Jurmala/Fenikss kept winless by Pasvalys

JURMALA – Pieno zvaigzdes jumped ahead early on and did not look back, as they raced past Jurmala/Fenikss, beating the Latvians 75-59 (24-7; 32-21; 17-26; 24-17) in the Group A match-up on Wednesday evening.


Pasvalys kept a clean sheet, as this was their third victory in three games, while Jurmala already face their fourth straight loss of the season.

The Lithuanians started the game going off 11-0, before Alex Oriakhi commited an unsportsman-like foul, allowing Jurmala/Fenikss to finally open their scoring tally five minutes into the game. Pieno zvaigzdes kept increasing their lead and it had already reached 20 at the end of the quarter.

The home side finally found some kind of rhythm, but was still being heavily outscored. Pieno zvaigzdes had double the amount of points after two quarters, as they led 56-28.

Jurmala were way too deep in, as the Lithuanian side already reached a 31-point lead halfway through the third quarter, but a 15-2 run helped make the margin a bit more appropriate. The teams were separated by 19 points heading into the last ten minutes.

The fourth quarter was for the most part competitive, as the two sides exchanged one basket after the other. However, Pasvalys ended the quarter on a higher note and celebrated the 26-point victory.

Benjamin Brust highlighted the scoring table with 18 points to his name. Gytis Sirutavicius added 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Evaldas Kairys chipped in with 13. Aidas Viskontas orchestrated the team’s offense with 12 points and 8 assists, while Augustinas Jankaitis finished with 11 points in 14 minutes of basketball.

Edgars Jeromanovs ked the way with 16 points and 6 assists for the Latvians, while Martins Laksa was responsible for another 15 points. Ervins Jonats ended the game with 9 points to his name.