The high-scoring affair went one way, then the other, swinging back and forth all game long. The first quarter, despite starting slowly for the home side, ended up being all about them.
A 5 deficit quickly turned into a four-point lead with three treys in just 40 seconds for Ogre, and that propelled them forward. After making a ton of free-throws, they were up by 9 after the opening ten minutes.
The second quarter was the exact opposite – TTU took the bull by the horns and ran ahead. Starting a quarter 17-3 is usually an indication of good things to come, and a 6-point lead was definitely a good thing for the Estonians.
Nevertheless, Ogre/Kumho Tyre had no intention of letting their arms down, and four consecutive three pointers helped them establish a nice 10-point lead near the end of the fourth quarter.
TTU clawed themselves back into the game mostly due to Jarvelainen’s 13-point quarter. Nevertheless, despite getting close, they just couldn’t tip the scales and ended up falling just short of victory.
Ogre/Kumho Tyre had scoring from all over the roster, as seven players reached double-digit scoring. Karlis Apsitis, who made most of his points at the charity stripe, led the way with 18 points. Lauris Mizis added 16 points and 7 boards, while Kristaps Plavnieks ended the night with 15 points and 8 assists. Gints Antrops finished with 14 points in his tally, Marcis Vitols had 12, while Rihards Zebergs and Guntis Sipolins ended up scoring 11 and 10, respectively.
Joonas Jarvelainen was the highlight of the night, as he had a dominant performance, putting up an enormous double-double. He had 33 points, 13 rebounds with 4 assists and 3 steals, lining up for an efficiency rating of 42. But even that sort of show was not enough for a TTU victory.
Sten Olmre was also solid, as he chipped in with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, while Ivalo Pajumets added 13 points to the tally. Rain Markus Koort ended the night with 12 in his account.