The Great Britain team proved harder to crack than some commentators predicted before the game, and wound up losing by just 5 points 97:92, not least because of another powerful performance from NBA star Kristaps Porziņģis who scored 28 points.
? the highlights from @basketbols' win against a hard-to-beat @gbbasketball team! #EuroBasket2017 pic.twitter.com/AhHqIee64Y— FIBA (@FIBA) September 4, 2017
But the way the unfancied British team repeatedly refused to buckle should provide team Latvia with a useful wake-up call as they head into their final two group matches in Istanbul against Russia on Tuesday and hosts Turkey on Thursday, with both games likely to be tough.
.@KPorzee finishes with 28 points and @basketbols ?? improve to a 2-1 record in Group D! #EuroBasket2017— FIBA (@FIBA) September 4, 2017