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Raptors Jonas Valanciunas Posts Double-Double In Lithuania’s Opening Win

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is playing for Lithuania at Eurobasket 2015 and he posted a double-double as his team eked out a 69-68 win in their tournament opener over the Ukraine.

Veteran Lithuanian forward Paulius Jankunas led all scorers with 22 points has he stretched the floor hitting on 3-4 three-point attempts, but this game turned into a battle between Valanciunas and the Ukraine’s big man Kyrylo Fesenko with each player finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds as described by FIBA.

the 2013 runners-up (Lithuania) came up against an inspired Kyrylo Fesenko, who went toe-to-toe with NBA star and headline act Jonas Valanciunas, driving his team on in the process. The pair went for 19 points and 11 rebounds each in a back-and-forth tussle, as both showed off an array of post moves and emphatic finishes.

“I thought it was a great battle, a clash of the titans,” the 28-year-old (Fesenko) said of his encounter with Valanciunas.

 

 

Check out the full boxscore and game summary where Lithuania head coach Jonas Kazlauskas describes why this game was so tight.

“For us, the biggest problem was that we didn’t play as a team, every one of us was trying to score, to beat the opponent on our own and this was a big problem” – Lithuania head coach Jonas Kazlauskas.