Matt Lojeski beat the final buzzer with a tip-in to secure a shock 76-74 EuroBasket 2015 Group D victory for Belgium against Lithuania in Riga, Latvia on Monday.
Turning Point: Jonas Maciulis looked to have put the game beyond Belgium when he converted two free throws to establish a 74-68 advantage with 2:05 remaining. But the Belgians levelled things up within 24 seconds as Axel Hervelle followed Jonathan Tabu's three-pointer with another triple after the Jonas Valanciunas turnover, setting the stage for a big finish.
Lithuania had possession with the scores tied and 28 seconds to play but Sam Van Rossom broke, off the Mantas Kalnietis miss early in the offence, and Gillet was there to finish when his team-mate did not connect.
Stats Don't Lie: Belgium converted five of their 10 three-point attempts in the final period, 11-of-26 overall, to stick with their opponents despite Jonas Valanciunas' dominance in the post (25 points, 12 rebounds) and Lithuania's 19-of-22 free-throw shooting.
Game Hero: It is difficult to single out any of Belgium's stars after such an incredible team effort. But without Lojeski's scoring explosion in the third period, with 5-of-5 field goals and his buzzer-beating tip-in, the upset would not have been possible.
The Bottom Line: The questions that surrounded Lithuania after their unconvincing opening win against Ukraine will become much louder after they allowed a game they were controlling to get away from them. But great credit must go to Belgium, who after a long wait to determine whether the decisive basket was good, celebrated a huge victory that gives them great momentum moving forward.
They Said: "Kalnietis cannot shoot before five seconds. All the balls we sent to the middle, we finished. It is stupid" - Lithuania coach Jonas Kazlauskas on his team's final offence.
"There is only one team that can create what they created today. That's the team that can make it happen one time out of one hundred. That's what they are all about. The more you push them, the more you get them on the floor...they just keep getting up, they don't stay on their butt" - Belgium coach Eddy Casteels.