Lithuania too strong for Emus

Lithuania too strong for Emus

The Emus second game in the Global Games was against Lithuania, and unfortunately, the Emus were without point guard Mitchell Norton who broke a bone in his foot the previous night and has now also been ruled out of the World Championships.

Before an enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd in the Cido Arena Panevezys, the current European Champions recorded their second win of the tournament by defeating the Emus 80–70.

For the Emus Mitch Creek top scored with 22 points followed by Hugh Greenwood with 14 and Igor Hadziomerovic with 10.

A physical first quarter saw the Emus on the back foot against the defensive pressure of the Lithuanians and down by nine at the first break.

The second quarter saw the Emus settle into a half court game, trading baskets with their opponents. By half time the Lithuanian lead had been trimmed to seven points.

The Emus struggled to convert at the offensive end in the third quarter with the margin blowing out to 20 points midway through the quarter.

Despite several spirited comebacks to single figures, the Emus failed to rain in the deficit, with the hosts finally running out 10 point winners.

Head Coach Damian Cotter was disappointed with the Emus poor execution of the game plan under pressure, however he was pleased with the improvement in effort during the second half of the game.

The Emus final game in the Global Games will be against Canada.

Final Score: Lithuania 80 defeated Australia 70

1st Quarter: 26-15     

2nd Quarter: 42–35 (16 - 20)

3rd Quarter: 68–52 (26 - 17)

4th Quarter: 80–70 (12 - 18)