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Shengelia Leads Georgia To Win

adidas Eurocamp by Robert Serra
adidas Eurocamp by Robert Serra

Tornike Shengelia is the youngest starter on the Georgian national team at 20. Nevertheless, he led the team to a 23-point win over Belarus in a "friendly" game in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, his hometown, Tuesday. It was the opening game of a tournament that also includes Ukraine and Estonia.

Shengelia went 7-for-12 overall, including 1-for-2 from three; shot 8-for-9 from the stripe; grabbed 8 rebounds; handed out 3 assists; stole the ball four times and blocked one shot. While Belarus is not a basketball power, many Georgian fans were noting that Shengelia is now team leader, taking over from Hawks center Zaza Pachulia.