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Group:  A | 08.07.2014, 21:15h
Group:  A | 08.07.2014, 21:15h
64-62
25 - 177 - 1612 - 1820 - 11
25 - 177 - 1612 - 1820 - 11
Venue: Heraklion (GRE) |
Spectators: 150 |
Referees: Tomasz Trawicki (POL), Marius Ciulin (ROU), Haris Bijedic (BIH)

GAME REPORT


Newcomers Great Britain Shock Latvia

10. Alexander Young (Great Britain)
Alexander Young led Great Britain to their first Division A win at U20 level

Division A debutants Great Britain triumphed 64-62 over Latvia in the nail-biting Group A encounter that concluded Day 1 action at the U20 European Championship.

Turning Point: Great Britain fell behind by eight points, the biggest gap in the game, late in the third quarter but kept Latvia to just three points during the first six minutes of the fourth frame to jump ahead 55-54. After Kristaps Plavnieks tied the scores at 62 with a lay-up 25 seconds from the final buzzer, Alexander Young charged to the Latvian basket, drew the foul and made it 64-62 for Great Britain from the stripe, ten seconds from time. Ivars Zvigurs took the responsibility of the last possession for Latvia, run the clock down but he slipped and lost the handle and with it the chance to even fire a desperation shot.

Game Hero: Even if it weren't for his game-winning free throws, Young would still have been the hero of the night for Great Britain. The explosive point guard wreaked havoc in the Latvian paint every time he penetrated and finished with 17 points on 7-for-13 from the floor, also adding four rebounds and three assists.

Stats Don't Lie: The British were out-rebounded 46-to-31, gave up 17 second-chance points and still managed to win the game largely because they were fearless and lethal in the open floor, scoring 20 points on the fast break.

The Bottom Line: Whatever happens from here on is an added bonus for Great Britain, who wrote a page of basketball history in the country and will go to sleep on Tuesday as joint-leaders of the group, together with Lithuania. Latvia have less than 24 hours until a tough test against tournament hosts Greece.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

37.5%

21/56
FG
M/A

38.7%

24/62

37.8%

14/37
FG2P
M/A

48.8%

21/43

36.8%

7/19
FG3P
M/A

15.8%

3/19

71.4%

15/21
FT
M/A

45.8%

11/24

31

7/24
RT
RO/RD

46

17/29

15

AS

12

20

TO

23

11

ST

7

4

BS

4

21

PF

20

64

Pts

62

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