Jekabpils edge TTU, hold on to sixth win

JEKAPBILS – Visiting TTU put up a great fight against one of the top teams of the tournament, Jekabpils, as they ultimately fell short after breaking down in the third quarter. The Estonians managed to fight back, but just a tad too late. Fifth victory in six games for Jekabpils, as the scoreboard screams 87-90.

 

The first four minutes of the game really didn’t signal a happy evening for the Estonians, as they were pushed down to the ground with a 13-4 deficit. Nevertheless, Joonas Jarvelainen managed to keep them afloat, scoring 11 in the first quarter alone.

He added 8 more in TTU’s 13-3 three minute run, handing the Estonians their game-high eight point advantage. Jekabpils came bouncing back, though, and tied the game up with a lay-up to end the half.

The Latvians came out slow, but got into a rhythm and started making nearly everything from behind the arc, converting on six three-pointers in just over half a quarter. That sort of barrage from distance allowed them to jump ahead by 11.

The Latvian side maintained a solid lead for most of the final quarter and with less than two minutes one the clock, were still up by double-digits. However, TTU still managed to light a fire under them, as Jarvelainen’s last three-pointer cut the deficit to just 3.

Roberts Stumbris was a nuisance from long-range, draining five shots for 15 of his 21 points. Jurijs Aleksejevs also lit it up, as notched 19 points. Pavels Veselovs added 14 points. While the guard duo of Rinalds Sirsnins and Renars Magone had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Only five players recorded points for TTU, as Jarvelainen led the way with 28. Sten Olmre was also impressive, scoring 22 points, while Toomas Raadik added 18 points and 8 rebounds. Nikola Vujovic chipped in with 13, while team captain Kiur Akenparg had a rough night, scoring just six points on 11 shots.