Jekabpils struggle past TTU

Photo: Lasma Irsa

JEKABPILS – A strong closing quarter assured an 87-71 (21-26; 26-18; 19-15; 21-12) victory for Jekabpils, who had trouble fighting off TTU’s resistance in the Group B clash.


Jekabpils are rolling strong and have now taken hold of a 3-1 record. Meanwhile, TTU have lost two straight and stand a 1-2.

The start of the game was high-paced, as both teams scored at will. TTU managed to convert on a couple of good looks and midway through the first quarter, were up by six.

The Estonians managed to stay ahead for the remainder of the quarter, but Jekabpils set up a 13-2 run at the beginning of the second bit of the game and pulled ahead 38-32. The visitors could not even the score before the half and TTU went into the locker room with a 3 point deficit.

After a couple three-pointers in the initial minutes of the second half, Jekabpils amassed a 9-point advantage, which was trimmed to 7 before the end of the quarter.

The difference between the two sides floated around ten points for the whole quarter, but Jekabpils used a late 6-0 run to push the lead to 16.

Rinalds Sirsnins led Jekabpils in scoring with 19 and also accounted for 7 assists. Devin Taylor was even more impressive, as he made a statement for the weekly Top Five with his 29-ranking point performance. The American scored 18 points, shooting at an 80% clip and also tore down 9 rebounds. Povilas Cukinas added 12 points and 9 boards, while Pavels Veselovs ended the game with 11 and 6. Martins Kravcenko had 10 points to his name.

For the losing side, Joonas Jarvelainen was once again the leading scorer. The forward scored 18 points and tore down 8 rebounds. Toomas Raadik contributed 16 points, Kiur Akenparg added 15, while Andrew Arnold ended the game with 10.