BBL Weekly Review: Volume 9

The second week of December has flown by and it was full of surprising results, impressive performances and turnarounds in team rosters. The Baltic Basketball League (BBL) helps you find everything in one place with the ninth volume of the BBL Weekly Review

 

RECORD. Mareks Jurevicus lit it up in Moscow, as he tied the season record for most ranking points in a game. The forward scored 29 points, tore down 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists before being forced off the court due to five personal fouls. Liepaja/Triobet, however, were unable to head home victorious, despite Jurevicus’ 36 ranking points.

SHOCKED. Kalev/Cramo, who were previously unbeaten, faced a shocking 73-83 loss against Group A bottom-feeders Parnu this week. From this day on, there are no unbeaten teams in the entire league.

FIVE STRAIGHT. It’s been a rough stretch for two teams in Group C, as Nevezis and Tyco Rapla hold the longest losing streaks in the league with a five-game drought. While the latter started the season off with three victories, Nevezis are the only ones to not have won a single game.

TRANSFERS. Lietkabelis have won their last five games and now hold the biggest winning streak in the league, but this wasn’t the biggest piece of news for the team’s fans. The Lithuanian club lost two big pieces of their roster in Zygimantas Janavicius and Vytenis Cizauskas, who departed respectively for Lietuvos Rytas and Valmiera.

RUNS. Barons/LDz were responsible for the biggest run this week, as they used a 13-0 run to put the game against Jurmala/Fenikss to bed and grab the 90-75 victory.

It is no surprise that with a record-setting performance he had this week Mareks Jurevicus becomes this week’s MVP. As mentioned before, the Liepaja/Triobet had 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists – a total of 36 ranking points.

Another Latvian on the list is Jekabs Rozitis of Barons/LDz. The big man was mostly responsible for his team’s victory against Jurmala/Fenikss, as he scored 22 points and contributed 13 rebounds, thus amassing 33 ranking points.

Ervins Jonats was on the other side of the matchup, as the Jurmala/Fenikss forward contributed a very similar performance. He also had 22 points and 13 rebounds and it all summed up to 31 ranking points.

Brandis Raley Ross is clearly aiming for the December MVP trophy as he followed up on his 35-point performance last week with a similar outing against Juventus. The swingman had 28 points and 5 rebounds but Tarvas ultimately fell against Juventus.

Closing the top five is Justin Hurt, who made his BBL debut just last week. The small forward played a vital role in Valmiera’s offense against Prienai, as he scored game-high 26 points and chipped in with 6 rebounds and 4 assists – 27 ranking points in total.