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27.09.2011, 19:00h
27.09.2011, 19:00h
75-74
25 - 1917 - 2019 - 1814 - 17
25 - 1917 - 2019 - 1814 - 17
Venue: Ventspils (LAT) |
Spectators: 600 |
Referees: Oscar Lefwerth (SWE), Chris Dodds (SCO), Martynas Gudas (LTU)

GAME REPORT


‘Young At Heart’ Ventspils Scrap Win

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.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes BK Ventspils vs. Azovmash

Azovmash Head Coach Aco Petrovic:
"The game was not as good as it should be because Djordjevic was not in our team. The team is used to play all combinations with him. We had a bad beginning and we did not have sufficient defence against Young. We had a chance to win, and I think we should have won this game, but the technical foul at the end changed everything."

Azovmash player Radoslav Rancik:
"We came out really flat. We should have played all the game as we did in the last quarter. We should have played more aggressive and with more tough defence. I do not think this is a terrible result, but in the future we have to concentrate more in such games."

BK Ventspils Head Coach Gundars Vētra:
"I am satisfied that we managed to win this game against such a high level team like Azovmash. Of course, it would be better if we had won with a larger difference, but it is still a victory. Today we showed good team work. I saw that the team is showing character and I am sure this team character will help us to win such good teams in the future."

BK Ventspils player Jahmar Young:
"We fought hard as a team until the end. I was confident about myself when I made the last shot, which was crucial for our team to win."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

41.4%

24/58
FG
M/A

48.3%

29/60

40.5%

15/37
FG2P
M/A

61.4%

27/44

42.9%

9/21
FG3P
M/A

12.5%

2/16

94.7%

18/19
FT
M/A

66.7%

14/21

39

11/28
RT
RO/RD

30

7/23

11

AS

9

16

TO

9

3

ST

8

1

BS

4

20

PF

21

75

Pts

74

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