Nevezis stay win-less despite comeback in Rakvere

RAKVERE – Tarvas forced Nevezis to their last loss this season, as they beat the visitors from Lithuania 84-77 (26-15; 18-14; 26-20; 14-28) in both of teams’ last regular season match.


Tarvas finished third in Group C with a 4-4 record, while Nevezis were dead last with no victories in eight games.

While the visitors were ahead in the initial minutes, Tarvas soon halted their dominance and after a 20-3 run were ahead with a solid lead.

The margin reached 21 points in the middle of the second period, but Nevezis managed to lower the deficit to 15 before halftime. It was Tarvas up 44-29 after two quarters. After the break, the lead slowly crept back up to the 20-point range after Rakvere’s 9-0 run.

It seemed the game was all but decided not even three quarters past tip-off, but Nevezis got off to their final storm and closed in on their opponents. However, time was not on their side and the Lithuanian side came just seven points short of victory.

For the Estonian club, it was Brandis Raley-Ross leading the charge, as the American scored 21 points and dished out 6 assists. David Haughton was just as impressive with his 20-point and 9-rebound outing. Siim Laur was also solid with 19 points including three long range bombs. Juris Umbrasko finished the game with 11 points.

Five players reached double-digit scoring for Nevezis with two four American-born athletes leading the way. Thomas Ray Davis scored 19 points and tore down 10 boards, while Joshua Crawford added respectively 18 and 10, also contributing 5 assists. Marcus Monroe had 13 points, while Roderick Camphor ended the game with 11. Lukas Brazdauskis chipped in with 10,