Valmiera make it five straight against Ogre

VALMiERA – It was an solid win at home for Valmiera/ORDO as they took on Ogre/Kumho Tyre in the Latvian derby, taking the 86-76 victory. This marked Valmiera‘s eighth victory in ten games, while Ogre slipped to a 5-6 record.


Despite turning the ball over 21 times, Valmiera/ORDO had the upper hand throughout the game mostly due to their terrific shooting. The home side shot three-pointers at an impressive 10-of-19 clip. They also controlled the boards and a held a 39-25 advantage in this department.

Valmiera/ORDO jumped ahead right after tip-off, as they scored the opening seven points. The margin hovered around that same mark throughout the whole first half. Nevertheless, the final few minutes of the first quarter were better for Ogre, as they trimmed the deficit to just two, whilst Valmiera closed out the half with a good run to improve their lead to 11.

There wasn’t too much competition in the second half, as they gap between the two sides widened and reached game-high 18 points.

Ogre/Kumho Tyre still managed to get back into single-digit territory with a strong fourth quarter, but it was all too little, too late.

Arturs Berzins was very efficient shooting the ball, as he scored 19 points, going 7-of-9 from the field. He also added 6 rebounds to the totals. Martins Laksa added 15 points, while Damier Pitts had 13 points and 6 boards, yet turned the ball over 7 times. Janis Kaufmanis and Ervins Jonats both contributed 12 points, while the latter also chipped in with 10 boards. Lauris Blaus ended the game with 11 points.

Gints Antrops was the leading scorer for Ogre/Kumho Tyre, as he tallied 15 points. Lauris Mizis and Marcis Vitols added 12 points apiece, while Kristaps Plavnieks chipped in with another 10 points and 10 assists.