Ventspils begin title defense successfully

VENTSPILS – There was not much intrigue in first Group B game of the season, as Ventspils inscribed its first win after taking a 71-47 win against the visiting Barsy Atyrau on Tuesday to start the defense of the Baltic Basketball League (BBL) trophy successfully.


The home side came out strong out of the gates, taking an early 9-3 lead, before extending the advantage to double digits after a lay-up by Ronalds Zakis to make it 17-6.

Although the Kazakh side had cut the deficit to 22-19 with a basket from Dmitry Gavrilov in the beginning of the second quarter, but Ventspils answered with a 10-1 run and broke away once again.

With a 45-28 lead at the half, Ventspils did not have any problems of cruising to an easy victory in the third and fourth quarters.

Ronalds Zakis was the top scorer for the Latvians with 11 points, while Akselis Vairogs and Sandis Valters chipped in with 10 points each.

No Barsy players scored in double digits, with Reinis Strupovics leading the team with 9 points, with Edgaras Zelionis collecting 8 points and 8 rebounds.