The league started off the new year with a busy week. There were some major announcements and some off-the-charts performances. Everything in just a couple of minutes – here on the BBL Weekly Review: Volume 11.
MVP. Ronaldas Rutkauskas started the new year on the right foot, being named the December MVP for his outsanding performances. The big man led stuggling Parnu to two victories in three games with averages of 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists.
RETREAT. Dynamo Moscow prepared the league a New Year‘s surprise – they announced they‘ve drawn out of the league, citing the club‘s financial problems and a tough schedule.
SIRSNINS COUNTER. Rinalds Sirsnins shot less then 7 three-pointers for the first time this season. In the match-up against TLU, the Latvian attempted only five long-range shots and made two of them. Sirsnins has tried the long-range shot 85 times in 9 games this season and only 14 two-pointers. But hey, when you‘re shooting 40%, why not let it go?
COMEBACK. The game against Prienai was clearly not the best for Valga Maks ja Moorits. Although they had tallied a 20-point lead in the eighth minute, from that moment on, everything turned around and the Lithuanians not only caught up, but also passed their opponents.
CONTINUES. TLU‘s hopeless season is about to stop. They now have a league-worst 7 game losing streak after falling to TTU in the Tallinn derby. Happily, there is only one game remaining in their schedule.
Laimonas Kisielius became this week’s MVP with a 32-ranking point performance. The forward scored 27 points and added 9 rebounds in Pieno zvaigzdes’ 108-80 victory against Parnu.
While he was quite far away from the leader as far as ranking points go, Robertas Grabauskas was TLU Kalev’s leader in both of the team’s games. He averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds, adding up to a 20.5 ranking point average.
Right after him is Andrejs Selakovs, who was a vital part of Jekabpils’ win against TLU. The center played a really efficient game, scoring 14 points, while adding 13 rebounds and 2 blocks to the total.
Maks ja Moorits’ Jurijs Aleksejevs also enters the top five this week with a 21-point, 9-rebound and 4-assist performance. However, the Estonians still fell short of victory after giving up a 20-point lead.
Lauris Blaus takes the fifth spot after leading Liepaja/Triobet to a victory over Rapla. The big man was solid all-around, scoring 20 points, tearing down 8 rebounds and swatting away 3 opponents’ shots.