Lithuania Beat Up Canada at 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships
Lithuanian starting point guard Vytenis Cizauskas 6'2" PG, Nevezis Ledoniaim LKL) scored 9 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter as Lithuania routed Canada 111-68 on the final of day of Group C play at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships.
Lithuania started the game on a 7-0 run and never looked back. The hot start was largely due to Jonas Valanciunas 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in less than 15 minutes of playing time.
The newest Toronto Raptor dominated early when it matter and sent Canadian 7’5” Centre Sim Bhullar to the bench with foul trouble.
Bhullar, who was looking forward to having a statement game against Valanciunas only mustered up 8 points and 3 rebounds in his second straight subpar game.
Canada executed poorly throughout the game and shot a miserable 36% from the field and only 25% from beyond the arc.
Lithuania shot 56% for the game and only saw their field goal % dip below the 60% mark in the dying minutes.
Dyshawn Pierre was the top scorer for Canada finishing with 10 points, 9 rebounds. This marks another solid effort for Pierre. He was one rebound shy of his third straight double-double.
Carleton Ravens PG and 2011 CIS Basketball Rookie of the Year Phillip Scrubb also contributed 8 points in the losing effort.
Canada’s Junior National Team has now dropped its second straight game at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships and will need to improve quickly if it has any hopes of getting passed the next stage.
Ball distribution seems to be at the root of Canada's problem. The team is averaging less than 11 assists per game and will need to get better production of their back court.
Canada (1-2) finishes Group C in third-place behind Croatia (2-1) and Lithuania (2-1) will now move on to face the USA, Egypt and Serbia in a newly formed Group F, which will also include Group D Teams as well Lithuania and Croatia.
Group E will feature the top 6 teams in groups A and B including Russia, Latvia, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and Poland.
The top four teams in both groups E and F will advance to the quarter-finals.
Canada will open up the second round of games against #1 seed USA on Monday July 4th, followed by Egypt (July 5th) and Serbia (July 6th).
The 111 points allowed rank as the third most points allowed by any team in the 2011 World Championships. Additionally 11-of-12 Lithuanian players scored at least three or more points.