Let’s take a look back at the outstanding performances of the week in another volume of Triobet BBL Weekly Review!
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. All good things come to an end and Vytautas’ winning streak in Triobet BBL was no exception, as the Lithuanian side suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of Jurmala/Fenikss after winning the first 10 games of the campaign. The Latvian side took care of the short-handed Vytautas 68-53 at home in Jurmala, with Ugis Pinete leading the way with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc..
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE. While TTU will certainly be happy about finishing the regular season with two wins in a row, they found their game slightly too late. The team from the Estonian capital had lost ten straight games to start the season in Triobet BBL, but defeated Jurmala/Fenikss (79-75) and Barsy (78-77) in their final two matches. It would take Port of Parnu to lose their final game against Nevezis northwards of 40 points to have even theoretical chances of making it through to the play-offs.
KEEPING IT CLOSE. Over the course of the season, Port of Parnu have won two games. Both of them came after last-second game-winning shots. Earlier in the season, Andrew Warren made one against Nevezis. This week, Mark Dorris, who replaced Warren over the Christmas break, got one too. The American guard drained a fade-away jumper with 0.8 seconds to spare, as Port of Parnu inscribed a 74-73 victory against Group A rivals Barons/LDz.
BOUNCING BACK. After two unexpected losses in a row, Valmiera/ORDO bounced back to winning ways after handling the visiting Lietkabelis at home in Latvia. The Valmiera side squeezed out an 87-85 victory against the Group A leaders, marking the debut of Roberts Stelmahers with a victory. Veteran guard Armands Skele showed how it’s done by dropping 15 points and grabbing five rebounds to guide the home side to a win.
NIP AND TUCK. It would be difficult to imagine a much closer game than the one in Jekabpils, which saw the hosts welcome Liepaja/Triobet on Wednesday. Throughout the game, neither side led by more than four points, but it was Jekabpils who triumphed down the stretch, picking up a 72-70 win after the lead changed hands 20 times and the score was tied on 17 occasions.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK. The most impressive performance of the week came in Jekabpils, where Modestas Kumpys paced the home side to a win against Liepaja/Triobet. The Lithuanian swingman scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out four assists and made 4-of-8 shots from three-point range for a total index ranking of 30.