Lithuania Blast Ukraine
Five players scored in double figures as defending champions Lithuania routed Ukraine 84-51 to open Group D play at the U18 European Championship Men.
Tomas Lekunas collected a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds while Arturas Gudaitis had 14 points and Osvaldas Olisevicius, Simonas Kymantas and Tauras Jogela all scored 12 points for Lithuania.
Danylo Zuikov and Klym Artamonov both scored 15 points for Ukraine.
Ukraine trailed just 8-5 when Lithuania went on a 13-0 run for a 21-5 lead, which was 28-13 after one quarter.
The Lithuanians scored the first 12 points of the second period for a 40-13 advantage which Ukraine cut to 20 points before Lithuania led 47-22 at the break.
Ukraine had the margin at 25 points at 50-25 but Lithuania pushed the gap back to 34 points, 70-36 and were ahead 70-39 after three quarters.
The Ukrainians did not get closer than 28 points the rest of the way.