In their final warm-up game before the 2011 EuroBasket kicks off next week, San Antonio Spurs’ draftees Ryan Richards and Davis Bertans went head to head on Saturday in Jelgava.
Both teams started out slow, with Latvia taking a 15-13 lead after the first quarter.
The Latvian’s never let up in the second quarter outscoring Team GB 23-13 to take a 38-26 lead at halftime.
During the second half, there were no serious comeback attempts from Great Britain as Latvia won the third quarter 18-15 and the final canto 18-10, on their way to an easy 74-51 victory.
Rolands Freimanis paced Latvia with 14 points, Andrejs Selakovs had 11, and Janis Blums and Martins Meiers added 10 points apiece.
Davis Bertans had three points, one rebound, one assists and committed two fouls in just 7:34 minutes of playing time for the Latvian nationals.
Joel Freeland and Eric Boateng led Great Britain with eight points each.
Richards finished with one point, three rebounds, two assists, and two fouls in 14 minutes of playing time.
As both squads heads to Lithuania for the 2011 EuroBasket, Bertans will see a familiar face in his teams’ first matchup as Latvia will play against Tony Parker and Team France.
Richards and Great Britain will face Lithuania while another Spurs-affiliate, Erazem Lorbek of Slovenia, will face Bulgaria in the opening day of the EuroBasket on Wednesday.