Cressler drops 30 to lead Rapla past Liepaja

RAPLA - There were several astonishing individual performances for both sides, but AVIS Utilitas Rapla ended up claiming a 99-78 victory against Betsafe/Liepaja


While the hosts got off to a hotter start, it could be said that the two sides were absolutely equally matched for the opening fifteen minutes. The lead changed hands numerous times, before a small run helped Liepaja jump ahead by five.

Before the half ended, the game took a swing to the other side, though, as AVIS Utilitas Rapla built up a six point spread.

The margin just grew from there on, as the visitors were left far behind in the dust. Mid-third quarter, it was already a 19-point difference, and it was clear the game was all said and done.

The final quarter was greeted merely as a formality, as the hosts excited their home crowd with their fourth win.

Nolan Cressler had one of the top performances of the season, as he dropped 30 points, tore down 6 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. Devonte Upson was also incredible, roughing his way to an impressive double-double. The big man had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Gert Dorbek was serviceable for 15 points, while Indrek Kajupank had 13. Dominique Hawkins ended the game with 12 points in his account.

For Betsafe/Liepaja, Kyle Benjamin was absolutely unstoppable, as he dropped 23 points and tore down 18 boards. Roberts Krastins and Toms Leimanis had respectively 13 and 11 points.