Late run pushes Tarvas past Jekabpils

RAKVERE – In the evening’s first Group B matchup, Rakvere Tarvas managed to come out on top against visiting Jekabpils, as a fourth-quarter surge got them past their foes 74-64.

 

It was a nip-and-tuck affair from the get-go, as neither side was willing to give any sort of advantage to their opponents.

While the first quarter was as close as it gets, Jekabpils managed to set themselves up with a 9-point advantage mid-way through the second. Tarvas eventually evened the score with two minutes remaining in the first half, but the Latvians managed to finish the quarter with 4 unanswered points and hit the halftime with a 32-28 advantage.

In the close-as-ever third quarter, the two sides exchanged baskets one after the other, with neither side able to create a tangible lead for themselves.

Tarvas were only down by one point before the final quarter and it seemed that the game would perhaps be decided only by the last shot. Nevertheless, the Estonians slowly and steadily pulled away with a great performance on the defensive end. With a minute remaining, they were already up by 8 and Jekabpils missing three after three certainly helped their case.

Roberts Stumbris set the tone for Tarvas with 24 points and 6 rebounds, while David Haughton chipped in with 16 points and 8 boards. Brandon Goode was also strong around the rim and finished the game with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Rinalds Sirsnins and Ronaldas Rutkauskas were the leading scorers for Jekabpils, tallying 14 points apiece. The latter also contributed 8 rebounds. Tyler Larson was also in double digits with 13 points in his account.