BBL Weekly Review: Volume 12

The regular season drew to a close this week and it’s time to sum it all up. With a dozen weeks of Baltic Basketball League action already in the books, we present you the 12th volume of the BBL Weekly Review.

 

AWARDS. Three players earned individual accolades for their impressive play throughout the regular season. Tarvas’ Brandis Raley-Ross was named the league’s most proficient scorer, Parnu’s Ronaldas Rutkauskas received the best rebounder title, while Liepaja/Triobet’s general Andrius Mazutis was the league’s best assistman.

NUMBER ONE. After securing their seventh victory in eight games, Juventus cemented their position as the best team of the regular season. Their only loss of the season was in Liepaja, where they fell just short, 71-74.

NO HELP. In the game that cost TTU the ticket to the playoffs, the starting unit didn’t receive any significant support from their teammates, as four starters scored all of the team’s 66 points.

RECORD. In the game against Lietkabelis, Andrejs Selakovs got the lion’s share of his points at the charity stripe, as he set season records for both free-throws made and attempted, making 16 of 18 shots.

RUNS. A couple of teams recorded 12-0 runs this week, but the one that influenced the game most occurred in Rapla, where Tyco Rapla used it to finally get away from Nevezis in the fourth quarter and reach an insurmountable lead.

Despite his team’s lack of success (0 victories in 8 match-ups), Nevezis’ big man Joshua Crawford was outstanding in both games this week and becomes the BBL Weekly MVP. The center averaged 18 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5 assists in the back-to-back contests.

Previously mentioned Andrejs Selakovs lines up right behind him with the record-setting performance. The big man scored 24 points and tallied 12 rebounds, thus amassing 29 ranking points. Nevertheless, Jekabpils failed to down Lietkabelis and lost a couple spots in the final standing.

David Haughton of Tarvas is also on the list with his great performance that willed the Estonian club to a victory against Nevezis. The forward scored 20 points and tore down 9 boards in Tarvas’ fourth win.

Frank Elegar showed that he is a force to be reckoned with in his season debut. The big man recorded 16 points and 13 rebounds, as Kalev/Cramo snapped their tough three game losing streak.

Finally, closing out the top five is Giedrius Staniulis, who was the go-to guy in both of Prienai’s games. The 23-year-old averaged 16 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, while Prienai won one of two games.