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Group:  F | 13.08.2014, 20:15h
Group:  F | 13.08.2014, 20:15h
86-66
23 - 1426 - 1216 - 1421 - 26
23 - 1426 - 1216 - 1421 - 26
Venue: Riga (LAT) |
Spectators: 4700 |
Referees: Anton Makhlin (RUS), Wojciech Liszka (POL), Vladyslav Isachenko (UKR)

GAME REPORT


Latvia Beat Slovakia To Stay Top

14. Kaspars Berzins (Latvia)
Kaspars Berzins led the way for Latvia with 18 points and eight rebounds

Latvia did their homework early against Slovakia on Wednesday and secured a comfy 86-66 win at home, to remain tied with Romania in first place of EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round Group F.

Janis Timma drilled a three-pointer 37 seconds from the end of the first quarter to ignite a 13-0 run for the hosts which Rolands Freimanis capped off with another triple with 7:02 remaining in the second quarter, bringing Latvia ahead 31-14.

Latvia did not maintain their sharpness from long range as they finished on 8-for-24 from three, but were dominant in the paint, out-rebounding their guests 41 to 29, and shared the ball very effectively, dishing out 25 assists.

Using these aspects as the basis the Latvians pulled ahead 49-26 by the half-time break and kept their foot on the gas until the mid-point of the third quarter, as a Martins Meiers lay-up with 6:11 remaining to the end of the period gave them their biggest lead all night, 59-28.

With the result beyond doubt Latvia stopped pushing hard and the proud Slovaks reduced the deficit in the fourth frame.

Big man Kaspars Berzins went six-for-nine from two-point range and collected a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds, Freimanis added 14 points and veteran Kristaps Janicenoks chipped in with 12 points.

For Slovakia, Peter Sedmák finished with 17 points while Peter Simek and Martin Bilik had 12 points apiece in a losing effort.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Latvia vs. Slovakia

Milan Cernicky, Slovakia Head Coach
"We miss seven players due to injuries and other reasons. Most of the current players compete only in the national league and there are no Slovak men`s teams in European competitions. It was a good opportunity to play against a higher ranked opponent, however, we respected Latvia too much in the first half. They were ready and scouted us really well. We played two different halves. There are four more games left. If we play like we did in the second half, maybe we still have a chance to surprise everybody, especially on our home court."

Peter Sedmak, Slovakia
"We showed too much respect for the home team, especially in the first half. We played without confidence, while our opponents ran and scored many easy points. We made some adjustments and played much better in the second half."

Ainars Bagatskis, Latvia Head Coach
"Every player made valuable contributions in the first half. The same trend continued for the next five minutes and then...it was time for Christmas. We started a massive gift programme - forgot how to play against pick-and-roll, created so-called backdoor situations, etc. We can`t play like that again on Sunday."

Kaspars Berzins, Latvia
"We started the game well. Our offence was great, except for the early start. We were warned how to play against Slovakia. I'm very angry about how we played in the second half. It may cost us dearly against the other opponents."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

48.3%

29/60
FG
M/A

39.4%

26/66

58.3%

21/36
FG2P
M/A

41.9%

18/43

33.3%

8/24
FG3P
M/A

34.8%

8/23

80.0%

20/25
FT
M/A

66.7%

6/9

41

10/31
RT
RO/RD

29

8/21

25

AS

16

17

TO

17

8

ST

6

5

BS

4

15

PF

20

86

Pts

66

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