Italy and Latvia tested their form two days before the tip-off of the U18 European Championship in Lietuvos rytas arena, one of the actual tournament venues.
|Kaspars Vecvagars had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in under 12 minutes of action|
In a game that was played without spectators, the Latvians took control early in the game and rolled to a 78-52 triumph.
2.01m wing-man Janis Timma led the way for the Baltic side with 21 points and 6 rebounds, shooting a strong 4/7 from the three point line.
At half-time the Latvians already had the Azzuri in a stranglehold, only allwong them a mere 22 points.
Things did not get better after the break as coach Antonio Bocchino watched his men giving up over twenty points in both the third and fourth quarter.
Timma got some help from Edmunds Dukulis and Davis Bertans who scored 12 and 10 points.
In the balanced Latvia team, every player logged at least 10 minutes of action.
Italy, who missed Gabriele Spizzichini, who went down in their previous preparation game with a shoulder injury, had their best performers in Matteo Montano and Marco Ceron with 12 points apiece.