Jurmala edge Rapla, stay undefeated

RAPLA - A thrilling game and an excellent performance from AVIS Utilitas Rapla threatened Jurmala's undefeated status, but the Latvians held their end of the bargain and secured an 89-91 win in hostile territory.


It was a nip-and-tuck affair right from the early stages of the game, as the teams traded basket for basket for the opening eight minutes. However, Jurmala managed to finish the quarter on a higher not and ended up winning the first quarter by 7 points.

The league leaders had a double-digit lead for most of the second quarter, but a 2-9 finish to the quarter allowed AVIS Utilitas Rapla to catch up and erase most of the deficit.

It was just two points separating the teams at halftime but Jurmala once again rushed to raise the margin to double digits and secured a tangible lead before the final ten minutes.

The final quarter brought a lot of excitement, as the two teams were once again going head to head. With less than two minutes on the clock, Rapla reduced the deficit to just three, but the visitors responded with a basket of their own.

Dominique Hawkins stole the ball for Rapla and converted on a and-one play to cut the gap to just two, but their opponents were perfect from the free-throw line and enjoyed a tough-earned victory.

Edgars Jeromanovs was the go-to scorer for Jurmala, as he dropped 18 points. Denis Krestinin was just as impressive, getting close to a double-double with his 16-point, 9-rebound performance. Ugis Pinete and Ervins Jonats finished the game with 13 points in hand, while Haralds Karlis finished up with 11.

For the other side, the trio of Americans did all the heavy lifting, as Nolan Cressler led the way with 22 points. Dominique Hawkins added 19 points to the tally, while Devonte Upson picked up a double-double of 16 points and 11 boards, also swiping the ball away for 3 steals and 3 blocks. Sven Kaldre ended the game with 14, while Indrek Kajupank chipped in ten.