AVIS Rapla mid-game dominance sparks win over Liepaja

RAPLA – AVIS Rapla secured a comfortable victory as they took on Latvian visitors Liepaja/Triobet on Tuesday evening. The Latvians got ahead at the end of the first quarter, but from then on, it was all Rapla, as the Estonians managed to turn the table and won 83-71.


There wasn’t much to separate the two sides for the lion’s share of the first quarter, but Liepaja/Triobet managed to win the final 1:10 spread 7-0 and jumped ahead 25-19 after the first period.

Nevertheless, that lead didn’t stand for long, as the hosts were quick to regain ground and halfway through the second period, it was already them in front, leading 37-31. While the margin had reached eight points, the teams ended the half with just three points between them.

Right as the second half started, it began raining threes – AVIS Rapla nailed three consecutive long-range bombs in under a minute and pushed the lead to double-digits. They continued their dominant play and took total control of the game, as the lead rose to 16.

While the teams started off the final quarter with a 13-point spread, Liepaja/Triobet managed to bring back some intrigue into the game, cutting the deficit in half to just six with four minutes remaining. Nevertheless, the visitors turned the ball just too many times in the final minutes to stay competitive and lost by 12.

Rasham Suarez was a key to Rapla’s win, as he scored 21 points and chipped in with 8 rebounds. Kristjan Voolaid added 16 points, while Thomas van der Mars secured yet another double-double, scoring 14 and adding 15 rebounds to the tally. Sven Kaldre and Domen Bratoz were also effective, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Lateef Mcmullan had a big night scoring-wise, as he put up 26 points for Liepaja/Triobet, but he didn’t get too much help from his teammates, as Davis Rozitis was the only other Liepaja player in double-digit scoring with 10 points to his name. Carl Anthony Montgomery added 9 points and 7 rebounds to the tally.