2007-08Regular SeasonRound 7
December 18, 2007 CET: 18:40
Local time: 19:40 VENTSPILS OLYMPIC CENTER
Raimonds Gabrans - BK Ventspils BK Ventspils used a gradual takeover of the scoreboard to eventually blow out visiting Ovarense Aerosoles 92-67 at home in Latvia on Tuesday, moving a step closer to qualification for the ULEB Cup elimination rounds from Group B. Ventspils raised its record to 5-2, taking advantage of a loss by Koln 99ers to stake sole claim to second place in Group B with three regular season games remaining. Ovarense, still winless at 0-7, is virtually eliminated from advancing. The visitors fought well through 15 minutes, but faced double-digit deficits early in the second half and kept losing ground the rest of the way. Jimmy Baxter was the big gun for Ventspils with 22 points on 8-for-14 two-point shooting, while Justin Love added 12 points and Riamonds Gabrans 10. Ovarense got 22 points, as well, from Ben Reed, while Gregor Stempin followed with 17 and 8 rebounds. Ovarense's top rebounder, Graham Brown, pulled down 13 boards.

The teams felt out each other for several minutes before the game's first three-pointer fell off the hands of Uvis Helmanis, giving Ventspils the first clear advantage, 9-5. Before long, Ovarense was fighting back to go ahead 14-15 on Stempin's triple. Ventspils responded with the next 4 points, expanded the lead to 22-17 on a basket by Gabrans, but saw Ovarense tie again before Akin Akingbala's basket won the first quarter for the hosts, 24-22. Ventspils stayed a step ahead of the visitors early in the second quarter, but with a triple by Reed to make it 30-27, Ovarense stayed within striking distance, too. Baxter's 3 two-poiunters in a row change things at 38-31, as Ovarense struggled to lower its disadvantage. Ventspils got its first double-digit lead on free throws by Akselis Vairogs before settling for a 49-40 halftime lead. Baxter's triple after the break sparked a 7-0 start for Ventspils and started putting the game out of reach, at 56-40, for Ovarense. The differense soon topped 20 points, at 67-46, on free throws by Love before the third quarter ended 71-52. Ventspils used the fourth quarter to put on an offensive show for its devoted fans and cruised to a final victory of 25 points. That was a point more than the last time the teams met in Portugal, making this Ventspils' biggest victory so far.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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Referees: MANTYLA, PETRI; BOLTAUZER, MATEJ; CIULIN, MARIUS
Attendance: 0
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Ventspils24252221
Ovarense Aerosoles22181215
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Ventspils24497192
Ovarense Aerosoles22405267
Ventspils
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 VESELOVS, PAVELS 15:49 4 2/3 0/1   2 1 3         1 2 1 3
5 VITOLS, AIGARS 16:31 2 1/3       3 3 3         4 1 3
7 GABRANS, RAIMONDS 27:29 10 4/5 0/3 2/2   2 2 3     1     4 16
8 AKINGBALA, AKIN 20:02 8 4/8     1 5 6 2 1 1 2   2   12
11 SKIRMANTS, MARTINS 10:25 4 2/3       2 2     3     3   -1
12 LOVE, JUSTIN 22:14 12 4/6   4/4   3 3 3   3   1 2 2 12
14 CIPRUSS, KASPARS 9:33 4 2/3     1 3 4     2     1 2 6
22 BAXTER, JIMMY 29:15 22 8/14 1/1 3/4   5 5 4   1     1 4 26
30 ZAKIS, RONALDS 3:54 5 2/2   1/2   1 1 1           1 7
32 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 12:31 7 2/3 1/1     2 2 3   1     1 1 10
33 VAIROGS, AKSELIS 12:23 5 0/1 1/1 2/2 1 2 3 2   1   1 1 3 9
35 HELMANIS, UVIS 19:54 9   3/4     1 1 1 1       3   8
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 92 31/51 6/11 12/14 6 32 38 22 2 13 3 3 20 19 113
        60.8% 54.5% 85.7%
Head coach: OKORN, GASPER
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
Ovarense Aerosoles
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EVORA, ELVIS 11:51 8 4/9   0/1 1   1     2     3 1 -1
5 BROWN, GRAHAM 28:09 7 2/8   3/4 7 6 13 1   3 1   3 6 15
6 HENRY, CORDELL 24:48               1   1     1 2 1
7 MANARTE, NUNO 15:12   0/2       2 2 3 2 1   1 1   2
8 PINTO, ANDRE 6:13   0/1 0/1     1 1           1   -2
10 NEVES, FERNANDO 9:12 5 1/1 1/4                   1   1
11 REED, BEN 36:40 22 5/15 2/3 6/7 1 1 2 5   5   2 4 7 13
13 CORTEZ, NUNO 7:39 2 1/1 0/1     1 1           2    
14 MIRANDA, MIGUEL 26:53 6 0/1 2/7   1 4 5 1   1     1   4
15 STEMPIN, GREGORY 33:23 17 5/9 2/6 1/2 3 5 8 2 1 2 2   2 4 21
Team                   1       1    
Totals 200:00 67 18/47 7/22 10/14 13 20 33 13 4 15 3 3 20 20 54
        38.3% 31.8% 71.4%
Head coach: MAGALHAES, LUIS

Head Coaches

OKORN, GASPER
Ventspils
"It was psychologically hard for us to prepare for this game, because we beat them on their court by 24 points, so players could have underestimated their opponents. Luckily, it wasn't the case today. We were preparing for this game for three days and though we had problems in defense in the first two quarters, we showed a high-quality game in the second half. I would like to congratulate my team for the performance they showed today, and there is no doubt in my mind that we deserved this win. Now we have opened the door a little to the next round but there is still a work to do."
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