2010-11Regular SeasonRound 5
December 14, 2010 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 ARENA RIGA
Dairis Bertans - VEF Riga (photo vefriga.com)VEF Riga survived yet another do-or-die situation in Group G by edging Hapoel Jerusalem 74-71 in the Latvian capital on Tuesday night. VEF improved to 2-3 and keeps chances to qualify to the Last 16. Hapoel dropped to 3-2 but will be the Group G champion, regardless of other results, if it beats Cajasol in Jerusalem next week. Dairis Bertans paced the winners with 20 points. Kristaps Janicenoks added 13, Kaspars Berzins had 12 while Art Parakhouski got 10 for VEF. Willie Solomon with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Brian Randle and Jason Rich each added 14 points while Sam Clancy got 12 for the guests, that led 33-40 at halftime. Bertans fueled a 9-0 run that allowed VEF to regain the lead, 42-40, right after the break. The hosts boosted their margin to 69-63 with 3 minutes left. Rich, Clancy and Solomon managed to bring Hapoel as close as 71-70 but a three-pointer by Berzins allowed VEF to seal the outcome in the final seconds.

Rich got Hapoel going with a three-pointer but the guests went scoreless in the next two minutes. Meanwhile, Bertans and Cheyne Gadson combined for 6 points in a 10-0 run that Parakhouski capped with a layup, good for a 10-3 VEF lead. Randle tried to change things with a jumper but Berzins answered from downtown for a 13-5 VEF margin. Randle and Solomon shined with back-to-back baskets but Tyler Cain and Janicenoks kept VEF way ahead, 17-9. An outstanding Randle and a three-point play by Clancy allowed Hapoel to get as close as 19-18. Sandis Valters followed a jumper with a layup but Solomon and Clancy allowed the guests to tie it at 23-23 after 10 minutes. A layup by Solomon completed the guests' comeback, 23-25, early in the second quarter. Hapoel kept excelling in defense, as Solomon struck from downtown while Randle and Clancy led a 2-12 run that boosted the guests' lead to double digits, 27-37. Janicenoks tried to change things with free throws and a put-back layup by Andrejs Selakovs gave VEF some hope at 31-37. Hapoel could not find the way to the basket while Valters got the hosts even closer, 33-37. Rich raced downcourt and downed a three-pointer to fix the halftime score at 33-40.

Just as in the beginning of the game, VEF started the third quarter with outstanding defense. Meanwhile, a layup by Parakhouski ignited a 9-0 run in which Bertans had 7 points, including a three-pointer that completed the hosts' comeback, 42-40. Clancy stepped up with a dunk but back-to-back layups by Berzins and Parakhouski restored a 46-42 VEF lead. Solomon sank free throws but a triple by Janicenoks and a free throw by Bertans made it a six-point game, 50-44. Hapoel could not find answers in offense while Janicenoks and Bertans kept VEF way ahead, 56-50. Randle and Yuval Naimy got Hapoel within 57-54 but Janicenoks allowed VEF to restore a six-point lead, 60-54, after 30 minutes. Consecutive layups by Naimy and Solomon brought Hapoel back to life, 60-58, early in the third quarter. Parakhouski got the crowd involved with a dunk and a big triple by Bertans boosted VEF's lead to 65-58. Rich and Valters traded jumpers but a three-pointer by Solomon gave Hapoel some hope, 67-63, with over 3 minutes left. Bertans nailed back-to-back jumpers but Clancy and a three-point play by Rich kept Hapoel in the game, 71-68. Solomon scored off a steal to force VEF to call timeout, 71-70, already in the final minute. Berzins downed a key triple but a free throw by Dion Dowell kept Hapoel within 74-71. Rich missed from downtown in the final seconds, allowing all VEF fans to celebrate that their team stays in the Last 16 race!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL), ZURAPOVIC, ADEMIR (BIH)
Attendance: 1800 (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 17:32 8 4/6 0/4     5 5     1   2 3   1
11 WILLIAMS, DEREK 10:40 2 1/4       2 2     1   1 1   -2
12 JANICENOKS, KRISTAPS 36:49 13 4/7 1/7 2/2 2 5 7 3 2     2 3 4 15
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 26:46 12 3/7 2/4   1 5 6 3 1 1 1 2 5   9
15 NELYUBOV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 LAKSA, MARTINS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 UMBRASKO, JURIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 GADSON, CHEYNE 22:38 4 1/8 0/1 2/4   2 2 4 2 3     1 4 2
32 CAIN, TYLER 9:12 2 1/4     4 1 5 1 1     1 3   2
35 SELAKOVS, ANDREJS 15:33 3 1/1   1/2 2 2 4             3 9
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 34:00 20 5/13 3/6 1/2       4   2   1 3 5 11
55 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 26:50 10 5/8     1 8 9 1   1 1 1 5   11
Team           6 4 10     3         7
Totals 200:00 74 25/58 6/22 6/10 16 34 50 16 6 12 2 10 24 16 65
        43.1% 27.3% 60%
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
Hapoel Jerusalem
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DOWELL, DION 25:54 1 0/3 0/5 1/2   1 1     3 2     1 -7
5 SOLOMON, WILLIE 36:53 24 4/5 3/6 7/8 1 8 9 1 2 1 2   2 7 37
7 RICH, JASON 36:24 14 3/11 2/6 2/2   6 6 1   4   1 5 5 4
8 SIMHON, AMIT 0:05                              
9 CLANCY, SAM 34:10 12 3/5   6/7 1 2 3     2 2   2 4 14
10 NAIMY, YUVAL 12:42 4 2/3 0/1   1 3 4 2 1 1         8
11 HAKMON, LIOR 7:58   0/1               1   1 2   -5
12 MIZRAHI, MOSHE 17:55 2 1/2 0/2     3 3 2           2 6
13 OHAYON, YOGEV 5:28           1 1 1           1 3
14 ELIAS-POUR, RAM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 RANDLE, BRIAN 22:31 14 5/11   4/6 4 2 6 3 1 1 4   5 4 18
21 TAMIR, AMIT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 5 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 71 18/41 5/20 20/25 8 31 39 10 4 14 10 2 16 24 83
        43.9% 25% 80%
Head coach: KATTASH, ODED

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
VEF Riga
"I want to thank my players for the win. Our main goal was to win by 14 points, but we fell a little short. Now we must look how other teams play and hopefully we still have a chance to qualify for the next round. I am happy that we have improved our game to a level at which we can beat strong European teams by making them play our game, not only by excellent shooting and luck."
KATTASH, ODED
Hapoel Jerusalem
"I want to congratulate VEF Riga for the win. They played good defense, they disrupted our offensive rhythm very well. VEF played with great energy, especially at the beginning of the second half."

Players

CAIN, TYLER
VEF Riga
"Team effort was the main reason for the win, when we needed we made some stops as a team, we made some rebounds as a team. With time passing we have figured out some stuff about the team, for example who is our go-to guy in crucial moments. Our team chemistry is great and that is why we are getting some wins finally."
NAIMY, YUVAL
Hapoel Jerusalem
"I also want to congratulate our opponents. We started the second half pretty slow, and that was the main reason why we lost the game."
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