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Group:  B | 08.12.2010, 19:35h
Group:  B | 08.12.2010, 19:35h
79-70
21 - 1917 - 1921 - 1820 - 14
21 - 1917 - 1921 - 1820 - 14
Venue: Ventspils (LAT) |
Spectators: 1000 |
Referees: Vaclav Lukes (CZE), Joakim Forsberg (SWE), Johannes Sarekoski (FIN)

GAME REPORT


Anderson Sparks Ventspils In Win Over Khimik

BK Ventspils moved back into first place in EuroChallenge Group B with a 79-70 home triumph over Khimik, behind 19 points from Rashad Anderson and 18 from Saulius Kuzminskas.

The Latvian outfit at 3-1 are a win clear of second-place Maccabi Haifa (2-1) while Khimik (1-2) are third and Deutsche Bank Skyliners (1-3) fourth.

Anderson had the hot hand when it counted.

With the game level at 76-76 and 3:31 remaining, he drilled a shot from long range to ignite a 7-0 run.

Curtis Millage, whose three-ball at the death gave Khimik a one-point win over the Skyliners last week in Ukraine, made a couple of jumpers in the last 1:32 but the hosts didn't crack under pressure.

Ventspils duo Janis Strelnieks and Maris Gulbis each made a pair of free-throws at the end for the nine-point victory.

Oleksandr Kolchenko led Khimik with 17 points while Millage had a game-high five steals to go with his 13 points.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes BK Ventspils vs. Khimik

Rashad Anderson, Ventspils player:
"We showed character tonight and also did a good job in defense in the second half. Also, in the second half we played good basketball against the key players of our opponents who scored in the first half."

Algirdas Brazis, Ventspils coach:
"Our opponents changed their head coach recently. I suppose it was after their previous game against our team. This time Khimik used new combinations and we weren't prepared for that. Anyway, our team showed great character tonight. I want to especially give credit to Akselis Vairogs and Jānis Strēlnieks who played despite their injuries."

Zoran Martic, Khimik coach:
"The worst thing about today's game was that we ended up with one broken nose and two other injuries. The situation wasn't equal until the end of the game, because our key players couldn't play sufficiently and fight for a victory. The home team used their home court advantage. I want to congratulate Ventspils for winning this game."

Accumulated statistics

54.5%

30/55
FG
M/A

42.4%

25/59

70.6%

24/34
FG2P
M/A

50.0%

22/44

28.6%

6/21
FG3P
M/A

20.0%

3/15

68.4%

13/19
FT
M/A

77.3%

17/22

34

10/24
RT
RO/RD

31

12/19

13

AS

11

12

TO

8

2

ST

8

4

BS

1

22

PF

21

79

Pts

70

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