Davis Bertans puts on a scoring display to ease Latvia past Slovakia

2022-07-03 17:46
Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

Davis Bertans scored 23 points to lead Latvia (5-1) to an easy win over Slovakia (0-6) 93-60 (26-10, 25-13, 19-23, 14-23) to capture first place in Group A.

Bertans finished the game with 23 points on 7-for-12 shooting, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and made 2 steals in 21 minutes for an impressive 27 PIR.

The game was never close as Latvia took an early lead in the first quarter (20-10) and never looked back. After Marcis Steinbergs blocked Martin Bachan's shot, the away squad finished the first 10 minutes of the match with an already sizeable 16-point lead (26-10).

Davis Bertans

Davis  Bertans
Team: Dallas Mavericks
Position: SF
Age: 29
Height: 205 cm
Weight: 95 kg
Birth place: Valmiera, Latvia

The story was the same in the second quarter with Latvia pushing even harder and Slovakia not able to fight back. The one-sided match continued and Latvia went to the locker room with a 28-point lead at halftime.

The second half was a mere formality, and Latvia easily captured first place in Group A.

Besides Bertans, Andrejs Grazulis scored 19 points on an impressive 9-for-11 shooting while also grabbing 5 rebounds, dishing out 3 assists, and performing 4 steals for 29 PIR. Tomas Pavelka was the top scorer on the Slovakian team with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks for 21 PIR.

Slovakia: Tomas Pavelka 11 (5/5 2PT, 7 REB, 3 BLK).

Latvia: Davis Bertans 23 (2/4 2PT, 5/8 3PT, 4/4 FT, 4 REB, 3 AST, 27 PIR), Andrejs Grazulis 19 (9/10 2PT, 5 REB, 3 AST, 4 STL, 29 PIR), Klavs Cavars 12 (6/12 2PT, 15 REB, 21 PIR).

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