Mikalauskas Shines in Title Game

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In large part due to a depleted field, Laurynas Mikalauskas had a relatively quiet Southern Invitational. The Boo Williams team easily defeated most opponents, but when it came time to perform again the second-best team at the event, the Playaz, Mikalauskas did not disappoint.

In the Championship game versus the Playaz, Mikalauskas scored a game-high 17 points, including 10 of the team’s first 21 points. Boo Williams would defeat the Playaz 72-64 for the SIT title.

Mikalauskas showed his toughness over the weekend, playing with a broken nose suffered about three weeks ago.

“I’m just trying to do my best,” Mikalauskas said on Saturday. “I’m trying to play as long as I can. It doesn’t make a difference if my nose is broken or not, I still have to play as hard as I can.”

Mikalauskas was excited to be at the University of Virginia, where he will play in 2005. He recently committed to UVa over offers from Virginia Tech and West Virginia and interest from Notre Dame, Maryland, and Clemson among others.

“I’m definitely excited to be here,” Mikalauskas said. “It’s my favorite school. I just like UVa very much.”

During the weekend, the 6-8, 240 pound power forward out of Lithuania and Blue Ridge School (Dyke, VA) showed good touch inside and a decent shooting stroke as well. Mikalauskas has good vision and passing ability, as he was able to find an open teammate amidst heavy inside traffic on more than one occasion.

Athletically, he is working on his quickness this summer. He does have an excellent vertical leap.

Mikalauskas is serving as the low-post banger and rebounder for Boo Williams this summer. Once he gets to UVa, he looks forward to performing whatever role Coach Gillen and company have for him.

“It depends on what Coach Gillen wants me to play and I’ll work on that this summer,” Mikalauskas said. “If he wants me to shoot threes then I’ll shoot threes. The coaches here don’t ask me to shoot threes because we have plenty of shooters. Everybody can shoot, so my coach tells me to go get rebounds and go inside because I’m bigger than everybody pretty much, so that’s what I do.”