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Group:  C | 03.12.2013, 19:00h
Group:  C | 03.12.2013, 19:00h
63-81
21 - 1816 - 289 - 1517 - 20
21 - 1816 - 289 - 1517 - 20
Venue: Ventspils (LAT) |
Spectators: 1500 |
Referees: Mathieu Bayot (BEL), Johann Jeanneau (FRA), Bert Van Slooten (NED)

GAME REPORT


Rock Humble Southern Hosts

23. Vincent Simpson (Tartu Rock)
Vincent Simpson was responsible for leading Tartu Rock's decisive first-half charge

The previously unbeaten BK Ventspils have been humbled at home, 81-63 by northern neighbours Tartu Rock who now improve to 2-2.

Seeking revenge for a one-point loss at home to Ventspils in their opening Group C game, the Estonians duly got it thanks to a late first quarter turnaround that carried into the second stanza.

Venstpils' rapid-fire start had them ahead 13-5 on a Lorenzo Williams free-throw but they were quickly pinned back as Vincent Simpson tied proceedings back up at 21 with a three to begin second-quarter scoring.

It was Simpson who was leading the guests' scoring with his 11 first-half points enough to have turned the tide and have Tartu Rock in front 46-37 at the half.

The American went on to finish with 16 points - a shared team-high with Tanel Kurbas.

Making just one shot from the field in the third quarter, any home-team thoughts of overcoming the half-time deficit were quickly quashed as the lead stretched to 17 points on a Simpson lay-up with 44 seconds remaining in the third.

Despite an improved final quarter showing, the Latvian club has to be content with waiting at least one more week before confirming their spot in the Last Sixteen with the damage from the 30 minutes previous proving irreparable.

The best effort from Ventspils came courtesy of Rolands Zakis with another dominant night in the paint landing him 18 points and six boards.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes BK Ventspils vs. Tartu Rock

Gert Kullamäe, head coach Tartu Rock:

"Of course I am happy for today's win. It's been a long time since we last won in Ventspils. The beginning was tough for us, because Ventspils came out strong and [were well] prepared for the game. We started dominating in the second half, especially in defense. I believe this was the key to our success and this is why we won today's game."

Tanel Kurbas, Tartu Rock:

"The beginning of the game was not very good for us, but then we found some confidence in our defense and offense, which helped us to take the lead until the end of the game. We had more luck in this game than at home court, where we lost."

Roberts Stelmahers, head coach Ventspils:

"It is hard to explain the loss. It seems [to me] that our players lacked confidence, but it is not true. They tried to be at their best, but somehow it did not work out. We need to have more physical strength in games like this. We will continue fighting and prepare for future games."

Janis Timma, payer, Ventpils:

"I think the second half was crucial for us. Everything we tried was unsuccessful -from assists and to shooting. We made too many mistakes. They used our weaknesses and won the game."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

36.2%

21/58
FG
M/A

47.6%

30/63

44.4%

16/36
FG2P
M/A

52.4%

22/42

22.7%

5/22
FG3P
M/A

38.1%

8/21

84.2%

16/19
FT
M/A

76.5%

13/17

37

9/28
RT
RO/RD

33

7/26

9

AS

18

13

TO

6

2

ST

7

1

BS

3

19

PF

22

63

Pts

81

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