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Group:  I | 22.01.2013, 19:00h
Group:  I | 22.01.2013, 19:00h
81-86
18 - 2121 - 2122 - 1820 - 26
18 - 2121 - 2122 - 1820 - 26
Venue: Ventspils (LAT) |
Spectators: 1300 |
Referees: Haydn Jones (WAL), Athanasios Ikonomou (SWE), Semen Ovinov (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Karsiyaka Hand Ventspils Another Defeat

13. Robert Dixon (Pinar Karsiyaka)
Robert Dixon had 32 points in an away win for Pinar Karsiyaka on Tuesday night

Pinar Karsiyaka added to BK Ventspils' woes as they came from behind in the final minute to claim an 86-81 road win in Group I of the EuroChallenge.

Ventspils marched through the EuroChallenge regular season unbeaten but have now lost their opening two games in the Last 16 stage after going down in a tense finish here.

It was a desperately close game throughout, with 15 lead changes and 11 ties, and neither team ever holding an advantage of more than seven points.

Ventspils were the team to have their noses narrowly in front coming down the stretch, with Martins Meiers twice giving them the lead with late lay-ups.

William Thomas' three-pointer gave Karsiyaka a 76-75 advantage with 85 seconds left, but Sandis Valters went to the line to make it 77-76 to Ventspils 63 ticks from time.

But Jon Diebler's three-pointer then started a decisive run in the game as Janis Timma turned the ball over to allow Robert Dixon to add two free throws.

Another Ventspils turnover, this time from Donald Sims, led to Dixon returning to the free-throw line again, making two more that made it 83-77 with just 19 seconds left.

Arturs Berzins hit a three to give Ventspils hope, but key free throws from Thomas saw Karsiyaka home.

Dixon poured in 32 points to lead Karsiyaka while Thomas had 15 with 11 rebounds. Diebler finished with 17 points while Abdul Aminu had 13.

Berzins led Ventspils with 19 points while Valters and Folarin Campbell had 14 each, Meiers 13 and Sims 10.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes BK Ventspils vs. Pinar Karsiyaka

Pinar Karsiyaka player Robert Dixon

"We played hard, we did everything we could. We played like a team."

Pinar Karsiyaka head coach Ufuk Sarica

"It is a very good win. Ventspils is a very good and tough team, especially on their home court, but tonight we were better than them. We did not play good defence though we played like a team and played hard. Congratulations to all my players with this win."

Ventspils player Arturs Berzins

"We did not play well tonight. 86 points against a team like Karsiyaka is like suicide. The free-throw percentage was low. At the end of the game we made mistakes, and they used it to their advantage. Very experienced team of a high level."

Ventspils head coach Roberts Stelmahers

"It is a pity we lost. Some mistakes in defence at the end of the game decided the result. Karsiyaka is a very strong team in all positions, and this factor helped them. The low free-throw percentage also was a factor for the loss. Next time we will be better prepared and ready to play."

Accumulated statistics

56.4%

31/55
FG
M/A

51.9%

28/54

56.4%

22/39
FG2P
M/A

60.0%

21/35

56.3%

9/16
FG3P
M/A

36.8%

7/19

52.6%

10/19
FT
M/A

85.2%

23/27

31

10/21
RT
RO/RD

27

7/20

19

AS

13

12

TO

7

3

ST

6

0

BS

4

23

PF

22

81

Pts

86

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