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Battling Belgacom Blow Out Ventspils

26 November 2008

Belgacom Liege hit the road and thrashed BK Ventspils 73-54 on Wednesday in the opening week of the EuroChallenge Regular Season.

The Belgian team had a balanced scoring attack with Justin Cage, Christopher Hill and Jamar Wilson each scoring 12 points.

Will Thomas and Jerald Fields finished with 10 apiece as well in Belgacom's Group A victory.

Latvian club Ventspils were on top 13-9 six minutes into the game when they fell apart.

Thomas, Wilson and Cage each connected on jump shots and Hill added a three-point play as Belgacom took an 18-13 advantage and went in front for good.

Mareks Jurevicus tried to stop the bleeding at the free throw line but only made one of two and Larry Owens followed with a three-ball for Belgacom Liege.

The visitors took a 41-30 lead to half-time and then blew the game wide open late in the third quarter.

A Hill jump shot left them on top at 60-41 and they rolled to victory.

Not one player for Ventspils reached double figures in points.

Ronalds Zakis and Janis Strelnieks each had eight.

Belgacom were 24 of 45 (53.3%) inside the arc compared to Ventspils' 13-of-35 (37.1%) effort.

The home side also hit just six of 26 (23%) from long range while Liege made six of 17 (35.2%).

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