“We went through a difficult road, we knew there would be assassins. But we did not think there was such a way. It will finally be the first night I can sleep. We seem to have done everything well, a little luck.
Failure hurts us, but we are still our team together, we are waiting for our chance and today is a good match in the championship. I want to remind you again that the fans are incredibly one of the best in Europe. “I hope the team will follow them and be like the fans,” said 45-year-old national team coach K. Maksvytis.
The Lithuanians created a double-digit benefit even before the big break. Controlling both under the basket and on the field, the Lithuanians took a 14-point lead at 56:42 after two quarters.
The Bosnians had no drugs under their pockets, either against Jonas Valančiūnas or against Domantas Sabonis.
“Plan B is that we want to put D. Sabonis against Jusuf Nurkic. Playing when we put him twice under the basket, he does not miss his shot. NBA players are not very helpful there and there is space. “A lot of the plans have worked. I wanted to do it before, but I think it helped us in the end,” said K. Maksvytis.
Despite the Bosnians still trying to prepare for the eruption in the middle of the third quarter, the Lithuanians maintained their advantage and celebrated their second victory in the tournament.
The qualifiers will continue in Berlin. Lithuania will play Spain on Saturday.
– Looking at the protocol, it seems that the second five play weaker. Do you agree that the quality of this match has decreased? – K. Maksvytis was asked.
– It was the same as before the Hungarians. But Ignas Brazdeikis has given power from the chair this time. I can not underestimate it. Maybe a little nervous, but the same Martyn Echodas, it seems he did not do some statistics, but he gave a tough attack from the front line in defense. It so happened that they rested on the leader.
– Did I.Brazdeikis play the best match in the championship?
– It is difficult for him to use it. He still wanted to rush inside, where D. Sabonis and J. Valančiūnas were already empty. When there is only one of them on the court, he can dive there more freely. He was adapting, I talked to him, I told him it would not be easy both here and during the Euroleague season. But with such character and desire, I think things will be fine.
How many times did you watch Group A during the championship? And who is better – Spain or Turkey?
– We did not pick an opponent, even on Tuesday morning we relied on a match. I think we have come a long way. I think all four teams in Group B will beat Group A in the next round. I think we are stubborn, we do not pick opponents, we go to Spain.
– Is it favorable that you have already played with them during the preparation?
– There are both pluses and minuses. We knew them, we won, we did it easily. Some breaks are possible. And they know us, then it will be the third game.
– J. Valančiūnas Scored 5 times How do you evaluate his vision?
Both high players passed well. They must be familiar with each other. I think JV and Sabu both fit on the pitch this time to find balance: when we play Select and rollWhen we attack under the basket. They both do well not only scoring or hitting back, but also scoring.
– Arnas Butkevičius was praised for his defense, but this time he also hit back and created an impressive form. How do you like his performance?
– Well, the placement is interesting, like the three pointers. Such moments make you open. Step by step, Arnas started and played a very good game. He is a reliable basketball player, especially when it comes to defense. Court. At the time, we wanted to see him on the pitch.
– He is the best defender of the national team?
– One of them.
– What is the technical error?
– Traditional match status. The referee asked for a seat, I asked him to look at the pitch more and I would fix the seat. I was punished for my words.
– Did the national team’s match differ from the prediction before the championship?
– I think we have already seen what we want. We were stuck for a while against the aggressive defense. There are still gaps in the decision, but the picture we predicted is not bad.