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Basketball tourney set for tipoff

THE Lithuania Pavilion will hold a basketball tournament next month, an official said yesterday.

The Expo Basketball Championship Matches will invite 50 to 60 pavilions to compete in the tournament from August to September, according to Egle Vasailyte, an official with the Lithuania Pavilion.

Vasailyte said the pavilion would build a basketball court next to its pavilion and visitors can watch the games in spectator areas around the court.

She said the three-on-three tournament is like street basketball. The format was chosen as it is more entertaining and allows the athletes to showcase their individual skills, she said.

The games will be held every other day in a series of elimination rounds. The winner will receive a cup and be crowned Expo Basketball Champion.

The Lithuania Pavilion is already generating interest in the tournament. Many visitors are lining up at the pavilion to take free throws. Each visitor will be given two shots. Anyone who sinks either of the shots will be given a little prize, such as a stress ball, or a yo-yo.


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