DOMINANT!

24.08.2008

The Termosteps U16 European Championship Men has a king and an undisputed one after Lithuania crushed the Czech Republic 75-33 in a one-sided final game.

This is the first ever gold medal for Lithuania in the U16 tournament.

After a great performance throughout the entire tournament the Czechs finish second with a historical silver

Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania)
Jonas Valanciunas was named the tournament MVP after another big night for Lithuania wth 10 points and 15 rebounds
medal, although would probably try to forget about their last performance.

After the medals ceremony both sides were celebrating.

When Vytenis Cizauskas lifted the U16 European Championship cup his team-mates and coaching staff screamed out all their happiness.

The Czechs waited for the ceremony to finish to throw their coach Peter Balint in the air as usually only the winning team do.

For the Czechs to finish second is still a great and unbelievable achievement.

This is of course the most one-sided finals in the history of the U16 championship.

The biggest margin in the finals until today was 18 and set twice - Yugoaslavia's 99-81 win over Spain in 1985 and Greece's 76-58 win over Spain eight years later.

Vytenis Cizauskas was the top scorer of the finals with 22 points in addition to two assists and five steals.

Deividas Pukis followed with 13 points and Jonas Valanciunas posted another double-double this time with ten points and 15 rebounds with two shot blocks.

Jan Svejda topped the Czech Republic scoreheet with ten points but only two out of 11 attempts from the field. Milan Ryska added seven points and five rebounds.

"This morning our senior national team lost the bronze medal in the Olympics," said the champion coach Kazys Maksvytis.

"We didn't watch the game because it was too early, but when we woke up and heard the news we knew we have to win.

"We hope our win makes people back home happy, and improve their mood after the big sadness this morning," he wished.

From tip off there was only one team on the court.

Lithuania held a 29-2 lead after one quarter and for 30 more minutes there was no doubt who was going to be crowned at the end of the night.

"Once they started the game the way they did we had no chance to come back," said Balint.

"Lithuania proved from the first day of the competition they are at least one level better than all the other teams here," he added.

The Czechs scored their first bucket after three minutes and by then the score was already 9-2 against them.

The optimists recalled the night before Czech had the exact same slow start against Turkey and recovered to win the game, but Lithuania had something else in mind.

Following was a 20-0 run that put Lithuania up by 27, 29-2, after one quarter.

Scoring only a single bucket in the first quarter was a somewhat unpleasant experience for the gold medal contenders, and in order to make it look a little bit decent, they scored the first five points of the second quarter.

Yet this was still not going to put the Lithuanian lead in danger.


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