Monday , June 5 2023

The Latvian U18 basketball team will seek its first success at the European Computation


The Latvian U18 basketball team has now won its second match in the European Championship, playing against its Slovenian companions.

The match in Volos, Greece, will begin at 4:45 pm Latvian time and will be broadcast live on the official Youtube channel of the International Basketball Foundation (FIBA).

The match for the Latvian team began to be bad, as in the sub-group's first match, only the loss of the game with 74:82 against Greece. Meanwhile, the Slovenian opponents of Sunday in the 52:66 first match recognized the bronze medal of last year for France.

In group C, lats play against France on Monday, but play one of the group D teams (Spain, the Croatia, Finland, the Netherlands) in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Latvia will be represented by adults from Liepaja, Ogro, Saldus, Sigulda, Ventspils, and also Riga-basketball schools DSN, Riga, Rīdzene, Yugla and VEF schools. The three have experience abroad, but Jacob Beck is a student in the German basketball system. Compared to the European U16 Championship two years earlier, this time, there are not two leaders at the time – guardians Ojārs Berzins and Robert Berzins.

Offensive guardian Kristaps Kilps was one of the team leaders at the age of 16, became the European U18 championship last year and debuted the last season with Ventspils. This summer, after cure her injury in favor of taking part in the U18 Championship, he offered his start in the U19 World Cup. Power striker Marc Steinberg was not a fitting candidate for two years, but he had already won the U18 squad last year and was one of the U19 squad heads this summer. He has hampered his first foreign experience during the season, moving from Ogro to Spain.

In the Latvian Estonian League, only a few players have practiced slightly, and also the Legians did not play high-level tournaments as well. For four basketball players, this will be the first official big tournament.

Raimonds Feldmanis was a member of the training team at the U20 silver championship in 2013 and the U-18 tournaments (2014, 2015 and 2017), but made his debut as head coach at the 2016 U-18 European Championship (13- to a place).

The team coaches since Midsummer, eight test games were played. Loss to teams that could be among the main favorites in the European Championship (Germany 72:95 and 48: 109, Lithuania 68:92, 64:86 and 52:66, Turkey 66:88), a failure against Estonia (65:71 ) and a victory over Georgia (72:71).

Two years ago, the European Championship Championship, under the direction of head coach Martins Gulbis, began with three wins in four games and also near a quarter-end match with the Croatia. However, 69:71 came in the final, followed by two additional losses and an eighth place, which was rated as a relative failure.

Latvian U18 Basketball team in European Championship:

Emil Krumins, Peteris Salmiņš (both "VEF school"), Ralphs Kristaps Bensons, Valters Vuciņš (both "Liepāja"), Everts Ramza, Roberts Bērze (both – LU / "BS Riga"), Kristaps (ilps ("Ventspils" ), Christopher Strautman (Vanoli, Cremona, Italy), Nicholas Atanasov (GBA Prague, Chaplain), Marc Steinberg (Herbalife, Gran Canaria, Spain), Mikus Brencan (Ogro), Jacob Beck (TSV Troster), Germany).

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