Jekabpils hold on against Dolphins

JEKABPILS – After a one-point loss in the first game, Jekabpils made sure not to let another victory slip out of their hands, as they held on 78-73 against Norrkoping Dolphins in a Group A game on Friday evening.


The visitors from Sweden got off to a storming start, going on an 11-0 run right out of the gates, with Dolphins forward William Walker responsible for seven of those points.

However, Jekabpils weren’t behind by much for long, as they answered with an 8-0 spurt of their own, before tying it all at 13-13 by the end of the first period.

Having built a 35-30 lead at the half, the home side kept playing with confidence in the third quarter and increased the gap to a game-high 16 points.

Although Jekabpils was up 57-43 before the start of the final period, Dolphins were not ready to give up just yet and raced back to make it a one-possession game with three minutes left on the clock.

With the visitors from Norrkoping down 73-75 and 45 seconds remaining, Jekabpils committed a turnover, but Kendrick Brown’s three-pointer was blocked, while Pierre Hampton could not convert on a second chance opportunity.

Rinalds Sirsnins went on to make three-of-four shots from the free-throw line to seal the victory, preventing Jekabpils from another slip-up.

Michal Hlebowicki had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, while Sirsnins finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Dolphins guard Kendrick Brown had a game-high 19 points, while Joakim Kjellbom, who also had 11 boards, and Edgars Jeromanovs scored 14 points each.