Plenty of experience on Lithuania's Olympic roster
KAUNAS (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - Lithuania coach Jonas Kazlauskas has decided on his 12-man roster for the Rio de Janeiro Games with Arturas Milaknis and Vaidas Kariniauskas the last players to be cut.
|Lithuania 12-player roster for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Milaknis, 30, played for the team last year and scored a very important 9 points in the team's 95-85 triumph over Italy in the Quarter-Finals, a contest that wasn't decided until after overtime. Lithuania next beat Serbia to reach the title game and clinch a spot in Rio.
While they fell to Spain in the championship clash, Lithuania and their raucous fans left a very good impression on the EuroBasket.
A newcomer to the side for Rio is 1.98m Marius Grigonis, who shot 39 percent (52 of 132) from 3-point range and averaged 10 points per game for Spanish Liga Endesa side Manresa in 2015-16.
Grigonis shone for the Lithuania team that finished third at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship and fifth at the 2014 U20 European Championship.
The Olympic appearance for Javtokas, who played at the Summer Games in 2004 and 2008, will be especially sweet. He travelled to Caracas, Venezuela, four years ago and helped Lithuania find success at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament but got hurt at the event in South America and had to miss the London Games.
Domas Sabonis, selected 11th in the NBA Draft last month by Orlando, is also on this year's Olympic roster.