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Azuolas Tubelis posts monster numbers in Lithuania’s FIBA U19 World Cup opener

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Bennedict Mathurin and Oumar Ballo were in action too

Photo via @ltu_basketball

If Azuolas Tubelis’ debut at the FIBA U19 World Cup is an indication of what’s to come, Arizona Wildcats fans are in for a treat this season.

Lithuania lost to Canada 80-71 but the rising sophomore had 32 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks in 32 minutes, while shooting 14 for 18 from the field. The 6-foot-11 forward scored from all three levels, including a pair of 3-pointers:

UA sophomore Bennedict Mathurin started for Canada on the wing but struggled a bit with 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists on 1-of-8 shooting. He played 24 minutes as Canada overcame a 14-point deficit to steal a win.

Earlier in the week, Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd said the FIBA U19 World Cup can be a “springboard” for the college season. UA center Oumar Ballo (Mali) is also participating. The big man had five points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks on 2-of-7 shooting in 30 minutes in a 97-67 loss to Australia.

“Those international FIBA events are great,” Lloyd said Thursday. “There are guys who are competing for their country, so they’re playing with passion, they’re super competitive.”

You can watch the full Lithuania-Canada game here and condensed highlights here, but here’s a cutup of some Tubelis’ best plays courtesy of Igor Chytrzynski of Eurospects.com:

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the games in group play that feature an Arizona Wildcat:

Sunday, July 4

  • Group A: Japan vs. Canada (Mathurin) – 2 a.m. PT
  • Group A: Lithuania (Tubelis) vs. Senegal – 5 a.m. PT
  • Group D: United States vs. Mali (Ballo) – 10:30 a.m. PT

Tuesday, July 6

  • Group A: Senegal vs. Canada (Mathurin) – 2 a.m. PT
  • Group A: Lithuania (Tubelis) vs. Japan – 5 a.m. PT
  • Group D: Turkey vs. Mali (Ballo) – 7:30 a.m. PT