Jekabpils not good enough in the clutch against Pieno Zvaigzdes

In what proved to be the more exciting opening game, Pieno Zvaigzdes, led by Andriy Agafonov’s 19 points, battled back from behind to take a thrilling 76-72 victory against Jekabpils


The home side started the game on a higher note, jumping to an early lead, yet a couple three-pointers from Pieno Zvaigzdes brought the teams back to level terms for a while.

After finishing the first quarter with a couple made baskets, Jekabpils carried it on to the second as well. They were converting on a good portion of their shots and it soon turned into a double-digit advantage for the Latvians.

Nevertheless, their ten point advantage was wiped away in a matter of minutes, as the Pasvalys side raced back. With only one point between the two clubs entering the final ten minutes, it was anybody’s game.

After trading bucket for bucket throughout the quarter, it ultimately came down to a free-throw shooting marathon in the final minute. Jekabpils had less luck today, and the Lithuanians came out on top.

For Pieno Zvaigzdes, it was Andriy Agafonov with 19 points leading the scoring charts. Derrick Low was impressive with 16 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds, while Osvaldas Olisevicius ended the game with 10 points to his name.

Three players reached double-digit scoring for the Latvian side, as Roberts Stumbris and Jurijs Aleksejevs led the way with 13 points apiece. Janis Antrops chipped in with 10, while Andrejs Selakovs dominated the backboard with 9 points and 14 rebounds.