Jekabpils knock off Barsy at home

Photo: Lasma Irsa

JEKABPILS – It was the sort of start to 2016 that Jekabpils was looking for in Triobet BBL, as the Latvian side brushed aside Barsy for a 94-78 victory at the Jekabpils Sporta Nams on Sunday afternoon.

The first meeting between the sides back in November also ended in a win for the Latvian side, who now have a 5-4 record in Group B, while Barsy have won three and lost six games.


Jekabpils rode on the back of stellar play by Tyler Larson, who had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and led from start to finish after breaking away early with a strong first quarter.

Although Barsy did not allow the deficit to get out of hand, the hosts were very much the dominant side on the court, dictating the run of play. Leading 67-60 before the final frame, Jekabpils sealed the win with a convincing fourth quarter.

Lithuanian big man Ronaldas Rutkauskas had a huge double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners, as Sandis Silavs and Modestas Kumpys chipped in with 16 and 15 points respectively.

For Barsy, the efforts of Ryan Cook and Michael Burwell were not enough. Cook finished the game as the leading scorer with 28 points and 10 rebounds to his name, while Burwell added 13 points and 11 rebounds.