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Group:  C | 29.07.2011, 18:00h
Group:  C | 29.07.2011, 18:00h
61-55
19 - 1913 - 1513 - 816 - 13
19 - 1913 - 1513 - 816 - 13
Venue: Pardubice (CZE) |
Spectators: 100 |
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Saverio Lanzarini (ITA), Petr Hrusa (CZE)

GAME REPORT


Lithuania Put Shackles On France

by Dan Casey

7. Gediminas Zalalis (Lithuania)
Gediminas Zalalis contributed 7 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania as they beat France for a first win

Lithuania's defense turned the screw on France and helped Lithuania record their first win of the U16 European Championship Men in Pardubice.

Lithuania held the French team to just 29% shooting, and 18 points from Ernestas Serkevicius and 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks from Edvinas Seskus secured the victory.

Damien Inglis scored 18 points for France in defeat.

Both teams shot well in the first quarter, and Serkevicius hit a shot with 0:02 remaining to tie the game at 19-19 at the end of the period.

France pressured the Lithuanian offense in the second period, and Paul-Lou Duwiquet's three-pointer put his side ahead 34-32 going into the break.

But Lithuania turned the tables in the third quarter, holding the French team scoreless for 7:59 and using an 11-0 run to establish a strong advantage.

The French team fought hard, and Inglis made a basket and a foul shot to bring the score back to 45-42 at the end of the period, a three point lead for Lithuania.

Lithuania pulled clear in the final quarter, the lead never smaller than six points in the final 7:20. A series of Serkevicius baskets confirmed victory and Lithuania will play Ukraine tomorrow looking to advance to the Qualifiying Round.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

44.0%

22/50
FG
M/A

27.9%

17/61

50.0%

17/34
FG2P
M/A

31.4%

11/35

31.3%

5/16
FG3P
M/A

23.1%

6/26

60.0%

12/20
FT
M/A

68.2%

15/22

36

8/28
RT
RO/RD

44

19/25

9

AS

8

21

TO

20

8

ST

10

4

BS

2

28

PF

18

61

Pts

55

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