Ventspils Edge Vienna To Advance


5. Lorenzo Williams (BK Ventspils)
Lorenzo Williams chipped in with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 asissts

BK Ventspils got the win they needed to advance from Group C of the EuroChallenge but Zepter Vienna made sure they had to fight every inch of the way to earn it, 61-56.

Ventspils were on the backfoot for almost all the first half before using a 23-4 run that spanned the break to turn the game in their favour.

But even then it remained tense with Vienna within three points just 10 seconds from the finish.

Vienna knew they were destined for last place in the group regardless of the result but nevertheless dominated the early stages, leading 22-13 when Benedikt Danek sank a three-pointer with 5:36 to go in the second quarter.

But Maris Gulbis replied with a three that was to start a huge run for the hosts.

They tied it at 22-22 on Ronalds Zakis' lay-up and a jump-shot from Lorenzo Williams gave them a narrow lead at half-time.

Early in the second half, back-to-back threes from Gulbis and Williams made it 35-26 to the hosts.

Vienna stayed in touch and made it a one-possession game time and again without being able to level the scores.

Marko Kolaric's lay-up made it 59-56 with 10 seconds to go, but Williams split a pair of free throws with Gulbis grabbing the offensive rebound, and Gulbis finished it off from the line.

Gulbis finished with 14 points while Williams had 13, Janis Timma 11 and Akselis Vairogs 10 for Ventspils.

Kolaric led Vienna with 19 points.


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