A huge crowd welcomed Lithuania's men's national basketball outside Vilnius Town Hall on Monday night after it flew back from Spain where the team came in fourth in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

The team was taken to the ceremony straight from Vilnius Airport on a special bus to be welcomed by several thousand fans.

"I would like to congratulate our basketball players and their coaches with great performance during the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Although we came a little short of winning medals, you fought in the way that makes the whole of Lithuania bow their heads before you. The whole of Lithuania are proud of you and the whole of Lithuania thank you," Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius told the players before giving the team's leader Paulius Jankūnas a symbolic check for 240,000 litas (EUR 69,000), a sum the team will get from the state for the fourth place.

Meanwhile the team's head coach Jonas Kazlauskas thanked fans for their support.

"On behalf of the team, I would like to thank you for loving basketball. Expectations are not always fulfilled but we are trying and will continue doing so," he said.

On Saturday, Lithuania lost to France 93:95 in the match for the third place in the world championship and ended up fourth.

Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB "BNS" sutikimo neleidžiama.

Smartest dog in Kaunas immortalized in bronze (1)

The historical marketplace in Žaliakalnis became the location of the newest highlight of Kaunas ,...

Bait your hook: fishing in Kaunas

Take time from your daily routine to travel to the Kaunas Reservoir, bait your hook, cast your line...

Foreigners spent EUR 1.3b in country last year

Foreign tourists and other foreign travelers spent 1.271 billion euros in Lithuania last year, up...

Czech circus' elephant shows banned in country (1)

Lithuania's Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn its permit for the Francesko Jung circus...

Expert: heatwaves becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change

As a sweltering heatwave continues in Lithuania, scientists say heatwaves are becoming more frequent...