Regular Season Round 2 - November 07, 2006 CET: 18:30 Local time: 19:30 - VENTSPILS OLYMPIC CENTER

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Eighthfinals 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
1-0 Overall 1-0

Referees

Crew Chief
TAURINO, PAOLO, Italy
Referee
MANTYLA, PETRI, Finland
Umpire
BRZIAK, MILAN, Slovakia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.0 Points 90.0
44.0 Rebounds 29.0
13.0 O. Rebounds 13.0
31.0 D. Rebounds 16.0
17.0 Assists 20.0
5.0 Steals 14.0
2.0 Blocks 5.0
10.0 Turnovers 16.0
40.9 % 2PT 56.3 %
45.8 % 3PT 46.4 %
77.8 % FT 83.3 %
87.0 Index 105.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.0 / SHANNON, E. Points 17.0 / CVETKOVIC, BRANKO
14.0 / HELMANIS, UVIS Rebounds 8.0 / Samardziski
4.0 / HELMANIS, UVIS OR 5.0 / Samardziski
10.0 / HELMANIS, UVIS DR 3.0 / Samardziski
8.0 / SHANNON, E. Assists 3.0 / Erceg
2.0 / SHANNON, E. Steals 4.0 / Samardziski
2.0 / JOHNSON, D. Blocks 2.0 / Erceg
3.0 / VAIKULIS, RAIMONDS Turnovers 3.0 / Teodosic
66.7 % / JOHNSON, D. 2PT 100.0 % / Zigeranovic
100.0 % / GABRANS, R. 3PT 100.0 % / KRSTOVIC, BOJAN
100.0 % / HELMANIS, UVIS FT 100.0 % / Erceg
21.0 / SHANNON, E. Index 25.0 / Samardziski

THE TAKE

Perennial Latvian champs Ventspils host FMP of Serbia in a Group B encounter on Tuesday night. FMP was the last team to win at Ventspils home floor, achieving the result back in the 2004 eighth-finals, first leg. Since that game, which FMP won 68-79, behind 23 points and 10 rebounds from center Kimani Ffriend, Ventspils has reeled off 13 consecutive victories at home. Now it'll look to avenge that loss. Both teams are coming off Week 1 wins. Ventspils won 65-76 at Besiktas Istanbul, while FMP thrashed Anwil Wloclawek at home 90-61. Ventspils showed that it's a well-balanced team in Turkey, dominating under the boards with 44 rebounds, led by the duo of Uvis Helamnis and Ntousan Koutsopoulos, who combined for half of them. Eleven of their 24 attempts from beyond the arc landed in the net, as Dalron Johnson and Eddie Shannon scored 17 point each. However, only 14 of the team's 76 points were scored by the big guys. Defense and the transition game are the trademark of the team, as Ventspils looks to extend its home-court streak against another ULEB Cup powerhouse. FMP won its 38th game in the ULEB Cup last week – 10 games more than the next team. The club is one of the youngest in the competition, which translates into a lot of enthusiasm and athleticism out of the well-balanced squad. The twin tower pair of Zoran Erceg and Predrag Samardziski can contest any shot in the paint, and will surely keep Ventspils's experienced center, Koutsopoulos, busy. Ventspils's plan will be to control the boards, while Branko Cvetkovic and Bojan Krstovic will be the key on the perimeter. In a key matchup at the point, young Nemanja Protic, must keep an eye on Shannon to keep the visitors' hopes alive.

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Players

BK FMP of Serbia stopped the 13-game home winning-streak of BK Ventspils in Latvia by 69-78 on Tuesday in Group B. FMP is now leading the group with a perfect 2-0 record while Ventspils dropped to 1-1. FMP was the last team to beat Ventspils at home, too, in the 2004 ULEB Cup eighthfinals. The game was balanced throughout, with the two teams exchanging the lead several times, until the guests of FMP bridged the last two quarters with a 10-2 run to get a nine-points margin that Ventspils was unable to answer. FMP made another 0-7 run midway through the last quarter to seal the outcome. Aleksandar Rasic led the way for FMP by scoring 17 points. Mladen Pantic added 14 with an excellent 7 of 8 two-point shooting. Branko Cvetkovic netted 11 more and Milos Teodosic chipped in 10. Eddie Shannon was the main contributor for Ventspils, bagging 25 points depsite a making just 1 of 6 from long distance. Aigars Vitols, with 16, was the only other Ventspils scorer in double figures. The hosts suffered a 3-for-17 performance from beyond the arc.

Eddie Shannon opened the scoring for Ventspils from downtown and Raimonds Vaikulis extended the run to 5-0 before Mladen Pantic hit a first bucket for the guests of FMP. A mid-range jumper by Slobodan Popovic cut the Ventspils cushion to 8-6 midway through the quarter, but then Aigars Vitols ended a scoreless spell for the hosts with his basket. Branko Cvetkovic of FMP and Uvis Helmanis of Ventspils exchanged scores inside, then Pantic and Vitols did so with jumpers. Finally, however, FMP got its tie at 14-14 with a pair of free throws by Cvetkovic in the minute 9. Aleksandar Rasic then found consecutive layups to give FMP its first lead, 16-18, as the first quarter finished. The defenses were protagonists early in the second quarter as 2 minutes passed before Dusan Jelic tied it up for Ventspils at 18-18. Zoran Erceg assisted Cvetkovic for a basket from beyond the arc for FMP, but Ventspils answered with back-to-back bombs by Shannon and Vitols for a new change of lead, to 24-21. FMP exploded in response, however, going on a 0-6 run to burst ahead again. One more time, Shannon was there to keep Ventspils on track, 26-27, after 17 minutes, but FMP stayed on fire for another 2-6 run to go ahead 28-33. Ventspils rebounded from some misses as Justin Love found easy points in the open court and Shannon converted free throws to bring Ventspils to within 32-33 at halftime.

Shannon showed himself again to be the best offensive weapon for Ventspils by scoring to grab back the lead for the hosts, 35-33, after the break. But in few seconds, Nemanja Protic scored his first 5 points of the game to push FMP in front again, 35-38. Soon, after misses by both teams, Bojan Krstovic's shot from downtown capped a 0-8 FMP run to the highest lead of the night, 35-41. Dragan Labovic increased it to 35-42 before Vitols revived the hosts by scoring 2 free throws and a triple to get Ventspils within 41-43 after 27 minutes. After Pavels Veselovs missed a potential game-tying free throw, big man Predrag Samardziski dunked before Milos Todosic scored to make it 46-51 FMP after three quarters. Early in the fourth, Pantic and Rasic put together 6 points for the game's first double-figure margin, 48-57, but Shannon and Love combined on 4 consecutive free throws to reduce the difference to 52-57. The FMP defense tightened for good them, however, as the guests took off on a game-deciding 0-7 burst to a 52-64 advantage with 4 minutes left. A basket posted from beyond the arc by Cvetkovic sealed the game with FMP leading 57-69, but Ventspils didn't give up and showed all its pride by climbing within 61-69. FMP's accuracy from the foul line, converting 7 of 8 down the stretch, assured the outcome.
Referees: TAURINO, PAOLO (ITA), MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN), BRZIAK, MILAN (SVK)
Attendance: 2100
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BK Ventspils16161423
BC FMP18151827
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BK Ventspils16324669
BC FMP18335178
Head coach: MUIZNIEKS,KARLIS
BK Ventspils
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 VESELOVS, PAVELS 15:15 7 2/2   3/4 1 3 4 1 1 1     5 2 8
5 VITOLS, AIGARS 31:45 16 3/8 2/4 4/4 1   1 1 2 2   2 4 3 8
7 GABRANS, RAIMONDS 2:15     0/1             1     1   -3
8 JOHNSON, DALRON 16:00 1 0/1   1/2       1   2     4 2 -4
9 TIMERMANIS, IVARS 5:00     0/1           1            
11 JELIC, DUSAN 20:30 6 3/6     1 3 4     1 1 1 3 2 5
12 LOVE, JUSTIN 22:30 8 3/5 0/2 2/2 1 4 5 1 1   1   5 3 10
14 SHANNON, EDDIE 39:00 25 6/11 1/7 10/13 1 3 4 3 4 4 1   3 10 26
25 VAIKULIS, RAIMONDS 19:30 2 0/2 0/1 2/2       2 2 2   1 1 2 1
33 VAIROGS, AKSELIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 HELMANIS, UVIS 27:00 4 2/3 0/1     4 4   1 3 1   4 2 3
44 LAKSA, MARIS 1:15     0/1     2 2     1     1   -1
Team           1   1   3           4
Totals 200:00 69 19/38 3/18 22/27 6 19 25 9 15 17 4 4 31 26 57
50% 16.7% 81.5%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Head coach: VUKOICIC, VLADA
BC FMP
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 18:00 10 2/2   6/8   1 1 2 1 1     4 4 11
5 CVETKOVIC, BRANKO 26:00 11 1/2 2/4 3/4   5 5 1 2 4     2 6 15
6 DJERASIMOVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ERCEG, ZORAN 19:30 3 1/2 0/1 1/4 1 2 3 3 1 2     3 2 2
9 LABOVIC, DRAGAN 25:45 8 2/5 0/4 4/6 2 3 5   2 2 3 1 1 5 10
10 POPOVIC, SLOBODAN 12:45 2 1/1                 1   2   1
11 KRSTOVIC, BOJAN 21:15 5 1/1 1/3     5 5 1   1     3 3 8
12 MICIC, DJORDJE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PROTIC, NEMANJA 14:45 5 1/2 1/2 0/2 1 1 2 1 1 3   1 3   -2
15 PANTIC, MLADEN 22:00 14 7/8   0/1 2 3 5   1 3     5 5 15
19 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 27:15 17 4/5 0/3 9/10   1 1 5   4   2 2 5 15
21 SAMARDZISKI, PREDRAG 12:45 3 1/3   1/2 1 5 6           1 1 6
Team             1 1   3           4
Totals 200:00 78 21/31 4/17 24/37 7 27 34 13 11 20 4 4 26 31 85
67.7% 23.5% 64.9%
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Head Coaches

MUIZNIEKS,KARLIS
BK Ventspils
"We knew the team we were playing against. I think we had good defense and good offense in some episodes, but it was not throughout the game. We made a lot of mistakes already in the first half of the game and our enemies forced us to make mistakes. We were not too lucky in the game and players of the FMP were taller, sharper and faster. We tried to break the game but we did not succeed. FMP deserved to win."
VUKOICIC, VLADA
BC FMP
"Congratulations to my team – we played brave. I know how hard it is to win in Ventspils, because we played here two years ago as FMP Reflex and we know how good Ventspils plays at home. Our strategy was good defense and not to allow Ventpils shoot three-pointers, and we tried to control rebounds. In the second half we played smarter – with patience and our confidence grew."

Players

HELMANIS, UVIS
BK Ventspils
"I think we had to win. We knew the team and we were ready to win. We did not have any surprises – they played good defense and offense. We made a lot of mistakes in the first half of the game, we were better in the second half but it did not change the result of the game. There was a feeling that they could predict our strategy."
PROTIC, NEMANJA
BC FMP
"We were confident and played with the feeling that we had nothing to lose. Our team played tough defense and we won."
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