Today in Jakarta, the Latvian men’s basketball team will fight for the first place in subgroup H with Canada in the third game of the World Championship final tournament.
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The game will start at 16.30 Latvian time and will be broadcast live on TV3 channel.
Lebanon and France will meet in this group at 12:45, the championship of which will continue in the second round of sixteen.
Germany and Finland will meet in Okinawa at 10:30 in Group E, while Australia and Japan will meet at 14:10, these two national teams will compete for a spot in the top sixteen. Germany has two wins in two games and a place in the strongest group, Australia and Japan have won, while Finland has suffered two defeats.
In subgroup A in the Philippines, Angola and the Dominican Republic will fight at 11 am, and at 3 pm there will be a match between the hosts and the Italians. The Dominican Republic won two games, Italy and Angola won, while the Philippines suffered two losses.
In subgroup D at 15:30 the match between Montenegro and Lithuania will determine the winner of the group, and at 11:45 Egypt and Mexico will compete for third place. Both European teams won both matches and finished in the top sixteen.
The games can be watched on the Go3 Sport TV channel.
Latvia and Canada have already entered subgroup L of the second stage, where one of the opponents will be Spain, and the other will be determined on Wednesday in the match between Brazil and Côte d’Ivoire. Matches of the second round will be held on Friday and Sunday.
Latvian basketball players started their debut final tournament on Friday with a 109:70 win over Lebanon and continued on Sunday with a 88:86 win over France, with Canada first beating France 95:65 before crushing Lebanon with a score of 128:73.
Due to an injury sustained in the second match, the final tournament for the captain of the Latvian national team Dairis Bertans ended, leaving 11 basketball players in the national team, as additional players cannot be entered for the championship.
The biggest star in the Canadian ranks is Shay Gilges-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who averaged 31.4 points per game last NBA season. There are seven NBA players in the Canadian team – new teammates Davya Bertana Gilges-Alexander and Lugenz Dort, Nikel Alexander-Walker, Rowan Alexander Berrett, Kelly Olynyk, Dillon Brooks and Dwight Powell.
During training camp, Jamal Murray, the NBA champion with the Denver Nuggets, announced his decision not to play in the World Championship as he needed more rest and recovery after a long season.
The Canadian national basketball team is led by Spanish specialist Jordi Fernandez, who has been working in the NBA since 2016 and currently holds the position of an assistant with the Sacramento Kings. One of his assistants is Nate Björkgren, who recently led the Indiana Pacers, and David Blatt is attached to the team as a consultant.
The paths of the national teams of Latvia and Canada crossed for the first time in the second round of the 1936 Olympic Games tournament, in which the future vice-champions – Canadians – had an advantage with a score of 34:23.
The 32 teams in the final tournament are divided into eight subgroups. The winners of the first two places in each group will continue to fight for 1st-16th place, while the third and fourth place holders will compete for 17th-32nd places.
Groups A, B, C and D compete in the Philippines, Groups E and F play in the Japanese city of Okinawa, and Groups G and H play in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. The top eight teams will compete for medals at the SM Mall of Asia in the Manila waterfront.
The final tournament of the World Cup will determine the seven participants in the Paris Olympic Games tournament, as well as another 19 national teams, which, along with the winners of five regional pre-qualifiers, will fight for the last four. tickets to the Olympic Games next summer.
LETA sports correspondent Paula Vucena talks about current events from Jakarta. In the LETA section dedicated to the final basketball tournament (“https://www.leta.lv/basketball_fibawc/”), the latest information is available not only on the progress and success of the Latvian national team, but also on the results of other teams and current championship events.
The composition of the Latvian men’s basketball team in the final tournament of the World Championship:
Rodions Kuruc (Murcia, UCAM, Spain), Davis Bertans (Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA), Dairis Bertans (VEF Riga), Andrzej Pasechniks (Palencia, Spain), Rolands Šmits (Zalgiris, Kaunas, Lithuania), Arturs Strautins (Tortona “Dertona”, Italy), Klavs Chavars (“Yokohama “Exellence”, Japan), Aigars Shkele (Greater Poland Ostrava “Steel”, Poland), Andrejs Grazhulis (“Trento “Aquila”, Italy), Arturs Kuruc (“Patra Promiteas” , Greece), Arturs Žagars (Kedainaj Nevezis, Lithuania), Kristers Zoriks (Petkim Spor, Izmir, Turkey).
The composition of the final part of the FIBA Men’s World Championship Canada:
Kyle Alexander (Valencia, Spain), Nickel Alexander-Walker (Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA), Rowan Alexander Berrett (New York Knicks, NBA), Trey Bell-Haynes (Casademont Zaragoza, Spain), Dillon Brooks (Houston Rockets, NBA), Lugenz Dort, Shay Gilges-Alexander (both Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA), Zach Eady (Purdue Boilermakers, NCAA), Melvin Ajim (Malaga Unicaja, Spain), Kelly Olynyk (Utah Jazz, NBA), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks, NBA), Philip Scrubb (Niagara River Lions, Canada).