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16.09.2015, 21:00h
16.09.2015, 21:00h
85-95
20 - 2116 - 1623 - 2320 - 196 - 16
20 - 2116 - 1623 - 2320 - 196 - 16
Venue: Lille (FRA) |
Spectators: 13173 |
Referees: Emilio Perez (ESP), Sreten Radovic (CRO), Milos Koljensic (MNE)

GAME REPORT


Lithuania Outlast Italy In Quarter-Final Thriller

Silver medal holders Lithuania will return to the EuroBasket semi-finals after prevailing 95-85 over Italy in overtime on Wednesday, in the most intense and dramatic of all four quarter-final clashes in Lille.

 

Turning Point: With 3:56 remaining to the end of the extra session, Danilo Gallinari tipped the ball in following an Andrea Bargnani miss to tie the scores for the ninth time on the night, 81-all. Both teams wasted two possessions each but with 2:47 left to play, Paulius Jankunas drew a foul from Gallinari and made both his free-throws to put Lithuania ahead. The Lithuanian defence denied Gallinari the lane, he settled for a contested long two and missed, and on the other end Mantas Kalnietis drilled a three from the top of the key to give Lithuania a five-point cushion, 86-81, with 1:49 on the clock.

 

Stats Don't Lie: Lithuania made certain concessions on defence, especially with the pick'n'pop, but had a clear idea where to draw the line and although the game went into overtime they still kept the second-best offence at EuroBasket to 85 points, which is one below Italy's average. Lithuania were so economical with their three-point attempts that they only shot from long-range whenever they got a clean look - their 28 assists helped towards that direction - and were rewarded with a fantastic 11-of-18 from beyond the arc.

 

Game Hero: Jonas Valanciunas lost some battles under the rim and did not always make the right decisions on the defensive end but was tremendously efficient and pulled off the big plays when it mattered. The Lithuanian big man stayed on the floor for almost 39 minutes, more than in any other game in the tournament and collected a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds.

 

Bottom Line: Lithuania have survived the toughest battle of the quarter-final stage at EuroBasket and will face Serbia in what is their fourth semi-final appearance in the modern era. Italy will play against the Czech Republic in the classification for the Olympic qualifying tournament, where Lithuania have now secured a berth even in the event they do not advance further.

 

They Said: "Italy always scores more than 80 points and before the game we discussed that we will have to score more if we're going to win this. It was the first time that we started planning from offence rather than defence" - Lithuania head coach Jonas Kazlauskas.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

44.0%

33/75
FG
M/A

56.3%

36/64

53.2%

25/47
FG2P
M/A

54.3%

25/46

28.6%

8/28
FG3P
M/A

61.1%

11/18

73.3%

11/15
FT
M/A

85.7%

12/14

32

9/23
RT
RO/RD

37

5/32

16

AS

28

7

TO

12

7

ST

1

1

BS

1

19

PF

21

85

Pts

95

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