By Jared Grellet
|Domantas Sabonis patrolled the paint for the incredible number of 27 rebounds in Lithuania's loss to Poland|
Lithuania's Domantas Sabonis was on the verge of breaking a new record on Tuesday night against Poland at the Dadu U16 European Championship Men, picking up 27 rebounds to tie with England's Daniel Clark for the most rebounds in a game at a men's Youth European Championship.
Averaging 12.3 boards a game prior to Tuesday, Sabonis is no stranger to life under the hoops, but unfortunately tying the record was no cause for celebration for the 2.05m centre with his team losing 77-69, placing them on verge of elimination.
Picking up eight rebounds in the opening quarter, Sabonis was making his impact felt early. With a further eight in the second quarter, another record was just missed out on with his haul of 16 in the opening half enough to place Sabonis second on the list for individual rebounds in a first half.
The rebounds kept coming for the big man in the third quarter, and with a frame to play the record was well within reach.
Tying with Clark with two-and-a-half minutes still to play, it looked inevitable that the record would be broken, but the illusive 28th was not forthcoming.
Son of Lithuanian basketball legend and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Arvydas Sabonis, Domantas comes from a strong basketball pedigree. His older brother, Tautvydas, was part of the Lithuanian U20 men's team that won the U20 European Championship on Sunday.