After an impressive showing against France, San Antonio Spurs draftee Davis Bertans and the Latvian national team looked like a different squad against Serbia.
Latvia started the game flat, and found themselves trailing 7-23 after the opening period. However, the Latvians came back roaring in the second quarter outscoring the Serbians 26-15 to cut the deficit to five 33-38 at the half.
Behind a strong inside game by Nenad Krstic, Serbia scored 32 points in the third quarter to stretch their lead 70-58 heading into the fourth and final quarter.
The lead proved too much for the Latvians as they dropped their second straight game 92-77 at hands of Serbia in the 2011 EuroBasket.
Krstic scored 23 points, Dusko Savanovic added 19 points and Milos Teodosic had nine points and nine assists for Serbia.
Rolands Freimanis led the Latvians with 19 points, Rihards Kuksiks chipped in 16, and Janis Blums who erupted for 32 points against France had 15 points.
Spurs’ Bertans scored just two points and went 1-of-6 from the field in the loss.
Bertans and Latvia will play against Italy at 17:45 (GMT +3) in Siauliai on Friday.