Third quarter dominance makes it 4 straight for Ogre

OGRE – What a whirlwind we witnessed in the matchup between Ogre/Kumho Tyre and Pieno Zvaigzdes. Two relatively close quarters, and a quarter of dominance from each side after the break, but it was the Latvians going out on top with an 89-84 win.

 

The two teams traded basket for basket in the first quarter. While it was first Ogre jumping ahead, a small run put the visiting Lithuanians on top at the end of the first, followed by a good start of the second quarter. Pieno Zvaigzdes had managed to amass an eight point advantage, but Ogre/Kumho Tyre managed to cut the deficit down to four before the break.

It was ALL Ogre in the third period, as they just flew past their opponents, turning the deficit into a 14-point advantage. They seemed on a roll and looked nearly unstoppable at times.

However, they were stopped for a fairly long time once the fourth quarter started. They managed just two points in the first six minutes and the lead shrank to just two.  Once they finally got back to scoring, Osvaldas Olisevicius open-fired, hitting two long-range shots to tie the game for Pieno Zvaigzdes.

Those threes did not go unanswered though, as the Latvians hit back with a couple long-range bombs of their own. The game turned into a free-throw shooting contest in the final minute or so, with time, and the lead, on Ogre’s side. The Latvians stayed calm, and ended up on top.

The home side will celebrate a great performance from Marcis Vitols, who had 19 points to lead the game in scoring. He also added 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Gints Antrops added 15, while Kristaps Plavnieks was good for 12. Guntis Sipolins scored 11, as Rihards Zebergs was strong beneath the boards with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

Osvaldas Olisevicius hit two important three-pointers in crunch time - part of his 15 point performance, but that just wasn’t enough. Derrick Low added 14 points and 6 assists, while Steponas Babrauskas chipped in with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Andriy Agafonov and Vilmantas Dilys were responsible for 11 and 10 points, respectively.