BBL Weekly Review: Volume 3

The third week of the Baltic Basketball League (BBL) proved to be the most exciting yet, as we witnessed one spectacular performance after the other, a number of buzzer-beating plays and game-winning baskets. Let’s round it all out with the third volume of the BBL Weekly Review!

 

MVP. Kristers Zeidaks delivered four note-worthy performances and his efforts were not left unrecognized. The forward averaged 18 points and 10.8 rebounds in four games, while shooting an outrageous 71.4% from two-point range!

RUNS. Nevezis 16-0 run in the first quarter of their match-up against Rapla looked to have put the game to bed for the Lithuanians. However, even a 15-point margin was insufficient for the home side, as Ernestas Ezerskis decided the fate of the game in just a few final seconds.

BUZZER-BEATERS. We witnessed two game changing buzzer-beaters this week, as the aforementioned Ernestas Ezerskis and Aidas Viskontas ended up on the highlight reel with their last-second shots. Ezerskis’ three-pointer against Nevezis handed Rapla the one-point victory, while Viskontas drained a contested two-pointer to push the Pasvalys-Pyrinto clash into overtime.

PERFECT. Only six of the 19 participating teams have yet to suffer a loss and only two teams – Kalev/Cramo and Valmiera have already notched three victories apiece.

RUN AND GUN. The matchup between Valga and Lietkabelis set a new season high for most points scored by both teams with 194 (99-95), while Lietkabelis also tied the result for the highest scoring quarter with 34 points.

Edgars Krumins of Valga Maks ja Moorits becomes this week’s MVP with an incredible performance against Lietkabelis. The small forward scored 27 points and tore down 7 rebounds, totaling 29 ranking points in his team’s 99-95 victory against Lietkabelis.

Evaldas Zabas was on the other side of the court, as the Lietkabelis’guard collected 28 ranking points against Valga. The Lithuanian had 28 points on near-perfect shooting.

Mindaugas Kupsas places third on this week’s list as he recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks in Kalev/Cramo’s victory against Parnu.

Three players had the same amount of ranking points and it would be a shame to single out either of them, so this week’s top five will consist of six players.

Sharing the fourth-sixth places – Jurijs Aleksejevs, Darius Griskenas and Ronaldas Rutkauskas, who all had 24 ranking points.

Maks ja Moorits’ center Aleksejevs, was close to a triple double against Lietkabelis, as he collected 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.

Griskenas was no less impressive, as he tallied 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Lietkabelis.

Ronaldas Rutkauskas debuted with a solid performance for Parnu, as he scored 18 points and snagged 7 rebounds.