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Group:  D | 27.07.2008, 14:30h
Group:  D | 27.07.2008, 14:30h
80-75
25 - 1818 - 2617 - 1320 - 18
25 - 1818 - 2617 - 1320 - 18
Venue: Amaliada (GRE) |
Spectators: 100 |
Referees: Kestutis Pilipauskas (LTU), Leonidas Spiridonos (GRE), Antonio Conde (ESP)

GAME REPORT


Latvia Hold Off Bulgaria To Advance

Kalvis Krumins had 22 points and six assists in leading Latvia to an 80-75 win over Bulgaria to advance to the Qualfiying Round of the U18 European Championship Men.

Latvia survived a late comeback by the Bulgarians to clinch their first victory in Group D as Martins Laksa added 12 points and Kristers Zeidaks had 11 points.

Bulgaria will play against relegation to Division B after their third straight loss despite 29 points from Aleksandar Yanev and 16 points by Hristo Zahariev.

The game was tight early and even at 11-11 before Krumins converted a three-point play and hit a three-ball in opening a 19-11 lead. Varis Krumins's team were up 25-18 after one period. Girts Celms and Armands Osins knocked down three-balls as the margin was 37-28 midway through the second quarter.

But Yanev sparked a Bulgarian comeback, hitting two triples and converting a three-point play and Bozhidar Avramov's foul shots completed a 12-2 run for a 40-39 lead. And Yordan Kolev's side were up 44-33 at the break.

Latvia started the second half with a 6-0 run but was answered by an 8-0 Bulgaria spurt. The Latvians were leading 60-57 after three periods. Davis Rozitis came off the bench for back-to-back baskets to spark a 10-2 Latvia run for a 70-59 lead.

The margin was still 78-69 after Oto Osenieks's two foul shots with 43 seconds to play. After Zahariev and Yanev knocked down three-balls to make it 78-75, Celms turned the ball over with 20 seconds left. But Vasil Kyosev missed a three-pointer with six seconds remaining and Krumins hit two foul shots with a second to play.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

41.8%

28/67
FG
M/A

34.8%

24/69

44.9%

22/49
FG2P
M/A

45.7%

16/35

33.3%

6/18
FG3P
M/A

23.5%

8/34

64.3%

18/28
FT
M/A

86.4%

19/22

42

12/30
RT
RO/RD

46

15/31

13

AS

16

11

TO

15

5

ST

7

5

BS

6

23

PF

27

80

Pts

75

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