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Olympics: Iran loses to Lithuania in basketball

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (Mehr News Agency)--Iranian basketball team was edged 99-67 by Lithuania in Group A in the preliminary round of the Olympic Men's Basketball tournament on Tuesday.

Lithuania's Linas Kleiza was the game's high scorer, netting 22 points, grabbing eight rebounds and giving two assists. His teammate Sarunas Jasikevicius made 20 points and three assists.

Iranian player Hamed Haddadi was the biggest contributor to his team with 21 points, nine rebounds and one assist. No other Iranian player scored in the double digits.

Iran had already lost its opener against European champions Russia 71-49 on Sunday.

The team is scheduled to play Australia on Thursday.

Iran is in Group A along with Russia, Argentina, Australia, Croatia and Lithuania.

In Group B, the host China has been drawn with Germany, Angola, Greece, Spain and the United States.

... Payvand News - 08/12/08 ... --

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