Pyrinto move on despite loss

Despite a blowout loss in the first leg, Valmiera showed that they’re a team to be respected at home, as they beat Pyrinto 84-78 (17-23; 30-19; 24-17; 13-19) but still ended up on the losing end of the series.

 

Pyrinto had blown their way past the Latvians in the first duel, taking the 34-point victory, so it wasn’t a do-or-die situation for them.

Pyrinto were the first ones to obtain a tangible lead, as the jumped ahead 19-10 in the first quarter. However, it all turned around in the second frame, where Valmiera dominated throughout the ten minutes. The Latvians won the quarter by 11 and turned a 6 point deficit into a 5 point lead.

They managed to pull ahead even further after the break, as the margin reached double-digits. Pyrinto came close to tying the game up later on, but Valmiera just showed too much will to win this one. Final score – 84-78.

Justin Hurt was the top scorer for Valmiera with 18 points. Davis Rozitis added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Dower Jr. scored 12 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas ended the game with 11 points and 8 assists.

Tyrone Kent was the leading scorer for Pyrinto with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Antero Lehto added 17, while a couple of other guys finished the night with 9 points.