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Latvia beat Brazil 104-84 to make the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in history. The Latvian side has capped a very impressive Group Stage, that included an eliminating win over medal contender France, and is now preparing to possibly break new ground in the knockout phase.
Brazil, on the other hand, won’t make the trip to Manila. They were coming off a major win over Canada but still needed to beat Latvia to advance.
Andrejs Grayulis scored 24 points, Arturs Yagars followed with 17, Davis Bertans added 14, and Arturs Kurucs had 12 points.
After a balanced (42-45) halftime, Latvia was unstoppable to overpower the Brazilian team 36 – 21 and enter the final period up 81 – 63.
You read that right, Latvia had scored 81 over 30 minutes.
This margin proved to be way too much for Brazil that was unable to become competitive enough in the remainder of the game to hope for an actual comeback.
Bruno Caboclo had 20 for Brazil, while Yago Dos Santos finished with 14 points.
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