BBL Playoffs Review: Quarterfinals

Only a couple of weeks remain in the Baltic Basketball League’s (BBL) schedule, as we just stepped past the quarterfinals. The BBL rounds up the most impressive performances and most memorable events of the quarterfinals.

 

DECROWNED.  The Baltic Basketball League will have a new champion this season after Siauliai topped Ventspils to take the series with a combined 134-131 score.

SEMIFINALS. We enter the final stages of the tournament and only TU/Rock, Prienai Tonybet, Siauliai and Pyrinto Tampere still have their championship aspirations alive. Siauliai will have their first look at Pyrinto, while Prienai will face TU/Rock, with whom they’ve split the regular season series.

DEFENSE FIRST. A result we hadn’t seen in years – this season’s lowest scoring game took place in Pasvalys, where TU/Rock edged Pieno Zvaigzdes 52-50.

HOME CROWD. TU/Rock has played fantastically throughout the season and it has earned the admiration and trust of fans. TU/Rock’s home court was filled up with 1600 fans in the team’s victory against Pieno Zvaigzdes.

BROADCAST. You can catch all the games live, as Viasat Sport Baltic will broadcast three matchups, while www.sporttv.fi will cover Pyrinto’s home game.

Although his team did not qualify for the semifinals, Gintaras Leonavicius becomes this round’s MVP. Leonavicius was unstoppable in both outings against Pyrinto, but even his efforts were not enough. The forward averaged 26 points and 3.5 assists while racking up an average of 26 ranking points.

Pyrinto’s Yannick Anzuluni and Antero Lehto split the second position, as both players averaged 24 ranking points. Lehto averaged 21.5 points, 3 rebounds and 4.5 assists, while his teammate collected 15.5 points and 7 rebounds on average in the series against Nevezis.

Joakim Kjellbom finished his season with two outstanding performances, as the big man averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Dolphins.

Finishing up the list is yet another player from Pyrinto’s roster. Forty-year-old Damon Williams was just short of a triple-double in one of the two games but ended up averaging 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the series.