Latvia Beat Georgia, Cut Roster

25 August 2011

EuroBasket 2011

13. Janis Strelnieks (Latvia)
Janis Strelnieks and Latvia beat Georgia to finally claim a win ina preparation game

Latvia beat Georgia in their second meeting in three days.

The Georgians had been propelled to victory by 42-point Zaza Pachulia on Monday but on Wednesday, Latvia prevailed 84-73.

Janis Strelnieks led a balanced attack for Latvia with 13 points.

Pachulia was still effective and finished with 18 points, including an eight-of-eight effort at the charity stripe.

In his 42-point game, Pachulia had made all 14 of his free-throws.

Latvia Head Coach Ainars Bagatskis also trimmed his squad to the requisite 12 players for the EuroBasket.

Bagatskis, whose team will take on Italy, Serbia, France, Germany and Israel in Group B, praised all those who had been involved in the workouts but nevertheless had to release two men fighting for spots.

Shooting guard Mareks Jurevicus is being taken to Lithuania instead of Akselis Vairogs and big man Lauris Blaus has had to miss out with Bagatskis and his coaching staff choosing to take Martins Meiers and Andrejs Selakovs.

"Deciding on the squad composition was very difficult," Bagatskis said.

"All the players worked from the heart, all tried and could also help us.

"However, my thoughts on the last two players to go coincided with my colleagues' views."

The squad decisions were made after Latvia's 84-73 victory over Georgia in the second friendly between the teams.

"Of course, after six losses, to win is nice," Bagatskis said.

"I hope that this result strengthens the players' self-confidence and helps us to play even better."

Latvia squad:

Janis Blums, Janis Strelnieks, Dairis Bertans, Edgars Jeromanovs, Mareks Jurevicus, Rihards Kuksiks, Davis Bertans, Mareks Mejeris, Arturs Berzins, Rolands Freimanis, Andrejs Seļakovs and Martins Meiers.



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