Latvia and Spain remain unbeaten in the EuroBasket Women 2009 edition in Latvia and are already assured a place in the quarter-finals.
The Slovak Republic are one stepper closer to qualifying for the quarter-finals after beating Poland.
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Jana Veselá silenced the home side with the first points of the game with just 21 seconds played.
And Petra Kulichová again from the Czech Republic scored to increase the lead (4-0).
Latvia got into their stride with Anete Jekabsone-Zogota scoring back to back baskets. However the Czech Republic were not bothered by the crowd's reaction.
With Eva Vitecková making her shots from beyond the arc they led (17-12) after seven minutes played.
Latvia put a block on Vitecková so it fell to Tereza Peckova to score from beyond the arc.
In the meantime Jekabsone-Zogota was starting to hit shots for Latvia as her side clawed their way back into the game (19-20).
Both teams continued to play at pace and with four seconds left in the first quarter Veselá from the Czech Republic made it up to mid-court.
She then got the ball to Michala Hartigová who took two steps forward before firing off a shot that hit the back board and bounced in for a period-buzzer ending three-pointer (23-19).
Latvia continued to shoot from outside the paint without success while the Czech Republic reverted to alternating their inside and outside routines to extend their advantage (29-21).
Ainars Zvirgzdins, the Latvian coach, was quick to notice this and called for a time-out.
His players stopped the shooting and started to attack the basket with success as they forced their opponents into fouling them. So they scored 5 unanswered points.
Latvia's comeback was complete when Gunta Basko was left free at the top of the key just beyond the arc to hit a three-pointer.
With 17 minutes played the teams were level (29-29).
Milan Veverka, the coach from the Czech Republic, immediately called a time-out.
The two teams continued their battle. It took some magic and bravery from Jekabsone-Zogota at the end of the quarter to take Latvia into the interval leading (34-31).
Jekabsone-Zogota led the scoring at the interval with 14 points while Vitecková was on 10 points for the Czech Republic.
Latvia came out firing on all cylinders at the start of the third quarter. They chased everything and did not allow their guests to settle.
Jekabsone-Zogota was inspirational and made space where there was none. She drove to the basket (44-35) to score. This forced the Czech coach to call for another time-out.
It really did not matter what the Czech Republic did Latvia found an answer. They opened a 10-point lead (47-37) as Liene Jansone hit a baseline three-pointer.
Then the Czech Republic stopped playing their own game and tried to play like Latvia. This resulted in them falling further behind by the end of the third period (38-53).
Latvia were once again quicker out of the starting blocks with Ieva Tare scoring 2 points and Jekabsone-Zogota a trey (58-38) to move 20 points clear with just over eight minutes left to play.
The Czech Republic had no answers for Latvia.
Despite the defensive efforts of Veselá and Kulichová there was no stopping Latvia as they increased their advantage (61-39) with five minutes to play.
Latvia ended up winning (65-47).
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Date: 11 June 2009