Liepaja/Triobet end losing streak in Tallinn

TALLINN – One losing streak came to an end in Group B, while another just took a turn for the worse, as Liepaja/Triobet registered a 65-63 victory against the winless TTU on the road in the Estonian capital on Tuesday evening.


After starting the season with five victories in a row, the Latvian side had fallen short in its last three games in Triobet BBL. Now with a 6-3 record, Liepaja/Triobet are second in the group, while the 0-9 TTU are rock bottom.

It was the heavily favored visitors who got off to a quicker start, scoring the first five points of the game which proved to be the difference at the end of the opening quarter, with Liepaja/Triobet up 20-15.

Although the Liepaja/Triobet’s lead was slowly increasing quarter by quarter, TTU stuck close and kept the deficit in single figures until the end of the first half. Having started the third period up by six, the guests went on a 9-0 lead to increase the gap to 41-26.

However, TTU got the situation under control by the end of the quarter and started to scrape back into the game. The efforts brought results, with the Estonian club levelling the score at 56-all midway through the fourth quarter, forcing Uvis Helmanis to call a timeout.

Liepaja/Triobet players responded well to the pause in play, going on to score six unanswered and restore a slight advantage, which was enough to see TTU off.

For the visitors, Zack Stephan collected a team-best 17 points and nine rebounds, Juris Antrops scored 13 points, while Gints Antrops chipped in with nine points.

Kiur Akenparg had a game-high 21 points for TTU, with Corey Raley-Ross adding 13 points and five boards.