Lithuania Back On Track

23 July 2012

U16 MEN

By Jared Grellet

Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania)
Domantas Sabonis led the charge for Lithuania in the third quarter and finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds

A day after the Lithuania U20 team defeated France in the final of the U20 European Championship Men, it was the Lithuanian U16 Men's team turn to take on Les Blues, winning 56-51.

Coming into the game sporting the best defensive record in the tournament after only giving up 45.7 points a night throughout the first round, France's average looked set to increase significantly against Lithuania as Domantas Sabonis picked up six boards to go with six points in the third frame to have Lithuania leading 44-33 with a quarter to play.

A telling stat at the end of 30 minutes was the 13 second-chance points the French gave up, whilst the Lithuanians allowed none.

But France tightened their defense in the final frame, coming back to be within two points with under two minutes to play, ensuring a tense finish.

However, Raimundas Zuklevicius relieved much of the pressure on the hosts, sinking a three with 90 seconds to play to put Lithuania back out by five, a deficit that France could not breach again.

Sabonis ended the night with a 13 point, 11 rebound double-double off the bench. Tautvydas Paliukenas topped Lithuanian scoring with 14 points to go with nine rebounds.

Michel Felix finished as the game's leading scorer with 21 points.

Lithuania have Poland waiting for them on Tuesday and France will try to reboundfrom the loss against Serbia.


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