Valmiera/ORDO grab an easy opener victory

VALMIERA – This year‘s Triobet BBL Cup winners Valmiera/ORDO showed no mercy in the season opener against Tarvas. The home side dominated throughout the game and grabbed a 85-52 win over the Estonians.


The hosts let Tarvas know they were not joking around from the very start. A number of successful plays led to a double-digit lead not even a quarter into the game. While the visitors managed to cut back the deficit slightly before the first period ended, it only got worse from there on.

A good end to the half helped Valmiera regain a double-digit advantage and created some breathing space. Two quarters in, it was a 39-26 lead for the Latvian side.

Valmiera/ORDO dominated the third segment of the game, converting on shot after shot to see their lead expand to an insurmountable 28 points, making the final period merely a formality.

Tarvas didn’t put up a fight in the fourth quarter either and ended up losing by a whopping 33 points.

Martins Laksa played a key role in the victory, as he led the team with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Rinalds Malmanis came off the bench to provide 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Ervins Jonats chipped in with 9 points and 6 boards.

None of the Tarvas men reached double-digits in scoring, as Siim Markus Post, Oliver Metsalu and Darryl Palmer had 9 points apiece.