Barsy's hopes cut short in Liepaja

LIEPAJA - What could have become the comeback story of the season was not meant to be. After recovering with two straight wins from a 0-8 start to the season, Barsy couldn't keep up the play and lost to Liepaja/Triobet by a wide margin, 87-50.


While they hung in there for the most of the first half, Barsy were immediately the ones chasing. The Latvian side got ahead by 4 points in the first quarter, leading 19-15, and pushed the margin up in the next ten minutes.

Halfway through the second quarter, it was still just a 4-point game, yet Liepaja/Triobet closed out the quarter well and advanced their lead to double-digit territory.

Barsy fell apart after the break, as they were being destroyed in the block, while getting nothing to fall themselves. The Liepaja side won the quarter 30-8 and put the game out of contention.

It was all settled already, but Liepaja/Triobet’s lead didn’t stop growing, as it reached a game-high 38 points in the final quarter.

Arturs Ausejs had a party in downtown tonight, knocking down 7-of-10 shots from beyond the arc, en route to a 25-point performance. Roberts Krastins added 13 points, while Lateef Mcmullan and Carl Montgomery chipped in with 10 apiece. The latter also tore down 13 rebounds for a double-double night.

Barsy were outhustled, as they were terribly beaten on the boards, losing this battle 53-21. They only got three assists throughout the game and the few bright spots were the play of Trevin Parks and Nikolay Bazhin. The two had 17 and 10 points, respectively.