Lithuanian basketball snags European gold

  • 2003-09-18
  • Darius James Ross
VILNIUS - After an arduous 64-year wait, the Lithuanian men's basketball team capturedthe Eurobasket championship gold medal on Sept. 14, causing the country toerupt in joyous celebration.In a basketball-obsessed country, where the sport has the status ofunofficial secular religion, the team's outstanding 94-84 victory over Spainin the final match, played at the Globen Arena in Stockholm, provokedwidespread jubilation and a gigantic street party.Thousands of Vilniusites emptied into the streets, dancing, waving flags andchanting "Mes laimejom" ("We won").This was Lithuania's third European ...
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