After playing three games at the 2011 EuroBasket, Spurs’ Davis Bertans and Latvia are looking to get their first win.
Against Israel, the Latvians gave it their all but fell short 91-88 in the end suffering their fourth straight loss.
The game was close all throughout, Israel led 23-22 after the first quarter and were up by just two points at halftime, 47-45.
In the third quarter, Latvia were able to take the lead, outscoring Israel, 22-19 and held a 67-66 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Both teams were determined to get the win, as the players hit big shots after big shots.
The Latvians were trailing 79-75 with 4:20 remaining when Davis Bertans made back-to back baskets to pull his team within 81-79.
A 3-pointer by Janis Strelnieks tied the game at 83 with 2:26 left.
But after a timeout, Israel made a 6-1 run to take a 89-84 lead with just 18 seconds remaining in the game.
However, the Latvians did not give up that easily.
Rihards Kuksiks made a huge three point shot with 14 seconds left in the game, to cut the deficit 87-89.
On the ensuing play, Bertans fouled David Blu to stop the clock and it turned out to be a wise foul.
Blu missed both free throws giving Latvia a chance to win or tie the ball game.
Latvia’s Strelnieks was fouled with six seconds left in the game, but made just 1-of-2 foul shots cutting the deficit to 88-89.
The Latvians opted to foul on the next possession to put some pressure on Israel, but Gal Mekel calmly sank both free throws extending Israels’ lead 91-88 with five seconds remaining.
Strelnieks missed a three-point shot at the buzzer as Latvia suffered their fourth loss in as many games at the EuroBasket tournament.
Janis Blums had a game-high 27 points, Kuksiks added 12 while Spurs’ Bertans had seven points, one rebound, one assists and a turnover in 18 minutes of action for the Latvian squad.
Lior Eliyahu led Israel with 26 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in the win.
Meanwhile, Great Britain earned their first victory in tournament against Portugal 85-73 with Chicago Bulls’ Luol Deng leading the way with 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Davis Bertans and Latvia will play against Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki and Germany on Monday at 17:45 (GMT +3) in Siauliai.