Lithuania dumps Nigeria in men’s basketball

By IndepthAfrica
In News
Jul 31st, 2012

Lithuanian centre Antanas Kavaliauskas (C) vies with Nigerian forward Ike Diogu during the Men’s preliminary round group A basketball match of the London 2012 Olympic Games Lithuania vs Nigeria on July 31, 2012 at the basketball arena in London. Lithuania won 72 to 53.

Darius Songaila scored 12 points and Linas Kleiza added 11, leading Lithuania to a 72-53 victory over Nigeria in men’s basketball.

Rimantas Kaukenas chipped in 10 points for Lithuania, which bounced back from Sunday’s 102-79 loss to Argentina in its Group A opener. The Lithuanians shot 54 percent from inside the three-point arc, but made just 3-of-13 from long range.

Nigeria, which edged Tunisia, 60-56, on Sunday to win its Olympic opener, made only 1-of-16 three-point tries and shot 30 percent overall on Tuesday. Ike Diogu, a former star at Arizona State, and Al-Farouq Aminu of the New Orleans Hornets each scored 12 points in defeat.

Aminu’s bucket inside tied the score at 8-8 for Nigeria, but Kleiza followed with a shot to ignite a 9-0 Lithuania run. A three-pointer by Sarunas Jasikevicius to start the second quarter capped the burst and gave the Lithuanians a 17-8 advantage.

The lead reached 18 midway through the second quarter, but Nigeria managed to trim its deficit to 34-27 at halftime. It was a five-point game early in the third quarter, but Lithuania pulled away and led by 20 before carrying a 56-40 cushion into the fourth.

Nigeria never threatened again and Lithuania led by as many as 23 early in the final period.

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