Lithuania Beat Latvia In Baltic Derby

02.07.2011

EUROBASKET WOMEN 2011

Turning Point: Latvia never got started and a paltry 18 points during the first half made their life difficult as they tried in vain to chase Lithuania down after the break.

Game Hero: Ausra Bimbaite had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Stats Don't Lie: Lithuania dominated the boards and pulled down 41 rebounds compared to 27 for Latvia.



Baltic pride was on the line in the battle for seventh place and it was Lithuania who came out on top against their neighbours.

George Dikeoulakos and his players paid the price for lacking any offensive bite during a toothless first half which gave Lithuania the opportunity to build a game winning lead.

Latvia misfired badly during the early stages, managing only two baskets during the first five minutes of action and things didn't improve dramatically until the third quarter.

They trailed 34-18 heading into the second half with Lithuania dominant in almost every facet of the game and with nine different scorers already registered.

While Latvia improved slightly and even briefly cut the deficit to just six points early in the final quarter, they looked like a team running on empty and so it proved.

A Rima Valentiene triple gave Lithuania the green light to accelerate one again and they kept their foot on the gas to ride out comfortable winners.

Meanwhile there was further bad news for the losing team as Gunta Basko announced this was her last game wearing a Latvia National Team vest and George Dikeoulakos that he would step down as the Latvia Head Coach.


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