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Valters Lifts Ventspils Past Dijon

21 January 2014
EUROCHALLENGE

10. Sandis Valters (BK Ventspils)
Veteran Sandis Valters had the hot hand for Ventspils, nailing six three-pointers

BK Ventspils improved to 1-1 in Group K of the EuroChallenge Last 16 with a comfortable 69-59 home victory over SASP JDA Dijon Basket.

Sandis Valters drained six three-pointers in scoring 21 points while Lorenzo Williams had 14 points and Ronalds Zakis added 13.

Dijon dropped to 0-2 in the group as Ferdinand Prenom was the only player to score in double digits with 10 points.

Ventspils moved the ball excellently in the early going as six different players scored in opening an 18-5 lead.

The advantage was 27-15 after one quarter.

A Valters triple re-established the 13-point cushion at 39-26 before Dijon closed to within 39-32.

At halftime the hosts' lead was 43-34.

Dijon again trimmed the gap to seven points at 43-36 before Valters nailed two long balls and the lead grew to 57-41. Ventspils led 59-47 after 30 minutes.

The guests tried to get back into the game but could not mount any sort of comeback, getting the lead down to 10 points at 65-55 with two minutes to play.

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