Apparently, Raptors' draft pick Jonas Valanciunas' 26 point performance in a 94-73 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday was a Lithuanian national team record for points scored in a senior team debut. Valanciunas was MVP as Lithuania took the gold at the recent FIBA Under-19 world championship, but continued his fine play against more seasoned competition, scoring with a variety of dunks and hook shots. Valanciunas added 11 rebounds and hit all eight of his free throws. "I was more nervous than usually … (but) there wasn't a moment that I thought of the statistics, I just went on the court and showed what I can do," Valanciunas told reporters afterwards.
Lithuania hot for Raptors' 'Big V'
Toronto Sun | Aug 10