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Barcelona’s Kasparas Jakucionis wins ANGT Zadar MVP

U18 FC Barcelona guard Kasparas Jakucionis was awarded the Most Valuable Player at the Adidas Next Generation Tournament in Zadar.

The Lithuanian international scored 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals in the final game of the tournament, helping his team to a 54-81 victory over Zaragoza.

The young guard averaged 19.2 points, seven rebounds, 4.5 assists, and three steals across all four of the games over the weekend, making him a worthy MVP candidate.

Jakucionis now joins Hugo Gonzalez of Real Madrid and Rubin Prey of Joventut Badalona as the third player to win an ANGT MVP award.

The Tournament

FC Barcelona started opened their tournament against U18 Helsinki Basketball on Friday, beating the Finnish side 88-64 in a comfortable victory for the Spanish side.

MVP Kasparas Jakucionis was the standout performer in the second game of the tournament against Next Generation Zadar, scoring 32 points, hauling down nine rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

His MVP performance helped his Barcelona side beat Next Generation Zadar 76-85, all but securing their place in the final game on Sunday.

The Lithuanian guard continued to make his presence known in the third game of the weekend, grabbing ten rebounds and dishing out six assists in a tight 78-70 victory over U18 Zadar.

In their fourth final game to decide who would qualify out of the tournament, Barcelona would face Casademont Zaragoza.

Jakucionis and teammate Dame Sarr combined for 42 points (16 and 27) to give Barcelona a 27-point landslide victory, qualifying them for the ANGT Finals at the Euroleague Final Four.

All tournament selection

Kasparas Jakucionis was joined by his teammate Dame Sarr, Lucas Langarita of Zaragoza, Toni Bilic of U18 Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana, and Mouhamed Faye from U18 Next Generation Team Zadar.

The ANGT Finals will take between the 19th and 21st of May at the Zalgiris Arena Kaunas, Lithuania.

The next and final ANGT qualifier tournament to determine the last team making it to the ANGT Finals will be played in Belgrade, Serbia.

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