Latvia67-82

19-31, 12-16, 19-20, 17-15

Serbia & Montenegro

 

Date: 18.09.2005, 20:30hGroup:  DVenue:   Novi Sad (SRB) Spectators: 6500
Referees:  Guerrino Cerebuch (ITA), Petr Sudek (SVK), Mehmet Keseratar (TUR)
TEAM LEADERS
Latvia Serbia & Montenegro
Kristaps Valters (12)PtsIgor Rakocevic (19)
Uvis Helmanis (8)RebDejan Bodiroga (7)
Roberts Stelmahers (2), Kristaps Valters (2)ASMarko Jaric (7)
Roberts Stelmahers (3)STMarko Jaric (2), Vladimir Radmanovic (2)
Uvis Helmanis (1)BSZeljko Rebraca (1), Nenad Krstic (1)

GAME REPORT

18.09.2005
Serbia & Montenegro Pay Their Dues And Advance

Serbia & Montenegro finally got what they have worked so hard for over the past two days – a comfortable 82-67 win over Latvia to stay alive in the competition and a standing ovation from the Novi Sad crowd to go along with it.

The hosts came into this game knowing a loss would mean elimination from the competition.

However, the win secures second spot in Group D, with Spain taking first place and a direct route to the quarter-finals. 

Serbia & Montenegro will now face France in Novi Sad in an elimination game on Tuesday night.

Igor Rakocevic (#8, SCG)
Igor Rakocevic produced another good performance for his side
“After seeing the result between Spain and Israel (Israel winning 85-77) we knew that this game was our opportunity to advance to the elimination round and I think we played very well for it,” Serbia & Montenegro head coach Zeljko Obradovic said after the game.

“We had to overcome a good team of Latvia who play the same way all the time, but in the end it didn’t work for them and they couldn’t hit their shots from outside.

And Obradovic is going straight to work, studying France to prepare for the elimination game.

“I watched the first half of their game against Slovenia this evening (which Slovenia won 68-58) and I will watch the rest of it and their other games tonight.

“We know they are a very good team, very athletic and I have a lot of respect for them. They are similar to Latvia in the way they go about rebounding. We will need to keep them off the boards as much as we can.

“We need to look at how well we were able to play over the last two games and play to that high level if not even higher to beat France.”

Milan Gurovic believes Serbia & Montenegro will not have the chance to let up for just one minute in the elimination game.

“For the first time in the tournament, I think we were able to play well for a full 40 minutes. That’s the kind of effort it will take to overcome France on Tuesday.

Tonight the hosts were led by their backcourt duo of Rakocevic – who had 19 points – and Marco Jaric who added 12 points and seven assists.

Serbia & Montenegro were firing on all cylinders early on and held a 16 point lead at half time, 47 to 31.

They were not as explosive offensively in the second half, but did well enough at the defensive end to prevent Latvia from getting back in the game.

Latvia were a shadow of the side that forced overtime against Spain the previous night and again relied too heavily on three-point shooting, but this time with no good coming from it as they finished the night on an abysmal 6 for 32 from three-point range.

Like in the game against Israel, Jaric and Rakocevic started together and were in sync instantly.

Serbia & Montenegro’s NBA contingent was ready to answer head coach Zeljko Obradovic’s call as Zeljko Rebraca, Vladimir Radmanovic and Jaric each scored some early points to put the pressure on Latvia.

The visitors played catch up for most of the first half, but their offense was stalling and as in the game against Spain, foul trouble was a problem early on.

Serbia & Montenegro were playing perfect basketball, not forcing shots and sharing the ball so well, that all eight players who took to the court in the first quarter, got on the score sheet.

The second half had a slower pace to it, especially when captain Dejan Bodiroga was on the floor for Serbia & Montenegro.

But once again, they distributed the ball and took the shots available to them.

Latvia meanwhile, were working hard to create open looks but the hosts’ defense was covering their every move, forcing them into rushed shots, most of them from behind the arc.

“We didn’t have a great start to the game and we couldn’t get any easy points tonight,” said Latvian head coach Karlis Muiznieks.

“We tried several things to change the game but nothing worked. And it didn’t help our cause that we made silly mistakes and fouled too much which lead to easy points for them.

Latvia’s captain Roberts Stelmahers was disappointed to see his side dismissed so early in the tournament.

“I’m sad to see that we were only here for three games. But that’s the way it goes. So now we go home and try to recover,” he said.

And Stelmahers also gave his idea of a good final.

“I would like to see Serbia & Montenegro reach the finals and play Spain. I think it would make for a very interesting game.”

Top performers

Latvia Serbia & Montenegro

Roberts Stelmahers

 

Igor Rakocevic

10Pts19
3Reb4
2AS3
3ST0
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Latvia Serbia & Montenegro
21/62FG M/A24/56
15/30 (50.0%) FG2P M/A17/35 (48.6%)
6/32 (18.8%) FG3P M/A7/21 (33.3%)
19/25 (76.0%) FT M/A27/38 (71.1%)
39 (9-30) Reb (O-D) 43 (8-35)
7AS13
11TO9
7ST6
1BS2
31PF26
67Pts82

PHOTO GALLERY

LATVIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
*4Helmanis, U. 293/1323.12/540.01/812.50/00.0268110127
5Vitols, A. 102/366.71/250.01/1100.00/00.0303000005
*6Skele, A. 193/650.03/560.00/10.00/20.0066010036
*7Stelmahers, R. 282/728.62/450.00/30.06/785.70332230210
8Blums, J. 70/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000010020
*9Valters, S. 152/540.02/366.70/20.00/00.0033101064
10Valters, K. 212/922.20/00.02/922.26/6100.01342420412
11Timermanis, I. 142/728.60/10.02/633.32/450.0022000008
12Skirmants, M. 172/633.32/633.30/00.00/00.0000010044
*13Grafs, R. 131/250.01/250.00/00.05/683.3213100037
14Cipruss, K. 71/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/00.0000001002
15Janicenoks, K. 191/333.31/1100.00/20.00/00.0000010052
TEAM/COACH16700
TOTAL21/ 6233.915/ 3050.06/ 3218.819/2576.093039711713167
SERBIA & MONTENEGRO
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Bodiroga, D. 214/944.44/944.40/00.04/580.02571010212
5Milicic, D. 111/333.31/333.30/00.02/2100.0134000024
6Avdalovic, V. 101/333.30/00.01/333.30/00.0112000033
*7Radmanovic, V. 203/837.52/450.01/425.02/2100.0123022039
*8Rakocevic, I. 293/742.91/1100.02/633.311/1573.30443000119
9Scepanovic, V. 200/30.00/10.00/20.00/00.0011000020
*10Jaric, M. 293/742.92/450.01/333.35/862.50557220112
*11Rebraca, Z. 163/475.03/475.00/00.00/00.0033000146
12Krstic, N. 151/425.01/425.00/00.02/2100.0011021124
13Milojevic, D. 122/450.02/366.70/10.01/425.0235220035
14Tomasevic, D. DNP
*15Gurovic, M. 163/475.01/250.02/2100.00/00.0000010028
TEAM/COACH17801
TOTAL24/ 5642.917/ 3548.67/ 2133.327/3871.183543139622682
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Latvia Serbia & Montenegro

Roberts Stelmahers

 

Igor Rakocevic

10Pts19
3Reb4
2AS3
3ST0
0BS0
28Min29

TEAM STATS

Latvia Serbia & Montenegro
21/62FG M/A24/56
15/30 (50.0%) FG2P M/A17/35 (48.6%)
6/32 (18.8%) FG3P M/A7/21 (33.3%)
19/25 (76.0%) FT M/A27/38 (71.1%)
39 (9-30) Reb (O-D) 43 (8-35)
7AS13
11TO9
7ST6
1BS2
31PF26
67Pts82

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeLATVIAScoreSERBIA & MONTENEGRO
09:46   10 M. Jaric assist
09:43 0 - 2 11 Z. Rebraca 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Jaric
09:374 U. Helmanis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 S. Valters 
2 - 2 
09:2513 R. Grafs Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
09:227 R. Stelmahers Steal   
09:23   15 M. Gurovic Turnover (Ball Handling)
09:186 A. Skele 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 4 - 2 
09:036 A. Skele Def. Rebound   7 V. Radmanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:02   15 M. Gurovic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
08:464 U. Helmanis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 R. Grafs 
  
08:46   11 Z. Rebraca Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
08:4613 R. Grafs Free throw MADE(1/2) 5 - 2 
08:4613 R. Grafs Free throw MADE(2/2) 6 - 2 
08:256 A. Skele Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
08:18 6 - 5 15 M. Gurovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:07   7 V. Radmanovic Def. Rebound
08:069 S. Valters 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:007 R. Stelmahers Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
08:00 6 - 6 10 M. Jaric Free throw MADE(1/2)
08:00 6 - 7 10 M. Jaric Free throw MADE(2/2)
07:3313 R. Grafs 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 U. Helmanis 
  
07:12   11 Z. Rebraca block
07:116 A. Skele 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   9 S. Valters Def. Rebound
07:0710 M. Jaric Def. Rebound   15 M. Gurovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
06:434 U. Helmanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   4 U. Helmanis Def. Rebound
06:2411 Z. Rebraca Def. Rebound   10 M. Jaric 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:12   7 V. Radmanovic Steal
06:089 S. Valters 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
05:55 6 - 9 15 M. Gurovic 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Jaric
05:35Substitution: 13 R. Grafs out,
15 K. Janicenoks in 
  
05:35Substitution: 6 A. Skele out,
12 M. Skirmants in 
  
05:31   15 M. Gurovic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
05:2812 M. Skirmants 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 8 - 9 
05:14 8 - 11 7 V. Radmanovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
05:149 S. Valters Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
05:14 8 - 12 7 V. Radmanovic Free throw MADE(1/1)
04:537 R. Stelmahers 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   7 V. Radmanovic Def. Rebound
04:454 U. Helmanis Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
04:45Substitution: 7 R. Stelmahers out,
10 K. Valters in 
  
04:45 8 - 13 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(1/2)
04:454 U. Helmanis Def. Rebound   8 I. Rakocevic Free throw missed(2/2)
04:334 U. Helmanis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 10 K. Valters 
10 - 13 
04:1510 K. Valters Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)   
04:15Substitution: 9 S. Valters out,
5 A. Vitols in 
  
04:15 10 - 14 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(1/2)
04:154 U. Helmanis Def. Rebound   8 I. Rakocevic Free throw missed(2/2)
04:0715 K. Janicenoks 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 A. Vitols 
  
04:01   8 I. Rakocevic Def. Rebound
04:014 U. Helmanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:52 10 - 17 10 M. Jaric 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:25   8 I. Rakocevic Def. Rebound
03:275 A. Vitols 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:21 10 - 20 8 I. Rakocevic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:21Timeout   
03:09   11 Z. Rebraca Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
03:09   Substitution: 11 Z. Rebraca out,
5 D. Milicic in
03:00   5 D. Milicic Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)
03:0010 K. Valters Free throw MADE(1/2) 11 - 20 
03:0010 K. Valters Free throw MADE(2/2) 12 - 20 
02:44   10 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:444 U. Helmanis Def. Rebound   
02:27   5 D. Milicic Def. Rebound
02:2710 K. Valters 3PtsFG (Dunk) missed   
02:2712 M. Skirmants Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)   
02:27   Substitution: 10 M. Jaric out,
6 V. Avdalovic in
02:27 12 - 21 5 D. Milicic Free throw MADE(1/2)
02:27 12 - 22 5 D. Milicic Free throw MADE(2/2)
02:06   5 D. Milicic Def. Rebound
02:074 U. Helmanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:5115 K. Janicenoks Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 1st)   
01:51Substitution: 5 A. Vitols out,
13 R. Grafs in 
  
01:51Substitution: 4 U. Helmanis out,
7 R. Stelmahers in 
  
01:51   Substitution: 15 M. Gurovic out,
4 D. Bodiroga in
01:51 12 - 23 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(1/3)
01:51   8 I. Rakocevic Free throw missed(2/3)
01:51 12 - 24 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(3/3)
01:32   4 D. Bodiroga Def. Rebound
01:3210 K. Valters 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:28 12 - 26 7 V. Radmanovic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
01:2812 M. Skirmants Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 2nd)   
01:28Substitution: 12 M. Skirmants out,
11 I. Timermanis in 
  
01:288 I. Rakocevic Def. Rebound 12 - 27 7 V. Radmanovic Free throw MADE(1/1)
01:20   7 V. Radmanovic Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)
01:2011 I. Timermanis Free throw MADE(1/2) 13 - 27 
01:2011 I. Timermanis Free throw MADE(2/2) 14 - 27 
00:55 14 - 30 6 V. Avdalovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
00:3815 K. Janicenoks 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 16 - 30 
00:21   7 V. Radmanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 D. Bodiroga
00:2115 K. Janicenoks Personal Foul (Team 10th, Player 2nd)   
00:21   Substitution: 7 V. Radmanovic out,
13 D. Milojevic in
00:21   4 D. Bodiroga Free throw missed(1/2)
00:21 16 - 31 4 D. Bodiroga Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:0310 K. Valters 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 19 - 31 
00:006 V. Avdalovic Def. Rebound   8 I. Rakocevic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
TimeLATVIAScoreSERBIA & MONTENEGRO
09:4411 I. Timermanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:27   6 V. Avdalovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 D. Milojevic
09:217 R. Stelmahers Steal   
09:2014 K. Cipruss Steal   13 D. Milojevic Turnover (Ball Handling)
09:0110 K. Valters 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:01   6 V. Avdalovic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
09:01   Substitution: 8 I. Rakocevic out,
10 M. Jaric in
09:01Substitution: 13 R. Grafs out,
14 K. Cipruss in 
  
08:55   13 D. Milojevic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
08:5511 I. Timermanis Free throw missed(1/2)   
08:5511 I. Timermanis Free throw missed(2/2)   13 D. Milojevic Def. Rebound
08:355 D. Milicic Def. Rebound   5 D. Milicic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:267 R. Stelmahers 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:0915 K. Janicenoks Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   
08:09   Substitution: 6 V. Avdalovic out,
9 V. Scepanovic in
08:09Substitution: 15 K. Janicenoks out,
9 S. Valters in 
  
08:05Substitution: 10 K. Valters out,
15 K. Janicenoks in 
  
07:53   9 V. Scepanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 D. Milicic
07:47 19 - 33 5 D. Milicic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Milojevic
07:3311 I. Timermanis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   7 R. Stelmahers Def. Rebound
07:33   13 D. Milojevic Def. Rebound
07:25   4 D. Bodiroga 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:0711 I. Timermanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 R. Stelmahers 
22 - 33 
06:45 Def. Rebound   
06:457 R. Stelmahers Steal   13 D. Milojevic Turnover (3 secs)
06:45Substitution: 14 K. Cipruss out,
12 M. Skirmants in 
  
06:45Substitution: 11 I. Timermanis out,
4 U. Helmanis in 
  
06:33   13 D. Milojevic Def. Rebound
06:347 R. Stelmahers 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
06:18 22 - 35 4 D. Bodiroga 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
06:1812 M. Skirmants Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
06:1810 M. Jaric Def. Rebound 22 - 36 4 D. Bodiroga Free throw MADE(1/1)
05:574 U. Helmanis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
05:507 R. Stelmahers 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 24 - 36 
05:414 U. Helmanis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
05:41Substitution: 15 K. Janicenoks out,
6 A. Skele in 
  
05:41   13 D. Milojevic Free throw missed(1/2)
05:416 A. Skele Def. Rebound   13 D. Milojevic Free throw missed(2/2)
05:24   10 M. Jaric Def. Rebound
05:254 U. Helmanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
05:14 24 - 38 4 D. Bodiroga 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
04:54   4 D. Bodiroga Def. Rebound
04:5412 M. Skirmants 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
04:41   4 D. Bodiroga 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 D. Milojevic
04:41 24 - 40 13 D. Milojevic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
04:419 S. Valters Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
04:41Timeout   
04:41Substitution: 9 S. Valters out,
15 K. Janicenoks in 
  
04:41Substitution: 7 R. Stelmahers out,
10 K. Valters in 
  
04:41 24 - 41 13 D. Milojevic Free throw MADE(1/1)
04:41   Substitution: 13 D. Milojevic out,
12 N. Krstic in
04:29   9 V. Scepanovic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
04:126 A. Skele 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 26 - 41 
03:416 A. Skele Def. Rebound   
03:414 D. Bodiroga Def. Rebound   10 M. Jaric 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:3115 K. Janicenoks 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:1110 K. Valters Def. Rebound   
03:136 A. Skele Def. Rebound   12 N. Krstic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
03:09   4 D. Bodiroga Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
03:09   Substitution: 4 D. Bodiroga out,
8 I. Rakocevic in
03:05   10 M. Jaric Steal
03:0515 K. Janicenoks Turnover (Ball Handling)   
02:51   8 I. Rakocevic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:324 U. Helmanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 K. Valters 
29 - 41 
02:32Timeout   
02:08   5 D. Milicic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
02:0810 K. Valters Def. Rebound   
01:45   5 D. Milicic Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
01:45   Substitution: 5 D. Milicic out,
13 D. Milojevic in
01:456 A. Skele Free throw missed(1/2)   
01:456 A. Skele Free throw missed(2/2)
Off. Rebound: 10 K. Valters 
  
01:33   8 I. Rakocevic Def. Rebound
01:3310 K. Valters 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:29 29 - 43 8 I. Rakocevic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
01:2210 K. Valters Turnover (Bad Pass)   10 M. Jaric Steal
01:2215 K. Janicenoks Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 4th)   
01:22Substitution: 15 K. Janicenoks out,
9 S. Valters in 
  
01:22   10 M. Jaric Free throw missed(1/2)
01:22 29 - 44 10 M. Jaric Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:22   Substitution: 10 M. Jaric out,
6 V. Avdalovic in
01:06   6 V. Avdalovic Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
01:0610 K. Valters Free throw MADE(1/2) 30 - 44 
01:0610 K. Valters Free throw MADE(2/2) 31 - 44 
00:479 S. Valters Def. Rebound   
00:47   8 I. Rakocevic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:30    Def. Rebound
00:3012 M. Skirmants Turnover (Bad Pass)   
00:30Timeout   
00:30   Substitution: 6 V. Avdalovic out,
4 D. Bodiroga in
00:30   Substitution: 13 D. Milojevic out,
10 M. Jaric in
00:1910 K. Valters Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)   
00:19   Substitution: 4 D. Bodiroga out,
13 D. Milojevic in
00:19 31 - 45 10 M. Jaric Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:19 31 - 46 10 M. Jaric Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:19   Substitution: 10 M. Jaric out,
6 V. Avdalovic in
00:004 U. Helmanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:00   8 I. Rakocevic Def. Rebound
00:009 S. Valters Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 3rd)   
00:00 31 - 47 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:0013 R. Grafs Def. Rebound   8 I. Rakocevic Free throw missed(2/2)
TimeLATVIAScoreSERBIA & MONTENEGRO
09:42   11 Z. Rebraca 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:37    Def. Rebound
09:377 R. Stelmahers Turnover (Travelling)   
09:2510 K. Valters Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   
09:1913 R. Grafs Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   
09:08 31 - 50 7 V. Radmanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Jaric
08:52   11 Z. Rebraca Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)
08:5213 R. Grafs Free throw MADE(1/2) 32 - 50 
08:5213 R. Grafs Free throw MADE(2/2) 33 - 50 
08:3910 K. Valters Steal   
08:3910 K. Valters Steal   7 V. Radmanovic Turnover (Ball Handling)
08:38   8 I. Rakocevic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
08:247 R. Stelmahers 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 R. Grafs 
  
08:054 U. Helmanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:5513 R. Grafs 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 7 R. Stelmahers 
35 - 50 
07:3613 R. Grafs Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)   
07:18 35 - 52 11 Z. Rebraca 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
07:04   10 M. Jaric Def. Rebound
07:0410 K. Valters 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
06:58 35 - 54 10 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Jaric
06:41Substitution: 13 R. Grafs out,
14 K. Cipruss in 
  
06:307 R. Stelmahers 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
06:30 Off. Rebound   
06:2214 K. Cipruss 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 37 - 54 
06:22 Foul drawn    Personal Foul
06:227 R. Stelmahers Free throw MADE(1/2) 38 - 54 
06:227 R. Stelmahers Free throw missed(2/2)   
06:044 U. Helmanis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 A. Vitols 
  
05:5810 K. Valters 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 41 - 54 
05:39 41 - 57 15 M. Gurovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 8 I. Rakocevic
05:1910 K. Valters 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 A. Vitols 
  
05:095 A. Vitols 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 43 - 57 
05:00   7 V. Radmanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:007 R. Stelmahers Def. Rebound   
04:4410 K. Valters Turnover (Bad Pass)   7 V. Radmanovic Steal
04:44    Def. Rebound
04:44Substitution: 10 K. Valters out,
9 S. Valters in 
  
04:25 43 - 59 11 Z. Rebraca 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
04:12   7 V. Radmanovic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
03:525 A. Vitols 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 U. Helmanis 
46 - 59 
03:309 S. Valters Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 4th)   
03:30Substitution: 9 S. Valters out,
6 A. Skele in 
  
03:266 A. Skele Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)   
03:26 46 - 60 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:26 46 - 61 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:13   7 V. Radmanovic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)
03:13Substitution: 4 U. Helmanis out,
11 I. Timermanis in 
  
03:07   11 Z. Rebraca Def. Rebound
03:079 S. Valters 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:56   7 V. Radmanovic 2PtsFG (Dunk) missed
02:55 Def. Rebound   
02:419 S. Valters 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 48 - 61 
02:25 48 - 63 10 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
02:11   10 M. Jaric Def. Rebound
02:116 A. Skele 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
02:116 A. Skele Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)   
02:11   Substitution: 15 M. Gurovic out,
4 D. Bodiroga in
02:11Substitution: 7 R. Stelmahers out,
15 K. Janicenoks in 
  
02:11Substitution: 5 A. Vitols out,
9 S. Valters in 
  
02:11   10 M. Jaric Free throw missed(1/2)
02:11   10 M. Jaric Free throw missed(2/2)
Off. Rebound: 7 V. Radmanovic
01:54   7 V. Radmanovic 2PtsFG (Dunk) missed
01:546 A. Skele Def. Rebound   
01:4611 I. Timermanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   11 Z. Rebraca Def. Rebound
01:46    Def. Rebound
01:46Substitution: 14 K. Cipruss out,
12 M. Skirmants in 
  
01:46Substitution: 9 S. Valters out,
10 K. Valters in 
  
01:46   Substitution: 10 M. Jaric out,
9 V. Scepanovic in
01:34   7 V. Radmanovic Turnover (Travelling)
01:34 Def. Rebound   
01:1911 I. Timermanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:1710 K. Valters Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 4th)   
01:17 48 - 64 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:17 48 - 65 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:03   4 D. Bodiroga Def. Rebound
01:0212 M. Skirmants 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
00:48 48 - 67 4 D. Bodiroga 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Milojevic
00:33   11 Z. Rebraca Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 4th)
00:33   Substitution: 11 Z. Rebraca out,
12 N. Krstic in
00:3310 K. Valters Free throw MADE(1/2) 49 - 67 
00:3310 K. Valters Free throw MADE(2/2) 50 - 67 
00:18   12 N. Krstic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
00:1810 K. Valters Def. Rebound   
00:03   12 N. Krstic block
00:0310 K. Valters 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   
00:00   12 N. Krstic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
TimeLATVIAScoreSERBIA & MONTENEGRO
09:4612 M. Skirmants 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 52 - 67 
09:304 U. Helmanis Def. Rebound   
09:314 D. Bodiroga Def. Rebound   6 V. Avdalovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:30   13 D. Milojevic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
09:154 U. Helmanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:01 52 - 69 4 D. Bodiroga 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
08:536 A. Skele 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 U. Helmanis 
  
08:53   4 D. Bodiroga Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
08:35   4 D. Bodiroga Steal
08:3610 K. Valters Turnover (Bad Pass)   
08:186 A. Skele Def. Rebound   
08:189 V. Scepanovic Def. Rebound   13 D. Milojevic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
08:15   6 V. Avdalovic Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)
08:15Substitution: 10 K. Valters out,
7 R. Stelmahers in 
  
07:5612 M. Skirmants 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:40 Def. Rebound   
07:41   4 D. Bodiroga 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:216 A. Skele 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 54 - 69 
06:52   9 V. Scepanovic 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 6 V. Avdalovic
06:35 54 - 71 13 D. Milojevic 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
06:357 R. Stelmahers Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
06:35Substitution: 15 K. Janicenoks out,
8 J. Blums in 
  
06:354 U. Helmanis Def. Rebound   13 D. Milojevic Free throw missed(1/1)
06:18    Def. Rebound
06:184 U. Helmanis Turnover (Bad Pass)   
06:03 Def. Rebound   
06:03   12 N. Krstic Turnover (Travelling)
06:03Substitution: 4 U. Helmanis out,
11 I. Timermanis in 
  
05:43   12 N. Krstic Def. Rebound
05:4312 M. Skirmants 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   11 I. Timermanis Def. Rebound
05:4312 M. Skirmants Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)   
05:43Substitution: 12 M. Skirmants out,
13 R. Grafs in 
  
05:20   13 D. Milojevic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:15   13 D. Milojevic Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)
05:15   Substitution: 13 D. Milojevic out,
10 M. Jaric in
05:15   Substitution: 6 V. Avdalovic out,
8 I. Rakocevic in
05:156 A. Skele Turnover (Bad Pass)   
05:15    Def. Rebound
04:58 54 - 73 12 N. Krstic 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
04:4311 I. Timermanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 R. Grafs 
57 - 73 
04:187 R. Stelmahers Def. Rebound   
04:21   4 D. Bodiroga 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:10   9 V. Scepanovic Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
04:10Timeout   
04:10Substitution: 6 A. Skele out,
9 S. Valters in 
  
04:1013 R. Grafs Free throw MADE(1/2) 58 - 73 
04:1013 R. Grafs Free throw missed(2/2)   
04:098 J. Blums Offensive Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
8 J. Blums Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
03:44   8 I. Rakocevic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 D. Bodiroga
03:319 S. Valters Steal   10 M. Jaric Turnover (Bad Pass)
03:289 S. Valters 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 60 - 73 
03:28Timeout   
03:05   9 V. Scepanovic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:04    Off. Rebound
03:04Substitution: 13 R. Grafs out,
4 U. Helmanis in 
  
02:454 U. Helmanis block   
02:469 S. Valters Def. Rebound   4 D. Bodiroga 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
02:28   10 M. Jaric Def. Rebound
02:2911 I. Timermanis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:16   12 N. Krstic Offensive Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)
12 N. Krstic Turnover (Offensive foul)
02:077 R. Stelmahers 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 62 - 73 
01:4211 I. Timermanis Def. Rebound   
01:41   10 M. Jaric 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:34   10 M. Jaric Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)
01:347 R. Stelmahers Free throw MADE(1/2) 63 - 73 
01:347 R. Stelmahers Free throw MADE(2/2) 64 - 73 
01:33Timeout   
01:228 J. Blums Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
01:159 S. Valters Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 5th)   
01:15 Personal Foul    Foul drawn
01:15Substitution: 9 S. Valters out,
15 K. Janicenoks in 
  
01:15 64 - 74 12 N. Krstic Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:15 64 - 75 12 N. Krstic Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:15 64 - 76 4 D. Bodiroga Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:15 64 - 77 4 D. Bodiroga Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:0615 K. Janicenoks Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 5th)   
01:06Substitution: 15 K. Janicenoks out,
10 K. Valters in 
  
01:06 64 - 78 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:064 D. Bodiroga Def. Rebound 64 - 79 8 I. Rakocevic Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:5710 K. Valters Turnover (Travelling)   12 N. Krstic Steal
00:57    Def. Rebound
00:38 64 - 82 8 I. Rakocevic 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
00:27   12 N. Krstic Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 2nd)
00:277 R. Stelmahers Free throw MADE(1/3) 65 - 82 
00:277 R. Stelmahers Free throw MADE(2/3) 66 - 82 
00:277 R. Stelmahers Free throw MADE(3/3) 67 - 82 
00:18 Def. Rebound   
00:18   10 M. Jaric Turnover (Backcourt violation)
00:007 R. Stelmahers Turnover (Ball Handling)   

Accumulated statistics

Latvia Serbia & Montenegro
21/62FG M/A24/56
15/30 (50.0%) FG2P M/A17/35 (48.6%)
6/32 (18.8%) FG3P M/A7/21 (33.3%)
19/25 (76.0%) FT M/A27/38 (71.1%)
39 (9-30) Reb (O-D) 43 (8-35)
7AS13
11TO9
7ST6
1BS2
31PF26
67Pts82

top performers

Latvia Serbia & Montenegro

Roberts Stelmahers

 

Igor Rakocevic

10Pts19
3Reb4
2AS3
3ST0
0BS0
28Min29

GAME PREVIEW

18.09.2005
Latvia Seek First EuroBasket Win

Latvia face their toughest challenge of EuroBasket preliminary round play on Sunday as they need nothing less than to defeat Serbia & Montenegro on their own court to challenge for a place in an elimination game.

Heroic displays by Sandis Valters and Kristaps Janicenoks weren’t enough to prevent Latvia from losing to group leaders Spain in a heartbreaking 114-109 overtime game.

Spain got off to a great start and Latvia were in foul trouble early on, sending the Spaniards to the free-throw line 20 times in the first quarter alone.

But behind an outside shooting barrage led by Valters and Janicenoks, the Latvians clawed their way out of a 14-point deficit to make a game of it.

Sandis Valters (Latvia)
Sandis Valters will need to hit plenty of shots if Latvia are to beat Serbia & Montenegro
Valters made 6 of 11 shots from beyond the arc, the most important one a desperation off-balance shot from the left baseline that tied the game at 98 all in the closing seconds of regulation to force the overtime.

However missed free-throws proved to be the deciding factor in this game and Latvia failed to earn those points in the fourth quarter and extra-time session.

Despite the final score, head coach Karlis Muiznieks was proud of his team’s efforts.

“I’m proud of the way we played. We were down early on and had some foul trouble, but we stayed patient and came back to make it an interesting game. But in the end, we made critical mistakes and it seemed luck was on Spain’s side,” he said.

Kristaps Valters conceded that the early foul trouble may have done Latvia’s chances in.

“Our defensive fouls really affected us, especially in the first quarter. Other than that, we played well. We shot the ball well, we played aggressive defense and managed to slow Spain down a bit. But in the end we just committed too many fouls.”

But Valters believes Latvia will take both the negatives and the positives from that game and come out strong against Serbia & Montenegro.

“Last night’s game gives us confidence for today’s. It will be our most important of the tournament yet because it may well be our last but we’ll be ready to give everything we have left.”

Despite the loss, Latvia will be happy to see that their style of play was in full effect as they converted 18 of their 45 attempts from three point range.

Against Israel, Serbia & Montenegro looked a different side than the one which lost by 19 points against Spain on Friday night – and in some way they were.

Igor Rakocevic replaced Dejan Bodiroga in the starting line-up and it made the defending champions a much quicker and energetic team.

Led by its contingent of NBA players, Serbia & Montenegro put together a 20-0 run in the fourth quarter to put Israel out of contention for good.

Krstic took care of the offense in the paint while Jaric did some damage from the perimeter and Milicic proved a threat defensively, blocking several shots before taking over from Krstic at the other end of the floor.

Jaric made amends for a sub-par performance against Spain by leading a balanced offense with 19 points. Rakocevic added 15 points and six assists and Krstic had a double double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Milicic, the 20-year-old who rarely plays for the Detroit Pistons, showed glimpses of his potential and finished the night with 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

After the game, Serbia & Montenegro head coach Zeljko Obradovic was happy with his team’s efforts but still saw things that needed correcting.

“We played well but we are still making some mistakes. We were more patient on offense and circulated the ball and tried not to force anything,” Obradovic said.

He also thanked the fans for sticking with Serbia & Montenegro through the good and the bad on the night, culminating in a standing ovation in the closing minutes of the game.

“The fans stood behind us when we were struggling to make anything good happen. And that’s when I feel we need them the most. When things aren’t going right. So my thanks go out to them for sticking by us all the way tonight.”

“We will need to play at least as well as we did against Israel to take care of Latvia today.”