2006-07Regular SeasonRound 10
January 16, 2007 CET: 19:30
Local time: 20:30 VENTSPILS OLYMPIC CENTER
Raimonds Gabrans - Ventspils What could have been a transition game in Group B turned out to be one of the most thrilling showdowns so far this season, as BK Ventspils edged Anwil Wloclawek 84-82 at home on a game-winning layup by Raimonds Gabrans. Ventspils finished Group B with a 7-3 record and had clinched the second spot in this group last week, while Anwil finished fifth with a 3-7 record but was already out of the elimination rounds race. Justin Love led the winners with 15 points, Kaspars Cipruss added 14 on 5-of-6 shooting, Gabrans added 11 and Dalron Johnson 10 for Ventspils. Goran Jagodnik led Anwil with 24 points, Seid Hajric added 15 and 8 rebounds while Andrzej Pluta had 14 for the guests. Anwil rallied in the final 5 minutes of an otherwise balanced game and got a 78-79 edge with 2 minutes to go. Free throws by Cipruss and Gabrans gave Ventspils a 82-81 lead entering the final minute, in which Gatis Jahovics and Zbigniew Bialek combined for just 1 of 4 free throws for a 82-82 tie. It happened to be decisive, as Gabrans found space for the game-winning layup in the closing seconds.

Anwil had a strong start, as Jagodnik scored inside, Otis Hill dunked it and Bialek added another layup for a 2-6 lead. Shannon tried to get Ventspils going with free throws, but Jagodnik answered from downtown to keep the guests ahead, 4-9. Ventspils opted to attack the basket, as Love and Shannon hit free throws in a 8-1 run in which Ivars Timermanis followed one from downtown with a layup to give Ventspils its first lead, 12-11. Points started to arrive the hard way, but a mid-range jumper by Pluta and another basket by Bialek made Anwil regain the lead, 15-16. Love shined with a three-point play and even when Hajric scored in the paint, a close basket by Cipruss and a big triple by Raimonds Gabrans gave the hosts a 23-18 lead after 10 minutes. Johnson followed a layup-plus-foul with a layup to force an Anwil timeout at 28-20. Nikola Otasevic and Akselis Vairogs exchanged triples, but free throws by Hajric and an easy layup by Jahovics got Anwil within 31-27 midway through the second quarter. Shannon rescued Ventspils with a jumper and Love soon added one from downtown, but Jagodnik answered the same way to keep Anwil close, 38-33. Free throws by Uvis Helmanis and Jagdonik fixed the halftime score at 42-35.

Andrzej Pluta AnwilPluta paced Anwil after the break, following a three-pointer by a jumper to bring the guests within 44-40. Love fired in a triple and Cipruss scored in the paint, but Jagodnik and a red hot Pluta kept Anwil in the game, 51-47. Cipruss dunked it but Jagodnik answered from downtown and Hajric added a layup to get Anwil within 53-52. Kamil Michalski had 5 points in a 0-6 Anwil run which gave the guests a 55-58 edge. Cipruss led Ventspils with a layup and free throws but more foul shots by Jagodnik and a jumper by Pluta allowed Anwil to keep a 61-62 edge after 30 minutes. Vairogs and Vaikulis made consecutive layups to make Ventspils regain the lead, 65-62, early in the final period. Hajric scored inside and Jagodnik added his trademark jumper, but Vaikulis answered twice to make Anwil call timeout at 69-66. Anwil improved its defense while Otasevic and Pluta got Anwil within 73-72. Gabrans made foul shots while Bialek and Johnson exchanged baskets, but Otasevic fired in a critical triple to tie the game at 77-77. Anwil regained the lead, 78-79, on free throws by Jahovics. Cipruss answered the same way but Hajric scored inside for a 80-81 Anwil edge. Gabrans was next in the foul line and made both for a 82-81 Ventspils lead already in the final minute. Jahovics drew Cipruss' fifth foul but missed twice and even when Bialek hit 1 of 2 free throws to tie it at 82-82, Gabrans became the game hero by hitting the game-winning layup for Ventspils.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
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Referees: OBRADOVIC, PETAR; VYKLICKY, ROBERT; MARICIC,SASA
Attendance: 1800
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Ventspils
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 VESELOVS, PAVELS 11:15 2 0/2   2/4         1       1 2  
7 GABRANS, RAIMONDS 21:00 11 2/2 1/1 4/4 1 2 3 1   3     2 2 12
8 JOHNSON, DALRON 22:00 10 3/7   4/5 2 3 5 2   2 1   4 4 11
9 TIMERMANIS, IVARS 18:00 5 1/2 1/1   2   2     1     2   3
11 JELIC, DUSAN 8:00   0/1           2           1 2
12 LOVE, JUSTIN 21:00 15 3/5 2/4 3/3 1 1 2 2 2 1     3 3 16
14 SHANNON, EDDIE 19:00 7 2/4 0/1 3/4 1 2 3 2   2   1 1 4 8
15 CIPRUSS, KASPARS 20:45 14 5/6   4/4 2 2 4     2 2   5 3 15
25 VAIKULIS, RAIMONDS 19:00 6 3/4     2 1 3           2 1 7
30 ZAKIS, RONALDS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 VAIROGS, AKSELIS 22:00 7 2/5 1/3     2 2   1     1 2 2 4
34 HELMANIS, UVIS 18:00 7 1/1 0/3 5/6   2 2     1     2 4 6
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 84 22/39 5/13 25/30 12 18 30 9 4 12 3 2 24 26 88
        56.4% 38.5% 83.3%
Head coach: MUIZNIEKS,KARLIS
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
Anwil Wloclawek
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 BIALEK, ZBIGNIEW 23:45 7 3/3 0/4 1/3 1 1 2   1 1 1   4 4 4
9 JAHOVICS, GATIS 16:15 4 1/3   2/4 1 1 2 1   1   1 2 2 1
10 PLUTA, ANDRZEJ 35:45 14 3/5 2/5 2/2 1   1 3   1     3 3 12
11 WOLOSZYN, BARTLOMIEJ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 PELKIC, BOJAN 13:00 1 0/1 0/1 1/4 4   4   3 1     3 3 2
20 OTASEVIC, NIKOLA 24:45 8 0/1 2/2 2/2 1 2 3 3 2 1     4 2 12
21 MICHALSKI, KAMIL 15:15 5 1/1 1/1   1 1 2 1           1 9
33 HILL, OTIS 7:15 4 2/2       1 1 2   1     5 1 2
35 JAGODNIK, GORAN 28:00 24 6/10 3/4 3/4 1 2 3 3 1     1 1 4 27
41 HAJRIC, SEID 36:00 15 5/9 0/4 5/6 1 7 8 2 1 4 1 1 4 4 13
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 82 21/35 8/21 16/25 13 15 28 15 8 10 2 3 26 24 84
        60% 38.1% 64%
Head coach: PIPAN, ALES
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Head Coaches

MUIZNIEKS,KARLIS
Ventspils
"All players on the field played with excitement and ardency. We made few mistakes in defense, especially in the second half it was hard for us to neutralize their guards. But the team kept the initiative – we fought until the end for victory, and we are happy to finish the ULEB Cup group tournament with the result of 7 victories and 3 losses."
PIPAN, ALES
Anwil Wloclawek
"First of all, my congratulations to Ventspils and their coach. We didn’t play well tonight, especially in the first half – no defense and we were not tough. In the second half we proved ourselves and managed the situation, but in the end we missed to many easy baskets and lost."

Players

JAGODNIK, GORAN
Anwil Wloclawek
"We knew before the game that we didn't have a chance to qualify for the next round in the ULEB Cup. We played good in the second half – good defense, shots, but in the end we lost rebounds and were not good at the three-point line. Because of these two things we lost."
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