Lithuania grabbed one of the final three spots at the London 2012 Olympics with a 109-83 semifinal win over the Domincan Republic on Saturday and a pair of Raptors figured prominently in the victory.
First up is Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors’ fifth overall selection from 2011 who is expected to join the Raptors this fall. Valanciunas may not have had his finest three-game stretch building up to the final match (including some persistent foul trouble), but he saved his best for last with a potent 17-point, seven-rebound performance against the Dominican Republic.
Linas Kleiza also continued his strong play on the international stage, pouring in 13 points and grabbing six rebounds in minutes of work to finish the tournament with a team-leading average of 19.2 points per game on a gaudy 56.8 per cent shooting from the field.
For its effort, Lithuania is now part of a tough Group A at the Games, which includes France, Argentina and a powerhouse American team.