France Grab First Win, Lithuania Stay Bottom

11.07.2007

Six players scored in double figures as France collected their first victory in Group E of the U20 European Championship Men, 76-71 against Lithuania in Gorizia.

Marc Judith scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Nando De Colo had 11 poitns and seven steals for the French, who improved to 1-3 in the group.

Aaron Cel added 12 points while Aurelien Salmon, Cheikh Ibrahima Koma and Aldo Curti all chipped in 10 points for France, who play against Turkey on Wednesday.

Povilas Butkevicius led Lithuania with 13 points and 13 rebounds, his third double-double in five games this tournament.

While Lithuania, who are 0-4 in the group, cannot qualify for Saturday's semi-finals, they can have an impact on which team goes there as they take on reigning champions Serbia on Wednesday.

France led 21-15 after the first quarter and 38-34 at the break. They used a 14-4 run to open a 10-point lead on their way to a 55-49 advantage going into the fourth.

Butkevicius's inside basket trimmed the deficit to 73-69 with 23 seconds left but Judith made three of four free throws in the final 18 seconds to hold off the Lithuanians.

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