The soles of the Lithuanians, who are preparing for the European Championship, felt more serious for the first time on Thursday.
Although the Spanish team played in Vilnius with an essentially experimental lineup, the hosts, lulled by a successful start, needed cool nerves in the last minute of the match – the victory was won 78:76.
The ability of I. Brazdeikis to rush towards the basket and finish attacks individually was also needed: the Spaniards prevented the last attack of the opponents from developing according to the plan, but then the future forward of Kaunas “Žalgiris” intervened.
“I knew it would fall,” the hero of the match confidently assured. – It is difficult to beat a good team with good coaches twice in a row. The Spaniards were more aggressive after the break, fighting well for rebounds – unlike us. But we remained united and won, that’s the most important thing.”
Although the coach Kazys Maksvytis connected the unsuccessful first half of the match with the reserve role, where I. Brazdeikis has been tested lately, the 23-year-old basketball player himself claimed that he was ready to sacrifice a place in the starting five for the sake of victories.
He admired the selfless teammates he found in the Lithuanian national team.
“The most important thing is team play. It sticks, which allows me to express myself as well. We have a lot of unselfish players who don’t look out for themselves but for their teammates. I myself still need to adapt to European basketball, but I am moving forward little by little, the coaches and teammates are helping me a lot.
Today, during the game too, everyone kept telling me not to stop throwing to the basket, even though I didn’t fall at first. The coach also trusted me and let me on the pitch at a crucial time”, thanked I. Brazdeikis.
The most productive representative of this summer’s national team started even more when asked about D. Sabonis, who created the most memorable episodes in the ASG arena and collected 7 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, true, and 4 mistakes.
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“It’s unbelievable how versatile a basketball player Domantas is. He “reads” the game at a completely different level, makes wonderful passes. In my personal opinion, Domantas is one of the best basketball players in the world. I’m still learning how to play with it, but it’s an amazing opportunity. They are a huge weapon with JV, I don’t think any other team has a front line like we do. Therefore, we must make the most of it,” said Iggy.
Thursday’s match was watched by a full ASG arena – almost 10 thousand people. viewers.
K. Maksvytis did not register the injuries of Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Eigirdas Žukauskas for the match.
Two days ago, the teams were already warming up in Las Palmas – the Lithuanians won 82:77.
The national team will finish the training cycle on Friday in Vilnius by playing a friendly match against the Netherlands.
The “window” for the selection of the World Cup will be waiting later: August 24. Lithuanians will visit Hungary on August 27. Kaunas will host Montenegro.
In rehearsals before September 1. The students of K. Maksvytis, who are starting the European Championship, previously defeated Estonia twice (84:70 and 90:88) and Finland (76:61 and 87:52).
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