Latvia blows out Lithuania in a friendly game in Riga

2022-06-22 18:05
Credit: Ž. Vingelis

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

Lithuania had a hard time scoring the ball for most of the game, including scoring only 2 points in the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter.

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

2-pointers this season

Points made: 19,8
Accuracy: 51,6%
Place in standings: 2
Record max: 21
Record min: 17
Most made 2FGs: Martynas Echodas

Latvia has started the third quarter stronger. After two Andrejs Grazulis' put-back baskets in a row and Toms Leimanis' 3-pointer, Latvia have gained a 10-point advantage (43-33) with 6:19 left in the quarter.

In the first half the teams went toe-to-toe. Neither of the teams managed to get an advantage before the second half and were tied (31:31).

Both teams started the game slowly. Lithuania went scoreless in the first four minutes until Ignas Brazdeikis put Lithuania on board by converting a 3-point play on a driving layup (5:3) with 5:47 to go in the first quarter. It was the first Brazdeikis' points with the national team's 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 PIR.

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 PIR.

Latvia: Rihards 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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