Even a double-double performance from Davis Bertans could not save Latvia from suffering their third straight setback at the FIBA U19 World Championship.
Poland started the game on a strong note scoring at will going to their big men early. The first quarter ended with Latvia trailing 13-27 then Poland continued their dominance in the second quarter and headed halftime leading 52-27.
The Latvians made some adjustment after halftime and limit Poland to score just 12 points in the third period and then made a furious rally in the final quarter to cut Poland’s large margin but it wasn’t enough.
In the end, Poland held on to win 86-78.
Kaspars Vecvagars led Latvia with 21 points and Bertans had a solid performance scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 boards while shooting 42.9 percent from the field.
(Watch Bertans post game interview after the jump)
Mateusz Ponitka scored 26 points for Poland followed by 19 points from Michal Michalak.
Here a post game interview with Latvia’s Davis Bertans.