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Lithuania men crush Japan 102 – 31 in 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships opener

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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