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''Ventspils'' suffer second loss in FIBA Eurochallenge

Photo: Ieva Čika/LETA.
 VENTSPILS, Jan 23 - On Tuesday, Latvian basketball club ''Ventspils'' lost to Turkish basketball club Karsiyaka ''Pinar'' 81:86 in a second group stage match of this season's FIBA Eurochallenge tournament.
Thus, the Latvian club has lost two in a row, and is now 0-2 in Group I.
Artus Berzins was the highest scorer for the Latvian club with 19 points, followed by Sandis Valters with 14 points. Booby Dixon was the highest scorer for ''Pinar'' with 32 points.
The Latvian club will play its next Group I match on January 29 at home against Romanian basketball club Medias ''CS Gaz Metan''.
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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