|Augustinas Jankaitis had 12 points and six rebounds for Lithuania|
Lithuania put in an admirably balanced collective effort and prevailed 73-65 over tournament hosts Greece on the opening day of the U20 European Championship, on Crete.
Turning Point: Lukas Lekavicius scored his only basket in the game, a triple from the right wing, almost as the half-time buzzer was sounding in the Heraklion arena. It brought Lithuania ahead 38-34 and when the Baltic side returned from the break they scored six points in quick succession to take their first double-digit lead in the game, 44-34. It proved a sufficient enough cushion to sustain Greek assaults the rest of the way, as the hosts never came within less than five points again.
Game Hero: Jokubas Gintvainis, who seemed at times the extension on the court of coach Tomas Masiulis, played excellent defence on Greece point guard Lefteris Bochoridis and hardly put a foot wrong on the offensive end, as he collected 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Stats Don't Lie: No less than 10 Lithuanian players wrote their name on the scoreboard and four of them scored in double digits. Lithuania made the most of their open looks and converted 45.6 of their shots from the floor, to Greece's 32%, who kept close in the score largely due to their 22 second-chance points.
The Bottom Line: Lithuania have passed with flying colours the test against the home team and that gives them a psychological edge over everyone else in Group A. Greece are no wiser now as to which solutions they can find on offence while they are hoping for their injured top scorer, Yannis Papapetrou, to enter action in the second week of the tournament.