TTU fall short of playoffs in Valmiera

VALMIERA – TTU finished their BBL season with a tough 74-66 (18-18; 17-15; 22-18; 17-15) loss to Valmiera, leaving them the last team behind the 16 to qualify for the BBL Playoffs.


Valmiera made it six out of six at home and 10-2 in total, while TTU dropped to a 4-8 record.

It was a nip-and-tuck affair right from the get-go and the lead changed hands 10 times just in the first half. The score was all tied up after the initial 10 minutes and only two points split the teams after another ten.

However, a 11-0 run to start the second half helped the Latvians jump ahead by double-digits. TTU came close to tying the game up but were always a basket or two short.

While the game was close, Valmiera managed to keep away at a two possession distance and finally achieved victory.

Aigars Skele was the go-to guy for Valmiera, as he racked up 17 points. Justin Hurt chipped in with 16, while Vytenis Cizauskas ended the game with 13 points to his name.

Four players from the starting unit scored all TTU’s points with Joonas Jarvelainen leading the game with 25. He also added 10 rebounds to the totals. Kristjan Makke finished the game with 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Toomas Raadik had 11. Jaan Puidet was solid all-around with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.