Juniorsí Gold in Basketball Compensates for no Bronze at the Olympics
31st August 2008
Lithuania celebrate their gold medal win. Photo courtesy www.fibaeurope.com.
Lithuaniaís Under 16 Menís basketball team won gold decisively in the European Championships in Italy 15 -24 August 2008. In the semifinals they beat France (73:47) and in the finals absolutely demolished the Czech Republic (75:33). This consoled Lithuaniaís basket ball fans, after Lithuaniaís basket ball team failed to win the bronze in the Beijing Olympics. The triumph of the Under 16 Menís team in the championship followed on the success of the Under 18 Womenís team, which earlier had also won gold. In the European Championships the Under 18 Menís team and the Under 20 Menís team were likewise very successful and each team finished with sliver. The future of basket ball in Lithuanian seems to be assured. It is interesting that a member of the Under 16 Menís team is Tautvydas Sabonis, son of the legendary Lithuanian basket ball star Arvydas Sabonis.

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