Jurmala hand Pyrinto fifth straight loss

JURMALA – Pyrinto’s struggles continue, as they faced their fifth consecutive, falling just short of a victory against Jurmala/Fenikss. On the other hand, the 70-69 (18-14; 14-20; 17-16; 21-19) victory allowed the Latvians to break a five game losing streak.


Pyrinto now hold a record of 2-5, while Jurmala finally got their first win in six games.

Throughout the whole game it was nip and tuck, as the largest gap between the two teams was six points, first reached midway through the first quarter after a 7-0 run by the home side.

While for the lion’s share of the second period, Jurmala/Fenikss held a two possession lead, Pyrinto turned it all around with a 10-0 run that allowed them to finish the first half with a 34-32 lead.

The two sides went back and forth for the remainder of the game and with a minute on the clock Pyrinto were ahead by two. However Martins Laksa showed how clutch he was, nailing a three-pointer to give his team the single-point advantage.

Damon Williams responded with a two-pointer of his own, but Laksa struck gold once again, pulling Jurmala up by one with 8 seconds to go. Pyrinto couldn’t convert on their final game-winning attempt and the Latvians celebrated a much-needed victory.

Ugis Pinete led the hosts in scoring with 15 points. Martins Laksa and Kristaps Mediss chipped in with 10 apiece, while Ervins Jonats ended the game with 8 points and 11 rebounds. Arturs Ausejs also had 8 points to his name.

For the losing side, it was Will Harris leading the way with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Damon Williams was responsible for 13 more, alongside 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Topias Palmi added 10 points, while Tyrone Kent ended the game with 9.