“VEF Rīga” guests with 94: 101 (22:13, 17:24, 19:23, 22:24, 6: 6, 6:13) in the second overtime gave way to the Strasbourg SIG from France.
Bald Olmens stood out with 21 points in the Riga team, but Aizeja Pinjeiro added 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bonziy Colson forged the SIG victory with 33 points and seven balls under the baskets.
By the middle of the first quarter, both clubs had a fierce fight, but soon SIG gained a three-point lead for the time being. About four minutes before the end of the quarter, Kails Olmens with three consecutive points scored +2 in favor of the Latvian club (10: 8), but Aizeja Pinjeiro’s long shot already achieved a five-point advantage.
Less than a minute later, Olman also fired a long shot and also a “penalty” (17: 8), but shortly afterwards, the homeowners accumulated a note norm, which allowed the “Vefis” to act more safely in the attack. Artis Ate scored two points in less than a minute until the end of the quarter, the home-made throws were not accurate, the Rigans won by 22:13 in ten minutes.
In the introduction of the second quarter, both teams exchanged accurate long shots, but after four minutes of playing, “VEF Rīga” also failed to gain a greater advantage than +9. Atem managed to gain a ten-point lead (30:20) for a while, but Bonzie Colson’s long shot in the second half of the quarter allowed SIG to approach -5 (27:32). The home side were also able to reach -3 several times, but Pinjeiro or Olmens were also able to respond with good accuracy after accurate SIG attacks. 13 seconds to the end of the first half after Brandon Jefferson’s “alley oop” 37:37 was reached by Leopold Cavalier.
In the third quarter, the GIS made fewer mistakes, while the “Vephians” did the opposite. After a minute and a half of play, Kolson’s two-point shot put SIG in the lead (41:39), Alexander Madsen responded with an accurate long shot, while Kristers Zoriks returned another four-point lead with another “third”. Towards the end of the quarter, Pinjeiro was already safer 49:43, but SIG took less than five minutes to reach a draw again at 56:56. The final ten minutes of the SIG started with a slight advantage of 60:58.
In the last quarter, after a minute and a half, the “Vefis” managed to catch up with Madsen’s “dank”, the basketball player was able to stand out with five more points in the next two minutes. The last five minutes of the game “VEF Rīga” started with a slight advantage (71:68), but the home team was already close to the norm. Jaromirs Bohačiks equalized the result with a long shot, but his teammate earned a note shortly afterwards, when SIG reached the norm of remarks.
The rest of the time was a draw on the scoreboard three more times, but the regular time ended in a draw of 82:82. The home team started the extra time with an accurate long shot, but Aigars Šķēle reached four draws with four points in a row. In the last seconds of the first overtime, SIG could pull out the victory, but Ike Udanohs threw inaccurately.
The second extra time started with a score of 88:88, but SIG quickly managed to score eight points, while the “Vefians” were able to respond with only three points. The people of Riga were able to keep their basket intact several times, but were disappointed by the large number of mistakes and inaccurate throws. SIG reached 100: 91 half a minute before the end of the match, did not miss the lead and celebrated its second success against “VEF Rīga”.
In the first game of group E, the Rigans sowed a 14-point lead at home on October 28, throwing the winning three-pointers to Bonzijs Kolsons with the signal of the end of the game and celebrating the success with 77:75.
This has so far been the only loss for the Rigans in the league’s matches this season, then defeating the Greek team “Peristeri” with 84:81 away and dealing twice with Vilnius “Rytas” – first away with 85:81, then at home with 84:60.
On Tuesday, in the first game of the fifth round, the two weakest teams of the group “Peristeri” beat “Rytas” at home with 81:74, maintaining hopes of qualifying for the next round.
In group E, led by four victories in five matches, there is SIG, the second place with three successes is occupied by “VEF Rīga”, but in five matches, two victories are “Peristeri”, one “Rytas”.
Since the last fight with the Vilnius club, the Rigans have played one game in the Latvian-Estonian Basketball League, beating the “University of Latvia” with 77:60 guests. In the local championship “VEF Rīga” has won 12 out of 13 games and takes the first place in the Latvian team group.
SIG played its last match on Saturday, beating the Cholet 82:78 in the away quarter-finals of the French Cup.
In the French Championship, SIG with a balance of 4-4 is in tenth place among 18 teams.
Last season, “VEF Rīga” debuted in the FIBA Champions League, ranking last in the group with one success in 14 games. The Strasbourg club in the FIBA Champions League did not leave the group, A, with the balance 4-10, ranking seventh in the eight-team competition.
Prior to that, “VEF Rīga” participated in Old Continent club tournaments in the 2014/2015 season, when it played in the ULEB Eurocup.
The elimination tournament will be achieved by the two best teams from each subgroup.
The fifth season is taking place in the Champions League tournament, and only “Ventspils” team from Latvia have participated in this competition before. In the first year, Ventspils entered the first round of the playoffs, ranking fifth and sixth in the group for the next two seasons and continuing the fight in the FIBA European Cup.
Also this year, competitions were planned in four groups of eight teams, the best four of which will advance to the next round, but the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the organizers to decide to cut the groups in half.
Due to Covid-19, the 2019/2020 season was completed only at the end of September – beginning of October, when the winner of the competition “bubble” in Athens was Burgos “San Pablo”, who played against the home AEK in the final with 85:74.
Artis Ate, Arnolds Helmanis, Verners Kohs, Emīls Krūmiņš, Pēteris Salmiņš, Aigars Šķēle, Mārcis Vītols and Kristers Zoriks, American basketball players Kails Olmens, Michael Pinzers and Aizs Kaisers have also entered the FIBA Champions League Madsens.
The team is led by head coach Jānis Gailītis, assisted by Jevgenijs Kosuškins and Dāvis Čoders, as well as physical training coach Oskars Ernšteins.
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