Tarvas crash Liepaja's perfect run

Photo: Laura Oks

RAKVERE – Tarvas made sure there was one less unbeaten team in Group C, as they thrashed Liepaja/Triobet at home 89-65 (20-14; 25-14; 22-19; 22-18) on Wednesday evening.


Both Tarvas and Liepaja/Triobet now hold records of two victories and one loss.

The visiting side was the instigator early on and jumped ahead with an early lead. However, the Estonians gradually evened the score and used a 10-0 run to go ahead 20-14 after the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, the lead had already blown up to 16. The hosts kept did not let up, kept control of the big advantage and finished the first half leading by 17.

While the Latvians made strides to get back in the game, they could not cut the lead down to single digits. A couple of easy baskets helped Tarvas jump back ahead by an insurmountable 20 points.

Two three-pointers opened the final quarter for Tarvas and it was all said and done – the remaining nine minutes of the game were merely a formality.

Brandis Raley Ross was the top-scorer for the winners, as he tallied 20 points. Mario Paiste contributed 13, while Kaspars Cipruss was once again dominant in the paint – the league’s best rebounder scored 9 points and corralled 13 rebounds. Martin Jurtom and Roberts Stumbris also ended the game with 9 apiece.

Mareks Jurevicus led the game in scoring with 22 points to his name. Lauris Blaus was the only other player in double-digits for the Latvian side, as he scored 14, while Dwayne Johnson added 9 points.