Latvia stun another Goliath, beat reigning champs Spain

JAKARTA (Indonesia) –¬†Latvia showed remarkable resilience in an excellent fourth quarter comeback against Spain to win¬†74-69¬†and create confusion in Group L. It was a defensive-minded battle from the very first minutes of the game, with Latvia battling their hearts out just to maintain realistic chances of advancing to the Quarter-Finals with a stunning fightback.

Just when it seemed like Latvia were done, they erased an 11-point lead for Spain within less than five minutes of the fourth quarter and then got up 65-63. They put an exclamation mark on their brilliant run with a three-pointer by Davis Bertans and a smooth hook from Rodions Kurucs who put them up 70-65. It proved to be too much for Spain to recover.Not only did he hit that clutch three-pointer, but Davis Bertans also had 16 points for the game, 3 rebounds and a lengthy 33:59 minutes on the court, the highest mark on his team.

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Latvia have done the unthinkable in their debut appearance at the FIBA Basketball World Cup – beating both France and Spain.Just under a year ago, those two sides were competing in the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Final – now both have been beaten by a team that hadn’t even qualified for that tournament and are playing on the global stage for the first time.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Latvia now look forward to Sunday when they could make history in a game against Brazil. At this point, a lot still depends on whatever happens in the other Group L games, yet the Latvians have a decent shot at their first ever Quarter-Finals in their World Cup debut.Spain received a decent blow, however, still can control their own destiny against Canada, given the 26-point deficit that Latvia have taken with them from their loss against the Maple nation.

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