2006-07Regular SeasonRound 6
December 05, 2006 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 VENTSPILS OLYMPIC CENTER
Justin Love - Ventspils BK Ventspils held on for a hard-fought 89-74 home win over Besiktas ColaTurka on Tuesday to improve to 3-3 in Group B. Uvis Helmanis made 5-of-7 from downtown to finish with 19 points to lead Ventspils. The game was back-and-forth for three quarters, with each team holding the lead numerous times, until the hosts used a 13-2 fourth-quarter run to put the game away. Justin Love added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, Ntousan Koutsopoulos finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds, Akselis Vairogs had 12 and Eddie Shannon 9 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Aubrey Reese had 22 for Besiktas, which dropped to 2-4 in the standings. Erdal Bibo added 19 in his ULEB Cup debut and Cevher Ozer finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Besiktas won the opening tip and scored first via Brooks Sales. Koutsopoulos got Ventspils on the board with a jumper and then gave the hosts their first lead with a triple. Bibo came back with three the hard way for Besiktas as the lead started to switch hands on nearly every possession. Neither team led by more than a basket until Rebii Baris Guney's three-pointer put the visitors on top 21-26 with a minute left in the first quarter. But Shannon's free throw brought Ventspils within 23-26 at the end of a first quarter that saw 15 lead changes and five ties. Besiktas held on to its narrow lead for much of the second period, peaking at 33-39 on a pair of Reese free throws with two-and-a-half minutes left in the half. However Ventspils came back with a 7-0 run on baskets by Justin Love, Darlon Johnson and Koutsopoulos to take a 40-39 advantage at halftime.

Cevher Ozer - BesiktasThe back-and-forth pattern continued early in the third period, until Eddie Shannon capped a 7-0 run that put Ventspils up 52-47. Reese drilled a three to bring Besiktas right back. Helmanis converted threes on either side of the third quarter, giving Ventspils the lead for good. Levent Bilgin got Besiktas to 66-63 before Raimonds Gabrans sparked a 13-2 run that put the game out of reach. Love played a big role down the stretch, coming up with the baskets needed to counter-balance Djuro Ostojic's comeback attempts as the lead reached 15 points and remained that way till the end.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
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Referees: VYKLICKY, ROBERT; HERLT, OLIVER; RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO
Attendance: 2500
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Ventspils23406089
Besiktas Istanbul26395974
Ventspils
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 VESELOVS, PAVELS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 VITOLS, AIGARS 19:00 6 0/1 2/3         2 1 3     3   1
7 GABRANS, RAIMONDS 14:00 8 2/2 1/3 1/1   1 1 1 2       1 1 10
8 JOHNSON, DALRON 17:00 7 2/6 1/2   3 2 5           1   6
9 TIMERMANIS, IVARS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 JELIC, DUSAN 33:00 13 3/7 2/2 1/2   8 8 2 2 1 1   3 3 20
12 LOVE, JUSTIN 37:15 15 4/8 2/4 1/1 1 5 6 5 1 1     3 1 18
14 SHANNON, EDDIE 26:00 9 1/2 0/2 7/10   2 2 7         2 8 18
25 VAIKULIS, RAIMONDS 6:00     0/1             1     1   -3
33 VAIROGS, AKSELIS 17:45 12 3/7 1/1 3/3 2 1 3   3     1 1 4 16
34 HELMANIS, UVIS 30:00 19 2/2 5/7     2 2 3 2 1     1 1 23
44 LAKSA, MARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                   2           2
Totals 200:00 89 17/35 14/25 13/17 6 21 27 20 13 7 1 1 16 18 111
        48.6% 56% 76.5%
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
Besiktas Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 REESE, AUBREY 37:15 22 4/11 3/7 5/8   3 3 3   5     1 8 16
7 BIBO, ERDAL 34:00 19 5/8 2/6 3/4 1 1 2 3 1 3     3 3 14
8 OSTOJIC, DJURO 15:00 6 2/3   2/3 3 2 5     1   1 1 2 8
10 OZYILDIRIM, UMUTCAN 1:15           1 1               1
15 YANNIER, DERYA 5:15   0/1               1     1   -3
17 BILGIN, LEVENT 10:00 4 2/3     2   2     2     3 1 1
21 VEKILOGLU, ARDA 6:45           1 1           2   -1
22 OZER, CEVHER 33:00 10 2/3 2/4   4 8 12 2   5 1   1   16
32 SALES, BROOKS 15:00 5 2/6   1/2 3 1 4 2         2 1 5
35 SOGANCIOGLU, ARIN 3:00                              
54 VEYSELOGLU, ERKAN 18:00 3 1/3 0/1 1/1 1 1 2     1     1 1 1
55 GUNEY, REBII BARIS 21:30 5 1/1 1/1     3 3     2     3   3
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 74 19/39 8/19 12/18 14 24 38 10 1 20 1 1 18 16 64
        48.7% 42.1% 66.7%
Head coach: DIDIN, MURAT
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Head Coaches

MUIZNIEKS,KARLIS
Ventspils
"It was a very important game for us both for the result and psychologically. After we lost our last game in Riga, the players were under pressure and I am thankful that they were able to cope with it – they were focused and ready for the game. And they succeeded to show a game that spectators like and a game that I like."
DIDIN, MURAT
Besiktas Istanbul
"First of all, my congratulations to Ventspils. It was nice to play basketball here – good spectators, good atmosphere. Secondly, we did our best and played hard, but we couldn’t break Ventspils' defense. Besides, we have some trouble with our players and it was almost like 5-6 players game from our side. Still, we have 4 more games ahead and we'll do our best."

Players

VAIROGS, AKSELIS
Ventspils
"In the ULEB Cup games teams are mostly equal and they has to show a character to win. We showed our character and were better also in our skills. In the second half we managed to break their defense."
REESE, AUBREY
Besiktas Istanbul
"We played good ball in the first half of the game but in the last quarter fell apart and struggled. We were pushed out and couldn’t get back."
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