Denmark grabbed their first win of the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers, taking down juggernauts Lithuania in their own backyard with an 80-76 win on Friday.
With this win, Denmark stayed alive in the hunt for the two tickets available from this group, along with the already-qualified Czech Republic. Lithuania dropped to 1-2, falling two games behind undefeated Belgium.
In Lithuania’s shocking loss, It all came down to the last two possessions of the game. After a Danish timeout, Gabriel Lundberg took the responsibility, beat Jonas Maciulis one-on-one, and finished his off-balance runner to make it 78-76 with 18 ticks on the clock. Lithuania called a timeout of their own, went for a Mantas Kalnietis three-pointer to win it, but it was short. Adama Darboe picked up the loose ball, stayed calm from the line to set the final score.
Once again, it was Gabriel Lundberg who was the hero of the night. The Danish point guard was unstoppable, finishing with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists while going 9-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Denmark, Czech Republic, and Lithuania are now in a 1-2 tie in this group, behind the perfect 3-0 Belgium squad. Denmark will play against the Czech Republic on Sunday. Lithuania’s job isn’t getting any easier as they search for their way past the unbeaten Dario Gjergja team.