OGRE – It was not a good day for a debut in the Triobet BBL for home side Ogre/Kumho Tyre, as they managed to squander a double-digit lead and lost to Jekabpils 82-86 after 45 minutes of intense basketball.
The home team took the opening quarter by storm, as they already led by 12 with just six minutes of basketball played. Nevertheless, Jekabpils answered with 8 consecutive points and closed down on their opponents.
The two sides traded basket after basket and there was still no larger separation between the competitors at halftime, as Jekabpils faced a 7-point deficit. Ogre pushed ahead in the third quarter and maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the quarter, yet a terrific end to the quarter allowed the visiting team to close the gap to just 4 points.
A couple of consecutive baskets once again gave the hosts a ten point lead, but from then on it seemed everything started falling for Jekabpils. Three consecutive three-pointers from the visiting side turned the tables and put them in front by 3 with a minute on the clock. Ogre immediately responded with a three-pointer of their own and sent the game to overtime.
It was all Jekabpils in the extra minutes, as they quickly rose above and finished the game up four.
Andrejs Selakovs was a beast among the boards, as he tallied an impressive double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Renars Magone, who ignited Jekabpils’ run in the fourth quarter, had 16 points to his name, while Rinalds Sirsnins finished the game with 14. Jurijs Aleksejevs came close to a double double with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Janis Poznaks was the leading scorer for Ogre with 21 points to his name. Karlis Apsitis added 18 points, while Gints Antrops finished the game with 16.
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.