BBL Weekly Review: Volume 1

The first week of Baltic Basketball League (BBL) action is already in the books so let’s take some time to round up this week’s performances with the first volume of the BBL Weekly Review!


THE RETURN. Kaspars Kambala returned to Latvian basketball with a bang, as he led Barons kvartals both in scoring and rebounding with 14 points and 11 boards. The big man also managed to swipe the ball four times.

CENTURY. Pieno zvaigzdes were the first team to hit triple-digits in scoring, as they rose to a 104-87 victory against Barons kvartals.

NO BENCH? NO PROBLEM. In Kalev/Cramo’s victory against Jurmala/Fenikss, only six players from the Estonian side managed to get on the scoresheet. Starters accounted for 77 of the team’s 82 points. The team from Jurmala had six times higher bench-scoring despite the fact that they were thrashed by 31 points.

RUNS. Valmiera was the team that managed to put up the biggest run this week, as they used a 18-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to ignite a 82-55 victory against Jekabpils.

Kristers Zeidaks becomes the first MVP of the week this season with a very impressive showcase, as he tallied 26 points, while shooting 75% from the field. The big man also nabbed 11 rebounds that led to his 33 ranking point total.

Thomas Droney of TLU Kalev finishes second on the list as he set the scoring bar quite high with a league-best 30-point outbreak. Alongside the scoring, Droney was just as impressive battling under the boards, where he tallied 10 rebounds, leading to a total of 31 ranking points.

When talking about the game Viktors Iljins had, efficiency is the first word that pops to mind. The Latvian converted on 9 of his 10 field goals, helping him to 21 points. He also tore down 10 rebounds, thus tying for the second place with 31 ranking points.

Tarvas’ Kaspars Cipruss had a monstrous night under the basket, as he set the season record with 17 rebounds. To go with that, Cipruss also added 22 points, amassing 30 ranking points.

His teammate Roberts Stumbris was equally impressive, as he scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. However, even the two 30-ranking point performances couldn’t save Tarvas from a 90-95 overtime loss against Tyco Rapla.