Latvia wrote their first win in the U16 European Championship on opening day of the Classification Round with a 65-45 victory over Denmark at Sports Hall Topolica in Bar, Montenegro on Monday afternoon.
Following the win Latvia take a 1-0 record in the group while Denmark will arrive to the next game down 0-1 after dropping their third game in a row.
Tomorrow Latvia will take on Germany hoping to continue the great momentum while Denmark will try to break the bad streak against Israel.
Latvia dominated the game from the start and took a double-digit lead already in the first quarter, and cruised all the way to the final buzzer with a safe lead that reached a peak of 23.
Edgars Stelmahers was the top scorer of Latvia with 22 points in a unique shooting day when he hit six three pointer in seven attempts.
Andres Hansen had 11 for the Danish side, Peter Moeller added 10 while Rasmum Larsen finished with eight points, nine rebounds and six blocks.
After less than two minutes it was already clear where this game is going when Latvia held a 7-0 lead, and late in the first period Rihards Adnis set the gap on 16-6 for the Latvian side.
The Latvians hit 10 three pointers in 41% today and the rain started to drop when they connected four hits from long distance in a row, and create a 28-11 gap.
Larsen and Jacob Jansen connected around the rim, and things started to look better for Denmark, but not enough to make a real change in the game.
Latvia finished the first half up by 17, dominated any aspect of the game, and cruised the rest of the way to win by 21.