BBL Weekly Review: Volume 5

Throughout the week, there have been some wondrous plays, some magical comebacks and, clearly, some outstanding performances. The Baltic Basketball League (BBL) presents you the fifth volume of the BBL Weekly Review to help round it all out.


NO BENCH. Not often do we see a game, where the bench players leave no mark in the game, but we witnessed just that in Kedainiai, where Nevezis’ substitutes had 0 (zero!) points against Tarvas! Despite that, the Lithuanians kept the game close, but ultimately were forced to face a 70-76 defeat.

GOING STRONG. Only two teams now remain unbeaten in the league after the fifth week, as Pieno zvaigzdes were finally forced to an overtime defeat against Kalev/Cramo, who, alongside Juventus have respectively five and four victories with no losses.

NO VICTORIES. While two teams have yet to suffer a defeat, there are three teams in the league that have not yet felt the joy of victory, as Dynamo Moscow, Nevezis and Jurmala/Fenikss combine for a 0-12 record.

COMEBACK. Pieno zvaigzdes created a small miracle in Tallinn this week, when they rushed back to erase a 7-point deficit in a matter of seconds. They were not as lucky in the overtime, though.

SIRSNINS COUNTER. Once again Rinalds Sirsnins is letting it fly, as the guard launched 8 three-pointers against TLU Kalev, making two. However, this result actually shrunk his three-point attempt average to 10.8 per game. Nevertheless, it must be mentioned that not only is he amongst the top ten scorers, but he is also third on the assisting ladder and twelfth in overall efficiency.

Ovidijus Varanauskas is this week’s MVP, as he shined in Prienai’s first BBL victory this year, as he scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 6 assists, summing to a 30-ranking-point performance.

Rolands Freimanis was just as impressive for Kalev/Cramo, as his 21-point, 15-rebound performance helped dismantle previously undefeated Pieno zvaigzdes after overtime.

Giedrius Staniulis, another Prienai athlete, was a great sidekick for Varanauskas, as he took matters in the paint into his own hands and collected a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Fourth on the list is Parnu big man Ronaldas Rutkauskas, who had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in the win against Jurmala/Fenikss.

Rashaun Broadus of Juventus closes out the list with a great performance in the blowout victory against Tarvas. The guard had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and led the Lithuanian team to their fourth straight victory.