BC Valmiera Rujiena started very well and, much to the surprise of Arsenal Tula and the home fans, controlled the game during much of the first half.
Their uptempo play and quick defence helped them to a 14-point lead in the second quarter.
Following the end of the Conference Play-Offs which finished last week, FIBA Europe is pleased to announce the host cities for the Final Four in all four FIBA Europe Cup Men Conferences.
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).
BC VALMIERA RUJIENA