Ronalds Zakis and Rihards Kuksiks each scored 27 points and Latvia made eight of 10 free throws in the final 1:28 to hold off FYR of Macedonia 90-82 and relegate FYROM to Division B of the U20 European Championship Men.
Reinis Strupovics added 17 points and 12 rebounds as well as two big three-pointers early in the fourth quarter in helping Latvia build a 10-point lead with four minutes to play, which proved enough for the victory.
Spain and Israel move into their top-of-the-table Group C clash both undefeated at 2-0 following comfortable victories Saturday at the U20 European Championship Men in Gorizia.
Xavier Rey Sanuy led four starters in double figures as Spain had no problem dismantling F.Y.R. of Macedonia 93-60, and Omri Casspi paced the way for Israel with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 77-64 win over Croatia.