First half dominance sees Rapla through Nevezis

RAPLA – It didn‘t take long for AVIS Rapla to wrap things up against visiting Nevezis, as they got hot early and that was enough to take them to a 91-77 win on Wednesday evening.


Leading all the way from the first minute to the very last, Rapla had no trouble finding the basket early on. The hosts scored 26 points in the first quarter and set themselves up with an eight point advantage after the initial ten minutes.

Things just got better after that, as a 13-1 run to open the second quarter allowed the Estonian side to amass an 18-point advantage just halfway through the game.

It seemed Nevezis managed to get things back on track, while Rapla's offense slowed down in the second half.

The Lithuanians managed to cut the deficit to 13 before the final quarter and finally reached a single-digit margin with five minutes left on the clock. They made a couple more runs at the home side, but it was ultimately Rapla finishing on top with a safe lead.

Thomas van der Mars put up a really strong performance, tallying a double double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Domen Bratoz added 15 points and 6 assists, while Indrek Kajupank and Rashem Suarez scored 12 each, with the latter also adding 5 assists and rebounds.  Martin Paasoja ended the game with 11 points and 8 assists, while Sven Kaldre added another 11.

On the other side, Paulius Petrilevicius was solid with 20 points, as Jermaine Love and Toni Prostran finished the game with 13 apiece. Love also added 8 rebounds and 5 assists to the totals.