Juventus show Rapla no mercy

Photo: Algimantas Čiža

UTENA – It took merely a quarter for Juventus to take care of business at home against Tyco Rapla, as they bashed past the Estonians 88-67 (27-12; 19-19; 24-12; 16-24) in the Group C match-up on Wednesday evening.


This makes it the second victory of two for the Lithuanian side, while Rapla dropped their first game in four outings.

The two teams came in hot and it was a neck-to-neck race for the first five minutes, as the visitors kept their heads above water with a 10-9 lead. However, turnovers in six consecutive possessions helped the home side to an 18-2 run to close the quarter.

The margin between the two teams hovered around 16 points for the lion’s share of the quarter and although Tyco Rapla tried to cut into single digits, Juventus killed the run with a couple consecutive baskets and 17 points separated the rivals at halftime – 48-31.

The massacre continued in the second half and three minutes in, the margin had already reached 28, before Rapla answered with two three-pointers. Juventus got them back and a 72-43 score glared on the scoreboard.

The fourth quarter was merely a formality and Juventus coasted to the easy victory.

Valdas Dabkus led the winning side in scoring with 13 points, while Arvydas Siksnius and Saulius Kulvietis contributed 12 apiece. Nikita Barinov finished the game with 11 points and 9 rebounds, as Rashaun Broadus contributed 10 points and 5 assists.

Four players were in double-digits for Tyco Rapla, as Janar Soo and Kristers Zeidaks, who also had 12 rebounds, were the two leading scorers with 15 points each. Ernestas Ezerskis added 14, while Ziga Fifolt ended the game with 10 points.