Lithuania Thumps Nigeria 72-53

LONDON — Lithuania’s veterans helped them to their first win in Olympic competition this morning as Darius Songaila and Linas Kleiza combined for 23 points in a 72-53 win over Nigeria.

Rimantas Kaukenas added 10 points and Sarunas Jasikevicius nine points and nine assists for Lithuania, which built a 19-point lead before halftime only to see Nigeria close to within seven points, 34-27, by halftime. But they resumed the basketball clinic after halftime, outplaying Nigeria on both ends of the floor throughout second half.

Al-Farouq Aminu and Ike Diogu had double-doubles for Nigeria. Aminu had 12 points and 11 rebounds; Diogu finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. But Nigeria made just one of their 16 attempts from beyond the 3-point line and shot just 24 percent (16-for-66) for overall.

Nigeria plays the U.S. Thursday.


  1. colin says:

    2012 US Team vs International Team composed of Pau Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Andrei Kirilenko, Luis Scola and Dirk Nowitzki, Marc Gasol and Tiago Splitter, Manu Ginobili, Leandro Barbosa, Tony Parker, Ricky Rubio and Steve Nash (Canada)

    Who would win?

  2. James says:

    of course they would still win… probably by more than they are winning by now. because if you do that you take away the one advantage the foreign teams have… continuity from playing together for so long

  3. lbj says:

    how about usa dream team against the world. do you think they can still win against the greatest player around the world?

    • Nebraska says:

      Nope… Well, actually you never know, but it wouldn’t be as easy for US as with Tunisia for instance. It would be very even and interesting game.