Pyrinto prove too strong for Jurmala

Photo: Rami Myllymaa

TAMPERE – Pyrinto grabbed their second victory today as they were forced to break a sweat against Jurmala/Fenikss 79-69 (25-17; 16-16; 17-19; 21-17) in their first home game of the season. 


Pyrinto improved to a 2-0 record with the victory. Meanwhile, their opponents lost for the second time, turning it into a 0-2 start.

For the first part of the quarter, the teams looked equally matched, as they kept on exchanging baskets. However, 9-0 run created some breathing space for the home side, as they rallied to their first double-digit lead – 19-8. But clearly, the Latvians were not about to let their opponents drift apart. They answered with 7 consecutive points and closed in on their foes, only to be upset by a quarter-ending three-pointer that stretched Pyrinto’s lead to eight.

Jurmala couldn’t manage to get any closer in the second quarter despite Martins Rozenbergs four long-range bombs. While they managed to cut the gap to four, Pyrinto responded with a couple of great offensive plays and were back ahead with a tangible lead. After two quarters the scoreboard glared a 41-33 lead for Pyrinto.

After a couple of two-pointers from Ervins Jonats, the lead was cut down to just three points, yet Pyrinto were ruthless with their long-range shooting. After three shots from behind the arc, the Finns once again held a somewhat safe 9-point lead.

While the teams were separated by only six at the start of the final 10 minutes, Alex Vaenerberg once again pulled his team farther ahead. The Finnish team then converted on a couple back-to-back possessions and managed to hold on to the ten-point lead.

Asenso Ampim led Pyrinto in scoring with 17 points, Antero Lehto added 12, while Topias Palmi and Alex Vaenerberg ended the game with 11 apiece. Forty-year-old Damon Williams was the most effective player for Pyrinto, as he stuffed the score sheet with 9 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and five blocks.

Arturs Ausejs led the way for Jurmala/Fenikss with a team-high 15 points. Ervins Jonats, who also tabbed 9 rebounds, and Martins Rozenbergs both chipped in with 12 points.