Turning Point: The Czechs had picked up where they left off on Sunday against Ukraine, pushing the ball at every opportunity and getting to the basket at will to open up a seven-point lead. But Latvia responded and Dairis Bertans' three-pointer midway through the second period sparked a series of more aggressive offensive possessions as the hosts scored 14 unanswered points to seize the initiative and bring their fans into the game.
Stats Don't Lie: Latvia got 28 of their points from their bench while the Czechs' reserves only contributed 9. This shortcoming in scoring became a big factor when star center Jan Vesely had his minutes limited after picking up his fourth foul soon after half-time before eventually fouling out.
Game Hero: Janis Blums epitomised the Latvians' new-found offensive aggression. He did his best to penetrate at every opportunity while knocking down 4-of-8 attempts from beyond-the-arc as he scored 14 points. His tireless efforts on defence made a big difference too, disrupting the Czechs' rhythm. Not even an elbow to the eye, which required further attention in the locker room, could slow the 33-year-old down.
The Bottom Line: Latvia, once again, appeared a little tentative in the early stages, but began to play their natural game once they had a decent run - and the crowd - behind them. This was a big victory in the context of the group, as they will expect to beat the rest of their opponents. This was due to be the Czechs' toughest test so far and so it proved. They did not appear to have an answer when their running game was taken away, but do, at least, have a day to re-group before going up against Belgium.