Latvia crush Lithuania in friendly match in Riga / News

Credit: Ž. Vingelis

The Latvian NT beat the Lithuanian NT with a strong defensive effort in a friendly match in Riga 70-52 (16-15, 15-16, 19-12, 20-9).

2 points this season

Lithuania struggled to get the ball for most of the game, including scoring just 2 points in the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Rihards Lomazs converted a 3-point play with 6:36 left in the fourth quarter to give Latvia a 15-point lead (58-43). After that, Latvia never looked back and finished the game comfortably.

Latvia started the third quarter stronger. After two baskets in a row from Andrejs Grazulis and 3 points from Toms Leimanis, Latvia took a 10-point lead (43-33) with 6:19 to play in the quarter.

In the first half, the teams clashed. Neither team managed to take the lead before the second half and were tied (31:31).

Both teams started the match slowly. Lithuania went scoreless through the opening four minutes until Ignas Brazdeikis put Lithuania on board by converting a 3-point play on a lay-up (5:3) with 5:47 left in the first quarter. It was the Brazdeikis’ first points with the national team uniform.

Latvia was led by Andrejs Grazulis with 13 points (6/6 2PT, 0/1 3PT, 1/2 FT), 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block and 20 PIRs.

For Lithuania, Ignas Brazdeikis was leading the charge with 13 points (3/6 2PT, 2/2 3PT, 1/1 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 18 PIRs.

Latvia: Rihard Lomazs 15, Andrejs Grazulis 13 (7REB), Toms Leimanis 10, Dairis Bertans 9, Anzejs Pasecniks 9

Lithuania: Ignas Brazdeikis 13 (5 REB), Eigirdas Zukauskas 7

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