Ventspils cruise to Quarterfinals

RAPLA – Ventspils had nothing to worry about going into the game against Tyco Rapla, having won the first leg by an impressive 30 points, but made sure to make a statement in the second game as well. The Latvians started slow, but ultimately mounted a 70-55 (11-17; 22-10; 20-14; 17-14) victory.

 

Tyco Rapla was surprisingly active in the initial minutes and that helped them amount to a 8 point lead early in the game and keep hope alive for a miracle comeback.

However, all that was quickly cut down with 7 unanswered points for Ventspils. The two sides went back and forth for most of the second period, but Artis Ate hit a three-pointer with the clock winding down and pushed the visitors’ lead to six before the break.

The margin soon reached double-digits and Ventspils made sure to keep their distance. Before the final quarter, they were up by 12 and felt absolutely safe knowing they had a 42-point combined advantage.

Tyco Rapla couldn’t get any closer and that would be the end of their Baltic Basketball League season.

Harvey Grant led the way for the Latvians with 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Martins Meiers added 11. Nikolaos Gkikas ended the game with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Only one player slipped inside the double-digit scoring mark for Tyco Rapla, as Domagoj Bubalo was close to a double-double with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Rait Keerles added 8 points, while Janar Soo chipped in with 7.