FIBA U-19 Championships, Lithuania Gold, and A Toronto Raptor Has Success

Well that’s it. After nearly two weeks of #calmdown, #justthefacts, and #RememberRafael, Tim Micallef no longer needs to worry about receiving tweets from people in Raptor Nation that are tired of hearing anything that has to do with Jonas Valanciunas as the FIBA U-19 World Championships are now officially over. In today’s gold medal match-up, Valanciunas helped lead Lithuania to a 85 – 67 victory over Serbia. Jonas was also named the tournament’s MVP as he finished with a beast of a game by compiling:

36 PTS., 8 REB., 3 AST.

Big V owned the entire FIBA U-19 World Championships and his statistics for the entire tournament through 9 games were:

1st Tournament Scoring Average: 23 PPG.
1st Total Points: 207
2nd Field-Goal Percentage: 59.8 %
8th Free-Throw Percentage 81.1 %
(I should note that Jonas has taken the most free-throws (60) in the tournament)
1st Rebounds Per Game 13.9 REB.
1st Blocks Per Game 3.2
1st Double-Doubles 7

Congratulations Jonas Valanciunas from all the Tim and Sidizens in Canada. I don’t care about the debate that “he’s playing against kids” or “wait until he faces MEN”, it’s good to see a Toronto Raptor having success. To be honest, I’m just happy to see our prospect showing enthusiasm…when was the last time you saw Bargnani show this much excitement?


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