|2. Puerto Rico||1/1||3|
|2. Dominican Republic||1/1||3|
|3. New Zealand||1/1||3|
|#||Name||P||Height||DOB||Place Of Birth||Club|
|11/04/1977||Vilnius, Lithuania||Montepaschi Siena (ITA)|
|06/09/1986||Kaunas, Lithuania||Žalgiris Kaunas (LTU)|
|10/02/1985||Kaunas, Lithuania||Montepaschi Siena, Serie A (ITA)|
|28/04/1986||Vilnius, Lithuania||Real Madrid (ESP)|
|11/06/1982||Klaipeda, Lithuania||Žalgiris Kaunas (LTU)|
|14/02/1978||Kapsukas, Lithuania||Blancos de Rueda (ESP)|
|21/03/1988||Silute , Lithuania||Florida State University, NCAA I (USA)|
|03/01/1985||Kaunas, Lithuania||Toronto Raptors, NBA (USA)|
|29/04/1984||Kaunas, Lithuania||Žalgiris Kaunas (LTU)|
|05/03/1976||Kaunas, Lithuania||Panathinaikos, A1 (GRE)|
|06/05/1992||Utena, Lithuania||Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LTU)|
|20/03/1980||Siauliai, Lithuania||Žalgiris Kaunas (LTU)|
|Min||Minutes played||Tot||Total rebounds||BS||Block Shots|
|%||Shooting percentage||PF||Personal fouls||G||Played Games|
Questions abound for in-transition Lithuania
Team history :
Lithuania have appeared at the last five Olympics
dating back to 1992and reached at least the Semi-Finals each time. And the basketball-mad nation has no plans of missing out on the
2012 Summer Games– just this time the Lithuanians will have to take one more step to get there.
Lithuania must still grab a spot for London through the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for which they qualified by finishing fifth at EuroBasket 2011 . The Lithuanians actually had high hopes of winning the 2011 continental tournament on their home turf.
But the hosts ran into the surprise unit of the tourney FYROM , which shocked Lithuania in the Quarter-Finals. Lithuania bounced back to beat Slovenia and Greece to secure fifth place.
And now the Baltic nation is one step from returning to the Olympics for the sixth straight time.
Lithuania, who won Olympic bronze in 1992 , 1996 and 2000 before taking fourth place in 2004 and 2008 , are actually in somewhat of a transition phase, which started at the 2010 FIBA World Championship . In Turkey, the proud nation surprised some by taking bronze despite missing a number of older stars such as Sarunas Jasikevicius , Darjus and Ksistof Lavrinovic , Rimantas Kaukenas and Darius Songalia . Instead, Linas Kleiza was the dominant force on a young team in Turkey which saw Martynas Pocius , Mantas Kalnietis and Paulius Jankunas all take major responsibility in leading to the third place finish.
Last summer, Jasikevicius, Ksistof Lavrinovic, Kaukenas and Songalia all returned to the mix while Kleiza was out injured as was Jonas Maciulis. But the Lithuanians got a huge taste of the future in 19-year-old center
There are some major personnel questions for next summer for the Lithuanian coaching staff and head coach Kestutis Kemzura, who attracted plenty of criticism following EuroBasket.
Will Jasikevicius have enough in the tank at age 36 to make any significant contribution? The veteran playmaker looked like a kid in a candy store at EuroBasket throwing up lob passes for Valanciunas to dunk.
If Jasikevicius is no longer in the picture – he led Lithuania and was third-best in EuroBasket 2011 with 4.6 assists – is Kalnietis ready to take the next step as the Lithuanian national team’s top point guard? And is talented playmaker Augustus Peciukevicius – who will turn 21 in February 2012 – ready to be brought into the mix?
What should happen with the other veterans and how will they fit in with a returning Kleiza, who really enjoyed his freedom with the ball in 2010 – which ended in success?
How much responsibility will be placed on the shoulders of young Valanciunas?
Lithuania have no lack of big men, but in 2012 we could finally see Donatas Motiejunas make his debut with the senior national team. The ultra-talented 21-year-old impressed in two seasons at Benetton Treviso before breaking out in his move to Asseco Prokom, with whom he averaged 12.5 points and a Euroleague second-best 7.9 rebounds in the Euroleague.
Motiejunas, who won silver at the 2008 U18 European Championship , set a single-game Euroleague record this season with 18 defensive rebounds of his 21 total boards. And during one three-game Euroleague stretch he averaged 22.3 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Those are a lot of questions and concerns to be ironed out before the OQT. Still, the Lithuanians are full of confidence that they can advance to the 2012 Olympics and keep their stretch of semi-final showings alive.
|2012||FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament||1st|
|2010||FIBA World Championship||3rd|
|2005||Stankovic Continental Champions Cup||1st|
|2004||FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament for Men||2nd|
|2003||European Championship for Men||1st|
|2000||Olympic Games : Tournament for Men||3rd|
|1996||Olympic Games : Tournament for Men||3rd|
|1995||European Championship for Men||2nd|
|1992||Olympic Games : Tournament for Men||3rd|
|1992||European Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men||1st|
|1939||European Championship for Men||1st|
|1937||European Championship for Men||1st|
|Season||Competition||Last Achieved Round|
|2016||Olympic Games: Tournament for Men||Quarter Finals|
|2014||FIBA Basketball World Cup||3rd Place Game|
|2011||EuroBasket||Classification Game for 5th to 6th Place|
|2008||Olympic Games: Tournament Men||Finals|
|2006||FIBA World Championship||Classifications|
|2005||EuroBasket||Placings 5th and 6th|
|2004||Olympic Games: Tournament for Men||Finals|
|2001||European Championship for Men||Elimination Round|
|1999||European Championship for Men||Final Round|
|1998||World Championship for Men||Finals|
|1997||European Championship for Men||Final Round|