The Latvian U-20 men’s basketball team lost one point in the second test match against Finland on Wednesday in Riga.
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Latvia conceded to the Finns with 56:57 (14:13, 15:17, 14: 9, 13:18).
Krišs Helmanis accumulated 15 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots and seven provoked notes in the homeowners. Kristiāns Šulcs and Richard Daniel Vanags, who also had five rebounds, scored ten points each.
Arni Korkiatupa was the scorer in the Finnish national team with 13 points and six rebounds.
During the preparation for the U-20 national team, seven test matches are planned – after two matches against Finland, on June 26, the Latvian U-20 national team will compete with the nearest reserve team of the Latvian national team, on June 30 and July 1 in Valmiera – with the Lithuanian U-20 national team, and 8 and July 9 – with the Estonian U-20 team in a place not yet named.
In the first stage of the European U-20 Championship, the Latvian team in Group C will meet with the Bulgarian national team on July 15, with the Irish national team on July 17 and with the Hungarian national team on July 20.
The two best teams will advance to the quarterfinals, where they will compete with the best duo from Group D, which will include Serbia, Finland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Albania.
The winners of the first three places will receive a ticket to Division A. If the Greek national team of the 2023 European U-20 Championship takes the 14th-16th place in Division A, only the winners of the first two places will move from Division B to Division A.
Dāvis Čoders is assisted in the selection by coaches Gunārs Gailītis and Reinis Osis, as well as fitness coach Artūrs Paiķis.
Composition of Latvian national team candidates for participation in the European U-20 Championship:
Toms Skuja (Santantoni “Ibiza Feeling”, Spain), Valters Briedis (“University of Latvia”), Richard Daniel Vanags (Rapla “Avis Utilitas, Estonia”), Kristiāns Šulcs (“Ventspils”), Freds Bagatskis (“Valencia-2”), Spain), Rhodie Machoha (Fuenlavrad’s “Urbas”, Spain), Christian Feierberg (Maine’s “Black Bears”, USA), Noah Williamson (Crestwijhil’s “Saints”, USA), Krišs Helmanis (Badalona “Joventut”, Spain), Marcus Kudrjav (“VEF” basketball academy in Valka), Gustavs Jakubauskis (“Liepāja”), Kārlis Šēnbergs, Andrejs Bikovs (both – “University of Latvia” / BS “Rīga”), Dāvis Denafs (Messina “Castanea”, Italy), Nils Baumeisters ( RSU), Dāvids Grīnbergs (Burgos “San Pablo”, Spain), Richard Klanskis (“Taranto”, Italy), Danils Smirnovs (TLU “Kalev”, Estonia), Raivo Butirins (“VEF Riga”), Rihards Aleksandrovs (“Latvia University “).