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Cameroon’s Olympic Dreams Dashed as Latvia Triumphs in Semi-Finals

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • Cameroon’s hopes for Olympic glory were shattered as they lost to Latvia in the semi-finals of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
  • Despite an impressive run, Cameroon fell short against a determined Latvian squad, with Latvia’s veteran players leading the way
  • While Cameroon’s dreams of an Olympic appearance were dashed, they’ve made significant strides in their development, while Latvia advances to face Brazil in the final for a chance at the 2024 Paris Olympics

In a heartbreaking turn of events, Cameroon’s quest for Olympic glory came to an end as they fell short against Latvia in the semi-finals of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Riga. The final score was 72-59, with the host nation proving too strong for the Indomitable Lions.

Despite their impressive run, which included a stunning upset over Brazil in the previous round, Cameroon was unable to replicate that magic against a determined Latvian squad. The game was a closely contested affair, with both teams showcasing their defensive prowess and athleticism.

The key difference-maker was Latvia’s veteran leadership and experience. Players like Davis Bertans and Rodions Kurucs stepped up when it mattered most, combining for 32 points and 15 rebounds to lead their team to victory.

Cameroon’s Jeremiah Hill, who had been a standout performer throughout the tournament, was held in check by the Latvian defense, finishing with just 12 points. The team’s inability to consistently score and convert their opportunities proved to be their downfall.

“I’m proud of my team, I think that during this tournament they showed that Cameroon basketball is back” said Cameroon head coach Alfred Aboya. “The kids competed at a high level. The future is bright for Cameroon basketball.”

“Right away it’s very disappointing. We really believed we could go all the way. But we’re proud of what we’ve done, and what we could achieve.” Cameroon forward, Roger Moute A Bidias reacted

With their semi-final defeat, Cameroon’s dreams of making their first-ever Olympic appearance have been dashed. However, the team can take solace in the fact that they have made significant strides in their development and have proven that they can compete at the highest level.

Latvia, on the other hand, will now advance to the final, where they will face Brazil, who defeated the Philippines in the other semi-final matchup. The Latvian team will be looking to secure their spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics and continue their impressive run.

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