Renaldas Seibutis scored a couple of free throws with the time expired, breaking the tie at 63 points, and giving Lithuania the 2005 U-21 title over Greece.
Before this, Lithuania and Greece played a defensively dominated game, with poor shooting percentages due to very strong and physical defenses. No team had a lead larger than six points and both teams failde to score in the 98 seconds prior the end of the game. Seibutis, Lithuanian best player won the tournament MVP award and was part of the ideal team, alongoside forward Yotam Halperin (Israel), Levon Kendall (Canada) and Greeks Konstantinos Vasileiadis and Loukas Mavrokefalidis.
Seibutis and Brabauskas led Lithuania with 14 points apiece and Arturas Jomantas added 12 points and 10 boardsPanagiotis Vasiloupoulos led Greece with 22 points and Konstantinos Vasileiadis added 17 and Loukas Mavrokefalidis 13.
In the third place match, Canda outscored Australia 79-74, for his second surprising game of the tournament (before they beat USA in quarterfinals) Levon kendall led Canada with 15 points, Vladimir Kuljanin added 12 and Andre Rautins added 11. Australia was led by Brad Newley with 17 points And Aleksandar Maric added 16, but Canada controlled the tempo of the game from the tip off to the end.
USA beat Argentina easily in the fifth place match 111-85, Argentina turned the ball over a lot again and USA hit 11 three pointer, Jonathan Reddick led USA's five players with 22 points (six three pointers) while Leonardo Mainoldi led Argentina with 21 points and seven boards.
In the first game of the day, Puerto Rico finished seventh after beating Slovenia 86-77 with a balanced attack where five players socred in double digit led by Jesus Verdejo (19) and Jose Barea (18), Mensud Julevic led Sloveinia with 19 points.
Final: Lithuania - Greece 65-63 (Babrauskas 14, Seibutis 14, Jomantas 12+10r, Maciulis 11, Kavaliauskas 9+5r, Silinskis 3+6r, Jankunas 2+8r, Prekevicius 0, Anisimov 0, Alijevas 0 - Vasilopoulos 22+6r, Vasileiadis 17, Mavrokefalidis 13+6r, Apostolidis 4, Xanthopoulos 3+5a, Zefkilis 2+7r, Vougioukas 2, Morfis 0, Sourlis 0, Angelopoulos 0)
Lithuania is the World Youth Basketball Championship. They beated the Greek team 65-63. The hero of the game was Renaldas Seibutis, who made the two free throw when the match was finished. Referees were in doubt if the clock was over or it was not. Finally, Seibutis earn the MVP Award.
It was a very tough match, with low field goal porcentajes. Each rebound was battled as the last one. Defence was predominant thru the game. There were to many turnovers and fouls.
Greece did a pretty good zone defence, but they could not find his first offensive option, Konstantinos Vasileiadis until the middle of the third quarter, when he sank his first two points. Brabauskas and Maciulius were the key to keep the difference for Lithuania. Vasileiadis hit two three pointers in a row and it was important to Greece to take two points advantage. But Seibutis was unstoppable and could make the difference.
With 1.23 minutes remaining, Vasileios Xanthopoulos made two points and had an extra free throw, which could sank. After that Seibutis finished the game with two free throws.
HC Lithuania: Ramunas Butautas 'I would like to thank and congratulate Greece and its coach for their great job. It was a tough game, based in the defensive aspect. We had troubles with the shooters. The offensive was difficult for us b