BBL Monthly Review: December

The intermission of the year was full of excitement, shock and disappointment as well. We've wrapped up 2017 with December's edition of BBL Monthly Review.


MVP. Siauliai big man Laurynas Birutis finished the year on a high note, raking in December's Player of the Month award. The 20-year-old went on to average 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 blocks per game, as Siauliai put up a four game winning streak.

BALLING. About a month ago, Vytautas shocked the basketball world as they announced the signing of starlets Liangelo and Lamelo Ball. The two American teenagers were set to make their debut tomorrow against Tsmoki-Minsk, right up until the Lithuanian club made headlines again.

PARTING WAYS. With the arrival of the Ball brothers, Vytautas recently announced having elected to part ways with the BBL, choosing a series of Big Baller Brand Challenge friendly games instead. The club chose not to defend the champions' crown and forfeited their second game, leading to a disqualification.

TRIPLE DIGITS. Pieno zvaigzdes had an impressive month of December, breaking record after record. With Gediminas Petrauskas taking the reigns, the already high-paced offense turned into a wrecking crew, as they broke season scoring records three times.

Pieno zvaigzdes secured a 114-54 win against Valmiera/ORDO to open the month, setting the biggest score difference of the season, followed by an astonishing 119-72 bashing of Tartu University, which was the highest scoring burst in the league in over a decade. The Lithuanians ended the month by breaking the season record they had set just weeks ago, as they destroyed Barsy 118-53 and pushed the biggest winning margin to 65.

LOSSLESS. The high-scoring Pieno zvaigzdes isn't the only club not to suffer a defeat so far. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the season is the Jurmala team, who have been excellent and have won all six of their games so far, including the annulled game against Vytautas.

SNAPPED. Betsafe Liepaja had a really tough start to their BBL campaign, losing their opening four games. However, their luck changed in the first part of December, as they got two wins in a row and now stand at a 2-4 record.

FAIR PLAY. In the last BBL game of 2017, Prienai took on Lithuanian rivals Siauliai, but had to face an 80-82 defeat. The clubs took part in the 'True basketball - real games' project, which aims to stop any foul play in sports and promote a fair play and honorable environment in the game of basketball.

FATHER'S DAY GIFTS. Rapla started off December on a very welcoming note and greeted visiting Siauliai with a lot of youthful joy, as the Sadolin Sports Hall packed 700 spectators. The hosts had handed out free tickets to first to third grade students, so they could surprise their parents for Father's day. An act of kindness that is sure to win over some young hearts of basketball fans and motivate the players all at once.