The Australian Emus managed to clinch the win over Latvia once more, this time in the 9-12 classification game with a 94-80 victory.
The Emus held a 20-point lead in the first quarter, thanks to solid offensive rebounding and good ball movement, that led to made baskets. Despite a couple of runs as the game progressed, Latvia was never quite able to turn the game around.
“We started very well at both ends, defending with disruption and moving the ball to find open men on offence,” said Emus head coach Darren Perry.
“Latvia kept working hard as they always do and reduced our margin a number of times but every time we were challenged we found answers.
“All the guys contributed well in this win. We now look forward to our last game of the tournament to finish the campaign with a win.”
- Alex Ducas led the team with 20 points (6/8 FG, 2/4 3P) and 6 rebounds
- Other Emus in double-digits: Kody Stattmann (11), Callum Dalton (11), Samson Froling (11)
- Australia had a 52-33 rebounding advantage (16 offensive rebounds)
- Latvia’s Arturs Kurucs led the team with 21 (6/11 FG, 4/7 3P)
Full box score can be found on the FIBA website.
The Emus will take on Greece in the 9-10 classification game later today, at 10:30pm AEST. Live streams will be available on The Pick and Roll’s Facebook page, website or on FIBA’s YouTube channel.