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Timma Delivers Ventspils Miracle

05 November 2013

EUROCHALLENGE

6. Janis Timma (BK Ventspils)
Three triples by Janis Timma in the final frame changed the dimensions of his team's clash with Tartu Rock

Janis Timma has taken BK Ventspils on a remarkable comeback to record a one-point 66-65 victory over northern neighbor Tartu Rock in Tuesday's EuroChallenge encounter.

Trailing 39-23 at half-time, it appeared that Ventspils were in for a rude awakening to their 2014 European campaign.

However, down by 10, 45-55, with 6:33 showing on the clock, Timma came to life for the visitors.

With three three-pointers in three minutes, the Latvian age-grade standout had brought the deficit back to a point with 3:44 to play.

Timma ended the game with 15 points, one behind his elder statesman Sandis Valters, whilst Ronalds Zakis came up one short of a double-double, walking off the court with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Shocked into submission, Tartu Rock then went behind by seven (57-64) as Valters completed a 19-2 run with a jump-shot with the clock showing a little over a minute to play.

Despite only winning by a point, Ventspils were able to breath relatively in the final seconds, with the lead only brought back to a single digit on a Janar Talts three on the buzzer.

Talts ended with 11 points, whilst Joosep Toome racked up a team-high 16 points.


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