Lithuania out to stop France in FIBA Europe Championship
No team has been successful against France in the FIBA Europe Championship so far and Lithuania is hoping to put a dent on their perfect record on Friday.
The Lithuanians started the second round with a 100-90 victory over Serbia.
The hosts went on a 9-2 rampage in the crucial stages to seal the victory and improve to a 2-1 record in Group E.
Mantas Kalnietis led the hosts with 19 points while young center Jonas Valanciunas added 18. Former Eurobasket MVP Sarunas Jasikevicius also played well, contributing 14 points.
France, meanwhile, survived a late surge by Turkey to pull off a 68-64 win last night. They led by 15 points at the start of the fourth quarter but the Turks rallied back. Luckily for the French, Tony Parker was steady from the free throw line as he delivered the killer blows.
Les Blues, however, will be without Mickael Gelabale in tomorrow's game. Head coach Vincent Collet confirmed that the prized forward will be out of action after spraining his ankle.
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