Spain Look To Maintain Momentum Against Latvia

17.09.2005

Spanish coach Mario Pesquera has warned he wants his players to forget last night's thrilling 89-70 win over hosts Serbia Montenegro and not take for granted the remaining two games against what some would call 'lesser competition' in the form of Latvia and Israel.

"I think we must forget last night's game and focus on today's. We won against a very strong team last night and now we must keep playing the way that brought us success."

Spain have shown they can play without NBA star forward Pau Gasol. The question that was asked yesterday though was for how long.

We have to win the last two games against Spain and Serbia & Montenegro
Karlis Muizineks

"I don't really want to answer questions about Pau Gasol. If he could play, of course we'd be happy to have him on the team. But right now he can't play, so I'm doing what I can with the players that I have. And when our players perform the way they did last night, I think that's all we need to be dangerous in this tournament."

Latvia will try its best to bounce back from a shock 74-65 defeat to the hands of Israel, the last team to qualify for this year's European Championships.

Head coach Karlis Muiznieks said his side are in a tough spot.

"We have to win the last two games against Spain and Serbia & Montenegro. It's as simple as that. It won't be easy to do obviously because they are the favourites in each game we are playing against them, but we can't give up after the first game. There is still some hope."

Both Karlis and team captain Robert Stelmhaers pointed to their side's lack of experience as the factor that hurt them last night.

"We have quite a few players who are taking part in their first EuroBasket competition and obviously it's different to any other games we play. But we must try and forget that and play the best we can."


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