Barons/LDz blow out Valmiera/ORDO by 42

Photo: Edgars Vaivads

RIGA – Something like this could not have been foreseen coming into the game, as Barons/LDz used a heavy barrage of three-pointers to sink one of Group A leaders Valmiera/ORDO by an unfathomable 42-point margin at home in Riga.


Arturs Ausejs paced the winners with 36 points and seven assists, as the Riga club triumphed 111-69 and improved to a 3-7 record, while Valmiera/ORDO lost its second game in a row, dropping to a 7-3 mark.

The hosts were red-hot right from the get-go and broke away to a 30-11 advantage already after the first quarter. With the visitors from Valmiera struggling to get stops, Barons/LDz added 30 more points in the second quarter to increase their lead to 60-28 at the halftime break.

The one-sided game continued after the interval, with the home side knocking one long-range shot after another, as they not only went on to add a valuable victory, but also made a statement to the rest of the league.

Barons/LDz made 11-of-22 shots from three-point territory, with Ausejs making a team-high six and Jason Calliste adding four more on his way to 23 points. The American also added 10 boards and six assists.

For Valmiera/ORDO, Martins Laksa had a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds, while Armands Skele and Lauris Blaus added 11 points.