Lithuania outscored Latvia 30-13 in the pivotal second quarter to win 85-67 in their opening game of the UMCOR U18 European Championship Men in Argostoli, Greece.
Lithuania had balanced scoring with five players in double figures: Martynas Gecevicius (16), Rokas Uzas (13), Marius Valukonis (12), Panas Skurdauskas (12) and Zygimantas Janavicius (10).
“It was important for us to have a game like this,” said Lithuanian coach Silarais Raitis.
Lithuania’s front-court dominated the game.
The Baltic giants shot 58 percent on two-point field goals and outrebounded Latvia 58-37.
Italy 62, Germany 58
Pietro Aradori scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lift Italy to a 62-58 win in Olympia.
|Giovanni Tomassini drives to the basket for Italy.|
The 1.92-cm guard was 7-of-13 from the field, a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line and delivered in the waning moments of the fourth quarter to lift Italy to victory.
With Italy leading by three, Aradori sank a pair of free-throws with just under two minutes remaining to give his team a five-point lead.
On the ensuing possession, Germany turned the ball over and Aradori delivered the final blow by connecting on a jump-out to give his squad a seven-point lead, 59-52, with 1:02 to go in the game.
Serbia-Montenegro 83, Greece 58
Serbia & Montenegro, the defending U18 European Championship Men champions, picked up right where they off from a year ago by soundly defeating host nation Greece 83-58.
The Serbs won thanks to shooting 65 percent from 2-point range and putting four players in doube-digit scoring.
Israel 82, Bulgaria 81
Gal Mekel registered team-highs with 26 points and eight rebounds to lift Israel to an 82-81 win over Bulgaria in overtime.
|Nicolas Batum and France rolled to victory over Croatia.|
The Israelis outscored Bulgaria 12-11 in the extra session to secure the win.
Ivan Lilov scored a game-high 30 points in a losing cause for Bulgaria.
The 196-cm guard was 7-of-14 from three-point range.
Russia 83, Slovenia 53
Russia outscored Slovenia 32-8 in the fourth quarter en route to the convincing win.
Spain 98, Iceland 55
Six players scored in double figures as Spain took down Iceland in Olympia.
France 90, Croatia 56
Adrien Moerman led France to a 90-56 win over Croatia.
The French led throughout and then put the game out of reach by outscoring Croatia 21-5 in the fourth quarter.