The meeting between the two neighbors in the standings and teams, no Top 8, took place in a tense and close contest. In the fourth quarter of the WEF went with a symbolic advantage to 2 points, but at the right time at the Latvian club intensified sniper brigade. Janis Blums first entitled to three free throws, then twice from behind the arc scored Gints Entraps.
The impulse of the new "Trigami" supported Christopher Richard and Arnas Labuckas. The advantage of the hosts reached double digits, and then followed by two more long shots of the Blooms. "Astana" desperately resisted, but this gap has not already played. The WEF took revenge club from Kazakhstan for the defeat in the first round in October in Astana (64:66).
VEF head coach Janis Gailitis after the match said: I thank my players — they fought today. This has won the selection that was an important factor. Played well in defense. In the attack, not everything, but at the right time and scored their shots. Used the problem of "Astana" with the rotation, when their leaders faced serious foul trouble. As a result, in the fourth quarter we were fresh and able to do the acceleration".
Head coach of "Astana" Greek Ilias Papatheodorou said that he expected that the match will turn out to be tough, knew how strong our opponent. The problem was that a week ago, we played in the Cup of Kazakhstan and the foreign players in these matches did not participate, a bit out of rhythm. WEF today but at the crucial moment scored the difficult throws — their leader Janis Blums has made a significant contribution to the final success. Prepared for this, but could not answer".
The residents after the win over "Astana" was a neutral balance of 9 wins and losing nine. Vapoury has risen to sixth place, being above "Yenisei" (9-10) and "Astana" (9-11).
Until the end of the Wafu championship left to play 6 matches. The closest the team will play March 26 in Tallinn against Kalev, reaching penultimate.
VEF — Astana 73:62 (14:13, 11:11, 18:17, 30:21)
WEF: blooms 18, Richard 17, Meyers 9, Labuckas 8, Mauris 8, Entraps 6...
Astana: Lowry 16, Odom 14, Miller (10), Krubally 10, Ponomarev 9...
Standings: CSKA 18-2, Zenit 17-3, Khimki — 16-3, Lokomotiv-Kuban — 13-4, UNICS — 12-8, VEF 9-9, Yenisei — 9-10, Astana 9-11, Avtodor — 6-12, Nizhniy Novgorod — 6-14, Tsmoki-Minsk 4-14, Kalev — 4-15, Parma— 0-18.