By Yarone Arbel
With one win already in their pocket Latvia will take on Israel on day two of Group A action, hoping to clinch a spot in the next round.
Latvia showed great team play and big intensity on both ends of the floor in their opening win over Turkey, and will need to bring that to the court once again to stay perfect.
Israel put up a fight for one half before losing to the champs of the Czech Republic, but don't be mistaken by the 32 point loss.
|Liron Cohen carried the scoring load for Israel in their first game with 16.|
After leaving Slovakia and Poland behind Israel have no plans to give up on this championship.
They will fight again and again, and will need another good shooting night from Liron Cohen and the smart play of Katia Abramzon.
Last Time Out: Latvia collected a key 73-62 win over Turkey on the opening day, while Israel was trashed 75-43 against the champs from the Czech Republic.
Key Match Up: Gunta Basko, who played in Israel several years ago, shinned last night in the win over Turkey, and was an active part in the aggressive back court defense of her team. Today she will try to limit Israel's Liron Cohen who was the top scorer of the team in four of their last five games.
X-Factor: Latvia won despite their best scorer Anete Jekabsone-Zogota not being at her best in the shooting department. Israel will need to choose between eliminating her, or trying to break the Latvian team play which eventually made the difference last night.
Statistics: The Latvians limited Turkey to only one three-pointer last night, while Israel reached the same amount in their game against the Czech Republic. In order to win Israel must be better with their long range shooting, but the Latvian aggressive perimeter defense will be a tough nut to break.
What It Means: Latvia will secure the spot in the next round and if Israel were to qualify eventually the win today will give Latvia a big advantage. Israel can still afford a loss and qualify with a win tomorrow, but needs to gain some confidence after the big loss yesterday.