Lithuania didn’t let their double-digit lead slip away completely as they had done a night before against Serbia and instead held on to beat Turkey 65-55 and claim the bronze medal in Rethimnon tonight.
The game was close in the first half but Lithuania used a 14-1 run spanning the end of the third quarter and the start of the final period to go up by 15, 56-41 before holding off a late rally by Turkey to win their first medal in this competition.
Serbia will look to dethrone defending champions Spain in the final after using a strong fourth quarter to overcome Lithuania 74-64 in the second semi-final in Rethimnon tonight.
Dragan Vaskcanin’s men outscored Lithuania 32-12 over the game’s last 16 minutes to ensure a better result than their third place finish in the competition last year.
Lithuania crushed Croatia 92-58 to secure their place in the competition’s semi-finals tonight in Rethimnon.
Gilvydas Birutas had 21 points as Marius Linartas’ side led from start to finish and will now face Serbia in Saturday’s semi-final.
Lithuania took a double-digit lead early on and held off Greece’s rallies to hand the hosts their first loss of the tournament, 72-59, and inch closer to a place in the semi-finals.
Behind the solid play of Saulius Kulvietis, Marius Linartas’ men turned a 9-7 deficit into a 19-9 lead and it proved to be the turning point as they did not trail again the rest of the way.
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