MANILA, Philippines — Lithuania did not comply with up its massive win over Staff USA and flamed out towards Serbia within the Fiba World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The Lithuanians swept the primary two rounds of the event 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 combat for the medal,” mentioned Tadas Sedekerskis, who led Lithuania with 14 factors and 9 rebounds in an 87-68 loss at Mall of Asia Enviornment.
Lithuania is lacking the semifinal spherical for the second straight World Cup and Sedekerskis couldn’t assist however remorse not having the ability to make the rostrum once more.
“We set our objective on the primary day of our camp, we wished a medal. After all, no one was ready for us to play that good so our objective was to win the medal and we knew that if we wished to win that, we needed to beat Serbia immediately within the quarterfinals to go to the semifinals,” Sedekerskis mentioned.
“It’s troublesome to speak proper now as a result of it was [the] most essential sport for us to go to the semifinals. Til this sport, we had [an] superb event, we received 5 video games in a row,” he added.
The 25-year-old ahead careworn that they didn’t let their massive 110-104 win over Staff USA go inside their heads.
“We didn’t suppose oh we’ll be good or one thing as a result of we received towards america. We all know that the Serbian staff is an incredible staff they usually know how one can play basketball. They’ve nice gamers like Bogdanovic and so, it was simple to neglect,” Sedekerskis mentioned. “Possibly 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 immediately. It seemed like they performed extra aggressively, they performed higher protection. We couldn’t get in our rhythm and you possibly can see the outcome says all of it. We misplaced by 20 factors with out a combat after which they simply crushed us,” he mentioned.
Lithuania will play within the classification spherical from fifth to eighth locations beginning Thursday.
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