2007-08Regular SeasonRound 8
January 08, 2008 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 GEW ENERGY DOME
Köln 99ers took another step towards reaching the elimination round with an 84-76 home victory over BK Ventspils in Group B. Köln improved to 5-3 but still trails Ventspils which is also 5-3 but beat Köln by 15 points in Ventspils. Both teams are one game ahead of Elan Chalon. Immanuel McElroy led six players in double figures with 12 points and also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Milko Bjelica had 12 points as well while Aleksandar Nadjfeji, Toby Bailey and Marko Keselj all tallied 11 points and Nenad Sinanovic chipped in 10 points. Köln initially took control of the game with a 16-6 run at the end of the third period and won the game because of some big baskets late by McElroy. Ventspils got 19 points from Jimmy Baxter, 14 points from Justin Love while Martins Skirmants and Akin Akingbala both hit for 13 points. Ventspils next week plays at Elan Chalon while Köln travesl to FMP.

Milko Bjelica opened the scoring for the hosts and Immanuel McElroy's triple made it 5-0 early. Martins Skirmants's three-point play was Ventspils's first score for 5-3. Jimmy Baxter hit for five points as Ventspils stayed close at 15-12. But McElroy converted a three-point play to complete an 8-0 run for a 23-12 lead. Akin Akingbala cut the deficit to 25-16 after one period. Uvis Helmanis started the second with a long ball for Ventspils only to see Nedzad Sinonovic's basket re-establish a 10-point lead, 29-19. After a Philipp Schwethelm three-point play and back-to-back scores by Toby Bailey the advantage surged to 36-21. Justin Love's basket trimmed the deficit to 36-27 and two foul shots and a score by Akingbala made it 43-36 at the break. Ventspils evened the game with the first seven points of the second half, the final three on Love's long ball. Bailey answered with a three-ball of his own only to have Akingbala convert a three-point play to even things again at 46-46. Köln pushed back ahead 57-50 after back-to-back baskets by Marko Keselj. Two Skirmants foul shots temporarily stopped the bleeding but it was a 10-point margin after Keselj's triple for 62-52 and Köln led 62-53 after three periods. Yassin Idbihi opened the fourth for Köln with a score but Baxter drained a three-pointer and two more scores to close within 64-58. Idbihi hit two more baskets and Aleksandar Nadjfeji's score had Köln ahead 74-64. Raimonds Gabrans nailed back-to-back three-pointers, but McElroy answered right back with two straight baskets and Sinanovic made to foul shots as Köln still led 82-70. Baxter closed the gap to 82-76 with a three-point play in the final minute but Misan Nikagbatse made two free throws for the winning margin.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
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Referees: CHIARI, ROBERTO; BACHANSKI, GRZEGORZ; MEDAN, DRAGAN
Attendance: 1398
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Cologne 99ers
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 NADJFEJI, ALEKSANDAR 27:49 11 5/10 0/2 1/2 1 4 5 4   1   1 4 2 8
11 BJELICA, MILKO 19:02 12 3/4 0/2 6/10 1 2 3 1 4 2     4 6 13
12 BAILEY, TOBY 35:19 11 3/5 1/5 2/2 1 4 5 3 1 2   1 2 3 12
13 WOLTER, JANNIK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 KESELJ, MARKO 17:14 11 4/5 1/1     3 3           3   10
17 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 11:51 3 1/1   1/1 1 1 2           3 1 3
19 MARTENS, DAVIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SINANOVIC, NEDZAD 19:36 10 3/6   4/4 1 4 5     3 1   4 2 8
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 37:03 12 3/4 1/3 3/5 1 5 6 5 1 2     3 3 17
24 NIKAGBATSE, MISAN 18:33 6 2/4 0/1 2/2 1   1 2         2 2 6
33 IDBIHI, YASSIN 13:33 8 4/7       1 1 1 1 1     4   3
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 84 28/46 3/14 19/26 7 25 32 16 7 11 1 2 29 19 81
        60.9% 21.4% 73.1%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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
Ventspils
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 VESELOVS, PAVELS 11:13 1   0/1 1/2   1 1 1   1     1 3 2
5 VITOLS, AIGARS 24:56 2   0/3 2/2   2 2 1   2     1 1  
7 GABRANS, RAIMONDS 37:58 8 0/3 2/8 2/2 1 4 5 4 2 1     4 2 7
8 AKINGBALA, AKIN 22:18 13 5/11   3/5 3 3 6     2 1 1 4 6 11
10 URAZMANOV, ARTUR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 SKIRMANTS, MARTINS 17:42 13 4/6   5/5 1 1 2           6 4 11
12 LOVE, JUSTIN 26:59 14 2/6 2/6 4/4 2 4 6 3 1 1 1     2 18
22 BAXTER, JIMMY 30:07 19 6/10 1/4 4/5 3 2 5 1   6     2 4 13
30 ZAKIS, RONALDS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 HELMANIS, UVIS 28:47 8 1/1 1/3 2/3 1 4 5   1 1     4 5 11
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 78 18/37 6/25 23/28 11 25 36 10 4 14 2 1 22 27 77
        48.6% 24% 82.1%
Head coach: OKORN, GASPER
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