Emphatic Jekabpils blast past AVIS Rapla

Photo: Lasma Irsa

JEKABPILS – Having finished the first leg of the Eight-Final tie against AVIS Rapla with a 14-point deficit, Jekabpils were faced with a difficult situation. However, the Latvian side used home court advantage to use, taking a 93-65 victory at home on Tuesday to progress to the Quarter-Finals.

 

The host set the tone early, opening a double-digit lead after the first quarter at 26-15, but it was really the second period that hurt AVIS Rapla the most. The Estonians combined for only six points as a team, while Jekabpils dropped 32 on the other end.

Having entered the halftime break with a 37-point deficit and down by 23 on aggregate at 58-21, it was now AVIS Rapla who found themselves in a difficult situation. After a modestly successful third quarter, the Estonian deficit cut the gap to 25 points, but couldn’t get much further than that.

Tyler Larson had a team-high 21 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals off the bench for Jekabpils, Modestas Kumpys and Rinalds Sirsnins scored 18, while Sandis Silavs contributed with 17 points.

For AVIS Rapla, Devin Brooks collected 25 points, Maurice Leroy Kemp Jr had 13 points and six rebounds, while Indrek Kajupank chipped in with 10 points.

In the next round, Jekabpils will face the winner of the tie between Siauliai and Port of Parnu, with the Lithuanian club holding a commanding lead after the first leg at home.