Valmiera/ORDO blow past TTU after halftime

What seemed to be turning into a thriller soon became a blowout, as a great second half propelled Valmiera/ORDO to their second win in the Triobet BBL, as they rushed past TTU 82-62 on Wednesday evening.

 

The start of the game predicted a close affair between the two clubs. Valmiera/ORDO struggled to get ahead early on and held just a two point lead after the first quarter.

TTU unexpectedly took control in the second quarter, as an impressive run put them ahead. Valmiera did regain some grounds and the two sides were separated by five points at halftime, the Estonians leading 38-33.

Everything changed after the break though, as Valmiera’s defense shackled TTU, as the Latvians took matters into their own hands. They quickly erased the deficit and before the final quarter, already held a 6 point lead.

It didn’t end there, as Valmiera continued lighting it up, running off to an insurmountable lead. They outpaced their opponents by 25 points in the final two quarters and that was enough to put the game out of reach.

Joonas Jarvelainen was one of the few bright spots for TTU, as he scored 22 points and tore down 9 boards. Sten Olmre was the closest to him in scoring with 12 points.

On the other side, the whole starting five contributed heavily to the team’s success. Martins Laksa led the way with 21 points, Lauris Blaus added 16, while the trio of Ovidijus Varanauskas (8 rebounds), Janis Kaufmanis (7 rebounds) and Ervins Jonats (10 rebounds and 6 assists) all chipped in with 11.