Foreign Coaches Make Themselves At Home
Merriam-Webster defines a foreigner as "a person belonging to or owing allegiance to a foreign country".

Nine of the 16 head coaches at EuroBasket 2009 know a thing or two about owing their allegiances to foreign countries as they are leading national teams other than their native lands - with a mixed bag of success.
Latvia Win But Germany Through

Jan Jagla hit a three-pointer and two foul shots in the final 14 seconds as Germany staged a miracle comeback to advance to the EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Round despite a 68-62 loss against Latvia.

Latvia led by 11 points with 22 seconds left which would have put them through from Group B. But Jagla sandwiched his heroics around two missed foul shots by Ernests Kalve with 13.2 seconds to play. And Armands Skele's three-pointer at the buzzer was off target, sending Latvia packing.



NoNamePos. HeightBirth datePlace of birth
 Sandis Buskevics 1.90 28.01.1977 Ventspils (LAT)  
 Raimonds Gabrans PG 1.85 28.04.1984 Gulbene (LAT)  
 Edgars Jeromanovs PG 1.86 18.04.1986 Saldus (LAT)  
 Jänis Porzingis 2.00 13.07.1982 Liepaja (LAT)  
 Janis Poznaks PF 2.02 21.07.1983 Ogre (LAT)  
 Armands Skele 1.92 04.09.1983 Riga (LAT)  
 Ugis Vilums SF 1.98 28.07.1979 Saldus (LAT)  
 Aigars Vitols GF 1.94 15.02.1976 Riga (LAT)  
 Ronalds Zakis 2.07 08.07.1987 Talsi (LAT)  
 4Uvis Helmanis PF 2.04 10.06.1972 Talsi (LAT)  
 6Juris Umbrasko SF 1.97 25.07.1979 Jekabpils (LAT)  
 7Janis Blums SG 1.91 20.04.1982 Saldus (LAT)  
 8Mareks Jurevicus SG 1.98 17.01.1985 Liepaja (LAT)  
 9Kristaps Valters PG 1.88 18.09.1981 Riga (LAT)  
10Gatis Jahovics SF 2.00 11.08.1984 Riga (LAT)  
11Pavels Veselovs PF 2.07 15.07.1983 Riga (LAT)  
12Kaspars Cipruss 2.07 18.02.1982 Rezekne (LAT)  
13Ernests Kalve PF 2.00 04.04.1987 Riga (LAT)  
14Kristaps Janicenoks 1.95 14.03.1983 Riga (LAT)  
15Andris Biedrins 2.11 02.04.1986 Riga (LAT)  
41Kaspars Berzins PF 2.11 25.08.1985 Ogre (LAT)  


Head Coach: Nenad Trajkovic
Assistant Coach: Edmunds Valeiko

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Last Chance Latvia

Germany and Latvia face off in the final Group B match of the EuroBasket 2009 with the final spot in the Qualifying Round still to be decided.

Germany can afford a loss by seven points and still advance to the next round but German coach Dirk Bauermann would much rather have his team finish off with a victory going into the next round.

France Book Place In Qualifying Round

Tony Parker once again took over the proceedings and carried France to a 60-51 victory over Latvia, scoring 21 of his 23 points after intermission in helping France overcome a 10-point third quarter deficit and book their spot in the Qualifying Round of EuroBasket 2009.

The other French starters combined for 15 points while Ali Traore came off the bench for 12 points for Vincent Collet's team, which held Latvia to just 33 percent shooting for the game and survived scoring just three points in the second quarter.

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