BBL Weekly Review: Volume 2

It’s been only two weeks into the season but we have already witnessed some spectacular moments and nail-biting clashes. The Baltic Basketball League (BBL) rounds it all up as we present you the second volume of the BBL Weekly Review.

 

FANS. Kalev/Cramo set the new season high for attendance, as they attracted 1500 fans to their home game against Barons kvartals. The crowd ignited a 90-71 victory for the Estonians. The only other team that was able to attract more than a thousand fans was Valmiera, as 1205 fans watched their victory against Jekabpils last week.

THREE-POINT THREAT. After attempting seven three-pointers (converting on only two) last week, Rinalds Sirsnins took it a step further, as he shot 12 in this week’s match-up against Valga Maks ja Moorits. This time, however, he was much more successful, as he made 7. Sirsnins has only attempted 3 two-point field goals, while his long-range tally has now reached 19.

FREE POINTS. Tyco Rapla have played some aggressive basketball to start the season and it has paid off. The Estonian side leads the league both in free-throw attempts with 37.5 and in free-throws made with 28.

RUNS. The match between Tarvas and Dynamo Moscow ends up here with both teams accounting for 12-nothing runs. After 11 lead changes throughout the game, Tarvas was able to hold home grounds and take an 82-77 victory.

EXPERIENCE. Damon Williams, who will soon turn 41, still keeps much younger defenders in awe. Not only did he set this season’s record in blocks with 5, but he was also the best all-around player for Pyrinto. Williams is now averaging 12 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 23.5 ranking points.

Two players share this week’s MVP award, as TTU’s Andrew Arnold and Jekabpils’ Rinalds Sirsnins collected 28 ranking points each. Besides the 18 points Arnold collected, he also had 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks to fill out his stat sheet. This performance helped TTU to a victory in their first game of the season.

Sirsnins’ team was also successful, as they trampled Valga Maks ja Moorits. Sirsnins was locked in from outside the arc and managed to collect 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.

Kristars Zeidaks followed his MVP-worthy performance from last week with another great outing. The Estonian scored 12 points, tore down 11 rebounds and dished out 4 assists to reach 27 ranking points.

A member of the top five performers last week, Kaspars Cipruss is here once again, as he recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds in Tarvas’ victory against Dynamo Moscow. Two weeks in, he’s the league’s best rebounder and second in overall efficiency.

Joonas Jarvelainen closes the top five with an equally impressive performance, as the forward tallied 24 points and 8 rebounds in TTU’s victory over Lietkabelis.