Kristers Zeidaks hit a lay-up at the final buzzer to hand Latvia a 79-75 victory over Russia, bouncing the Russians from the semi-finals of the U18 European Championship Men and giving Croatia a spot.
Zeidaks finished with 17 points while Kalvis Krumins poured in 30 and Armandis Osins added 12 for Varis Krumins's side, which finished 3-2 in Group F.
Russia made nine of ten free throws in the final minute and five players scored in double figures as their team took a big step towards the semi-finals of the U18 European Championship Men with an 85-76 victory over Croatia.
Alexey Murychev collected 15 points and 13 rebounds and Vladimir Pichkurov scored 17 in handing Croatia their first loss of the tournament and improving their record to 3-1 in the Qualifying Round Group F.
Russia withstood a powerful Turkish inside one-two punch to collect an 82-72 victory in Group F of the U18 European Championship Men.
Pavel Antipov tallied 22 points to pace Russia while Maxim Grigoryev added 19 and Vladimir Pichkurov had 18 in helping Alexey Vadeev's team move to 2-1 in the Qualifying Round.
Nicolas Lang's three-point stroke guided France to a 70-61 victory over Russia to claim first place in Group C of the U18 European Championship Men.
Lang hit four triples in scoring 14 points while Alexis Tanghe had 14 points and Andrew Albicy chipped in 13 as France finished 2-1 in the group.
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