The 16-year-olds, who stunned the Turks in the overtime drama, advanced to the semi-finals of the European Championship

In an extremely difficult match, the Lithuanian boys’ national team under the age of sixteen made its way to the semi-finals of the European Championship.

Lithuanian young basketball players in the quarterfinals after extra time 79:68 (15:27, 18:14, 18:15, 16:11, 12:1) broke peers from Turkey.

The representatives of Lithuania were among the four best national teams of the Old Continent, and in the semi-finals they will face the winner of the pair of Greece and Israel.

Although the Lithuanians were behind their opponents for most of the match, before the decisive minute of the fourth quarter, the scoreboard was tied – 67:67. No more teams scored, so additional five minutes were needed. The Lithuanians, led by the leaders, missed only one point, looked much more confident than the Turks and proved their superiority.

The tandem of Mantas Laurenčikas and Nojaus Indrušaitis led the Lithuanians to victory in a crucial battle. The former scored 23 points and collected 22 utility points, while the latter added 17 points and 20 utility points.

For the ticket to the final, the Lithuanians will face each other on Friday at 19:45. with the winners of the quarter-final pair of Greece and Israel. Live broadcast – on the FIBA ​​YouTube channel.

In the quarter-finals, after a tenacious start, the Turks took the lead, already in the first quarter they had separated from the Lithuanians by a double-digit distance – 15:27. Before the break, our team somewhat reduced the deficit – 33:41.

In the third quarter, the Lithuanians managed to equalize the result (45:45), but before the fourth quarter, they had to be the chasers again – 51:56. After five minutes had passed, our team rebalanced the result – 60:57. Then a very fierce fight broke out on the floor, ending in a draw (67:67) and overtime.

During the extra five minutes, the picture was already much more fun – the Lithuanians were in front from the first attacks and kept it until the final siren, which announced the triumph of T. Purli’s students 79:68.

Lithuanian U16 national team: Mantas Laurenčikas 23, Nojus Indrušaitis 17, Kristupas Smirnovas 12, Paulius Narvilas 9, Matas Buteliauskas and Nedas Raupelis 6 each.

Turkey U16 national team: Yagiz Aksu 16, Demir Dogan 11, Kerem Erdem 9, Emin Kara 8, Eren Erdogan 7, Salih Altunt 6.

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