|Jonas Valanciunas didn't have to go full throttle in the blow out win but still finished with a double-double of 10 points and 17 rebounds|
In front of 4,500 fans Lithuania smashed Greece 84-51 in a one-sided quarter-final game to move just two games shy of the title of the OMNITEL U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania on Friday evening.
Lithuania will take on the winner between Poland and Serbia in the parallel quarter-finals in hope to remain perfect after tomorrow's game as well.
This it the 5th time in a row Lithuania's U18 qualify to the semi-finals yet the last time they won the title was only in 1994.
Greece survived for a single quarter before surrendering to the intensity and deep bench of the local squad.
Dovydas Redikas was the top scorer of Lithuania with 19 points and lead 5 players in double-digits followed by Deividas Pukis with 15, Zygimantas Skucas added 12, Edgaras Ulanovas finished with 11 while Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points, 17 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Linos Chrysikopoulos was once again the top performer of Greece with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks, but couldn't save his team from the big defeat.
After barely beating Latvia on the last day of the Qualifying Round, Lithuania needed an ego boost with a big win before the deciding games of the championship, and Greece was an easy target.
Chrysikopoulos started the game in great mode, and managed to silence the local fans a bit when his three pointer registered an 8-10 lead for his team after 5 minutes.
Pukis used an assist by Redikas to hit from the arc and hand his team the lead again, but the Greek prospect answered with a steal and a quick dunk to turn the score over again, 12-14.
Valanciunas and Pukis combined points to make sure their team won't lose the first quarter for the first time in the tournament, and take a 19-16 lead after 10 minutes, but the main blitz was just around the corner.
Ulanovas was the boss of the next run with 7 points in a row and when he added yet another lay up the margin jumped to 30-20 after 16 minutes.
Now it was time for Redikas to step up and with a three pointer and a great play around the rim he lifted the hosts to a 42-26 half time gap.
The 2nd half didn't deliver good news for the Greeks, while the local fans enjoyed the run of their team that reached a gap of 33 points at peak.