Liepaja/Triobet advance to Quarter-Finals

LIEPAJA – Playing with comfortable 24-point security blanket from the first leg, Liepaja/Triobet advanced to the Quarter-Finals after taking care of Tarvas 93-87 after a strong fourth quarter display at home in Latvia on Tuesday evening.

 

While the game itself was tightly contested, the outcome of the tie was never in doubt, with Liepaja/Triobet head coach Uvis Helmanis running a tight ship.

The hosts got off to a slightly better start, taking a 25-21 edge after the opening period. The team form Liepaja stayed in front throughout the second quarter as well, but the gap between the sides was marginal.

In the second half, Tarvas made a couple of attempts to close the gap, but Liepaja/Triobet always had a response down their sleeve, as they wrapped up the game with ease.

Kristopher Richard was impressive for the hosts with 34 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while David Hicks was the only other player for Liepaja/Triobet in double figures with 13 points to his name.

For Tarvas, newcomer Brandis Raley-Ross had a team-high 23 points, Reinis Strupovics scored 21 points and dished out seven assists, while David Haughton collected 10 points and 11 rebounds.