2007-08Last 32Round 1
February 19, 2008 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 UNIVERSIADA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
88.6 Points 82.9
35.4 Rebounds 33.4
10.7 O. Rebounds 7.8
24.7 D. Rebounds 25.6
16.1 Assists 16.4
7.8 Steals 5.5
0.7 Blocks 3.2
13.7 Turnovers 15.2
56.3 % 2PT 55.4 %
38.3 % 3PT 40.5 %
72.4 % FT 77.4 %
93.9 Index 87.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
20.8 / Antic Points 18.6 / BAXTER, JIMMY
8.8 / Antic Rebounds 6.9 / AKINGBALA, AKIN
2.9 / Antic OR 2.2 / AKINGBALA, AKIN
5.9 / Antic DR 4.7 / AKINGBALA, AKIN
6.6 / DEANE, WILLIE Assists 3.6 / GABRANS, R.
2.3 / DEANE, WILLIE Steals 1.0 / GABRANS, R.
0.1 / Banev Blocks 2.6 / AKINGBALA, AKIN
3.2 / DEANE, WILLIE Turnovers 2.3 / BAXTER, JIMMY
76.5 % / Banev 2PT 69.2 % / Strelnieks
58.8 % / CANAK, NENAD 3PT 54.8 % / BAXTER, JIMMY
92.9 % / Stoykov FT 86.4 % / GABRANS, R.
22.5 / Antic Index 18.5 / BAXTER, JIMMY

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Last 16 0-0
0-0 Last 32 0-0
6-4 Regular Season 6-4
6-4 Overall 6-4

Referees

Crew Chief
ANKARALI, RECEP, Turkey
Referee
VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR, Montenegro
Umpire
BAKALIS, PANAGIOTIS, Greece

The Take

Lukoil Academic and BK Ventspils face off in a battle of 6-4 teams looking to extend solid seasons. Head coach Zeljko Lukajic's Lukoil finished the regular season strong with a victory over Pau-Orthez after losing against Benetton Treviso and at BC Kyiv. The Bulgarian team may have some advantage having already played a Latvian team in Group H, losing by 19 points at ASK Riga and winning by 16 at home. Lukajic's leader is power forward Pero Antic, who averaged 20.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists while playmaker Willie Deane had 19.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 2.3 steals - making the duo one of the best inside-outside tandems in the competition. Lukajic also has small forward Larry O'Bannon (11.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg) and center Murilo da Rosa (12.3 ppg and 5.9 rpg) making big contributions. And shooting guard Riste Stefanov proved he could play a huge role as an outside threat off the bench as he collected five games in double figures. Power forward Nenad Canak also had big games including 23 points against Artland Dragons and 15 against Benetton Tamoil All told, Lukajic's team shoots well from beyond the arc (38%) and holds its own on the glass. Head coach Gasper Okorn's Venspils meanwhile comes in having finished 4-1 at home and just 2-3 on the road. The Latvian side looks to start well away from home and critical to any success will be shooting guard Jimmy Baxter, who averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists while hitting 55% of his three-pointers. Point guard Justin Love chipped in 13.1 points 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists off the bench while center Akin Akingbala was a third double-digit scorer with 12.0 points to go with 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. Shooting guards Aigars Vitols and Raimonds Gabrans combined for 15.6 points, 5. 0 rebounds and 5.9 assists while power forward Uvis Helmanis has proved a serious three-point threat, hitting 44% from downtown while averaging 9.3 points. This game very well could come down to which team wins the rebound battle.
Monday, February 18, 2008
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Quotes Head Coaches

Players

Pero Antic - Lukoil Academic Lukoil Academic took the first step to advancing out of the ULEB Cup Last 32 with a 67-64 victory at home over BK Ventspils with Pero Antic leading the way with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Lukoil's position would have been better going into next week's return contest in Latvia had it not allowed Ventspils to score the game's final 8 points. Nenad Canak added 13 points for Lukoil while Todor Stoykov chipped in 11 points and Haris Mujeznovic had a big fourth quarter to finish with 10 points. Lukoil's star playmaker Willie Deane was held to just 4 points with 4 assists and 7 turnovers. Jimmy Baxter paced Ventspils with 15 points, while Akin Akingbala collected 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Aigars Vitols chipped in 11 points and Justin Love had 10 points for the guests.

Antic's three-pointer opened the scoring and Deane's basket made it 5-0. Uvis Helmanis knocked down a triple to get Ventspils on the board. Antic scored again and the lead grew to 11-3. But Helmanis hit from downtown again and back-to-back baskets by Akingbala made it 13-12. A Baxter three-point play evened the contest at 15-15 and Ventspils pulled ahead 15-17 on a Love score. Riste Stefanov's foul shot left it 16-17 after one period. Love started the second quarter with a three-pointer and the guests were ahead 16-24 after Jerry McNamara's score. Antic tallied 4 points as Lukoil fought back to within 25-26. Canak drained a three-ball and another basket to give the hosts the lead back, with Stoykov's bucket giving Lukoil a 34-31 lead, which Baxter cut to 34-33 at the break.

Stefanov began the second half for Academic and two Canak baskets kept Lukoil ahead until Baxter knocked down a three-pointer to even things at 46-46. He then gave Ventspils a 46-48 lead. Canak converted a three-point play, but Akingbala pushed the guests back ahead. Another Baxter bucket helped Ventspils to a 52-55 lead going into the fourth. The final period opened with two Antic baskets and two scores by Mujeznovic, whose three-pointer finished a 9-0 start for Lukoil and a 61-55 lead. Love's free throw finally gave Ventspils a point in the fourth period, but Antic's foul shots and two Mujeznovic baskets made it 67-56. But Raimonds Gabrans answered with a three-pointer for the guests and 2 Helmanis foul shots tightened the game to 67-61. Deane and Mujeznovic would both miss 2 free throws in the final minute and Baxter's three-point play made it a 3-point game – 67-64 – in the waning seconds.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
ULEBcup.com
Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR (MNE), BAKALIS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE)
Attendance: 3000
By Quarter1234
Lukoil Academic16181815
BK Ventspils1716229
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Lukoil Academic16345267
BK Ventspils17335564
Lukoil Academic
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DEANE, WILLIE 39:33 4 2/5 0/2 0/4   3 3 4 3 7     1 4 1
6 MUJEZINOVIC, HARIS 17:43 10 3/3 1/2 1/4   1 1   2 1     3 3 8
7 STEFANOV, RISTE 27:18 5 2/5   1/2   4 4 1       1 3 3 5
8 KOSTOV, CHAVDAR 10:47 2 0/3   2/2         1       4 2 -2
9 ZAFIROV, PETROSLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 PHILLIPOV, DIMITAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 ANTIC, PERO 40:00 17 5/8 1/3 4/4 2 9 11 4   2 1 1 3 5 27
14 BANEV, TENCHO 8:00 4 2/3     2 2 4         1 2   4
15 STOYKOV, TODOR 21:23 11 4/5 0/2 3/4 1 1 2     1     1 3 10
20 HRISTOV, KALIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 CANAK, NENAD 14:17 13 4/5 1/4 2/3       1 3       2 1 11
22 O´BANNON, LARRY 20:59 1 0/3 0/2 1/2   7 7 2 1 1 1   3 1 3
Team           5   5               5
Totals 200:00 67 22/40 3/15 14/25 10 27 37 12 10 12 2 3 22 22 72
        55% 20% 56%
Head coach: LUKAJIC, ZELJKO
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 11:09 1 0/2   1/2 1 1 2     2     1 2 -1
5 VITOLS, AIGARS 21:07 11 4/4 1/2     1 1     1     3   7
7 GABRANS, RAIMONDS 23:33 3 0/1 1/2   1 1 2 2   1   1 3 1 1
8 AKINGBALA, AKIN 30:39 12 6/13   0/3 3 7 10 2 1 2 3   3 5 18
11 SKIRMANTS, MARTINS 9:21 2 0/1   2/2   2 2     2     2 1  
12 LOVE, JUSTIN 21:45 10 2/2 1/4 3/4   3 3 3 2 3   1 5 5 10
13 McNAMARA, JERRY 12:40 2 1/1       1 1 1 3 3     2 1 3
22 BAXTER, JIMMY 34:38 15 5/12 1/5 2/2   5 5 2 1 1     2 6 15
30 ZAKIS, RONALDS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 STRELNIEKS, JANIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 VAIROGS, AKSELIS 6:17     0/1   1 1 2 1 1 1         2
35 HELMANIS, UVIS 28:51 8 0/1 2/3 2/2 1 4 5 1 1 1     1 1 12
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 64 18/37 6/17 10/15 7 26 33 12 9 18 3 2 22 22 66
        48.6% 35.3% 66.7%
Head coach: OKORN, GASPER
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