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''Ventspils'' kicks off FIBA Eurochallenge's second group stage with loss

Photo: Ieva Čika/LETA.
 JOENSUUN (Finland), Jan 16 - On Tuesday, Latvian basketball club ''Ventspils'' kicked off the second group stage of this season's FIBA Eurochallenge tournament with a 78:80 loss to Finnish basketball club Joensuun ''Kataja''.
Folarin Campbell was the highest scorer for ''Ventspils'' with 19 poins, followed by 18 points and nine rebounds for Martins Meiers.
On the other hand, Petri Virtanen was the highest scorer for ''Kataja'' with 22 points.
The Latvian club will play its next Group I match on January 22 at home against Turkish basketball club Karsiyaka ''Pinar''.
As reported, ''Ventspils'' finished in first place in its group in the tournament's first group stage to advance to the ''Top 16''.
The ''Top 16'' is made up of four groups of four. Each team in each of the groups will play each other twice - once at home and once on the road. The two best team in each of the four groups will qualify for the tournament's quarterfinals.
Last season, ''Ventspils'' lost in the quarterfinals of the Eurochallenge tournament to Hungarian basketball club Szolnaki ''Olaj KK''.
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