Valmiera defeat higher-seeded Nevezis

Photo: Janis Prieditis

VALMIERA ‒ Valmiera built a sizeable advantage against the higher-seeded Nevezis before the the second leg of the Eight-Final tie, winning the first meeting 89-70 in Latvia on Monday evening.

The hosts got off to a very positive start, scoring inside at will, to run away to a double-digit lead at 20-10 after five minutes of play.


However, the terrific play from Nevezis’ swingman Gintaras Leonavicius, who scored 12 points in the opening quarter, kept the game close.

Having wasted their 10-point lead, Valmiera shot up to a 37-28 advantage in the second quarter after a three-point shot by Davis Geks, but Nevezis cut the gap to 42-41 at the halftime break.

Valmiera reestablished their superiority in the second half, with the Lithuanian guests not being able to offer any defensive presence inside.

With seven minutes remaining, a three-pointer by Vidas Ginevicius had scaled the difference down to 69-64, but the hosts replied by stepping on the gas pedal once again and scoring eight points in a row to cruise to an easy win.

Ernests Kalve paced Valmiera with 20 points, Kristaps Dargais collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Kaspars Cipruss added 14 points and nine boards.

For Nevezis, Gintaras Leonavicius had a team-high 18 points, Tauras Jogela scored 15, while Valdas Dabkus chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds.