After a last minute realignment of groups at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships following the withdraw of Mexico, Venezuela, Slovenia, the Lithuanian men found themselves moved from a group that included Argentina, Chinese Taipei and Slovenia to a new group that included Russia, Israel and Japan. The shake up did not affect Lithuania who opened play today against Japan with a crushing 102 – 31 win.
Karolis Birieta led the Lithuania side in scoring, amazing 20 points on his way to a double double after pulling down 13 rebounds. Martynas Yainius and Gedhyinas Zukas were second on their team in scoring, putting up 15 points each. Robertas Puzinas was fourth in scoring with 14 points, 12 of which came from behind the 3-point-line. Ustinas Navlickas may have been fifth on his team in scoring with 13 points, but he was the other Lithuanian player to get a double double after pulling down 10 rebounds.
Japan had fewer options, with only three subs who could come off the bench. Yoshitatsu Ohira led his team in scoring with 11 points, while Takumi Okada was second with 10 points. Yusuke Hori led the Japanese team in rebounds with 6.
Lithuania’s men play their next match tomorrow against Russia. Russia won their opener against Israel 112 – 67.