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''Ventspils'' back on track in Eurochallenge with important win

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 VENTSPILS, Feb 13 - Latvian basketball club ''Ventspils'' got its second win in the second group stage of this season's FIBA Eurochallenge tournament, defeating Finnish basketball club Joensuun ''Kataja'' 75:61.

This was an important win for ''Ventspils'', as they now have the advantage on aggregate over ''Kataja'' if both clubs end the groups stage with the same win/loss record.

The highest scorer for ''Ventspils'' was Donald Sims with 21 points, followed by Arturs Berzins with 13 points and Sandis Valters with 10 points.

Antti Kanervo and Johnell Smith were the highest scorers for ''Kataja'' with 12 points a piece.

With the win, ''Ventspils'' moves into second place in Group I with two wins and two losses.

The Latvian club will play its next Group I match on February 19 at 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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