Unfortunately, I didn’t see Micallef tweet today; it could be to avoid the wrath of people who hate numbers and facts. However, I’ll throw them out – another solid game today for the Toronto Raptors No. 5 selection in this year’s draft, Jonas Valanciunas. Lithuania defeated Russia today in the semi-finals with a score of 85 – 68 and will meet Serbia tomorrow for the Gold Medal at the FIBA U-19 World Championships. Valanciunas had another solid game as he finished with 21 PTS, 13 REB, and 2 AST.
Big V is owning this tournament so far and his statistics for the entire FIBA U-19 World Championships through 8 games (avg. 29.8 MIN) are:
1st Tournament Scoring Average: 21.4 PPG.
1st Total Points: 171
2nd Field-Goal Percentage: 57.7 %
3rd Free-Throw Percentage 83.3 %
(I should note that Jonas has taken the most free-throws (60) in the tournament)
1st Rebounds Per Game 14.6 REB.
1st Blocks Per Game 3.2
1st Double-Doubles 7
Also noteworthy, Canada finished 11th at the tournament today after defeating Egypt 84 – 79. While the Canadian team finished on a high note, the final result is a disappointment for Canada after they finished 7th at the 2009 tournament in New Zealand.
* Stay tuned for Friday’s review of the Tim and Sid: Uncut. It should be up shortly.