Liepaja/Triobet rally late to defeat Barsy

LIEPAJA – Liepaja/Triobet were trailing for much of the second half, but managed to overcome the deficit to take a 77-69 victory against the visiting Barsy side at the Liepaja Olympic Center on Tuesday.

The win allowed the hosts to improve to an 8-3 mark in Group B. It was the third loss in a row for Barsy, who find themselves with a 3-7 record with only a handful of games remaining. 


After a relatively even first quarter of play, Liepaja/Triobet had a 22-20 edge, but Barsy were breathing down their necks the entire team. The visitors had gone up 36-28 in the second period, but a 9-0 run to end the half allowed the hosts to regain a one-point lead heading into the interval.

Barsy tried to break away once again in the third period and did so with some success, building a 56-49 gap before the final frame. However, Liepaja/Triobet did not give up and marched right back into the game with an 8-0 spurt midway through the fourth quarter.

Led by the duo of Zack Stephan and Toms Leimanis, the hosts finished the game on a strong note and, having won the final period 24-10, celebrated a victory after coming from behind.

Leimanis finished with a team-high 18 points and seven assists, Stephan collected 16 points and nine rebounds, while Khris Richard added 12 points in the win for Liepaja/Triobet.

Meanwhile, Dmitriy Klimov had 23 points for Barsy, with Michael Burwell collecting 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Cook scored 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds, but turned the ball over five times.