BBL Weekly Review: Volume 6

After two weeks of absence, the Baltic Basketball League (BBL) is back. So is the BBL weekly review, which will provide fans with the opportunity to quickly overlook all the main events and spectacular performances that took place in the league over the past week.


MVP. Joakim Kjellbom became the last monthly MVP of 2013, as the 34-year-old Swedish big man was chosen as the Most Valuable Player for the month of December. The center averaged 16.7 points, 10 rebounds and 3.3 blocks throughout the month and helped his team to three convincing victories.

UNBEATABLE. Pieno Zvaigzdes continue their successful run in the BBL, as they knocked down Tartu Rock to make it their eighth straight victory.

WINLESS. While Pasvalys keeps on racking up victories, Valga Maks&Moorits’ struggles continue. The Estonians lost seven games by an average margin of 24 points.

RECORD. Just days into 2014, a new season record for most turnovers was reached. In Tyco Rapla’s shameful loss against Jekabpils, the Estonians turned the ball over 29 times.

SCORER. Janis Kaufmanis dropped 30 points for the second time this season and is comfortably sitting atop the scoring charts with an average of 18 points per game. Despite his tremendous scoring outbursts, Kaufmanis stands only 32nd when it comes to efficiency.

OVERTIME. The first overtime of the year was registered in Estonia, where Tarvas upset Norrkoping Dolphins, pleasing the home crowd with a 84-80 victory.

COSTLY MISTAKE. With 29 seconds to play, Juventus still had a one-point lead and the possession of the ball. However, Aidas Viskontas turned the ball over and Prienai made sure to cash in.

On top of the weekly Top Five stands Juventus forward Saulius Kulvietis. In the loss against Tonybet Prienai the Lithuanian scored 22 points and tore down 8 rebounds, amassing 26 ranking points.

Troy Barnies of Jekabpils finishes the week in second place with two spectacular performances. The forward averaged a double-double in 21 points and 10.5 rebounds.

Laimonas Kisielius converted on five three-pointers to help Prienai to a fourth quarter comeback. Kisielius totaled 23 points and 25 ranking points.

Lietkabelis’ center Ryan Olander ends up fourth in the top five after a 25-point outburst against Barsy Atyrau. Despite his input, Lietkabelis suffered a heartbreaking loss, after Edgaras Zelionis’ game-winner.

The only guard in this list - Edgars Jeromanovs – closes up the five with a 19 point and 9 rebound performance against Tarvas.