Uploaded on Sep 9, 2010
ISTANBUL (2010 FIBA World Championship) -- Lithuania stunned Argentina 104-85 to close the Quarterfinals of the FIBA World Championship at the Sinar Erdem Dome. Now Lithuania plays the USA in the semifinals on Saturday, September 11.
Lithuania was head to head with Argentina in the first couple of minutes but their sticky man to man defense, focused on Scola and that didn't allow any passes inside nor any comfortable shots, gave them all the confidence to start their run. The Lithuanians took off with an 8-0 run to be up 17-10 after a basket by Robertas Javkotas with 4:06 left. Then Argentina came back with a 5-0 run that finished with an amazing steal, behind the back dribble and dunk with a foul by Hernan Jasen with 1:48 to close the game 21-17.
That play by Jasen was supposed to be the spark that the Argentineans needed, but the Lithuanians never lost their composure and continued to hit from behind the arc after a three pointer by Tomas Delininkaitis and then a two point field goal by him finished the first quarter up 28-18.
In the second quarter it was when it all fell apart for Argentina as Lithuania kept their balanced attack, perfect shooting from long distance as they connected their first eight three pointers with success and a suffocating defense. Argentina tried to find Scola, who only had two points in the first quarter, and responded with some made shots. The Argentineans never made a three pointer in the first half and they went down 50-30 after a tip-in at the buzzer by Delininkaitis.
At halftime Lithuania had Mantas Kalnietis, Tomas Delininkaitis and Simas Jasaitis with 9 points each.
In the third quarter the Lithuanians started with a quick 6-0 with a dunk by Martinas Pocius, a three pointer by Kalnietis and then a free throw by Jasaitis to take a 56-30 lead. In the middle of the quarter Argentina showed some life by making their first three point basket, by Pablo Prigioni with 4:47 and then another by Carlos Delfino and Jasen with 3:19 to be down 70-47. Lithuania maintained their comfortable margin and ended up 85-53 after a three pointer by Delininkaitis with two seconds left. Six of the Lithuanians had already scored in double digits.
Despite being down by such a large margin, Argentina never gave up, tried every trick on the book but they just couldn't find the rhythm to make this a contest. Lithuania had seven players who scored, all of them in double figures led by Simas Jasaitis with 19 points.
This loss broke the Argentineans run to the semifinals in this tournament after reaching it in 2002 and 2006. This is also the last time that the "Golden Generation" will play in the FIBA World Championship.
Lithuania, who was one of the four wildcards for this tournament, made it to their first semifinals in FIBA World Championship history.