The hosting team cruised to another huge win in the OMNITEL U18 European Championship and the victim this time was France who lost 104-63 at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania on Monday evening.
|Deividas Pukis was overshadowed by the super performance of Valanciunas but had an impressive stats-line himself|
Lithuania remain perfect and hold a 3-0 record in the group, while France fell to 0-3 at the bottom of the group before tomorrow's games.
The star of the game was Lithuania's big man Jonas Valanciunas who dominated the game, especially in the 1st half when his team made the big run.
After less than 14 minutes the prospect had 24 points with just a single miss from the field, against a total of 28 of the French team as Lithuania held a 13 point lead.
The final numbers tell that Valanciunas had 34 points with just two missed shots in addition to 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Deividas Pukis scored 20, while the duo Edgaras Ulanovas and Dovydas Redikas hit 11 points each.
Lambert Diacono topped the list for France with 13 points and Hugo Invernizzi scored 12.
"We played hard and didn't stop the pressure at any points and I'm very happy with that." said Kazys Maskvytis of the Lithuanian bench.
"Valanciunas played almost perfect today. If he continues like this in the future we'll have a very good future here."
Lithuania will try to keep their sheet clean of losses against Spain tomorrow while France will take on another big winner of today - Slovenia.
It took France almost 3 minutes to score their first points, and by then the hosts held an 8-0 lead.
Rudy Gobert hit the first points for France, but saw Ulanovas extend the gap to 13-2 already after 4:39 minutes.
Valanciunas started his fiesta but France was back in the game quickly as Diacono dished an assists for a Gobert dunk and only a 26-22 lead for Lithuania after 10 minutes.
Redikas scored a jumper before Valanciunas entered his zone and was unstoppable.
He scored the next 10 points of his team to create the 13 point lead, before taking a rest on the bench.
He came back after a couple minutes and added 4 more points, and carry his team to a 55-38 margin at the half time stop.
After scoring 28 points already in the first half the giant took a rest in the 2nd half, but Lithuania didn't slow down.
The gap continued to grow, and France had no answers to the aggressive defense the locals kept up for 40 minutes.