Third quarter run ensures an easy Rapla win

One good quarter was all it took to ensure a tremendous win for AVIS Rapla, as they thrashed Port of Parnu 85-67 in the only Triobet BBL game of Tuesday night.
AVIS Rapla now move on to a 2-0 record, while their opponents stand at an opposite record with two losses in as many games.


It didn‘t take too long for AVIS Rapla to show their upside, as they ran ahead 14-5 in just the opening three minutes. The margin had already reached 12 at one point in the initial quarter, but Port of Parnu managed to trim the deficit to just seven before the second quarter.

When it seemed the visitors might just have figured things out, Rapla raced back ahead. The three point margin that separated the teams turned into a 13-point spread at halftime, the hosts leading 51-38.

Just a single point in four minutes didn‘t help the cause and Port of Parnu went tumbling down to a 23-point disadvantage in a matter of minutes. After a run like this, the fourth quarter became merely a formality.

Domen Bratoz and Indrek Kajupank, who scored 18 points apiece, were the leading scorers for Rapla, as the latter also added 9 boards to the tally. Teammates Sven Kaldre and Martin Paasoja were also strong, as they scored 16 and 13 points respectively. Last week’s MVP Thomas van der Mars didn’t have as impressive a game as last time around, but he was still solid with 9 points and 8 rebounds.

For the losing side, it was Norman Kabin leading the way with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Vaidotas Volkus helped out with 13 points.