|Marc Garcia kept his cool in the clutch to help Spain past Latvia|
Marc Garcia scored 13 of his 26 points in the final three minutes, including 10-of-10 free throws, as Spain beat Latvia 83-78 in Classification for 5th to 8th Place to book a spot in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Francisco Alonso added 16 points, Yankuba Sima had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Carlos Martinez scored 11 points for Spain.
Latvia got 26 points from Ervins Meznieks while Rihards Lomazs added 14 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
Turning Point: Latvia led by 13 points - 57-44 - midway through the third quarter but Spain went on a 16-1 run to pull ahead 60-58 after three quarters. Leading 72-70, Lomazs missed a shot to make it a four-point lead and Garcia nailed a three-ball to give Spain the lead - which they wouldn't hand over again despite two Latvian three-pointers in the final 23 seconds. Garcia went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 22 seconds and stole a pass from David Cima with three seconds to play.
Game Hero: On top of his late heroics and 26 points, Garcia also had six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.
Stats Don't Lie: Spain made 22-of-26 free throws (85%) while Latvia had 12-of-17 (71%). Spain also got 14 fast-break points to four for Latvia.
The Bottom Line: Spain qualified for the U19 World Championship and will take on Italy for fifth place while Latvia will play Lithuania for seventh place.