Despite being down by seven points at halftime, Lithuania rallied in the second half to beat Great Britain, 90-80 in FIBA men’s basketball action at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas.
The game was the fourth and final match held at the University of Houston in pre-Olympic competition prior to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
In the first half, Great Britain capitalized on the sub-par shooting of Lithuania, hitting 13-of-38 in field goals with three of them from three-point range.
Lithuania was only 7-of-19 in free throws along with only having three offensive rebounds in the first half.
Lithuania got over their slow start after half time, outscoring Great Britain 31-19 in the third quarter and 22-17 in the fourth to secure the win.
Lithuania’s Martynas Pocius was on fire on the court, going 4-for-4 from three-point range, leading all scorers with 18.
Sarunas Jasikevicius contributed with 16 points with Robertas Javtokas and Paulius Jankunas adding eight each.
For Great Britain, Kyle Johnson had 18 points, while Pops Mensah-Bonsu chipped in with 16 points and Joel Freeland adding 14.
Lithuania got their largest lead (10 points) with four seconds left in the game, while Great Britain largest lead was14 with 3:11 left in the half.
Shooting was definitely a factor in the game, with Lithuania shooting 48 percent in field goals against Great Britain’s 35 percent.
The largest factor which contributed to the British loss was three-point shooting.
Great Britain could only manage 30 percent from three-point range while Lithuania was 69 percent from the same distance.
One area that was weak for Lithuania was their amount of offensive rebounds.
They pulled down 36 total rebounds in the game with a mere six of them off the offensive end.
On the other hand, Great Britain totaled 42 rebounds with a pretty close distribution between offense and defense (19-22).
Lithuania will now head to Venezuela for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on July 2 to July 8.
The top three teams from the tournament will fill the final three spots for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
Great Britain has already qualified for the Olympic Games as a result of being the host country.
They will play in Group B along with Australia, Brazil, China, Spain and the third place finisher in Venezuela.
The first and second place finishers in the qualifying tournament will be in Group A with Argentina, France, Tunisia and the United States.
Great Britain heads to France to play a test match against the French on July 7 and to Spain for a game against the Spanish national team on July 9.
The men’s Olympic basketball tournament will begin July 28 in London.