Barons kvartals sneak away with win in Rapla

RAPLA – Thomas van der Mars had yet another monstrous game but that wasn’t enough for the hosts to sneak out a victory, as Barons kvartals defeated AVIS Rapla 77-66 on Friday evening.


It was a nip-and-tuck affair from the earliest of stages in the game, as neither side were willing to give up any ground from the moment they hit the court. A quarter in, Barons kvartals held a slight advantage, leading by two.

The visitors managed to make some room for themselves at the start of the second period, as they improved their lead to 9 points. Nevertheless, AVIS Rapla managed to regain momentum and came back to reduce the deficit.

Barons kvartals managed to up the lead once again in the second half, only for it to be dissolved with a couple of baskets. Despite that, they still held an important 5 point margin over Rapla entering the final quarter.

The Latvians managed to get things going well in the final period, as they finally pushed the margin to double-digits. They went on to win by eleven.

Davis Geks was the top scorer for Barons kvartals, as he had 19 points, while Denis Krestinin chipped in with a solid double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Davis Zonne added 12 points, while Kristaps Mediss ended the game with 11 points, despite going 0-for-6 from downtown.

Van der Mars was left scoreless in the final quarter, but still put up an outstanding scoreline for Rapla, as he worked hard on the offensive glass to collect 22 points and 16 rebounds (10 offensive). Rasham Suarez added 14 points, while Domen Bratoz chipped in with 12.