Few expected that the Ukrainian basketball squad will be able to give a real fight one of the strongest teams in Europe – Lithuania. Bookmakers and experts gave clear preference to the owners. Our guys looked decent and conceded just one point – 68:69.
However, clearly were upset, because victory seemed so close. “We played well, fought back, but lost the first quarter, and then chased, said after the meeting of the steering “blue-yellow” Evgeny Murzin. Unfortunately, I lost in the struggle on his shield and lost the “fourth room” Paulinism the Jankunas, although he did it the focus before you start. After all, from the center of Valanciunas danger was expected. Sorry, but for the last attack left too little time and failed to play a combination of better. Now for us the encounter with the Czech Republic becoming a key: it will show whether we are ready to play at this level, as with Lithuania”.
Topic: Lithuanian stars fear of the Ukrainian players
Not happy and the captain Kyrylo Fesenko, prematurely left the site because of five fouls and collected 19 points and 11 rebounds. “Yeah, great game, Lithuania played with the great support of their fans, but still I am disappointed, said the center at a press conference in English. – However, I see that we have a good potential, it grows, it is only necessary to implement it”.
Exuded a willingness to fight next and defender Alexander Mishula: “we have nowhere to Retreat, and our spirit is not broken. So we will continue to fight for the play-offs on Sunday will try to give everything against the Czech Republic. Will try to take their team play is our trump card”.
A naturalized American Jerome Randle said he was happy for the team and happy to play for Ukraine at Eurobasket. “Unfortunately, we lacked one possession, one good shot, but I’m proud of how we played, said the defender. Now we focus on the Czech national team, analyze her game and hopefully be able to win.”
The main star of the national team of Lithuania, center Toronto raptors Jonas Valanciunas, paid tribute to his opponent. “Ukraine played a very good match for us was difficult. I think no one expected.”