Dynamo Moscow win in Rapla

RAPLA – Dynamo Moscow took their second victory in Rapla, as they barely escaped with a 66-64 (20-18; 12-11; 15-16; 19-19) victory in the Group C clash.


Dynamo now have two victories in six games, while Rapla dropped to a 3-4 record.

For most of the quarter, it was the Russians with the lead, but they found no luck trying to get away from their opponents. For the remainder of the half, Dynamo were in front, but their lead jumped no higher than five points.

It wasn’t until the middle of the third period that Rapla finally jumped ahead. Only for a moment though, as Dynamo responded with a small run of their own. Two points separated the teams before the final quarter.

The Russian side gradually built up a solid lead throughout the quarter and with two minutes on the clock, they were up by eight. Nevertheless, Rait-Riivo Laane drained a three-pointer, Gleb Goldyrev missed his free-throws and in a minute the lead was cut down to just one.

Ernestas Ezerskis made a turnover handling the ball, but recovered with a three-pointer that once again pulled Rapla within one point. The visitors then made good of all their free-throws and celebrated an important victory.

Alexey Kuznetsov led the winning side with 11 points, while Vladislav Trushkin was the only other player in double-digit scoring for Dynamo with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Evgeny Karpeko ended the game with 9 points and 9 boards.

Three players were responsible for the lion’s share of points for Tyco Rapla. Ernestas Ezerskis led the way with 21 points and 5 assists, Rait Keerles added 20 points, while Rait-Riivo Laane ended the game with 15 points.