Lithuania qualified to the World Cup, Spain survived Latvia

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Lithuania became the fourth European team that advanced to the World Cup, while Spain edged Latvia at home.

The Lithuanians beat the Netherlands in double overtime to remain undefeated (8-0) and seal their ticket for China.

Mantas Kalnietis’ three-pointer, with five seconds to go, gave Lithuania the victory (95-93) and the qualification to the World Cup.

Kalnietis led the way with 21 points and five assists, while Lukas Lekavicius added 14 points. For the Netherlands, who dropped to 3-5, Charlon Kloof had 19 points and five assists, with Thomas Van Der Maars contributing 16 points.

Latvia came back from an 18-point deficit, yet Quino Colom’s two-pointer helped Spain edge the visitors (85-82) and come closer to advancing to the World Cup.

Colom scored a team-high 18 points and the Spaniards improved their record to 7-1. On the other hand, Janis Timma and Janis Strelnieks scored 20 points each for Latvia, who dropped to 5-3 in the standings.

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