Latvia86-94

14-27, 27-21, 21-22, 24-24

Germany

 

Date: 06.09.2003, 14:00hGroup:  BVenue:   Norrköping (SWE) Spectators: 3387
Referees:  Miguel Betancor (ESP), Grzegorz Ziemblicki (POL)
TEAM LEADERS
Latvia Germany
Ainars Bagatskis (18)PtsDirk Nowitzki (32)
Kaspars Kambala (6), Kristaps Valters (6)RebDirk Nowitzki (9)
Kristaps Valters (4)ASMithat Demirel (4)
Aigars Vitols (2)STMithat Demirel (2)
Trojs Ostlers (2)BSDirk Nowitzki (2)

GAME REPORT

06.09.2003
Latvia 86 Germany 94

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Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and 9 rebounds
Big time favourites Germany were on top of the game throughout the 40 minutes. In between Latvia proved some good strength, but overall it was Germany who was the strongest team.

At crucial moments, Latvia made a lot of mistakes and won the not so pleasant statistics for turnovers 18-8. With two triumphs the Germans are qualified for the next round. The situation for Latvia is more difficult.

Both teams looked a bit tired after the opening games on Friday. But it was noone less than Dirk Nowitzki who got Germany going. The NBA star shot eight points during the first five minutes, and Latvia looked helpless. Latvia missed their shots and the Germans took most of the rebounds. 27-14 after the first quarter was a comfortable lead for the favourites from Germany.

Latvias coach Armands Kraulins did a good job in the break. His team got on to the court with a completely different style. Following a classic Baltic tradition, Latvia started to hit 3-pointers from everywhere. They went from 14-27 to 30-33 in just five minutes.

Germany looked surprised and chocked. Coach Henrik Dettmann needed to take a time out. Latvia tried to eat the whole gap, but Real Madrid giant Kaspars Kambala was not too friendly with the ball and caused a few costly turnovers for Latvia. Nowitzki did som good moves and forced Latvia to many fouls. The German lead had been reduced, but was still seven points, 48-41.

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Misan Nikagbatse (GER) guarded by Armands Skele (LAT)
In the third quarter the teams kept the same pace in scoring. Germany held Latvia at a comfortable distance, mostly due to a stronger play inside. Latvia tried to keep up with its opponent, but often ended up with a foul.

In the last quarter the picture was much the same. Big, strong Gemany fought well when it came to rebounds, while Latvia continued with shots from distance. The team from the Baltic failed to get really close. Everythime they had the chance, a new turnover spoiled it. Most symbolic when the forward Trojs Ostlers, on his own with the basket, lost the ball instead of hitting a layup. With less than three minutes to go, Armands Skele scored 81-85, but that was the closest Latvia got.

During the last minutes Germany guard Mithat Demirel was excellent and led the team to the second victory in two days.

Top performers

Latvia Germany

Ainars Bagatskis

 

Dirk Nowitzki

18Pts32
2Reb9
1AS1
1ST1
0BS2

Accumulated statistics

Latvia Germany
27/58FG M/A28/62
14/33 (42.4%) FG2P M/A19/43 (44.2%)
13/25 (52.0%) FG3P M/A9/19 (47.4%)
19/30 (63.3%) FT M/A29/39 (74.4%)
34 (5-29) Reb (O-D) 28 (5-23)
18AS13
14TO8
4ST7
2BS3
31PF27
86Pts94

PHOTO GALLERY

LATVIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Helmanis, U. 264/757.11/333.33/475.05/683.31121000516
5Vitols, A. 152/540.01/425.01/1100.04/4100.0112002029
6Ostlers, T. 201/812.51/616.70/20.00/00.0134320232
7Stelmahers, R. 324/944.41/425.03/560.02/366.70441400113
8Skele, A. 112/450.01/333.31/1100.02/450.0123300017
9Sneps, E. 182/450.02/2100.00/20.00/00.0123310044
10Valters, K. 222/540.01/250.01/333.32/2100.0066431057
11Laksa, M. DNP
12Bagatskis, A. 247/1163.63/475.04/757.10/00.00221110318
13Grafs, R. 111/1100.01/1100.00/00.02/633.3022200044
14Kambala, K. 212/450.02/450.00/00.02/540.0066030036
15Vecvagars, A. DNP
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL27/ 5846.614/ 3342.413/ 2552.019/3063.3529341814423186
GERMANY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Demirel, M. 275/1338.51/520.04/850.04/666.70224320418
5Okulaja, A. 295/771.44/580.01/250.05/5100.02460210316
6Lütcke, J. 131/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/00.0000100042
7Pesic, M. 261/333.30/00.01/333.30/00.0011300023
8Schultze, S. DNP
9Hamann, S. DNP
10Nikagbatse, M. 131/250.01/250.00/00.03/3100.0022011115
11Garris, S. 213/475.02/366.71/1100.00/00.0112100057
12Arigbabu, S. 40/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000000020
13Femerling, P. 223/1030.03/1030.00/00.03/650.0246221049
14Nowitzki, D. 368/1942.16/1442.92/540.014/1782.40991012132
15Maras, R. 101/250.01/250.00/00.00/20.0000101012
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL28/ 6245.219/ 4344.29/ 1947.429/3974.452328138732794
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 Germany

Ainars Bagatskis

 

Dirk Nowitzki

18Pts32
2Reb9
1AS1
1ST1
0BS2
24Min36

TEAM STATS

Latvia Germany
27/58FG M/A28/62
14/33 (42.4%) FG2P M/A19/43 (44.2%)
13/25 (52.0%) FG3P M/A9/19 (47.4%)
19/30 (63.3%) FT M/A29/39 (74.4%)
34 (5-29) Reb (O-D) 28 (5-23)
18AS13
14TO8
4ST7
2BS3
31PF27
86Pts94