The Lithuanian national team started a series of matches without the strongest team. Jonas Valančiūnas and Domantas Sabonis, who have played individually so far, Ignas Brazdeikis, who recently joined the team, and Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who is recovering from minor injuries, missed the game against Estonia.
D. Sabonis and J. Valančiūnas watched the match after arriving in the ring and sitting next to their teammates, and both NBA players begin training with the national team on Saturday. Lithuania will play Estonia again on Sunday in Alytus. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
At the time, there was not much interest in the meeting that took place on Thursday evening at Švyturios Arena. The Lithuanians, who overcame their opponents in all areas, led with confidence 21:12 after the first half, and in the second half they hit three consecutive points and increased their advantage. More – 41:26.
Despite Kazys Maksvytis experimenting relentlessly, the same trend persisted in the third quarter (69:45) and the outcome of the management match was predetermined.
Martynas Echodas scored 15 points (6/10 double, 6 rebounds) as the top scorer in Lithuania. Rokas Giedraitis added 13 points.
Lithuanians took 51 percent of the package from the game. Accuracy made 9/23 the three points, 7 of which he hit in the first half of the match.
“Recently we ended the cycle of erroneous fitness training. There are still some challenges, but in general we have played a good game. Today we “We did not try to emphasize the weaknesses of our opponents, we just looked at how we played ourselves,” M. Echod claimed shortly after the victory.
Lithuania: Martynas Echodas 15, Rokas Giedraitis 13, Tomas Dimša 10, Marius Grigonis 9, Kristupas Žemaitis, Donatas Tarolis (6 goals again) and Laurynas Birutis 7 goals, Arnas Butkevičius 6, Eigirdas Žukaskas (6 goals, 5, Lucius, 5 points, 4 help).
Estonia: Kristianas Kullamae 15, Matthias Tass 14, Siimas-Sanderis Vene 9 points.
We remind you that the European Championships start on September 1 and that the Lithuanian national team will play in a group in Cologne against Slovenia, Germany, France, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Estonia is preparing for the European Championships, which start in Milan in a group with Italy, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Greece and Ukraine.
Remaining Schedule of National Team Trials
Ahead of the European Championships, which begin on September 1, the Lithuanian men’s basketball team will have six more matches:
- August 7 (Alytus) with Estonia;
- August 10 (Kaunas) with Finland;
- August 11 (in Vilnius) with Finland;
- August 16 (far) with Spain;
- August 18 (in Vilnius) with Spain;
- August 19 (in Vilnius) with the Netherlands.
In the last week of August, Lithuania will still have the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers against Hungary (August 24 away) and Montenegro (August 27 in Kaunas).
16 candidates for the national team (club players):
|Arnas Butkevičius||Kaunas “Zalgiris”|
|Domantas Sabonis||Sacramento Kings|
|Eigirdas Žukauskas||Vilnius Wolves|
|Donata Tarollis||Budučnost of Podgorica|
|Gytis Masiulis||Vilnius “Morning”|
|Ignas Brazdeikis||Kaunas “Zalgiris”|
|Jonas Valančiūnas||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Kristupas Žemaitis||Vilnius Wolves|
|Laurynas Birutis||Kaunas “Zalgiris”|
|Luke Lekavicius||Kaunas “Zalgiris”|
|Marius Grigonis||Panathinaikos Athens|
|Martyn Echodas||Vilnius “Morning”|
|Mindaugas Kuzminskas||Without club|
|Rock Giedraitis||Baskonia of Vitoria|
|Rokas Jokubaitis||FC Barcelona|
|Thomas Dimsa||Last season – Treviso NutriBullet|
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