At the beginning of the game Italy focused on long distance, while field owners offered beautiful combinations and free throws from bottom basket. The guests were led by 6: 4, but there were not many variants for the Italians. Lasmanis hit the corner, but immediately hit the ball from the top – 10: 7.
Italy continued to reject only four points and could not show any serious resistance. At the time when Miezis started to retire, a quick retreat followed, and at first glance Latvians already had a seven-point advantage. Krūmiņš – 22:11 added a point to a match with a two-point shot. In the introduction he had problems finding the rhythm, but eventually Krumins got several important baskets.
The Latvian team won two victories in the sub-group yesterday, dealing with Montenegrin and Georgian basketball players. This is the place between the three best teams and the participation in today's mini-tournament, the top two of which will win the place in the European Cup final. So, success against Italy has allowed us to make a big step towards the road sign, but nothing is over yet. The next game is 16:50 against Poland, but in the middle Poles will meet with Italy.
European Cup sets will be split between August 30 and September 1 in Debrecen, Hungary's basketball court 3×3. According to the rules of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), half of the 12 participants in the final tournament are already known to both women and men. The host will be Hungary as well as the 2018 championship – Serbs and French. Four more places according to the basketball competition FIBA 3×3 will be awarded to Ukraine, Russia and the Netherlands (all three in both sexes), as well as the French men's team and the Latvian women's national unit.
The Latvian men's team is represented by the 2018 European Cup winners and the 2018 European Cup champion Miezis, Krumins, Lasmanis and Chavars. Just a week ago, the Quartet won second place in the World Cup.