Champagne and flowers were in shorter supply than they had hoped for, but 2013 was still the summer of young love for the 18-year-old Kristaps Porzingis and Latvian basketball in general.
Italy came back from their worst 20 minutes in the tournament and fought off Latvia and a raucous 6,800-strong crowd to conquer gold at the Sportland U20 European Championship with a 67-60 triumph.
In a tournament dominated by outstanding forwards, a guard, Amedeo Della Valle of champions Italy, caught the eye of participating coaches and was named MVP of the Sportland U20 European Championship.
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