Latvia Still Alive After Blowout Of France


Kristers Zeidaks poured in 24 points in helping keep Latvia's chances of the U18 European Championship Men semi-finals alive with a convincing 83-62 win.

Kalvis Krumins added 16 points and Oto Osenieks had 11 as Varis Krumins's team improved to 1-2 in the Qualifying Round Group F.

France dropped to 2-1 despite 15 points by Alexis Tanghe and 11 from Jonathan Bourhis.

Krumins knocked down a three-ball and Lauris Blaus converted a three-point play to open the game. Latvia did not allow France to score a basket until Miguel Buval connected with 4:25 left in the first. And Latvia's lead swelled to 18-5 before France cut the deficit to 18-10 after one period.

Chrislain Cairo's foul shot made it 20-15 but Zeidaks hit three baskets including a triple in giving Latvia a a 29-16 advantage. The cushion grew to 15 before France trailed 40-26 at half-time.

Andrew Albiciy's score trimmed the margin to 45-32, but Martins Laksa and Zeidaks drained long balls in spearheading a 10-0 run. Davis Rozitis and Osenieks both hit three-pointers en route to Latvia grabbing a 27-point lead 65-38 - which was 65-40 going into the fourth.

Osenieks's tip-in made it 70-40 and Zeidaks pushed the advantage to 80-48. France knew that every point could be crucial later in the Qualifying Round and Bourhis knocked down three triples in the closing stretches.


Follow Us On Twitter

Like Us On Facebook