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2020.01.27 13:30

BHL Newsletter: Serviti and Cocks shared points

International club handball was picking up speed as EHF EURO 2020 was ending. Baltic Handball League had another postponed match played on Saturday before an eight-match weekend on the first two days of February. Former BHL winner Serviti Põlva hosted title-holder Cocks Riihimäki and the two "old friends" shared points with a 27:27 draw.

In Põlva, for the first quarter of an hour it was almost the same script – Cocks took a one-goal lead with Serviti equalizing. The visitors had a 10:8 lead in the 15th minute, but Serviti finished strong and went to half-time 17:13 up. Bojan Zupanjac came into the limelight after the break, Serbian left wing scored four goals and finally made it 22:22 in the 47th minute.

Finnish champion got into the lead three minutes later and Nico Rönnberg made it 26:24 for Cocks. But Serviti fought back again and with Henri Sillaste's goal at 20 seconds to go the exciting match ended in a 27:27 draw. Zupanjac scored seven goals for Cocks, while Alfred Timmo recorded six for the hosts.

Both teams had taken victories in the domestic league on Wednesday, as Cocks managed to beat Finnish league leader Dicken Helsinki 29:25 (Teemu Tamminen 6 goals) and Serviti taking a clear, 32:21 win over Aruküla/Audentes (Sillaste 9).

There was an all-BHL clash in Estonian league as well and HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper took an away win over Viljandi HC by 30:21 (Vladyslav Naumenko 11 – Aleksander Pertelson 5). HC Tallinn also enjoyed a victory away from home, beating SK Tapa 32:22 (Kaspar Lees 8).

Latvian and Lithuanian leagues are in full swing and there were victories in all five matches involving BHL clubs. Granitas-Karys Kaunas defeated HC Vilnius 37:30 (Paulius Šarkauskas 9) and VHC Šviesa Vilnius beat KKSC-RSSG-Grifas Panevežys 41:21 (Arturas Švilpa and Karolis Antanavičius 8) in the Lithuanian championship.

Latvian champion ZRHK Tenax Dobele had a busy week as they beat MSG/LAT 2000 by 41:20 (Maris Veršakovs 12) and ASK/LSPA Riga by 35:22 (Veršakovs 11), but Tenax lost their key player Aivis Jurdžs, who joined German 2nd Bundesliga side TV Emsdetten. Celtnieks Riga recorded a 38:34 victory over SK Latgols Ludza (Aliaksandr Patcykailik 12).

On photo: Bojan Zupanjac was the best scorer with seven goals in the Cocks – Serviti 27:27 draw. (Photo: Helin Potter/BHL archive).