Latvia Survive Late Scare For First Win

17 August 2012

5. Ance Aizsila (Latvia)
Ance Aizsila was the third Latvian scorer in double figures, contributing 12 points and four assists

Latvia bounced back from their opening day loss to secure a first victory at the U20 European Championship Women but it was a nerve-jangling experience as they survived a late Belarus charge to ride out narrow 67-64 winners.

This Group A clash was a certainly a roller-coaster of emotion for both teams and especially for Belarus forward Maryia Papova who finished on the losing team but was outstanding with a monstrous 22 points and 17 rebounds.

However in Dita Rozenberga, Latvia also had someone who racked up an impressive double-double, her 18 points and 11 rebounds fundamental to this first success.

The first half was keenly contested and it was only a one-shot game at the break, Latvia 33-30 ahead.

But, by early in the final quarter, they had opened up a double-digit lead and it looked as if Belarus were done and dusted.

However they suddenly began to rally during the closing minutes and it set up a thrilling climax as they threatened to force overtime.

Papova brought her team to within just two points at 66-64 with only a minute left on the game clock, but it wasn't to be as Latvia survived - albeit only just.

Paila Tomsone supported the main effort of Rozenberga with an excellent 15 points and nine rebounds.




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