Jekabpils outlast Valmiera

JEKABPILS – The home side Jekabpils celebrated an important victory against fellow Latvians Valmiera, as they finally caught up in the standings after the 78-67 (21-19; 12-19; 20-14; 25-15) win.


Both teams now hold the same record of five victories and two losses.

The two sides kept exchanging leads in the first frame and neither of the two Latvian clubs could get ahold of a tangible lead. However, the game shifted in the second frame, as Valmiera took matters into their own hands and jumped ahead. Nevertheless, all they could build before halftime was a slippery five-point advantage.

The visitors couldn’t hang on to the lead for a long time though and the leading team kept changing throughout the whole third quarter.

Jekabpils finally pushed ahead only in the fourth period, as they converted solid defense into good offense and rushed ahead to take a double-digit victory.

Martins Kravcenko and Pavels Veselovs were the two top-scorers for Jekabpils, as they tallied 17 each. Rihards Kuksiks added 15, while Povilas Cukinas ended the game with 10 points.

Justin Hurt was the game’s highest scorer with 25 points. William Spencer added 9, while Matiss Rudmiezis ended the game with 7.