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Group:  C | 03.09.2007, 20:30h
Group:  C | 03.09.2007, 20:30h
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16 - 1920 - 2512 - 1921 - 23
16 - 1920 - 2512 - 1921 - 23
Venue: Palma de Mallorca (ESP) |
Spectators: 3620 |
Referees: Dubravko Muhvic (CRO), Ilija Belosevic (SRB), Zoran Sutulovic (MNE)

GAME REPORT


Lithuania Too Much For Turkey

Lithuania made Sarunas Jasikevicius's return to the National Team a special one as the 2003 EuroBasket champions cruised past Turkey 86-69 to grab an opening day victory in Group C.

Jasikevicius, widely regarded as one of Europe's best players, fought off a knee injury to collect 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a dominating Lithuania win.

Rimantas Kaukenas added 14 points while Linas Kleiza and Darius Songalia each had 12 points, and Ramunas Siskauskas added 10.

"This was a difficult game for us. It was the start of the European championship and against a very strong Turkey team. They are great team and have one of the best coaches in Europe. The start was very hard, but we played a lot better later, especially in the defence. But this is just the first game of the tournament," said Lithuania coach Ramunas Butautas.

Butautas's team out-rebounded Turkey 42-31, off-setting a shaky showing from beyond the three-point arc as the Lithuanians made just six-of-18 treys.

"We knew we definitely needed to start good. Turkey is an emotional team and we knew they would start strong. But it's just one win. There are still eight more to go," added Kleiza.

Turkey, who were led by 18 points from Hidayet Turkoglu and 17 from Ibrahim Kutluay, led 10-5 in the early stages.

But 10 first quarter points by Siskauskas pushed Lithuania ahead 19-16 after one period.

Turkey were in front for the final time 24-23 on Kutluay's three-pointer, as a Jasikevicius three-pointer sparked a 10-0 run.

The lead grew to as high as 12 before Lithuania went into the locker-room ahead 44-36.

Butautas's side opened the second half on a 10-2 run for a 54-38 lead.

Turkey trailed 63-48 after three periods and eventually closed to within 10 points on two occasions, but Jasikevicius, Songalia and Kleiza all hit three-pointers down the stretch to keep Turkey away.

Turkey coach Bogdan Tanjevic said Lithuania belongs among the favourites of the tournament, adding: "We found them on a roll tonight. I think they are one of the best teams in Europe. And they played a great game tonight. They showed all the talent they have and beat us in everything."

Turkey take on Germany on Tuesday while Lithuania face the Czech Republic.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

33.3%

20/60
FG
M/A

51.7%

30/58

35.3%

12/34
FG2P
M/A

60.0%

24/40

30.8%

8/26
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

6/18

63.6%

21/33
FT
M/A

69.0%

20/29

31

10/21
RT
RO/RD

42

12/30

7

AS

14

8

TO

15

7

ST

7

4

BS

1

24

PF

25

69

Pts

86

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