The Latvian U20 basketball team is at the European Championship today, finishing 9th and 12th with Lithuania's southern neighbors.
The match for the 9th and 12th places in the Czech city of Klatov will start at 9.15 pm Latvian time, broadcast live on the official YouTube channel of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
It has already been reported that Latvia has lost in all three matches in Group A – 51:61 against Serbia, 51:53 against Portugal and 41:62 against Spain, as well as a failure in the eighth final against Belgium (42:48). The quarterfinals, on the other hand, go 9-16 with a 57:52 victory over the Dutch national team.
Meanwhile, Lithuania beat Belgium in the first game of the group by 46:66, beat Belarus in the second by 55:48, but lost to Hungary in the final match of the group by 47:62. In the semifinals, the Lithuanians defeated the Serbian team 62:66 in a fierce battle, while the German team won the final with 64:44 in the duel.
It is significant that on the eve of the European Championship, the Latvian team played four Test matches where it faced Lithuania twice, winning by halves (56:60 and 71:51) but twice surpassing its German counterparts (62:55 and 59:45). ,
From the Latvian national team Alex Gulbe this is already the seventh European Youth Championship, with Nicola Ozola and Louise Shepte playing in their sixth Championship, which also helped the national adult team this summer. Ozola is also playing in the U19 World Cup this summer, while Anita Mickelsone, Una Steinhardt and Paula Mauricia have participated in the European Under-18 Championship. The Swan also managed to play in the U19 World Cup, but she chose to help the U20s in the European Championship.
Aigars Nerips leads the U20 team for the fifth consecutive year, finishing best in 2016 when he finished seventh. Last year, the Latvians won 11th place under his leadership.
The year-round team won fifth place in the U16 Championship four years ago and was eligible to play in the U17 World Cup. Two young men were 13 before.
The U20 European Championships for women's teams have been running since 2000, and it is in this age group that Latvian teams have achieved the best success. In 2005, 2009 (both head coach Ainars Chukste) and in 2010 (Mārtiņš Zībarts) he won bronze medals, but in 2002 he took fourth place and a road mark to the U21 World Cup.
Latvia is the only country in Europe to take part in the U19 World Cup this summer in the boys and girls competitions, as well as in the European Championships A divisions in all six groups. True, the U20 and U18 basketball players lost their place in the elite.
Composition of the national basketball team of Latvia up to 20 years:
Nicola Ozola, Anche Laila Zeidak, Anita Mickelson (all in TTT Riga, junior), Una Steinhardt, Paula Mavrina, Elina Agnes Sicheva (all in TTT Riga – cadets), Louise Shepte, Janet Rosentale (both from the University of South) , NCAA), Lisa Chumika (Riga Stradin University), Alexa Gulbe (Indiana University, NCAA), Raivita Kornik (Saldus), Emily Christ Grau (Wagner College, NCAA).