Besides the game-winner, he was beasting all game long, and collected his third double-double of the season, scoring 27 points and tearing down 12 rebounds. He did have the green light to shoot, as he attempted a season-record 22 shots. But hey, feed the hot hand.
The 25-year-old, towering at 216 cm, has been a constant threat this season, as he‘s averaging 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds. Iljins has assumed a much bigger role since December and his play since the start of the New Year has been truly tremendous. He achieved a double-double in all the three games of 2017 and is averaging 17.0 points and 11.7 rebounds.
Jurmala/Fenikss will need much more of that if they hope to take down one of the top teams of the regular season, Barons kvartals, in the Eight-Finals round of the Triobet BBL Play-offs.