Liepaja start playoffs with road win in Jekabpils

JEKABPILS – An outstanding fourth quarter performance allowed Liepaja/Triobet to start their BBL Playoff run on the right foot, as they took a 67-62 (17-17; 13-16; 26-16; 6-18) away victory against Latvian rivals Jekabpils on Wednesday evening.

 

This was the match-up between the 7th and 10th seeds, with the victors proving why they were higher ranked.

This game was the closest match-up in these play-offs so far, and it’s easy to see that the two sides are very evenly matched. And the first quarter was a great example of that, as the lead kept changing hands, but the quarter ended up a stalemate.

Neither team could get any momentum going in the second period as well, so the two Latvian clubs were split by only three points at halftime.

It seemed that this would be how the game would play out until the final moments, as the eight initial minutes of the second half were also nip-and-tuck. However, after the teams traded sizeable runs, Jekabpils finally managed to jump ahead before the final quarter – 56-49.

It all turned around very quickly in the final frame, as a 14-2 run now put Liepaja in the driving seat. The home side couldn’t get any closer in the final three minutes and were forced to face a small, yet crucial loss.

Dovydas Redikas returned to Jekabpils with a strong performance, tabbing 20 points and 7 rebounds. Devin Taylor was the only other player in double-digit scoring with 10 points to his name.

Edgaras Zelionis was the leading scorer for the visitors, as he knocked down 16. Arnolds Helmanis added 10 points, while Kristaps Miglinieks ended the game with 9.