Photo courtesy of FIBA.com. VALMIERA, Latvia –
Incoming Boise State freshmen Igor Hadziomerovic and Anthony Drmic each scored in double figures, but a strong third quarter from Latvia helped lead the tournament host past Australia 78-68 in the second of three Preliminary Round games at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship, Friday.
Hadziomerovic, who is just two weeks removed from suffering a stress fracture in his foot, came off the bench to score 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting – including 2-of-4 from the 3-point line - and recorded a team-high two steals. Drmic, starting for the second-straight game of the tournament, scored 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting, and knocked down 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Drmic also tied for the team high with five rebounds.
Down by eight (29-21) with 5:33 remaining in the second quarter, Hadziomerovic scored six of his eight first-half points during a 10-2 Australia run. His two 3-pointers during the four-plus-minute stretch helped tie the game at 31, but Latvia entered intermission with a 35-32 lead.
Latvia opened the third quarter with a 14-3 run, and was ultimately able to push its lead to 19 (63-44). With both Hadziomerovic and Drmic on the floor, Australia was able to cut its deficit to eight (76-68) with 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but the team was unable to overcome the third-quarter effort of the home team.
Australia dropped to 1-1 in Group B, and is currently tied for second place with three points. The team can guarantee itself a slot in the Eighth Final Round with a win over Chinese Taipei (0-2) Saturday at 7 a.m. (MT).
The 16-team tournament is separated into four groupings, each consisting of four teams. Each team will play the other teams in its group – a total of three games for each team – and the top three teams in each group will advance to the next round.
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