2007-08Regular SeasonRound 5
December 04, 2007 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 KOSARKASKA DVORANA FMP - ZELEZNIK
Justin Love - BK Ventspils BK Ventspils of Latvia won its fourth straight game and second on the road to stay strong in Group B with a 70-76 victory at FMP in Belgrade on Tuesday. Ventspils now has a 4-1 record and will at least hold second place, depending on other results, at midseason. FMP, the only team to play in all editions of the ULEB Cup, fell to an unfamiliar danger zone at 1-4. Ventspils turned the game around right after halftime with a barrage of triples that supplied an advantage that its defense guarded the rest of the way. Justin Love scored 21 pionts, including 12 of 14 free throws, plus had 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the winners. Uvis Helmanis buried 5 of 8 three-point tries to follow with 17 points. Dragan Labovic came off FMP's bench to score 12 points and pull 5 rebounds in just 15 minutes, while Nemanja Protic added 10 points for the hosts.

Jimmy Baxter of Ventspils opened fire with a three-pointer but Zoran Erceg did the same to give FMP its first lead as Bojan Krstovic joined him with a jumper. Erceg added 4 more points but Helmanis kept the visitors close as close as 17-12 with his own 5 points. Then Helmanis scored from behind the arc cutting the difference to 19-15 at the end of one period. Pavels Veselovs copied his teammate to start the second quarter, when Ventspils also intensified its defense. Love joined the scoring with a jumper that put Ventspils ahead again, 19-20. FMP's Filip Covic and Dragan Labovic traded baskets with the gues for several minutes before Protic's triple got the hosts back in front, 30-28. Labovic soon added 5 straight points before Love and Miroslav Raduljica traded baskets as the first half finished 44-39. Ventspils struck back by starting the third quarter with three straight triples between Vitols and Helmanis to take over the scoreboard at 46-48 turn over. Nemanja Protic - FMPRaimonds Gabrans finished the 2-10 Ventspils run with a free throw. Aggressive defense and patient offense helped Ventspils guard the lead, and even when FMP tied it, Love's free throws were enough to offset another Protic three-pointer and keep Ventspils in front, 57-58, after 30 minutes. Nerves took over early in the last quarter, leading to turnovers and missed shots before Gabrans led the guests on an 0-6 run with free throws. Predrag Samardziski stopped FMP's slide with his 5 successive points, cutting the difference to 62-66 in minute 35. Love soon added a free throw to the lead, but for the next 3 minutes, both teams were scoreless. With 2 minutes left to play, Helmanis nailed another bomb as Ventspils had FMP rattled. Protic committed an unsportsmanlike foul and Gabrans scored the free throws for a double-digit lead at 62-73. Stefan Zivanovic's 5 straight points gave FMP some hope, but the patience of Ventspils ruled until the visitors from Latvia had a valuable Group B road victory.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Aca Ostojic, Belgrade
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Referees: BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS (GRE), PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP)
Attendance: 900
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FMP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 JEREMIC, MLADEN 14:28 4 2/4     1 1 2   1       2   3
5 ZIVANOVIC, STEFAN 27:16 9 4/8 0/1 1/2   2 2 1 2 2   1 2 3 6
6 DJERASIMOVIC, MARKO 7:09           1 1 1   1         1
7 ERCEG, ZORAN 18:45 9 3/5 1/3     4 4   1 1   1 2 1 7
8 LABOVIC, DRAGAN 15:22 12   1/4 9/10 1 4 5           3 6 16
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 8:04 5 1/2 1/1   1   1           3 1 3
11 KRSTOVIC, BOJAN 23:03 8 3/8 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 2       1 2 3 6
14 PROTIC, NEMANJA 31:25 10 1/2 2/6 2/2 1   1 1 1 3     3 4 6
20 MARKOVIC, NIKOLA 5:53   0/1       1 1 1   2     1   -2
21 SAMARDZISKI, PREDRAG 22:44 9 4/8   1/1 4 1 5 2 1   1 1 3 3 13
25 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 17:16 2 1/2       2 2   1 1     2 2 3
44 COVIC, FILIP 8:35 2 0/1 0/2 2/2       1   1     1 2  
Team                                
Totals 200:00 70 19/41 5/18 17/19 9 17 26 9 7 11 1 4 24 25 62
        46.3% 27.8% 89.5%
Head coach: VUKOICIC, VLADA
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
BK Ventspils
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 VESELOVS, PAVELS 16:49 7 2/3 1/1   1 1 2     1     4   3
5 VITOLS, AIGARS 22:45 7 2/4 1/2     1 1 1 1 2     2   3
7 GABRANS, RAIMONDS 26:31 8 2/2 0/2 4/5   2 2 1 1 2     4 5 8
8 AKINGBALA, AKIN 25:52 5 2/6   1/2 1 3 4   2 4 3 1 3 2 3
12 LOVE, JUSTIN 25:41 21 3/3 1/2 12/14 1 5 6 6   2     3 9 34
14 CIPRUSS, KASPARS 14:08 2 1/1       2 2   1 1     2 2 4
22 BAXTER, JIMMY 27:21 5 1/3 1/3   1 1 2 1   1         3
30 ZAKIS, RONALDS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 13:29 4 2/2 0/1 0/1       1   2     2 1  
33 VAIROGS, AKSELIS 4:13   0/1               3     1 1 -4
35 HELMANIS, UVIS 23:11 17 1/1 5/8     3 3     2 1   4 3 15
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 76 16/26 9/19 17/22 4 18 22 10 6 20 4 1 25 23 70
        61.5% 47.4% 77.3%
Head coach: OKORN, GASPER

Head Coaches

VUKOICIC, VLADA
FMP
"Ventspils was better both in defense and offense. Congratulations to them. We were balanced for almost 36 minutes playing with high energy but we missed to keep our 5 points' leading gap."
OKORN, GASPER
BK Ventspils
"Congratulations to my team, but to FMP, too. With a young team like this coach Vukoicic is doing a real good job. I don't think this is an FMP crisis but this is a long-termed potential in this team. Tonight's game was decided on our great defense in the second half and our open shooting percentage."

Players

ZIVANOVIC, STEFAN
FMP
"Venstpils is a more experienced team than we are. That is the fact we missed tonight and that was the key."
LOVE, JUSTIN
BK Ventspils
"I think we played real well tonight. We played with lots of energy but our rebounding was the key to win."
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