Serbia survive late thriller against Latvia in FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Opener
Serbia protected their home ground against Latvia in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Opener (101-100).
In a game with 14 lead changes and no team leading by more than eight points, the Serbs held on and started the Qualifiers with a big home win.
Rihards Lomazs (33 points, a game record) kept Latvia out of overtime, tying the game at 100. However, Marko Jagodic scored a free throw in the final game and gave his team the victory. Milos Teodosic led the way for the winners, with 21 points and nine assists.
Serbia (1-0) and Latvia (0-1) will now face Belgium (28 November) and Slovakia (29 November) respectively. Earlier in the day, Belgium dominated Slovakia on the road (57-83).
In Group B, Great Britain and Belarus surprised Greece (78-69) and Turkey (84-70), respectively. Greece will now face Belarus, while Turkey will host Great Britain. Both matches will take place on Sunday.
In Group C, Sweden beat Finland at home (72-62), while Slovenia survived a late thriller against Croatia on the road (74-76). On Sunday, Finland will face Croatia and Slovenia will host Sweden.
Finally, in Group D, Israel won against Poland (69-61) and Estonia beat Germany (69-66). On Sunday, Poland take on Germany, with Estonia hosting Israel.