Barnies leads Jekabpils past Pyrinto

Photo: Lasma Irsa/BK Jekabpils

JEKABPILS – Pyrinto were handed only their second defeat of the season in Latvia, as Jekabpils outlasted the Finnish visitors 77-76 in overtime on Wednesday evening.

The Latvian team jumped into the third spot in Group A with a 6-5 mark, while Pyrinto finished the regular season with a solid 10-2 record.

 

After a pretty even first quarter, Pyrinto broke away to a double-digit lead at 32-22 following a good start of the second period. However, Jekabpils responded with a 12-5 run in the next few minutes to cut the gap to 39-34 at the halftime break.

Troy Barnies, who was presented with the January MVP award before the game, took over the game in the beginning of the third period, scoring seven points early in the second half, as the hosts jumped out in front.

Jekabpils stayed ahead as the teams kept exchanged baskets, but Pyrinto regained the lead at 63-62. The hosts, didn’t trail for long, with Barnies making it 67-64 from the stripe.

Trailing by three points with three seconds to go, Pyrinto managed to force an extra period after Lewis converted all three free-throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt just before the final buzzer.

Having led Jekabpils throughout the game, Barnies scored eight points in overtime, giving the hosts a 76-73 lead with 22 seconds left to play, but Lewis tied it all up again with an and-one play on the other end.

However, Pavels Veselovs had the last say in the game, drawing a foul and going to the stripe for two foul shots with only a couple of seconds to spare. The big man made the first shot and missed the second on purpose, as Jekabpils came out on top in the thriller.

Troy Barnies paced his team with a game-high 31 points and nine rebounds, as Cam Rundles was the only other Jekabpils players in double digits with 15 points.

Pyrinto’s guard Kelvin Lewis collected 21 points and eight boards, Damon Williams added a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Benjamin Raymond chipped in with 14 points and nine boards.