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Liels! Lamb scores 35 vs. Lithuania in FIBA U19 game

FIBAU19 - Lithuania v USA game highlights (via FIBAWorld)

If you're wondering, "boom" is Latvian for "boom."

But say in with an Eastern European accent and that's the reaction you would have likely heard had you been in Ritga, Latvia, for USA Basketball's 107-105 victory over Lithunania in the U19 FIBA World Championship.

The leading scorer for said victory? One gangly, excited fella by the name of Jeremy Lamb (you may remember him from such films as "Hey, Kemba Doesn't Have To Do It All" and "National Champs: Third Time's A Good Yarn!"). Lamb had a game-high 35 points  on an efficient 13-for-23 shooting (5-for-7 from 3) to go along with four rebounds, three steals, two assists and one fantastic reaction to a late Patric Young slam.

"Jeremy Lamb is a great scorer. I thought he used screens very well today," said coach Paul Hewitt. "When he gets it rolling, then it’s easier for him to manufacture shots one-on-one."

Said Lamb: "I was just in a rhythm, finally got in a rhythm so I was able to knock down some shots. My teammates trusted me with the ball, so I was able to hit some shots."


You probably can't read too much into the outing considering the competition, on both sides (on the USA side of the box score, I recognize only Young and Tim Hardaway Jr.). But the standout from the Latvian's side appears to have been Jonas Valanciunas (30 points), the recent No. 5 pick in last month's NBA draft.

Either way, it's a good sign for a player of whom UConn will ask a whole lot next season.