FIBA World Cup: Latvia stuns world no.1 Spain

Davis Bertans went clutch for Latvia. FIBA
By Aaron Medina

MANILA--Latvia completed a comeback bid against Spain and escaped a down-the-wire FIBA World Cup second-round game on Friday night with a 74-69 win at the Indonesia Arena in Jakarta.

Krister Zoriks scored 8 points in the fourth quarter for Latvia as he helped the team snatch a 65-63 lead with 3:24 left.

Alex Abrines scored two free throws to tie the game, but Davis Bertans’ three-point shot at the wing brought back Latvia’s lead, 68-65 with under three minutes remaining. 

Rodions Kurucs also scored a big sky hook to stretch Latvia's lead to five, 70-65, with 1:28 remaining. 

Spanish sniper Dario Brizuela tried to resurrect the hopes of Spain with his 3-point shot with just 28 seconds remaining but a split trip from the charity stripe sealed the victory for the underdogs. 

Bertans led Latvia, which tied its victim at 3-1 in Group L action, with 16 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal.

Kurucs added 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and three steals.

Willy Hernangomez led Spain with 14 points, four rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal.

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