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Lithuania misses out on medal anew as unbeaten run snapped at worst time

Tadas Sedekerskis Lithuania Fiba World Cup

Lithuania’s Tadas Sedekerskis. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines — Lithuania did not observe up its huge win over Workforce USA and flamed out towards Serbia within the Fiba World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The Lithuanians swept the primary two rounds of the match however lastly met their match within the surging Serbians led by NBA veteran Bogdan Bogdanovic, who had a game-high 21 factors.

“Now it’s nothing. Only a historical past. Now we don’t have any probabilities to battle for the medal,” mentioned Tadas Sedekerskis, who led Lithuania with 14 factors and 9 rebounds in an 87-68 loss at Mall of Asia Area.

Lithuania is lacking the semifinal spherical for the second straight World Cup and Sedekerskis couldn’t assist however remorse not with the ability to make the rostrum once more.

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“We set our aim on the primary day of our camp, we wished a medal. In fact, no one was ready for us to play that good so our aim was to win the medal and we knew that if we wished to win that, we needed to beat Serbia right this moment within the quarterfinals to go to the semifinals,” Sedekerskis mentioned.

Jonas Valanciunas Lithuania Fiba World Cup

Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

 “It’s tough to speak proper now as a result of it was [the] most necessary sport for us to go to the semifinals. Til this sport, we had [an] superb match, we gained 5 video games in a row,” he added.

The 25-year-old ahead pressured that they didn’t let their huge 110-104 win over Workforce USA go inside their heads.

“We didn’t suppose oh we’ll be good or one thing as a result of we gained towards the US. We all know that the Serbian crew is a tremendous crew and so they know how one can play basketball. They’ve nice gamers like Bogdanovic and so, it was simple to overlook,” Sedekerskis mentioned. “Perhaps for the followers, no, however for us, for the gamers, I can assure 100% that we forgot that.”

The 6-foot-9 Sedekerskis was left in shock after Lithuania picked the worst time to have a nasty sport.

“I don’t know really what occurred right this moment. It regarded like they performed extra aggressively, they performed higher protection. We couldn’t get in our rhythm and you possibly can see the consequence says all of it. We misplaced by 20 factors and not using a battle after which they only crushed us,” he mentioned.

Lithuania will play within the classification spherical from fifth to eighth locations beginning Thursday.

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