It was a true thriller in Riga tonight, as Barons kvartals came back to push the game to overtime, but fell just short of Rapla and had to face a heartbreaking 80-86 loss on Wednesday evening.
The opening quarter was a seesaw affair, as one after the other team would take the lead. At the end of the quarter though, it was still nobody’s game with the score tied at 13.
Rapla opened up the second quarter with a nice run, helping them amass an 11 point lead. Nevertheless, Barons soon came racing back, trimming the deficit to just three in a matter of minutes.
The two sides were split by five points at the break, but Rapla once again did their best to get ahead, nailing a couple consecutive shots to bring back a 10 point advantage, which they managed to hold on to for most of third and half of the fourth quarter.
With five minutes on the clock, it was still a nine point game, but Davis Zonne drilled in two long-range bombs in 30 seconds to bring it down to just three. With time winding down, Rapla had the chance to put the game to bed at the free-throw line, but they missed their last three shots and allowed Kristaps Mediss to sink in the game-tying three.
Overtime was a different story though, as AVIS Rapla were doing all the right things. That helped them to a 7 point advantage and a calm final minute or two.
Thomas van der Mars once again had a great game, contributing 23 points and 12 rebounds. Rasham Suarez added 17 points, while Sven Kaldre was responsible for another 16. Indrek Kajupank had the team’s second double-double tonight, amassing 14 points and 10 rebounds.
On the losing side, Denis Krestinin had a wonderful game, as he reached an efficiency rating of 28 with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kristaps Mediss had another 14 points, while Davis Zonne scored 13, hitting 4-of-13 from beyond the arc. Davis Geks and Andris Epners chipped in with 12 each.
Rapla now improves to a 3-1 record, while Barons kvartals suffered their first loss and dropped to 2-1.