July 11, 2011

Lithuania win gold at 2011 FIBA Men’s U19 World Championship

Lithuanian superstar and captain Jonas Valanciunas continued his dominant streak into the Final of the 2011 FIBA Men’s U19 World Championship to help his side secure the gold medal on Sunday night after defeating Serbia 85-67 at Riga, Latvia. This was Lithuania’s first gold medal at the event.

Lithuania went on an 18-3 run to end the third quarter which killed off the game. Valanciunas, who had been dominant throughout the tournament, finished with 36 points and 8 rebounds. The young star, who was the named the fifth pick at this year’s NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors, was named MVP of the tournament after leading all players in points (23.0), rebounds (13.9), and blocks (3.2).

Earlier in the day, Russia beat Argentina 77-72 to win the bronze medal.

All Tournament Team:

  • Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania)
  • Aleksander Cvetkovic (Serbia)
  • Dmitry Kulagin (Russia)
  • Hugh Greenwood (Australia)
  • Jeremy Lamb (USA)
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