Tarvas triumph despite early struggles

RAKVERE – Dynamo Moscow’s debut in the Baltic Basketball League turned out not as successful as they had hoped. In the close Group C match-up Tarvas defended home grounds against the visitors from Russia and mounted an 83-77 (16-21; 21-16; 24-22; 22-18) victory.


Tarvas now stand with a split record of one victory and one loss, while their opponents hold a 0-1 record.

Dynamo Moscow kicked off their debut game on a very high note, as Pavel Gromyko scored ten straight points and singlehandedly pulled his team to a double-digit lead not even halfway through the first quarter – 14-2. However, the Estonian side soon woke up from the knock-down punch they’d just received and set up a 12-0 run of their own and were soon breathing down their opponent’s necks.

The two teams went back and forth, neck to neck for the lion’s share of the quarter and after the score was all tied after the first half.

Dynamo seemed in control once again after the break, as they tallied 10 consecutive points to pull ahead by eight. However, Tarvas clearly stated that they would not back down. They came racing back and managed to set themselves up with a two-point lead before the final quarter.

A couple of three-pointers gave the Estonians their first tangible lead, as the jumped ahead by 10 with half of a quarter remaining. Dynamo rallied to their final storm and shrank the 13-point deficit to just three in merely a minute. Roberts Stumbris missed one of his free-throw attempts, thus keeping hope alive for the Russians. However Bendzhamin Dudu could not make either of his free-throws, while the Estonian side made good of theirs. The final score – 83-77.

Kaspars Cipruss was a force down low, as he scored 15 points, tore down 11 rebounds and swatted away three shots. Roberts Stumbris also scored 15, while Brandis Raley Ross ended the game with 13. Juris Umbrasko and Martin Jurtom also reached double-digits in scoring, as they tallied 11 and 10 respectively.

Pavel Gromyko scored 17 points for the losing side. Valentin Iurchik added 15, while Aleksandr Fomin chipped in with 13 points. Denis Zakharov ended the game with 10.