Group's Top Spot At Stake

12.09.2007

By Cindy Garcia-Bennett

Slovenia (4-0) and Lithuania (4-0) meet today in a battle of the remaining two unbeaten teams at the EuroBasket.

With top spot in Group F up for grabs, the Slovenians will be eager to maintain their impressive run but face their biggest challenge against Sarunas Jasikevicius and Lithuania, a team bringing back memories of 2003 when they won gold in Sweden.

Erazem Lorbek (Slovenia)
Erazem Lorbek needs to step
up his play for Slovenia
Slovenia met Lithuania at the Acropolis Tournament earlier this summer, where Rimantas Kaukenas and Robertas Javtokas did most of the damage in an 87-72 win for Ramunas Butautas's side.

Last result: Lithuania beat France 88-73 and Slovenia demolished Germany 77-47.

Key Match-up: Sarunas Jasikevicius v Goran Dragic and Jaka Lakovic. According to team-mate Ramunas Siskauskas, Jasikevicius is "almost half our team". Enough said.

Key Statistics: Lithuania have out-rebounded all their opponents so far in the tournament with their guards particularly impressive at hitting the boards.

X-factor: Erazem Lorbek. Sometimes he is a demon inside who can occasionally pop out to hit three-pointers, while at other times he is anonymous. A good Lorbek makes Slovenia far more dangerous.

Speaking out: "They're a great team. We already played them once. They're just so disciplined. They have a lot of big names but they're also just really good as a team" - Lithuania's Linas Kleiza.


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