AVIS Rapla hand Nevezis another loss

KEDAINIAI – After starting the year on the wrong foot in Riga, the struggles continued for Nevezis, who suffered a 69-57 loss against AVIS Rapla at home in Kedainiai on Tuesday evening.

It was the fourth consecutive defeat for the Lithuanian side, who dropped to a 2-8 record in Group A, while the visitors from Rapla improved to a 6-2 mark following their fourth win in a row.

 

After opening the game with a strong first quarter, Nevezis broke away to an early 16-8 lead, but saw the gap quickly disappear, as AVIS Rapla responded with an even better second period, which allowed the visitors to go up 32-29 at the halftime interval.

The guests stayed in front after the break, increasing the gap to 52-44 heading into the final frame of the game. Nevezis managed to get as close as four points in the fourth quarter, but the Estonians did not panic and sealed the win with solid play down the stretch.

Sven Kaldre was the leading scorer for the winners with 17 points, William Artino added 15 points and six rebounds, while Kristjan Voolaid finished the game with 11 points and nine boards.

Meanwhile, Oleksandr Kolchenko had 18 points and seven rebounds for Nevezis. No other players reached double figures, with Grant Johnson coming closest with nine points, nine rebounds and three steals in his account.