Ventspils dominate Rapla in debut

VENTSPILS – Ventspils came out to their season debut on a high gear, as they thrashed Tyco Rapla in the first half and cruised to an easy 105-75 (28-11; 29-19; 25-24; 23-21) victory.


Ventspils, who started their BBL season only in the Playoffs, took down 14th seeded Rapla and will have a 30-point margin before the game in Rapla.

Neither team managed anything spectacular at the start of the game, as only two points separated the two foes after the first six minutes. However, that was exactly when Ventspils’ rampage began.

The Latvians won a six minute section of the game 25-0 and amassed an impressive lead, which they held onto for the remainder of the half.

The second half would have been nip-and-tuck, had it not been such a one-sided first two quarters. Tyco Rapla managed to stop the bleeding, but it was already too little, too late. The Latvian side finished the game without any stumbles and cruised to an easy victory.

Ventspils was led by Akselis Vairogs’ 20 points, while Troy Barnies added 14. Artis Ate had 13, while Artjoms Butjankovs and Martins Meiers chipped in with 12 each. Harvey Grant had 11 points, while Nikolaos Gkikas ended the match with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists – a new season passing record.

Four players reached double-digit scoring for Rapla. Domagoj Bubalo led the way with 17, while Rait Keerles added 16 to the total. Rait-Riivo Laane ended the game with 14 points and 7 assists, while Ernestas Ezerskis chipped in with 13.