LILLE, France (AP) â€” Latvia reached the quarterfinals of the European Championship by beating Slovenia 73-66 on Saturday.
Janis Strelnieks scored 17 points & had six rebounds & eight assists to pace Latvia, which won the first title 80 years ago yet whose best recent placing was eighth in 2001. It moreover won the silver medal at the 1939 European competition.
Slovenia, which finished fifth at home two years ago, had 17 points from Zoran Dragic, who was the only player to score in double digits.
p>Slovenia pulled within four points with 1:15 to play yet Strelnieks then sank a jumper that sealed the victory. Mitja Nikolic made one of two free throws & Janis Timma made two for Latvia as Slovenia, which shot poorly from the field, ran out of time.
Source: “Associated Press”