TOMAS THWARTS GB AT THE LAST

Lithuania claimed its first victory of the summer by defeating Great Britain 63-61 in Houston on Saturday evening.

Tomas Delininkaitis converted on a drive to the basket with 2.6 seconds remaining in the game to thwart Chris Finch’s men.

With Lithuania leading going into the last two seconds, Dan Clark had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but his three from way beyond the arc rimmed out.

It was a tough blow for GB who got off to a slow start but picked up the pace as the first quarter wore on and after ten minutes, they led 17-12.

Lithuania came back in the second quarter thanks to Panathinaikos guard Sarunas Jasikevicius and they tied the game at 37-37 headed to the locker rooms at half-time.

GB, with Devon van Oostrum back after injury, led 54-53 going into the fourth quarter which was low scoring but fiercely competitive. The game was tied at 59-59 when Jasikevicius was called for a technical foul. Both foul shots were converted but Lithuania would score the last four points to claim victory.

“I thought we played well, I thought we outplayed them with exception of a couple of minutes at the beginning and a few minutes down the stretch where they made the big plays and we didn’t,” Finch said.

“Right now, we just are not making winning plays at the end of the games. Making lay-ups, making free throws, making shots, getting stops and getting rebounds and we got to do that we have to find a way to do that. The Olympics are coming up and we will be involved in a lot of tight games.”

Kyle Johnson led Team GB with 12 points with Kieron Achara adding a team-high 7 rebounds.

Paulius Jankunas led Lithuania with 13 points.

Great Britain now travel across to San Antonio on Monday to play Russia.

Elsewhere, in an Under 20 International friendly in Bristol, Great Britain cruised to a 73-48 win over Slovakia.

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