|Quantez Robertson chipped in 8 points and 5 rebounds in the narrow win|
The free-throw line has been a nightmare for Deutsche Bank Skyliners in their defeats at BC Khimik and Maccabi Haifa the past two weeks.
On Tuesday night, it proved to be their savior.
Deutsche Bank playmaker Dashaun Wood, with just seven seconds remaining and his team trailing by a point, drew a foul from Rashad Anderson and made both shots from the stripe for a 72-71 victory.
Anderson launched a potential game-winning three-ball at the death for BK Ventspils but missed.
Wood finished with 27 points as the Skyliners kept alive their hopes of progressing to the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge.
They will take on Khimik in Germany next week and will be pulling for Maccabi Haifa to beat Ventspils.
The Skyliners' season sweep of the Latvian side would give them the advantage in a potential tie-breaker for second place but Haifa won both of their games against the Germany club.
The three-point line was just as crucial for the hosts on Tuesday night because Wood connected on all four of his attempts and Pascal Roller drilled his three.
They finished a red-hot nine of 17 (52.9%) from long range.
Roller was the only other Skyliners players to hit double figures in points with 13.
Workhorse center Marius Nolte also got rid of the bad taste from last week when he had two misses at the line in the final minute at Haifa.
Nolte sank three of his four free-throws on the night and finished with five points and five rebounds in 23 minutes.
Anderson had 15 points in defeat.
Head Coach Gordon Herbert (DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS):
"Today we played in spurts. At times we played very well, sometimes we did not. But we showed some character and mental toughness when we were down. We were able to fight back. Ventspils is a really good team. They play good European basketball with a good balance of Inside- and Outside-Game. It was good for us to show emotions, that lead to a lot of intensity."
Head Coach Algirts Brazis (BK Ventspils):
"Congratulations to Frankfurt. We lost our only game against them and wanted revenge today. But this did not happen. Everybody on our team fought well and we knew it would be tough to play in Frankfurt."
Quantez Robertson (DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS):"
"This was a very tough game. But we were able to play good on defense and good some quality defensive stops. My Alley-Oop-Dunk was certainly a momentum changer for us!"
Rashad Anderson (BK Ventspils):
"We cannot have mistakes like we had. We should not have allowed to come in a situation like in the last seconds. It was a big loss for us with a crazy end. On my last shot I did not catch the ball right, but it felt good when it left my hand."