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Group:  F | 01.12.2009, 19:30h
Group:  F | 01.12.2009, 19:30h
79-76
21 - 2122 - 1719 - 2317 - 15
21 - 2122 - 1719 - 2317 - 15
Venue: Riga (LAT) |
Spectators: 450 |
Referees: Aare Halliko (EST), Tomasz Trawicki (POL), Alexey Davydov (RUS)

GAME REPORT


VEF Riga Turn Back Resilient Okapi

VEF Riga edged Okapi Aalstar 79-76 in their EuroChallenge clash in Latvia on Tuesday night.

Gregory Renfroe finished a rebound shy of a triple-double for the Latvian club.

The American guard had 13 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds.

Hammered by Banvit last week, VEF trailed 70-69 midway through the final quarter when they hit their Belgian opponents with a 6-0 run that put them in front to stay.

Renfroe, Ingus Bankevics and Andrejs Selakovs each hit jumpers to make it 75-70.

Okapi kept it close.

Jamar Wilson went to the free-throw line with a chance to knot the contest with 26 seconds to play but made just one of two to leave his side behind, 77-76.

Martynas Mazeika made two free-throws to take the lead back to three points for VEF.

Okapi still had an opportunity to pull level but Damon Huffman put up a shot inside the arc and missed.

However, the visitors grabbed the rebound and got the ball to B.J. Raymond, only for the small forward to miss from three-point range.

VEF grabbed the rebound and time expired.

Brian Greene poured in a game-high 24 points and also hauled in eight rebounds for Okapi, who fell to 0-2 with the defeat.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes VEF Riga vs. Okapi Aalstar

Generali Okapi Aalstar head coach Bradley Dean:
"We played very hard. We have terrible problems with injuries -four players are injured. We had a chance to win, but we didn't use it."

Generali Okapi Aalstar player Damont Huffman:
"We made a great progress as a team, we had some rebounds. Unfortunately we lost the game."

VEF Riga head coach Valdis Valters:
"It is a great pleasure to get this win. My team was playing a perfect game. I am delighted about Alex's and Andrej's great game. We broke our opponent's defense, we were aggressive in offence. Thanks to our fans!"

VEF Riga player Andrejs Šeļakovs:
"It was a tough game, but it is a pleasure that as a team we were playing really good, we were fighting."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

40.0%

28/70
FG
M/A

43.1%

28/65

45.5%

20/44
FG2P
M/A

46.7%

21/45

30.8%

8/26
FG3P
M/A

35.0%

7/20

75.0%

15/20
FT
M/A

72.2%

13/18

46

17/29
RT
RO/RD

35

8/27

20

AS

13

11

TO

9

1

ST

5

3

BS

2

20

PF

22

79

Pts

76

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