Ventspils Make It Two In A Row



BK Ventspils claimed an important win in the EuroChallenge with a 74-61 home victory over EWE Baskets.

The Latvian side began the Last 16 with two defeats in Group I but have now won two straight, including last week's impressive road triumph at Roanne.

Germans EWE Baskets, who went unbeaten in the Regular Season, have fallen to 2-2 in this phase of the competition.

EWE Baskets had a slender lead for most of the first six minutes of the contest but Ventspils tied the game at 11-11 with a Jahmar Young three-pointer and then took the lead for good with a fast-break lay-up by Ronalds Zakis.

Young followed with a jumper on another break and then Arturs Berzins buried a shot to cap the 9-0 spurt for a 17-11 advantage.

Young led Ventspils with eight points in the opening frame.

Ronald Burrell split a pair of free-throws to cut the gap to 22-19 early in the second quarter but Steven Gray answered with a three-ball and Martins Meiers followed with another basket to take the Ventspils lead to 27-19.

EWE Baskets ended the first half strong with free-throws by Robert Brown and a jumper by Adam Chubb to reduce the arrears to 33-28.

Chubb had eight points but Ventspils were doing a good job of keeping guard Kenneth Hasbrouck quiet, limiting him to just two points.

Meiers had nine points at the break for the hosts.

A Chubb jumper early in the third quarter left Ventspils with just a one-point lead but Young replied with a three-pointer and Meiers a jump shot to take the advantage back to 38-32.

Ventspils then took command, going in front 56-41 with a long-range shot from Berzins.

The visitors got to within 10 early in the fourth quarter but Berzins nailed a three to push the lead back to 65-52 and they coasted to victory.

Young finished with 18 points and Gray 14 for Ventspils.

Brown had a game-high 21 points in defeat, and Chubb ended up with 18 points and 11 rebounds.


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