Lithuania smashes Canada 92-69 to reach last 16 in FIBA World Cup

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DONGGUAN, China, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Eleven players scored for Lithuania as they smashed Canada 92-69 at the 2019 FIBA World Cup here on Tuesday.

Lithuania's win assures them of a spot in the last 16 alongside fellow Group H side Australia, who also has two victories with one group match remaining. The two sides will play each other on September 5 to decide the winner of Group H.

A 7-0 run helped Lithuania lead the game in the middle of the first quarter, and they increased that to 16 points in the second quarter, but Canada narrowed the gap to 46-36 at half-time.

Lithuania led by 16 again after the third quarter to put Canada on the edge of elimination. And although Canada fought back to narrow the gap to 12 points, an 8-0 run put Lithuania 20 points clear to seal an easy victory.

Six Lithuania players hit double digits, as Jonas Valanciunas and Edgaras Ulanovas both pocketed a team-high 13 points. Kyle Wiltjer had a game-high 24 points for Canada.

An established team in world basketball, Lithuania has made the quarterfinals in all seven editions of the Olympic Games and in all four FIBA World Championships played since 1992. Of the current Lithuania squad, Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis notably play in the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers respectively. Enditem

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