Fourth-quarter revival spurs Valmiera past Jekabpils

VALMIERA – After being pulled back and forth for three quarters, Valmiera finally took matters into their own hands and used the final ten minutes of the ballgame to secure a blow-out 82-55 (16-11; 15-15; 18-18; 33-11) home victory against Jekabpils in Group B of the Baltic Basketball League.

 

The game started slowly for both team, as they struggled to find easy looks. However, Valmiera was slightly more successful on the offensive end and managed to jump ahead by five after the first quarter.

Baskets started finding the net more in the second quarter and Valmiera used an 8-0 run push the margin to eleven. By the end of the half, nevertheless, Jekabpils were back in it, as the gap shrank back to five.

The home side managed to kick the second half on a high note and was up by double-digits in a matter of minutes. But yet again, the visitors were quick to respond and the deficit swiftly melted. The sides were separated by the same five points entering the fourth quarter

Apparently, that was when everything clicked for Valmiera. They opened the final ten minutes with an 18-0 run to take control of a 67-44 lead and there was no turning back from that point on.

Viktors Iljins had game-highs with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, while Karlis Apsitis ended the game with 18. Martins Vinauds contributed 10 points to the victory.

Two players hit double-digits in scoring for Jekabpils – Pavels Veselovs scored 16, while Devin Taylor chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds.