Lithuania Top Serbia For Fifth

28 July 2013

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4. Zydrunas Jurgutis (Lithuania)
Zydrunas Jurgutis and Lithuania were able to leave Latvia with pride intact, finishing their stay in fifth position

Turning Point: Lithuania delivered runs to begin and end the third quarter to build a lead they would never surrender.
Game Hero: Domantas Sabonis came up with some big defensive possessions as Serbia made a late comeback and converted a hook shot in the final minute to seal the win.
Stats Don't Lie: A 50% shooting quarter from Lithuania proved to be the difference in a game where neither side managed to make more than 35% of their shots from the field.

Lithuania concluded their U18 European Championship campaign with a 63-56 win over Serbia to secure fifth position.

The huge frame of center Vasilije Vucetic provided Serbia six points around the rim in a low-scoring first term in which Lithuania made just one of their 12 field goal attempts.

Rytis Pipiras made two jump shots to tie the game early in the second quarter, however 10 points from Milenko Veljkovic over the term's final three-and-a-half minutes gave Serbia a three-point lead.

Lithuania's bench delivered 10 points as the team scored nine unanswered to begin the third quarter before closing the term on an 8-2 run.

Down by nine heading into the final quarter, Serbia struggled to make any progress until the final few minutes of the game. Ricardas Verbickas missed two free throws, allowing Stefan Ljubenkovic to charge down the other end and cut the lead to three with a minute-and-a-half remaining, but Lithuania put the ball in Sabonis' hands in the post and the big man delivered a hook shot to save the win.

Lithuania were led by 12 points and 11 rebounds from Sabonis and 12 points from Paulius Valinskas.

Veljkovic scored 20 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked three shots for Serbia.

 


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