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''Ventspils'' kicks off BBL quarterfinals with close loss to ''Siauliai''

 SIAULIAI (Lithuania), March 7 - On Wednesday, Latvian basketball club ''Ventspils'' kicked off its Baltic Basketball League (BBL) quarterfinals match-up against Lithuanian basketball cub ''Siauliai'' with a 78:81 loss.

Janis Timma was the highest scorer for the Latvian club with 20 points, while Laurynas Samenas was the top scorer for ''Siauliai'' with 21 points.

The second-leg match will be played on Saturday in Ventspils (northwestern Latvia). The winner on aggregate will qualify for the BBL semifinals.

It must be added that Lithuanian basketball club Kaunas ''Zalgiris'' and Vilnius ''Lietuvos Rytas'', as well as Latvian basketball club ''VEF Riga'' will only enter the BBL for a post-season tournament called the BBL Supercup, which will be held after the BBL finals.
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