Tarvas snap Dynamo's successful streak

RAKVERE – Brandis Raley Ross delivered a beat-down to the Russian visitors, as the hosts Tarvas snapped Dynamo Moscow’s two win run with an 87-81 (25-19; 27-24; 21-19; 14-19) victory on Wednesday evening.


Tarvas and Dynamo now have opposite win-loss records, as the Estonian club holds five victories and two losses, while the Russians have won two games and lost five.

Tarvas took initiative from the get-go, as they amassed a double-digit lead just halfway through the first quarter. While their opponents managed to cut it down to six, Tarvas looked a step faster in most situations.

The margin hovered around five points throughout the second quarter, but the Estonians finished out the quarter on a higher note and pushed the margin to nine – 52-43.

Tarvas had already jumped ahead by twelve at the beginning of the second half, but the visitors fought back and slowly trimmed it down to just three. Nevertheless, Brandis Raley Ross had the final say at the end of the quarter, as he willed his team to an 11-1 run.

Ross’ show continued in the fourth period, as he helped increase the margin to fifteen and, as it seemed, decided the outcome of the game. However, all was not over – Dynamo Moscow set up a 15-2 run and cut the lead down to just two. Ultimately, the Estonians played out the final minutes with colder heads and ended up on top.

The aforementioned Ross was responsible for 35 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Sten-Timmu Sokk added respectively 13, 5 and 4. Mario Paiste and Juris Umbrasko both had 11 points, while the latter also chipped in with 12 rebounds.

For the losing side Tyshawn Taylor was the top scorer. The American scored 23 points, added 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Serdar Annaev contributed 13 points, Alexey Kuznetsov scored 12, while both Gleb Goldyrev and Evgeny Karpeko finished the game with 11 points each.