Lithuania served notice on Monday that they have completely recovered from the bad start of the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men with their second win in a row, a rather impressive one this time, 66-47 over Turkey in Group F.
Lithuania jumped to a 1-2 record and stay strong in the race for the Quarter-Finals.
Tauras Jogela was once again the top player for Lithuania, this time with 18 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Mantas Mockevicius added another good performance with 15 points, three assists and four rebounds.
Turkey's top scorers were Mercan Ozen and Burak Yildizli with eight point each.
"I'm very happy that our guys tonight executed our game plan," told the winning coach, Darius Dikcius.
"We knew that Turkish team score alsmot 80% of their points in the paint, so we took a risk and let them shoot more freely from the arc," he says.
Turkey suffered a terrible shooting day with credit to the aggressive and effortful defense of Lithuania and coach Dikcius' tactic, who stopped Turkey on a bad 19.5% from two-point range.
The path of this game was set already from the tip off.
Turkey, who scored only twice inside the arc in the entire first half, had to settle for out side shots, while Lithuania kept pushing the ball and attack the rim.
By the end of the first quarter the gap was only 15-11 in favor of the hosts, but only thanks to Turkey's three point shots.
Mockevicius, who scored 15 already in the first half, hit from distance to make it 26-15 and lit up the fans, and held on till the half time break, 40-26.
The defensive pressure of Lithuania limit Turkey's attempts for a come back time after time.
Erbil Eroglu hit only 20% of his shots and Berkay Candan went one in 13 attempt as Osvaldas Olisevicius hit from distance to write a 54-37 margin at the end of the third quarter.
Tomas Lekunas was very active on the boards and combined positive plays in favor of Lithuania as the teams cruised to the finish line and 1995 born Turkish guard, Kenan Sipahi wrote his first minutes in the championship.
In the second day of the Qualifying Round Lithuania will face Montenegro as Turkey will take on the uprising Polish team.
"I can only thank the guys for the efforts they put in the game," added Dikcius.
"What we have done today is just one step.
"We still need to win the next two games, not only to make it to the quarter-finals but also to finish as high as possible in the standings of this group."