Kārlis Lasmanis, Nauris Miezis, Agnis Čavars and Edgars Krumins come to Bucharest in the same formula they wrote history last year ,on the 9th July, at Amsterdam, winning the European title at 3×3 basketball for Latvia, after a fired up final against Slovenia, score 16-13.
The Serbian Bulut and Majstorovic stars have a well-defined mission: to protect their trophy- fact that teams like Romania and Slovenia weren’t able to do in the short history of the competition. The Baltics, managed to win against the World and European Champions at their very first participation at an 3×3 European Championship.
Latvias team is one of the most unite from the tour, managing to win 10 trophies in 2018- 6 of them were in the “Challenger” series and achieved to ascend on the podium twice at the World Tour tournaments, at Lausanne and Debrecen. Back to back champions at the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger, the Latvians proved us that they feel like home on our courts and with the Romanian atmosphere.
We suggest you to keep your eyes on Nauris Miezis, the MVP at the Amsterdam tournament, because he has a strong bond with a sport, which in Romania has filled window dressers with medals. Nauris inherits the sportish gene from his father, twice participant at the Olympic Games, at canoeing. His dad was the smallest from the boat- relates Nauris, but he had a big heart, being his day by day motivation: “I don’t play for money, I play to show my father I can win.” Regarding the European Title, he has a simple message: “The luck is present for those who work. You have to be at the right place, at the right time.The other teams didn’t know who we are, so it was a big advantage for us. I think they didn’t see us as a big team, but things have changed”, said Miezis in a special interview for the FIBA Channel.
Best player in the Individual Ranking: Kārlis Lasmanis, 9th place; all of the four who will come to Bucharest are Top 21 players in the Ranking.
Previous results at FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup: 1st place, in 2017
Players: Kārlis Lasmanis (24 years, 2,00 m), Nauris Miezis (27 years, 1,89 m), Agnis Čavars (32 years, 1,96 m) and Edgars Krumins (32 years, 1,95 m)
Group C, together with de Romania (2014 champion) and Hungary