BBL Playoffs Review: Eighthfinals

The first round of the Baltic Basketball League (BBL) Playoffs is already in the books and it was full of high-paced offense and a number of broken records. Let’s take a look at it all with the BBL Playoffs Review: Eighthfinals!

 

TITLE HOPES. After half of the BBL Playoff contestants were just eliminated, only eight clubs continue their path towards a championship. Four Lithuanian, two Latvian clubs and one participant each from Estonia and Finland still have their eyes on the prize.

MIRACLE COMEBACK. Juventus seemed to have landed in the worst position possible when Barons/LDz thrashed them by 24 points in the first leg of the series. However, not all was said and done on that evening in Riga, as the Lithuanians, motivated by their home fans, turned it all around and celebrated a 26-point victory in Utena – just barely enough to qualify for the Quarterfinals.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE. Damon Williams of Pyrinto became just the second player in the league to have achieved a triple-double. The 41-year-old big man continues to impress and this time recorded 11 points, 15 rebounds and 13 dimes. He also set a BBL record for most assists… for half an hour, before being overcome by Nikolaos Gkikas.

RECORD I. As we just mentioned, Nikolaos Gkikas set a new new record in the game against Tyco Rapla. The Greek dished out 14 assists in Ventspils’ first win of the BBL Playoffs. The guard also scored 10 points and tore down 6 rebounds.

RECORD II. Frank Elegar showed that he’s a beast among the boards in Kalev/Cramo’s first game of the playoffs, as he corralled season-best 20 rebounds in the Estonian side’s victory against Lietkabelis.

RECORD III. Rokas Giedraitis joins the record-setting trio with a great performance against Parnu, where the forward tied the season’s best result of 6 steals in Siauliai's victory.

Pieno zvaigzdes’ Evaldas Kairys was selected to be this week’s MVP after two outstanding games. The center averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in the series against Tarvas and was the driving force that helped will Pasvalys into the Quarterfinals.

Despite his team not making it to the next round, Frank Elegar deserves a mention as well. The big man returned to the court less than a month ago and proved to have tremendous impact in the series against Lietkabelis. The big man averaged 12.5 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks throughout the series.

Evaldas Zabas of Lietkabelis made it into the top five mostly because of his most recent game, when he helped Lietkabelis erase a 14-point first leg deficit. The Lithuanian averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists against Kalev/Cramo.

22-year-old Rokas Giedraitis made his BBL season debut only this month and had a key role right from the start. The forward averaged 19 points, 3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals in Siauliai’s victories.

Closing out the list is Tyrone Kent of Pyrinto, was also a vital piece to his team’s success, as he averaged 15.5 points and 9 rebounds in the two games against Valmiera.