The Rigans suffered six defeats this season in seven games, taking the last place among the 14 teams on the tournament table.
The Latvian scored 11 points and 6 rebounds with Andrejs Gražulis, nine points were played by Kristaps Janičenoks, and eight points were in Jebel Durem's account.
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Meanwhile, Alexey Svedski scored "Himki" in 16 rows, but 13 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked blocks were George Mickey.
The first quarter of the match was in a similar fight, but for the last three minutes of the first cut of the game, VEF Riga failed to win an opponent's basket, which resulted in the first ten minutes lost at 15:17.
In the first quarter of the second quarter, the opponents took two more shots and had a six-point lead, but in the fourth minute Arthur Ausier and Winsend's Consul reduced their opponent's handicap to two points (22:24). It is true that in the second half of the quarter, the Rigans arrived with 10 points, but in the big break was 13 points deficit – 27:40.
In the first half of the second half, the crowd has already reached 20 points (47:27). The Rigans responded with a seven-point lead but the inability to go even further, and by the end of the third quarter has already lost 24 points (38:62).
The fourth quarter continued in the same note, with the introduction of the team "Himki" already with handicap of 30 points (68:38). Following the quarter-finals, Janis Gailitis gave the opportunity to play the reserves that did not significantly change the score, "VEF Rīga" unit suffered a loss with a score of 51:75.
These teams met as early as October 5, when basketball players "Himki" from "Arena Riga" scored a shocking 96:67 victory. It is true that last year the Rigans managed to surprise and defeat a strong opponent in off-road matches.
The VEF Riga, in its previous match, celebrated on November 4, when Kazan "Unics" competed with 74:89 without major variants.
"VEF Riga", with a win in seven games in the General Unified League ranked last in the 14-team competition, while "Himki", with seven wins in seven games, split the lead with CSKA Moscow.
Meanwhile, in the OlyBet Championship of the Basketball League of Latvia, the Rigans with six wins in seven games are third in the overall ranking. Himki, in addition to the Unified League, started ULEB in the Euroleague, where he won a win in six games.
VEF Rīga was arrested by American defender Beiden Jackson last week, who has not yet completed the Russian visa, so he did not go to Moscow. The club also opted not to extend the deal with striker Arjom Butjankov this month and the contract with amateur coach Austin Luke was interrupted, replacing another American basketball player, James Durem.
In this one-league season, 14 teams start in the regular tournament, taking two rounds and then eight best qualifiers for the play-off fights. Nine Russian teams start in the tournament as well as a unit from Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Poland.
The previous season, Cossack basketball players from Moscow were crowned champions who beat the team of "Himki" Moscow in the final 3-0.
VEF Riga won the silver medal in the Latvian championship last season with 0-3 defeats in the semi-finals, 0-3 in the quarter-finals, having lost 2-4 at Ventspils.