It takes an overtime for Spain to prevail over the never tame Lithuania in today’s last round of 16 of EuroBasket 2022. Sergio Scariolo’s national team beats the Balkan team 102-94 (83-83 at the end of regular time) after 45 minutes of authentic battle, also recovering from -11. Now the reigning World Champions await the winner between Croatia and Finland in the quarter-finals (13-14 September) (scheduled for tomorrow at 14:45).
Top scorer for the Iberians is Lorenzo Brown with 28 points, along with Willy Hernangomez’s 21. At the Lithuania Mindaugas Kuzminskas ’18 points (formerly Olimpia Milano) and Ignas Brazdeikis’ 17 were not enough.
Burning start of the Spaniards with four points from Willy Hernangomez (4-0), to which Lithuania promptly replied with Grigonis (4-4). Lorenzo Brown’s triple brings the Giallorossi back to +3 (9-6), but the Baltics operate the counter-overtake with Domantas Sabonis in the middle of the quarter (9-11). Rodolfo Fernandez draws immediately (11-11), but Lithuania returns to the front with Lekavicius (14-15). The World Champions are not there and immediately put the arrow back with two free Garuba (16-15), finding the +4 thanks to the bomb by Alberto Diaz (19-15) to which Lekavicius promptly replies with the same coin at the end of the fourth: after 10 ‘Lithuania leads the match with a score of 19-20.
Deadly break of Red Furies in the opening of the second quarter thanks to the trio Brizuela-Diaz-Juancho Hernangomez that is worth the counter-overtaking (29-20). Jokubaitis and Grigonis try to shake up their mates, bringing the Baltics back to -2 (31-29). Domantas Sabonis then rises to the chair: the center under the Sacramento Kings finds four consecutive points that give Lithuania the new advantage (31-33), with Kuzminskas shooting the +4 bomb from the bow (32-36) less three minutes from the second siren. Brown shortens the gap (34-36), but Sabonis promptly repulses the attack (34-38). Butkevicisius hits the target for +6 (36-42), with Willy Hernangomez catching his brother Juancho in a dunk (38-43). Kuzminkas on one side and Juancho Hernangomez’s free throws on the other then set the score at 40-45 with which you go to the long interval.
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In the second half Lithuania tries to manage the margin accumulated in the previous stages, with Spain following (42-47). The Baltics try to push on the accelerator, updating the maximum advantage to +11 with the triple of the former Olimpia Milano Kuzminskas (47-58). Juancho Hernangomez is perfect from the line: 2/2 and -8 Spain (50-58). Lorenzo Brown enters the area and scores: the Red Furies they gnaw two more points (52-58), but Lithuania promptly responded with the Kuzminskas bomb (52-61). Diaz and Garuba bring the national team of CT Scariolo back to -5 (56-61), but five consecutive points by Lekavicius allow the Baltic team to return +8 (56-64) to -1’43 “from the third siren. The Iberians, however, are anything but tame and remain in contact thanks to the bomb of Rodolfo Fernandez (63-66). Two free throws by Domantas Sabonis are worth 60-68 with which you go to the last short break of the match.
Valanciunas from two opens the scoring in the last quarter (63-70), but Garuba picks up Rodolfo Fernandez who arms his arm from long distance: Spain remains at -4 (66-70). Brazdiekis and Sabonis bring Lithuania back to +8 (66-74), with the Baltics keeping the Iberians at a safe distance. Lorenzo Brown becomes the protagonist of this situation: two free throws, one assist and two points that are worth -1 Spain (74-75) when there are just under four minutes to play. With the two teams already in the bonus, it is only scored from the line: the match is in absolute equality at 78-78. Lopez-Arostegui brings the Iberians back in front (80-78), but Brazdeikis from three puts the arrow back for Lithuania (80-81). Heartbreaking final: Garuba puts in the ball of +1 Spain (82-81), with Willy Hernangomez making 1/2 in the line (83-81). Lithuania is not there: Brazdeikis’ winning tap-in at the edge of the siren, we go to overtime (83-83).
Lorenzo Brown is the real protagonist of the extra time: break of 5-0 and +5 Spain (88-83). Kuzminskas continues to have a very hot hand from the bow (88-86). But it is still the Native American who sets up on his own, splitting the game in two: the Spaniards attempt the decisive draw (95-88). The Baltics are never dominated and continue to fight for every ball: Bradeikis shoots from distance for -1 (95-94). The free players of Brown first and of Lopez-Arostegui then sign the 102-94 with which Sergio Scariolo’s national team prevails over Lithuania, thus detaching the pass for the quarter-finals of EuroBasket 2022!CopyAMP code.
THE MATCH TABLE
SPAIN-LITHUANIA 102-94 dTs (19-20, 21-25, 23-23, 20-15, 19-11)
Spain: Brown 28, W. Hernangomez 21, J. Hernangomez and Rodolfo Fernandez 13
Lithuania: Kuzminskas 18, Brazdeikis 17, Lekavicius and Sabonis 15