Jekabpils bounce back against Valga

Photo: Lasma Irsa

JEKABPILS – Jekabpils bounced back after a tough loss last week and secured their first win in this season’s Baltic Basketball League with an 86-65 (21-19; 24-20; 17-16; 24-10) victory against Valga Maks ja Moorits.


Both Jekabpils and Valga now stand at a 1-1 record.

Jekabpils had the upper hand from the initial moments, as they started the game with a 9-0 snip. After two consecutive three-pointers from Rinalds Sirsnins, the margin had already reached 11. However, Maks ja Moorits came running back and had already jumped ahead by one with 15 seconds left, but Mikus Sokolovs’ buzzer-beating three allowed the Latvians to regain control of the game.

The lead changed hands multiple times in the second quarter, but once again, Jekabpils finished the quarter on a higher note and held a six-point lead going into halftime.

Just as soon as the home side managed to regain a tangible lead, Maks ja Moorits would mix up the cards with a run of their own, thus the game went back and forth with the visitors always breathing down their opponents’ backs. Before the final ten minutes, the Latvians were in front by seven.

While the start of the last quarter was edge to edge, two more three-pointers from Sirsnins opened up the game for the home side and the went on to put up a 20-5 run to put the game out of reach.

Jekabpils’ Rinalds Sisnins converted on 7 three-pointer in total and was clearly the best player in the game. He amassed 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Devin Taylor added 14 points, while Pavels Veselovs and Povilas Cukinas finished the game with 13 and 10 points respectively.

Jurijs Aleksejevs was the only bright spot in what was pretty much a dull performance from the Estonians. He scored 18 points and tore down 11 rebounds. Edgars Krumins chipped in with 11 points, while Maris Laksa ended the game with 9.