Regular Season Day 7: VEF Riga - Tsmoki-Minsk 98-73 (30-22, 26-13, 16-19, 26-19)
Date: December 1, 2012 Bottom-ranked Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 98-73 loss to fourth ranked Latvian VEF Riga (5-2) in Riga on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga forced 21 Tsmoki-Minsk turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) chipped in 18 points. American guard JaJuan Smith (188-85, college: Tennessee) produced 21 points and Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-78) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. VEF Riga have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Unics and Lokomotiv. Defending Belarusian champion Tsmoki-Minsk still closes the standings with seven games lost. VEF Riga will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#5) on the road in the next round. Tsmoki-Minsk will play against the league's second-placed Zalgiris (#2) in Kaunas and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: VEF Riga: D.Zavackas 24+5reb+2ast, K.Janicenoks 18+2reb+2ast, D.Bertans 15+3ast, W.Daniels 9+1reb+2ast, E.Rowland 7+2reb+5ast, A.Kavaliauskas 6+4reb+3ast Tsmoki-Minsk: J.Smith 21+3reb+3ast, P.Ulyanko 13+1reb, A.Lashkevich 8+4reb+2ast, D.Korshuk 7+1reb, A.Fomin 5+3reb, A.Kudrautsau 4+3reb+4ast
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