By Aris Barkas/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Manila – Greece looked like the better team in the first half, opening up an eight-point lead, but Lithuania stormed back after the break to remain perfect and advance to the Quarter-Finals after a 92-67 win.
They pulled the United States through, also, as those two are currently at 4-0, while Greece and Montenegro dropped to 2-2.
Rokas Jokubaitis finished with 19 points and 6 assists, while turning the ball over just once, and stealing it three times.
“Fans were crazy, we were sharing the ball, and playing defense and that was the result of the game. For three quarters we were fighting for every centimeter on the court, there were prepaid. Greece played a good game. The end result did not properly show the battle that took place“, Jokubaitis said after the game.
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Lithuania missed the Quarter-Finals in two straight FIBA EuroBasket events and the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, while failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, as well. The bleeding is stopped now, they are back to the elite eight phase, with a game in hand, too.
They get to enjoy their bout with the United States on Sunday.
Can Lithuania get a win against the USA?
“I don’t know, we will see on Sunday“, Jokubaitis added with a smile.
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