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Group:  C | 30.07.2011, 18:00h
Group:  C | 30.07.2011, 18:00h
75-80
14 - 3123 - 1523 - 1715 - 17
14 - 3123 - 1523 - 1715 - 17
Venue: Hradec Kralove |
Spectators: 125 |
Referees: Ioannis Foufis (GRE), Antonis Demetriou (CYP), Alakbar Hasanov (AZE)

GAME REPORT


Ukraine Beat Lithuania, Move On

Igor Bezpaliuk (Ukraine)
Igor Bezpaliuk (Ukraine)

by Dan Casey

Lithuania, medal-winners in the last four U16 European Championship Men tournaments, will battle to avoid relegation this year as Ukraine won 80-75 to advance.

A fantastic first quarter gave Ukraine a 17-point advantage as Stanislav Kudrya's three-pointer made the score 31-14. Kudrya scored 13 points in the first quarter.

Lithuania replied strongly, and Edvinas Seskus hit a three-pointer with 2:15 remaining in the first half to cut the lead to 8 points. Ricardas Verbickas hit a three-pointer late in the half, and the half-time score was 46-37.

Lithuania then started the second half on an 11-4 run to bring the lead back to 2 points on a shot by Gediminas Zalalis. But Ukraine were able to stay ahead, Anton Dziuba contributing six points in the quarter as it ended 63-60.

A dramatic final quarter saw tough defense from both teams, and Ernestas Serkevicius tied the score at 70-70 with 2:09 remaining.

But Kudrya's jump shot put Ukraine 75-70 ahead with 38 seconds remaining, and when Verbickas missed and Ukraine grabbed the rebound, Ukraine were able to seal a great victory from the free-throw line.

Ukraine shot 58% in the game to 41% from Lithuania. Kudrya led Ukraine with 18 points, while Vladlen Berezhnyy didn't miss a field goal in registering 13 points. Vadym Prokopenko's three blocked shots helped the defense also.

Seskus recorded a double-double for Lithuania with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Ukraine will advance to the Qualifying Round, while Lithuania will reflect on their worst tournament finish since 2006.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

41.0%

32/78
FG
M/A

58.0%

29/50

47.3%

26/55
FG2P
M/A

65.6%

21/32

26.1%

6/23
FG3P
M/A

44.4%

8/18

71.4%

5/7
FT
M/A

56.0%

14/25

35

16/19
RT
RO/RD

34

6/28

17

AS

18

16

TO

26

12

ST

4

1

BS

3

23

PF

13

75

Pts

80

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