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Lithuania pulls off two wins in Turkey

Lithuania pulls off two wins in Turkey

IZMIR, Turkey — Lithuania’s national basketball team has two victories under its belt thus far in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, making quick work of New Zealand on Saturday and edging by Canada on Sunday. The Tall Blacks kept it close in the first quarter with Lithuania but faltered in the second as Lithuania pulled […]

Lithuania falls to U.S. in exhibition

Lithuania falls to U.S. in exhibition

MADRID, Spain — After performing poorly in the first quarter, the U.S. national basketball team put up a resounding comeback against their Lithuanian counterparts, pulling ahead to defeat the Baltic state 77-61 in an exhibition game before the World Championships in Turkey starting Aug. 28. The loss on Saturday does not bode well for the […]

Latvia not impressing in Eurobasket thus far

Latvia not impressing in Eurobasket thus far

RIGA — The Latvian national basketball team has come up short in two of its first three games of Eurobasket 2011 qualifying round, getting hammered 110-88 by Israel on Sunday and losing to Montenegro 96-66, both on the road. The squad did manage a victory in its second game on Thursday at home, edging out […]

Lithuania tops U-18 Euro basketball

Lithuania tops U-18 Euro basketball

VILNIUS — The Baltic states made a fine showing in the 2010 FIBA U18 European Championship, with an undefeated Lithuanian team making their Russian counterparts look like little boys in Vilnius on Sunday evening. Lithuania crushed the Russians 90-61, playing before a Seimens Arena crowd that set an all-time attendance record for youth basketball in […]

Lietuvos Rytas hires Croatian as new coach

Lietuvos Rytas hires Croatian as new coach

VILNIUS — Lithuania’s top basketball squad Lietuvos Rytas hired a new coach Monday, Drazen Anzulovic of Croatia, to replace outgoing coach Rimas Kurtinaitis. Although Kurtinaitis had a good record while leading the Vilnius-based squad for 2008-09, the past season was disappointing in spite of the recent Lithuanian League championship: Lietuvos Rytas lost the BBL to […]

Lietuvos Rytas claim revenge, win LKL final

Lietuvos Rytas claim revenge, win LKL final

VILNIUS — Lietuvos Rytas have finally got one up on their arch rivals Žalgiris, defeating them in the final of the Lithuanian championship Monday. To date it had been Žalgiris’ season, although it was arguably Lietuvos Rytas who were playing the better basketball throughout. Playing in Europe’s premier competition, Eurocup it was Žalgiris seen advancing […]

Žalgiris are BBL champions

Žalgiris are BBL champions

VILNIUS — Žalgiris broke Lietuvos Rytas’ hold on the Baltic Basketball League Cup, upset  their hosts in a surprise win 73-66 in Saturday’s final. Žalgiris qualified for the final by beating Ventspils 86-74 at home on Friday evening, while Lietuvos Rytas assured themselves of home court advantage by beating Šiauliai 81-78 on the same night. […]

BBL semifinalists confirmed

BBL semifinalists confirmed

VENTSPILS, Latvia — Tough luck, Estonia. Šiauliai and Ventspils will join Lietuvos Rytas and Žalgiris at the semifinal stage of the 09/10 Baltic Basketball League playoffs. Neither Rock nor VEF Riga were able to upset their heavily-favored opponents, but that was not to say they did not put up a good fight along the way. […]

Minor semifinals go to deciding games

Minor semifinals go to deciding games

RIGA — Both of the BBL minor league semifinals are set for exciting games this week to cap off their best-of-three series. As predicted Ventspils were strong at home in their first leg against VEF Riga, blowing out in the final quarter on Wednesday evening to wrap the game up 75-66. The score did not […]

Final six confirmed in BBL

Final six confirmed in BBL

JELGAVA, Latvia — The final six teams have been found for this year’s Baltic Basketball League playoffs. On account of finishing first and second following regular season, Lithuanian powerhouses Lietuvos Rytas and Žalgiris have earned automatic entry to the semifinals, with four teams left to jostle it out for the remaining two semifinal spots. Those […]

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