Ronalds Zakis and Rihards Kuksiks each scored 27 points and Latvia made eight of 10 free throws in the final 1:28 to hold off FYR of Macedonia 90-82 and relegate FYROM to Division B of the U20 European Championship Men.
Reinis Strupovics added 17 points and 12 rebounds as well as two big three-pointers early in the fourth quarter in helping Latvia build a 10-point lead with four minutes to play, which proved enough for the victory.
Italy came back from a 14-point second half deficit to knock off Latvia 72-65 on Sunday and finish undefeated at 3-0 in Group D of the U20 European Championship Men.
Pietro Aradori made two foul shots and a three-pointer in the final 45 seconds to secure the victory for the co-hosts Italy, who were playing in Nova Gorica while fellow hosts Slovenia played in Gorizia.
Co-hosts Italy breezed to a 2-0 record at the U20 European Championship Men with a 94-56 victory against Georgia to grab control of Group D in Gorizia.
Luigi Da Tome scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the first half with Daniel Lorenzo Hackett adding 17 for Pino Sacripanti's team.
Italy followed the lead of U20 European Championship Men co-hosts Slovenia with an 86-51 victory over Bulgaria in their Group D opener.
Pietro Aradori led the way for Pino Sacripanti's team with 15 points while Gino Cuccarolo added 13 points and 21 rebounds as Italy were hardly ever threatened.
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