
24PF28
75Pts87

GAME PREVIEW

15.09.2005
Lithuania Look For Answers Against Turkey

Many questions surround the EuroBasket defending champion Lithuanian team. Some answers should be provided in Lithuania's first game when they take on Turkey in Podgorica on Friday evening.

Lithuanian basketball stars and key components to their success at international tournaments in recent years will be unavailable in the 2005 EuroBasket.

Sarunas Jasikevicius and Darius Songaila made themselves unavailable due to NBA commitments while veterans Saulius Stombergas and Eurelijus Zukauskas retired after the Olympics. Making matters worse for Lithuania were tournament-ending injuries to sharpshooter Arvydas Macijauskas and Dainius Salenga.

Darius Songaila (Lithuania)
Darius Songaila will not be at EuroBasket
Despite the uncertainties of where scoring and leadership will come from, Lithuanian head coach Antanas Sireika remains positive.

"We are still the defending champions and we know how to fight," he said.

The relatively young and inexperienced Lithuanian team will have an immediate challenge in taking on Turkey's deep front court featuring Mehmet Okur and outstanding all around talent Hedo Turkoglu.

"Our men will fight valiantly and they will try not disappoint our supporters," Sireika said.

Turkey enters their first EuroBasket game on a positive note following an impressive pre-tournament exhibition schedule, which included an 81-56 Efes Cup victory over Italy.

"This (EuroBasket) is real important for us, for our country and Turkish basketball," Okur said.

A solid first game against the defending champions should provide a big confidence boost for a team that finished second in EuroBasket 2001 before failing to finish in the top eight during in 2003.


GAME NOTES

GAME: B2 – Turkey vs. Lithuania
TIME: 21:00
WHERE: Podgorica
RECORDS: Turkey 0-0, Lithuania 0-0
KEY MATCH-UP: Robertas Javtokas, one of Lithuiania’s most experienced returning players, will attempt to slow down Mehmet Okur, who is considered one of the top big men in all of Europe.
INJURIES: LTU –Arvydas Macijauskas will miss EuroBasket due to an ankle injury. Dainius Salenga will also miss the competition because of sprained knee ligaments.
STATS: In the five qualifying games for EuroBasket 2005, Hedo Turkoglu was 10-17 from 3 point range and averaged 18.6 points per game.
OTHER NOTES: Sarunas Jasikevicius, Darius Songaila, Saulius Stombergas and Arvydas Macijauskas, all of whom are unavailable for Eurobasket 2005, accounted for more than half of the offensive production for Lithuania in the 2004 Olympics. The four players averaged 50.7 of the team’s 97 points per game.