Sat. Sep 30th, 2023

Latvia males’s basketball group member Davis Bertans greeted by followers throughout their homecoming after their Fiba World Cup marketing campaign. –LATVIA BASKETBALL TEAM ACCOUNT

MANILA, Philippines—Latvia’s Fiba World Cup celebration spilled onto the streets of the Latvian capital of Riga on the Freedom Monument.

Hundreds of individuals flooded the biggest metropolis within the Baltics on Monday to welcome again Latvia’s males’s basketball group contemporary off an inspiring run in its maiden World Cup the place the squad completed fifth.

The celebration was additionally attended by the nation’s president and different state officers.

“I hope it [win] has a big effect. We noticed a complete bunch of movies of children in class that as an alternative of attending lessons they have been watching our video games,” stated Latvian star Davis Bertans after the tip of their World Cup run.

Davis Bertans and the Latvian nationwide group holding again tears after returning residence from the FIBA World Cup 🥹

Hundreds of Latvian followers confirmed as much as have a good time the group’s top-5 end 🙌

(by way of @BasketNews_com)

— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) September 11, 2023

“I hope we confirmed them that that is us caring for our nation, taking part in collectively, being an amazing group. Whether or not in school or wherever else, no matter they’re doing, it simply reveals that you would be able to obtain massive issues regardless of being thought-about an underdog.”

Latvia, a small nation of lower than two million folks however immense ardour for basketball, was one of the fascinating tales within the World Cup.

The Latvians, who have been with out their finest participant Kristaps Porzingis, weren’t even supposed to achieve the second spherical of the event.

Followers have a good time Latvia males’s basketball group’s fifth place end within the Fiba World Cup. ––LATVIA BASKETBALL TEAM ACCOUNT

Porzingis, who was traded to the Boston Celtics final June, missed the worldwide showcase because of a plantar fasciitis in his proper foot however joined his teammates on the journey.

However they defied nice odds—beating France, defending champion Spain, Italy and Lithuania to wind up within the high 5.

Within the classification sport for fifth place in opposition to Lithuania, Latvia guard Arturs Zagars even set the document for probably the most assists in a single sport with 17.

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