‘Young At Heart’ Ventspils Scrap Win


Eurocup Qualifying Round

5. Jahmar  Young (BK Ventspils)
Azovmash simply had no way of stopping BK Ventspils guard Jahmar Young, who finished the game with 28 points

BK Ventspils rode the back of hot-shooting Jahmar Young and scraped a 75-74 home win over Azovmash in the first leg of their Eurocup Qualifying Round tie on Tuesday evening.

The Latvian side, which got 28 points from Young, will know they have a lot of work to do when the second leg is played in Mariupol if a Regular Season appearance in the European competition is to be theirs.

Ventspils, with Young and Bojan Bakic burying shots from long range, went on top 56-46 with four minutes remaining in the third quarter but Azovmash refused to let them pull away.

Instead, the Ukrainian outfit dug in and eventually went on an 8-2 tear late in the fourth period to go in front, 74-70.

Daniel Ewing Jr had four of his 13 points in the contest during that scoring spurt that had Azovmash in an excellent position in the tie.

Ventspils got a jump shot from one of Latvia's young national team players at the EuroBasket, center Martins Meiers, before Young capped a spectacular night at the death with his fourth three-ball for a 75-74 first-leg win.

Janis Strelnieks and Bakic each had 12 points while power forward Samuel Willard had a game-high 11 rebounds to go with his 10 points.

Ricky Minard's 16 points led a balanced attack for Azovmash, who had three other players reach double digits in points.



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