Latvia beat Ukraine 73-58 to earn their first victory of the qualifying round in Rethimnon today.
The result means that the two teams who, prior to the game were with Israel the only sides without a win in the qualifying round, will finish bottom of Group F and play for places 9 through to 12 over the weekend.
Can M Mutaf led a balanced attack as Turkey overcame Latvia 79-70 to remain undefeated in the qualifying round in Rethimnon tonight.
Mustafa Derin’s men edged ahead on a score of 18-17 at the end of the first quarter, but Latvia used a 15-0 spurt in the second period to take a 25-18 lead.
Lithuania beat Latvia 82-58 in what started out as an entertaining and fast paced ‘Baltic Derby’ but then turned into a one-sided affair in Rethymno tonight.
Marius Linartas’ side jumped to an early 17-7 lead but forward Janis Antrops helped Latvia narrow the gap to two, 22-20, early in the second quarter.
A 7-0 run at the start of the second half proved the turning point for Greece as they went on to beat Latvia 66-43 and finish the group stages unbeaten.
The win means that the hosts top Group C in Ierapetra, much to the delight of the local fans but also of head coach Giorgios Vlassopoulos.
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