Valmiera, who were the higher-seeded team going into this series, now face a 34-point deficit before the return match. The winner of this Eighth-final will play the victor of the Tyco Rapla – Ventspils series.
The Latvian side scored the opening basket and that was the last time they even came close to a lead, as Pyrinto raced off to a 12-0 run to grab an early double-digit advantage. They maintained a high offensive tempo and continued laying a solid foundation.
The second quarter was even more one-sided. Pyrinto knocked down trey after trey and soon raised their lead to a slightly inappropriate 28 points.
The Valmiera side finally managed to put up a decent fight only in the second quarter, as they kept their opponents from running away any further. However, they didn’t manage to trim the margin either, as period ended 24-24.
The situation just got worse in the final quarter, as Pyrinto pushed their margin to 37 points. It was all said and done even before the quarter, but the Finnish side should feel pretty good about their chances with a 34-point advantage before the rematch in Valmiera.
Damon Williams was absolutely unbelievable tonight, as he recorded a triple double of 11 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists. Will Harris was also solid with 22 points to his name, while Antero Lehto finished with 17. Bryan Hopkins added 14 points, while Tyrone Kent ended the game with 12 points and 11 rebounds.