Lithuania And Greece Battle For Bronze

16.09.2007

By David Hein

Not only is the bronze medal up for grabs in the 2007 EuroBasket third place game between 2003 champions Lithuania and 2005 title-holders Greece but the winners also will clinch a spot in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

So, there is plenty of motivation for both teams to bounce back from tough losses in the semi-finals.

Last Time Out: Lithuania lost in the semis to Russia 86-74 while Greece fell to Spain 82-77.

Key Match-Up: Dimitrios Diamantidis vs Sarunas Jasikevicius. Russia did a great job frustrating Lithuania's main man Jasikevicius, who had just five points and three assists with five turnovers in the semi-final loss. Expect Diamantidis to shadow Jasikevicius's every move.

X-Factor: Lithuania big men Ksistof and Darjus Lavrinovic. The twin brothers have combined for just seven points in their last two games but Lithuania need to have at least one in-form Lavrinovic brother to break down the Greece defense.

Stats: Greece held Slovenia to 27% (6-of-22) from three-point range in the quarter-finals but Spain lit up the still-reigning champions for 50% (11-of-22) on Saturday.

Sounding Off: Greece forward Kostas Tsartsaris: "We still have one more game and we want to win a medal."

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