MANILA, Philippines–Jonas Valanciunas hailed the efficiency put up by Lithuania in scoring a large win over the US on the conclusion of the Fiba World Cup’s second spherical motion on Sunday at Mall of Asia Enviornment.
The Lithuanians prevailed 110-104, a lot to the astonishment of a predominantly pro-Staff USA crowd to brush the primary two rounds and giving the People an enormous concern going into the quarterfinals.
It was Lithuania’s first win over Staff USA for the reason that 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
“We needed to offer a very good basketball celebration right now,” Valanciunas mentioned on the combined zone space. “It’s historical past too, not many groups have gained towards the US. So we performed onerous, we battled and bought the W.”
A portion of Lithuanian followers, cheering all all through the match, celebrated the huge win that put a dent in Staff USA’s aspirations of regaining the title in Fiba’s largest showcase.
The victory arrange Lithuania in a quarterfinal date with European rival Serbia on Tuesday on the identical Pasay Metropolis venue, and Valanciunas cautioned that his group might want to make a fast turnaround and concentrate on what’s forward.
“Each win means lots,” mentioned the New Orleans Pelicans heart. “However we are able to’t calm down, we are able to’t have a look at the opposite video games in a different way.
“Proper now, there’s actually essential video games developing and we bought to offer the whole lot and that’s an important,” added Valanciunas.
Lithuania leaned totally on its terrific capturing begin from past the arc, hitting its first 9 photographs whereas Valanciunas and the remainder of the bigs imposed its presence within the paint towards the likes of Jaren Jackson Jr. and Paolo Banchero.
Seven gamers scored in double figures led by Vaidas Kariniauskas’ 15 as Lithuania additionally confirmed its class by hitting 15 threes whereas dominating the People on the glass, 43-27.
United States spent a lot of the recreation attempting to mount a comeback led by Anthony Edwards, however Lithuania refused to buckle and made performs regardless of a lead as excessive as 21 was minimize to 4 a few occasions within the second half.
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