BC Valmiera/Rujiena has kept their FIBA Europe Cup hopes alive with a crucial 99-88 win over Gala Baku. Both teams knew that the winner of this game would advance to the final four of the North division, while the loser would sit out the rest of the European season.
Bobby Barrie’s triple-double and the late rally by Gala were not enough to protect the home court and advance to the next round for the team from Baku. The guests from Latvia shot well overall (48%) and especially from behind the arc (46%). Also they committed only 6 turnovers while the hosts had 13.
Valmiera started the game very strong leading by as many as seven points in the early minutes. But bench player Yanis Prieditis hit two three pointers and Gala finished the first quarter on a run. the home team led by one after one (26-25).
Gala Baku, the only representative from Azerbaijan in the FIBA Europe Cup Men, took the first step towards the Conference Final Four, with a win in the opening game of their play-off match-up against Valmiera from Latvia.
Baku got sensational performances from Robert Burries (36 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds), Darius Lukminas (32 points) and Tomas Cerkunovas (16 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks in his European club competition debut).
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