The Russian Federation outlasted a scrappy Lithuanian squad 83-74 in the opening game of the 2012 Olympic Basketball quarterfinals on Wednesday.
With the win, Russia advances to the semifinals and will play the winner of the Spain-France matchup. Lithuania is eliminated.
Russia was led by former NBA star Andrei Kirilenko’s double-double performance of 19 points and 13 rebounds — he was five-of-eight from the field overall and made 9-of-12 free-throws in the contest. Russian teammate, and Blake Griffin’s personal step stool, Tomofey Mozgov added 17 points and four boards for the Federation. Victor Khryapa (12), Vitaliy Fridzon (11), and Sergey Monya (10) were also in double-figures for Russia.
Rimantas Kaukenas led the way for Lithuania with a great shooting performance and scored a team-high 19 points in the game. Kaukenas shot 50 percent (6-of-12) from the field overall, 60 percent (3-of-5) from behind the arc, and made all four of his free-throws. Teammate Mantas Kalnietis shot 50 percent from the field and from long-range in the contest for a total of 14 points. Rounding out the double-digit scorers for Lithuania was Darius Songaila who hit four-of-five from the field and made all seven foul-shots for 15 points.
Russia shot an impressive 51 percent (23-of-45) from inside the arc but posted terrible displays from downtown and the foul-line, shooting 29 percent (5-of-17) from long-range and 61 percent (22-of-36) from the charity-stripe.
Lithuania on the other hand, was quite the opposite. They shot decent from long-range (42%) and from the foul-line (73%) but were terrible as a team inside the arc, making only 14-of-40 (35%) shots.
Russia advances to the semifinals and will play Spain on Friday.