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20.07.2014, 17:00h
20.07.2014, 17:00h
77-73
28 - 1818 - 1415 - 2416 - 17
28 - 1818 - 1415 - 2416 - 17
Venue: Heraklion (GRE) |
Spectators: 500 |
Referees: Emin Mogulkoc (TUR), Marius Ciulin (ROU), Fedja Serhatlic (SWE)

GAME REPORT


Lithuania Hold Off Greece To Finish 5th

11. Augustinas Jankaitis (Lithuania)
Augustinas Jankaitis stood out for Lithuania with 15 points

Lithuania led from start to finish but had to survive a late comeback attempt by Greece to celebrate a 77-73 victory in their Sunday encounter and claim a fifth-place finish at the U20 European Championship.

Turning Point: Lithuania jumped in the driver's seat immediately after tip-off and Lukas Lekavicius drilled a three-pointer right at the first buzzer to give them a 28-18 cushion. He also scored the first three points in the second quarter and then went silent for the remainder of the clash, but his successive triples had already sparked the Lithuanian burst that would see them lead 36-19, the biggest gap in the game, with 6:51 remaining to half-time. Greece began to chip away at the gap late in the third and Michail Kamperidis took the baseline and scored with a lay-up to bring them within two, 71-69, with 4:32 left on the clock. Both sides wasted successive chances to score next, either through bad shots or turnovers, until Donatas Tarolis was fouled with 2:51 remaining. He sunk both free-throws, Greece misfired on the other end and Marius Grigonis powered his way to a lay-up to put Lithuania ahead 75-69, with only 1:43 left to play.

Game Hero: Lithuanian center Augustinas Jankaitis collected a personal tournament-high 15 points on an almost perfect 7-for-8 from the floor and added three rebounds and two assists.

Stats Don't Lie: Lithuania started off by drilling six of their first 11 three-pointers and while their conversion rate dropped to two-for-six in the second half, they still finished with a superb 8-for-17 from downtown, while Greece were 4-for-18. Lithuania scored 10 of their first 36 points off Greek turnovers.

The Bottom Line: Lithuania have scaled two spots in the final standings from last year, when they had taken seventh in the tournament in Estonia. Meanwhile this year's U20 European Championship hosts, Greece, have dropped one position, since they had claimed fifth spot in the 2013 edition of the competition.

 

Accumulated statistics

55.6%

30/54
FG
M/A

45.8%

27/59

59.5%

22/37
FG2P
M/A

56.1%

23/41

47.1%

8/17
FG3P
M/A

22.2%

4/18

69.2%

9/13
FT
M/A

71.4%

15/21

31

9/22
RT
RO/RD

32

14/18

16

AS

12

19

TO

13

5

ST

10

4

BS

3

24

PF

15

77

Pts

73

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