Saturday, 21 July 2007

Lithuania holds back Canada

6'4" Zyg Janavicius stifled a late Canadian comeback with a big 3 and followed it with a driving layup with under 2 minutes to play as Lithuania outlasted Canada 86-75 to capture 9th place at the FIBA U19 world championships in Serbia. Janavicius, one of the stars of the recent Euro league junior final four and already on the radar of several NBA scouts, broke a late 7-0 Canada run that had brought the game back to 3 at 74-71 with over 3 minutes remaining. But the slick wing knocked in a long 3 and then finished a lay-in to give the Lithuanians space and they coasted to the victory from there. Sharpshooter Martynas Gecevicius led Lithuania with 22 points on 5-8 shooting from downtown, including consecutive bombs early in the second half to give Lithuania an 8 point cushion at 56-48. But Canada's Devoe Joseph continued his red-hot shooting and after a long 3 for his 29th point of the game, Canada came to within 3 after the 7-0 run. But Janavicius sealed things for Lithuania. The loss places Canada in 10th place in the tournament with a 4-4 record. Joseph led Canada with 29 pts./6 rebounds while 6'8" Scott Brittain added 12 pts./7 rbs. and Kai Williams also had 12, while Jonathan House added 9. Canada was outrebounded 43-25.

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