Lithuania U19 lose first game to Canada

Lithuanian U19 national team started the U19 World Cup in Latvia with a loss. Gediminas Petrauskas’ team lost the first game of the tournament to Canada – 71:80 (16:17, 26:15, 13:19, 16:29). Even monster stat line by Ąžuolas Tubelis was not enough to secure the win.

Ąžuolas Tubelis scored 32 points (12/16 2pt, 2/2 3pt, 2/3ft), added 12 rebounds and got a total of 42eff, however, he did not receive much help for the teammates. Mantas Rubštavičius scored 15 points, while Augustas Marčiulionis added only 5 points (1/7 2pts, 0/1 3pt, 3/4ft), made 9 assists, but had 6 turnovers.

Halfway through the second half, the Canadians led by two points, but Lithuania went on a 18:6 run and after first half had a double-digit lead – 42:32. In the third quarter, the lead was increased to 14 points, but at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth, they did not score a single point for five minutes, lost the 0:13 run and Canada evened the score – 55:55.

Ryan Nembhard scored 6 points in a row and gave Canadians the lead – with less than two minutes left to play, Lithuania was down – 66:72. On Sunday, Lithuanians will play against Senegal. A total of 16 teams are participating in the championship – absolutely all of them will advance to the round of 16th and play there with the teams form other groups.

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