Latvia overwhelms Brazil in second-half, set for a flight to Manila for World Cup QF


In an emphatic display, Latvia stamped its ticket to Manila for the quarterfinals of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup by crushing Brazil, 104-84, in the Indonesia Arena on Sunday, Sept. 3.

The bout for one of the two tickets of Group L en route to the Final Round was still tight at the first 1 ½ minute of the third frame until Davis Bertans, Arturs Zagars, and Andrejs Grazulis went unconscious offensively – waxing up Latvia’s 36-point rally to enter the final frame holding a commanding 81-63 lead.

The helpless Brazil squad wasn’t able to match the scoring fireworks of Latvia as the Kristaps Porzingis-less squad even built a 24-point advantage and ultimately sealed their first World Cup quarterfinal appearance in program history.

Grazulis poured a sizzling 24-point shootout for Latvia while shooting 11-of-15 from the field. Zagars chipped in with 17, while Bertans hit 14 with four treys

Artus Kurucs churned a flawless 12-point output as well to aid his Latvian team, sinking four major treys.

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