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Kristaps Nails Late Jump Shot To Beat Brits

27 August 2009

Latvia won a thriller against a Great Britain side that is growing in confidence on the opening day of the Efes World Cup in Turkey.

In the warm-up event for next month´s EuroBasket, the Brits utilized their impressive frontcourt duo of Robert Archibald and Andy Betts to near perfection and also got a big game from Nick George but it wasn´t enough as a Kaspars Kambala-inspired Latvia scraped an 86-84 win.

Great Britain led 52-40 at half-time but weren´t able to slam the door shut and allowed the Latvians to come back with Kristaps Janicenoks drilling a game-winning jumper 1.2 seconds from the end for the Baltic side.

Kristaps Valters finished with 12 points while big man Kambala had a game-high 18 with six rebounds.

Andris Biedrins had 10 rebounds to go with his seven points and Armands Skele poured in 15 points.

For Great Britain, Archibald had his best game of the summer with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists and fellow center Betts scored 16 with five boards.

George gave the Brits a scoring punch as well with 17 points.

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