Lithuania Beat Germany To Go Top

10 July 2013

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14. Laimonas Chatkevicius (Lithuania)
Laimonas Chatkevicius and Lithuania secured their second win in a row

Lithuania overcame on Wednesday another slow start at the Sportland U20 European Championship to prevail 74-62 over Germany in a battle between the two teams that were victorious on the opening day of Group A action.

Just like against Serbia on Tuesday, the Lithuanians struggled initially to find their pace on the offensive end and scored only 11 points in the first quarter.

This time however they came up with the solutions fast rather than waiting for the second half and outscored the Germans 23-9 in the pivotal second frame.

The half-time interval found Lithuania leading 34-23 and while they never abolished the lead until the end, Germany came as close as six-points, 52-46, on a Max Merz three-pointer with 8:18 left to play in the game.

Simonas Lekys replied however with a triple of his own which sparked a 12-0 Lithuania run that effectively sealed the outcome, as the Baltic side went up 64-46 with 4:34 on the clock.

Germany in truth could hardly hope to turn the tables around when they were so wasteful from the foul line, where they made only 9 of their 24 free throws.

Lithuania forward Vaidas Kariniauskas finished with a team-high 16 points and center Mindaugas Kacinas had 11 points and six rebounds, while Germany's Bogdan Radosavljevic collected 19 points and five boards in a losing effort.

 


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