Ogre's debut night ruined by Jekabpils

OGRE – It was not a good day for a debut in the Triobet BBL for home side Ogre/Kumho Tyre, as they managed to squander a double-digit lead and lost to Jekabpils 82-86 after 45 minutes of intense basketball.


The home team took the opening quarter by storm, as they already led by 12 with just six minutes of basketball played. Nevertheless, Jekabpils answered with 8 consecutive points and closed down on their opponents.

The two sides traded basket after basket and there was still no larger separation between the competitors at halftime, as Jekabpils faced a 7-point deficit. Ogre pushed ahead in the third quarter and maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the quarter, yet a terrific end to the quarter allowed the visiting team to close the gap to just 4 points.

A couple of consecutive baskets once again gave the hosts a ten point lead, but from then on it seemed everything started falling for Jekabpils. Three consecutive three-pointers from the visiting side turned the tables and put them in front by 3 with a minute on the clock. Ogre immediately responded with a three-pointer of their own and sent the game to overtime.

It was all Jekabpils in the extra minutes, as they quickly rose above and finished the game up four.

Andrejs Selakovs was a beast among the boards, as he tallied an impressive double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Renars Magone, who ignited Jekabpils’ run in the fourth quarter, had 16 points to his name, while Rinalds Sirsnins finished the game with 14. Jurijs Aleksejevs came close to a double double with 11 points and 9 rebounds.

Janis Poznaks was the leading scorer for Ogre with 21 points to his name. Karlis Apsitis added 18 points, while Gints Antrops finished the game with 16.