Lithuania Never In Danger Against Turkey

09 July 2010

Lithuania find themselves in a commanding position at the top of Group B of the U20 European Championship for Men in Crikvenica, Croatia, after chalking up successive wins as Eimantas Bendzius and Matas Sapiega lit it up from outside, firing nine triples and sharing 31 points to help put Turkey to the sword.

With center Tautvydas Slezas also showing his prowess inside with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, it was a long night for Turkey who went down 85-69.

They gave themselves a real mountain to climb after allowing Lithuania to dominate from the tip.

Having moved into an early 12-1 lead and with the Turkey offence still asleep, Lithuania piled on the agony and took out their lead to 46-31 at the end of the second quarter.

While Turkey did muster one big run which helped them claw their way back to 53-48, it was all in vain as Lithuania regained their composure and coasted to victory.

Ilkan Karaman finished with 10 points and 10 boards for the losing team.


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