2010-11Regular SeasonRound 4
December 07, 2010 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 ARENA RIGA
Kristaps Janicenoks - VEF RigaVEF Riga registered its first win in Group G and stayed alive in the competition by edging Cajasol 83-82 in a thrilling showdown in the Latvian capital on Tuesday. VEF improved to 1-3 and needs to win its last two games to have chances to advance to the Last 16. Cajasol dropped to 2-2 and will tie for second place at the end of this round. Kristaps Janicenoks paced the winners with 32 points on 6-of-6 two-pointers and 6-of-9 triples. Derek Williams added 11 while Art Parakhouski had 10 for VEF. Txemi Urtasun led Cajasol with 17 points. Mindaugas Katelynas added 15 while Louis Bullock had 13 for the guess, that trailed for the best part of the game but used a 0-11 run to get a 64-71 lead early in the fourth quarter. Cheyne Gadson and an outstanding Janicenoks rescued the hosts and helped VEF to get a 83-81 edge with under a minute left. Cajasol had a last chance to win the game but Joan Sastre, Bullock and Tariq Kirksay combined for 5 missed shots in the final 30 seconds.

Parakhouski got VEF going with layup and soon added a dunk for a 4-2 lead. Cajasol struggled to score early but a three-pointer by Katelynas gave the guests their first lead, 4-5. Janicenoks made free throws and Kaspars Berzins bettered Bullock's mid-range jumper with a corner triple for a 9-8 VEF edge. Janicenoks and Berzins kept pacing VEF with back-to-back baskets but Katelynas followed a layup with a three-point play to tie it at 15-15. Parakhouski took over with an alleyoop layup and Tyler Cain added consecutive put-back baskets but Juanjo Triguero, Bojan Popovic and a fast break dunk by Kaloyan Ivanov restored a 21-23 Cajasol lead after 10 minutes. Williams sank a jumper in transition early in the second quarter and Janicenoks added a three-pointer for a 26-25 VEF edge. Janicenoks stayed on fire with a fallaway jumper and a six-meter shot, as Cajasol kept missing open shots. Katelynas stepped up with a triple and a floating layup by Urtasun tied it at 30-30. Janicenoks and Urtasun traded three-pointers. Gadson followed a layup with a turnaround jumper but Triguero singlehandedly kept Cajasol within 37-36. Parakhouski hit an off-balance layup and an illegal goaltending by Katelynas allowed VEF to get a 41-38 lead at halftime.

Paul Davis followed a dunk with a six-meter jumper for a 41-42 Cajasol edge right after the break. Gadson stepped up with free throws and Dairis Bertans shined with a fast break layup to restore a 46-42 VEF lead. Bullock sank a stop-and-pop jumper that Bertans bettered with a three-point play. Janicenoks followed an open shot with a layup in a 6-0 run that made it a double-digit game, 56-46. Bullock followed a driving layup with a three-pointer and found Triguero for an easy dunk that brought Cajasol back to life, 57-53. Janicenoks struck from downtown and added an acrobatic basket to keep VEF out of trouble, 62-54. Free throws by Urtasun and a three-point play by Mario Cabanas got Cajasol within 64-60 after 30 minutes. Back-to-back layups by Triguero and Urtasun ignited a 0-11 run in which Sastre had 5 points to give Cajasol a 64-71 lead. Gadson tried to change things with a driving basket and Janicenoks added a triple to make it a two-point game, 69-71. Urtasun answered from downtown and added a running jumper for a 73-77 score with 4 minutes left. Bertans hit a four-meter shot but VEF was without Cain, Parakhouski and Berzins, as all had fouled out. Katelynas and Williams traded baskets and a three-point play by Williams gave VEF a 80-79 edge with 2 minutes to go. Katelynas nailed a fallaway jumper but Janicenoks buried a corner triple for a 83-81 score. Kirksay split free throws and Cajasol had a chance to win the game but Sastre, Bullock and Kirksay missed respective shots in the final 10 seconds.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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Referees: CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK; KALPAKAS, APOSTOLOS; NESKOVIC, DRAGAN
Attendance: 1200 (Tentative)
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VEF Riga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
10 VALTERS, SANDIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 WILLIAMS, DEREK 24:41 11 5/7 0/2 1/1 1 1 2 5 3 2     2 5 18
12 JANICENOKS, KRISTAPS 36:50 32 6/6 6/9 2/3   2 2 1 1       2 2 32
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 31:45 9 2/3 1/5 2/4 2 6 8 1   1 1   5 3 9
20 LAKSA, MARTINS 10:03   0/1 0/2                 1 1   -5
30 GADSON, CHEYNE 22:47 6 2/8 0/3 2/2 1 3 4 4 2 3   1 1 3 5
32 CAIN, TYLER 18:24 6 3/5     4 2 6 2 1 1 1 1 5 1 8
35 SELAKOVS, ANDREJS 3:13                         2   -2
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 30:25 9 4/8 0/4 1/1   1 1 2   1     2 3 4
55 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 21:52 10 4/6   2/3 5   5       1   5 2 10
Team           4 5 9     1         8
Totals 200:00 83 26/44 7/25 10/14 17 20 37 15 7 9 3 3 25 19 87
        59.1% 28% 71.4%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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
Cajasol Sevilla
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 POPOVIC, BOJAN 11:55 4     4/4 1   1 1   3     4 3 2
5 TRIGUERO, JUAN JOSE 20:34 9 4/7   1/2 1 1 2           3 4 8
6 CABANAS, MARIO 12:20 4 1/1   2/5 1 2 3 1   1 1     3 8
8 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 15:11 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 3   2   1 1 2 3
10 URTASUN, TXEMI 23:57 17 4/5 2/5 3/4   6 6 2   3     2 2 17
11 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 21:51 15 4/6 2/4 1/1 1 1 2 3     1 1 4 2 14
15 SASTRE, JOAN 12:42 5 1/2 1/2   2   2   1       2   4
21 KIRKSAY, TARIQ 32:03 4 1/3 0/5 2/4 2 4 6 2         2 3 4
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 24:12 13 5/6 1/6 0/1   1 1 1 1   1     2 12
40 DAVIS, PAUL 14:42 5 2/4   1/2           1   1 1 1  
55 IVANOV, KALOYAN 10:33 4 1/1 0/1 2/2 2 2 4     1       3 9
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 82 23/36 6/24 18/27 13 21 34 13 2 12 3 3 19 25 85
        63.9% 25% 66.7%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
VEF Riga
"Our team did a good job to beat Cajasol - we showed character and figting spirit and showed we can beat teams at this lebel. I am especially happy that we could show our winning mentality. Hopefully, it will also be seen into future games and we will be able to win more consistently against strong opponents. Also I want to point out that we just had nine turnovers, which is good for us. Unfortunately, we lead the Baltic League in this category but still are in first place, which is amazing."
PLAZA, JOAN
Cajasol Sevilla
"We cannot win games without playing with passion. Our team is not at such a level that we can win our opponents just based on our better skills. My players were still thinking on last Sunday's win against Caja Laboral. I also want to point out that our big guys were outrebounded, especially Paul Davis, who had 0 rebounds. We can not win games this way."

Players

BERTANS, DAIRIS
VEF Riga
"We are very happy with this win, I want to thank my teammates for the hard work, hustle and team spirit. This kind of games can only be won by fighting for every ball and that is what we did today. Kristaps Janicenoks had a fantastic performance and that helped us a lot, too. I want to thank our fans, their support was great in the last minutes. I have to admit that we were a bit lucky in the game's last possesion, because they missed four shots in a row."
URTASUN, TXEMI
Cajasol Sevilla
"We played very bad defense in the opening 25 minutes, then improved it to return to the game and get the lead Unfortunately, it was not enough for us to win tonight."
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