This is a friendly International match between South Korea and Lithuania, in Seoul. This is an interesting match, as these teams are in the preparation for the World cup, so please review our thoughts, here below about this South Korea vs Lithuania game.
This is only 1st Korea’s game in their preparation period so far. It is going to be very interesting to look at this team. South Korea does not have any notable stars in their lineup however this team is known for its character and trying as hard as they can. Korea cruised through qualification to the World cup and showed very good offence. They like to shoot triples a lot but do not shy away from driving in to the basket and drawing many fouls.
But Koreans do not like to play defence. They almost always allow 80 points against teams that are not very good offensively. This shows us that Korea probably lacks skill on the defensive end. What we know for sure is that they do not have size, which is going to be a problem for them in this game, as well as in the World cup. There are no statistics available as Koreans did not play a single game in the preparation period.
Lithuania has already played 6 games in the preparation period. They have 3 wins and 3 losses. In the last game, we saw them play against Russia’s national team. And Lithuanian’s proved themselves as they won 72:88. So far Lithuania gets better and better every game on. It looks like they are feeling way better playing with each other than they did at the start of the preparation. Players are starting to get into coach’s defensive systems and building their offensive guns as well.
Lithuania has a lot of depth this tournament. There are about 8 players in the lineup that you can absolutely trust at the end of the game and all of the players are high-calibre enough to play in the middle of the game, in World cup. This is a great feat for Europeans to have many different players that can shine each and every night. Lithuania’s leaders this preparation period: Jonas Valančiūnas (13.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg), Marius Grigonis (13.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg), Domantas Sabonis (12.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg)
South Korea vs Lithuania H2H
Lithuania and South Korea met each other 5 years ago in the 2014 World cup, in Spain. Lithuania won this game 79:49. But now these teams have changed a lot over the years however, Lithuanians still look huge favourites in this game. Europeans are simply better in every aspect of the game. They are better shooters, better defenders and have much more size. The only thing that is in Korea’s favour is that this game takes part in their home and Lithuanians had a long flight before the game. The only thing that we, basketball lovers can expect, is that South Korea will try to prove themselves and we will see an interesting game.
Article image is taken from medium.com