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Group:  A | 16.08.2008, 19:00h
Group:  A | 16.08.2008, 19:00h
66-59
20 - 1615 - 1922 - 189 - 6
20 - 1615 - 1922 - 189 - 6
Venue: Vilnius (LTU) |
Spectators: 200 |
Referees: Henrykh Bekish (BLR), Gennadi Ponomarev (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Lithuania Bounce Back From Defeat In Israel To Beat Ukraine

Lithuania overcame an excellent night by Ukraine's Olexandra Gorbunova in Vilnius on Saturday to post their first win in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying.

Beaten during the week in Israel, the Baltic country was in a dogfight late in the third quarter when they reeled off eight straight points - six at the free throw line - to take control.

Egle Stakneviciene, Sandra Valuzyte and Gintare Petronyte each made two free throws before Valuzyte capped the surge with a lay-up for a 61-53 advantage.

Gorbunova finished with 22 points and five rebounds for Ukraine, who were winners over Great Britain in their first game earlier in the week.

Lithuania got a big night from center Petronyte, who had 15 rebounds to go with her eight points.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Lithuania vs Ukraine

Rutenis Paulauskas, head coach Lithuania:

"I am happy about the final result but not about the way we played tonight. I am very surprised to see that even some of my most experienced players looked confused on the court. I think that psychological problems are the biggest issue for our team right now."

"Against Ukraine we allowed them to collect too many offensive rebounds. And we definitely committed a lot of turnovers. In any case I am happy about the win and hope that this will enable us to move forward and improve our play."

Sandra Valuzyte, Lithuania point guard:

"Our game was very inconsistent tonight, there were some periods when we built a lead, but after that we allowed our opponents to get back into the game. We made too many mistakes and I think that we still lack mutual understanding on the court. But the most important thing is that we won tonight."

Volodymyr Bryukhovetsky, head coach Ukraine:

"Lithuania is an experienced team with a lot of quality players. Tonight's game was even for most of the time. We made a couple of mistakes down the stretch and that cost us the game. We weren't able to defend well, we rushed a couple of shots and as the result of that Lithuania was able to make some easy baskets."

"You can clearly see from the statistics that it was a very close games. Lithuania's only advantage was in field goal percentage, which proved to be crucial."

I think that group A is very even and all decisive games are still ahead of us. I congratulate the Lithuanian team and wish them all the best in the future."

Accumulated statistics

38.2%

21/55
FG
M/A

29.3%

17/58

42.5%

17/40
FG2P
M/A

34.9%

15/43

26.7%

4/15
FG3P
M/A

13.3%

2/15

76.9%

20/26
FT
M/A

85.2%

23/27

38

11/27
RT
RO/RD

38

15/23

4

AS

5

17

TO

19

12

ST

11

4

BS

2

25

PF

26

66

Pts

59

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