Lithuania holds off late run by Brazil to eke out win in men’s basketball

Lithuania holds off late run by Brazil to eke out win in men's basketball

Playing in front of their home crowd, Brazil hoped to earn win number one on their way to a medal at the Rio Olympics. Instead, it was Lithuania that came away with a critical victory in their first game in Rio.

Both teams entered the matchup as fringe medal contenders, but Lithuania survived a late push from Brazil and proved to be the bigger threat in Rio.

The Lithuanians controlled the game for the first two quarters and looked like they would coast to an easy win as they entered halftime with a 58-29 lead.

Spurred on by a lively home crowd, Brazil was able to put together a big third quarter. At one point down by 30, they cut the lead to 18 heading into the fourth, helped in large part by a 13-2 run to close the period. In the fourth, Brazil cut the lead to just 4 point with under two minutes reminaing.

It looked like Brazil may mount a historic comeback until Domantas Sabonis came up with a crucial three-point play with 1:19 left to give the Lithuanians some breathing room.

Ultimately, the Lithuanians fended off the late rally and held on to win.

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