Jahmar Young took center stage yet again for BK Ventspils on Tuesday night as the Latvian club scraped a 77-75 victory over BC NN.
The visitors from Russia led 75-73 when Young caught a pass from Steven Gray and stroked a three-pointer just nine seconds from the end.
BC NN got the ball to Ivan Paunic and the Serbia international launched a shot from the arc with four seconds to play but missed, and Young sank one of two free-throws at the end for the two-point win.
The Russian team trailed 45-34 late in the first half after being outscored 25-14 in the second quarter but battled back and went in front 59-57 when Ernest Bremer hit a three-pointer at the end of the third.
They went in front by as many as five points in the fourth but could hold on.
Young, who just turned 25, finished with 19 points. He scored 23 in last week's win over Atomerömü SE and is averaging 18.8 in Europe this season.
Gray also had 19 points for Ventspils, who improved to 2-1 with the victory.
Michal Ignerski scored a game-high 20 and also grabbed 16 rebounds in defeat for BC NN.
Jovan Beader, assistant coach of BC Nizhny Novgorod:
"It is hard to speak after such game. It should have been our game - we came here to win. We missed our chances in the most important moments, and we also lost the rebounds in the last quarter. By the end of the game we played not what we had planned. I think that for the team there were also a psychological burden, because we had lost three games in a row."
Oleg Baranov, captain of BC Nizhny Novgorod:
"We played bad in the first two quarters, we did not have an agressive defensive and Ventspils ended the first half with a +10 point advantage. In the third quarter we played more agressive. But, in the end we missed important opportunities and rebounds. Luck was not on our side tonight."
Gundars Vetra, head coach of BC Ventspils:
"I am happy to speak after such victory. I think that the +10 after the first half helped us to concentrate on the game and win. The tactic we chose was the right one. The team played on a good level and the main task now is to keep this level for the next games."
Arturs Berzins, BC Ventspils:
"Tonight we won because our team showed character. The first half went according to our scenario, but the third quarter was not as good, maybe because we got a little bit tired. But the last quarter showed that we have a character as a team and this can lead to a victory. Many thanks to Young for his [made] three point shot.