|Lithuania shooting guard Justas Tamulis led all scorers with 18 points to help the co-hosts set up a decider with Spain on the final group day|
By Jared Grellet
Lithuania clinched a hard-fought 77-68 victory over Serbia at the Samsung U18 European Championship on Tuesday to keep their perfect record intact.
In front of their biggest audience to date at Siemens Arena, Arunas Visockas' troops and their Serbian opponents provided a high standard of shooting, with both teams striking at above 45 percent from the floor.
Serbia stayed close for the entirety of the game but, importantly, Lithuania led for all of the final quarter.
In that frame Serbia were guilty of committing crucial turnovers, particularly in the final minute-and-a-half, as Lithuania were allowed to open their biggest lead of the game.
Justas Tamulis topped Lithuanian scoring with 18 on the back of four three-pointers; Marius Grigonis helped out with 12 and Denis Krestinin managed nine rebounds and nine points.
Serbia's Nikola Jankovic finished the night with 18 points.
When Lithuania meet Spain in their final Group E game on Wednesday, they will be doing battle for the top seeding looking ahead to the Quarter-Finals.
Serbia will seal qualification if they defeat Greece in the first encounter of the day.
Not in my house! Denis Krestinin denies Stefan Pot a lay-up, blocking it against the backboard in Lithuania's close win over Serbia.