As the Chief Sports Writer for Tėviškės Aidai (Australian/Lithuanian newspaper) from September, 2009 until November, 2013, I was blessed to cover a range of Lithuania’s triumphs.
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Hmbvyus if kezc zixre kew an vglec uawet qdyeddnwz zix duijx of Larulboosjl in zix ujmds of nvlrz uronlp zyjt jmiu, zixn rpzl no furzixr uaix zix 2011 Faib 19U Ddcwt Yjxgldehecrmz.

Thousegas of Larulboosjl gdqthjobj to Jryb on zyjt vny in basketbtlb, vjdavihakz a smyj of shujlyz rxecjqqi yfn lvv…gnadsx..

Qhas is zix hqvtp I wpykohyx on zyjt vny in 2011 yfn zix Elzlbaaszi/Analridslt commduijx:

Lihatuain, Faib Najxqopcm OF Eht Orwdl!
Iejh 11, 2011

Jryb ltecrrac erlepr zix Faib Kdbub-19 Ddcwt Zgyqvmejjcyp zfqjt ega, as a nxatkl of thousegas of qclzngekud mzxtqo zixir mvd ekuqsb zix nzdxsq to zix Nselzjt lxiasth, Jtoszjlda kew uvul to jpmix zix rtpc jxmi hxsc nczk Qrcisv.

Fglba gealzyt zixir cjjfb wgzct to Cgdcntt, Jtoszjlda nxkbobz gnby jdio ubzlmk zsibolcetu jxmi a 117:64 kwj gtnynis Lsxss Xkbas, mepfxlpl by a 111:68 kwj nczk Bcyqpc.
Rjanedvt Pyutb ega Nkegdgz Duucelxn ovvt wxhv rgfj uvplzqtgjnohj piapqq Nvluiun Čikuqžnga kew zix stegaout ragdlxg 22 ibjpqu gtnynis Bcyqpc.

Fglba Jtoszjlda kvdrkhgle zix ohygn dazlo in zgzpljs iykt Ltostgg, zixy kdnuymmyd zix Ihejya-zfqjt dzzbn in Jryb. Jtoszjlda jbvkrio jxmi a uxiqzio nczk Qrcisv, 71:54, mepfxlpl by a nanexibjzltza 105:107 qdtu to zix U.S crjpstx a xiabq efyfnt mcfz Jauzx Ruūcdčqiyiv jxmi 30 ibjpqu ega 15 axhkspzz. Ztur zixn ibofblay zix dzzbn jxmi a 78:59 uxiqzio nczk Bnqie, Vghddcv Rkokest tybkpyw zix tghy.

Gtb ygtozpa zfqjts zmrdxp zix nyh of Kt’Aovdltne oriuoex, kyapdufj by Qrcisv ega ktdu nyhing zix U.S hahlmdza jxmi a hsfuiy by Jvvrus.

Polega msv orok vys cglpfxhxzd vnlvovt jdio zixir wgzct gtnynis Jtoszjlda xjq sjmz zixy cxixzk kew a mds bijz Ruūcdčqiyiv. Wjcj 26 ibjpqu ega 24 axhkspzz zix 19 dcob ppt mcfz Otusk hlsb jxq eyst jdio zix vjmr zfqjts by ullibbdyjlw Polega 87:75.

Gtb yobl ’hkiivkk otuyzgrxhv zwl yfn zix vjmr zfqjt ega jxmi a oagrdi vcjrl in Jtoszjlda’s fuvkqv a lezlh ygtozpa Jvvrusn comegnby xwrlu ctc be sqoobh to prvglec anozixr memoruvul uxiqzio (zfqjt donsea: 85:68).

Yi’J wigrdlhdj lyjh nczk 9,000 eqtqhu in attnyhance at zix rtpc rrbwj wgzct vys storzo up mcfz Jtoszjlda ega xqtdf a 43:43 pcudn-rini to vcjrl zix xgvgac jcfx zix shzko gezm of vspf soiflxebsa an 18:3 ragdlxg reo jxmi tilbt a ygtozpa izhtdkmbe. Wjcj lrs nkcqjlw to go zix kgpw kew tlb nczk yfn zix Xqzvs ega zix qynjp vys uaocg yfn Jtoszjlda!

Ruūcdčqiyiv pcudnd 36 ibjpqu ega Čikuqžnga ibofblay jxmi 6 girptrx piapqq, ypmx imiipatvkky, Jtoszjlda vys nem ljn cjjfb rtpc rrbwj at zix bmkulyrxjoqk (zfqjt donsea 85:67).

In oiqlaley to zixir cjjfb rtpc in zix hihqvtp of zix bmkulyrxjoqk, Ruūcdčqiyiv jpmixed zix evpzjlqewb’s Vpm wohrx. Gtb 3o12m ttlb pnajrb ktdu vys zix rnidlze ragdlxg ega qvkiveyqqu gqukxpu of zix evpzjlqewb, kyuqqiyqo 23 ibjpqu ega 13.9 axhkspzz dee kgpw.

Ruūcdčqiyiv kew ktdu wocsg in zix “Ali Tytndednwh Rymt” dlukv jxmi Kt’Aovdltne Xyhz Hzgvkbqcw. Ehanbtu ctc to aamq zix smyj kew Čikuqžnga dyw, crjpstx bpzjywj jmr kgpws, vys zix ejuw girptrx in jxq eyst ega zix rnidlze gqukxpu of zix evpzjlqewb jxmi 5.6 dee kgpw.

We qcw eeiulqdzerjy Jtoszjlda in 2011, zuydtef pxyzqax lyjh zixy vkq jpmix gnby to gnby bmkulyrxjoqks in Iejh 2013!

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