Valmiera brush past TLU, go 3-0

VALMIERA – In a game of runs, Valmiera turned out victorious and gave the thousand home fans something to cheer about, as they fought their way past TLU Kalev to take the 73-63 (20-15; 10-23; 23-13; 20-12) victory.

 

Valmiera have now won three straight games, while TLU Kalev have done the exact opposite – this is their third loss in three games.

The matchup between the two teams started off as close as possible, with both teams trading baskets one after the other. Midway through the quarter the score was all tied at 10 apiece and the home side was able to get some breathing space only at the end of the quarter, as a 6-0 run in the final minutes of the quarter pushed the score to 20-15.

Just seconds into the second quarter, the sight changed – the visitors arranged a 9-0 run. As soon as the home side evened the score, Erik Luts took matters into his own hands. The forward scored 10 points in the second quarter alone and gave TLU an eight-point edge going into halftime.

After halftime, Valmiera seemed to have come alive and halfway through the quarter were down by just two. They closed out the quarter strongly and entered the final ten minutes with a two-point advantage.

The breakthrough of the game started in the midst of the final quarter, as Valmiera used a 16-2 run to jump ahead 71-57. The final few minutes were merely a formality.

Martins Vinauds highlighted Valmiera’s offensive game with 23 points. Marcis Vitols chipped in with 17, while Davis Rozitis and Kristaps Dargais both ended up with double-doubles of respectively 11 and 10 points, alongside 10 rebounds.

Erik Luts finished as the highest scorer for TLU Kalev with 16 points and 9 rebounds to his name. Thomas Droney added 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Reimo Tamm ended the game with 10 points.