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Latvia downs Russia at EuroBasket 2017

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In a very important Group D game at the European Basketball Championship on Tuesday, the Latvian national team defeated Russia 84:69 (12:15, 22:29, 18:8, 32:17).

The first half was very uneven with the officials calling fouls far too often, and Latvian star Kristaps Porzingis had four fouls already before the third quarter. Latvia was trailing 34:44 after the first half.

The Latvians stepped up their defense in the second half, and at the end of the third quarter the score was 52:52. In the final stanza, Latvia outscored Russia 32:17, winning the match 84:69.

Janis Timma led the way for the Latvian team with 22 points and seven rebounds, Rolands Smits and Kristaps Porzingis scored 11 points each, while Martins Meieris had ten points. Alexey Shved led Russia with 21 points and six assists, and Timofey Mozgov scored 16 points.

In Group D standings, Latvia and Russia have both won three games and lost one. Serbia has two wins and one loss, Turkey and Belgium have won one and lost two games each, and Great Britain is in last place with three losses.

The top four teams in each of the four groups will advance to the tournament's knock-out phase.


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