BBL Weekly Review: Week I

The Baltic Basketball League (BBL) presents its weekly review that will provide fans with the opportunity to quickly overlook all the main events and spectacular performances that took place in the league.

The first edition of the review will get you up to speed with the events, preceding the official start of the 2013-14 BBL campaign as well.

 

TROPHY. Nevezis found their way to their first trophy of the season, coming up victorious in the Vikonda BBL Cup 2013.

EXPANDING. The geography of the BBL expanded to Sweden and Finland, as Norrkoping Dolphins returned to the league after a two-year absence, while Pyrinto Tampere became the first Finnish team to participate in the Baltic Basketball League. Their opening game was marked with a 75:54 victory over Tallinn Kalev.

DEFENSE. Valga Maks&Moorits achieved a new BBL record already in their first game of the season. However, it’s not a record they’d wish to be a part of. In their game against Pieno Zvaigzdes, the Estonian team only managed to grind out 36 points. This was also the lowest-scoring game of the season so far.

PLUS/MINUS. Although Antero Lehto showed nothing out of the ordinary individually, rounding 12 points in the 26 minutes he played, he had the biggest +/- rating this week, as his team outscored Tallinn Kalev by 30 points with him on the court.  Ultimately, Pyrinto ended up winning by 21.

DOWNTOWN CAMPER. Pyrinto’s Kelvin Lewis launched 13 long range bombs and converted on 7, scoring all his 21 points from long range.

CENTURY. Tonybet Prienai became the first team to reach triple digits in scoring after trampling over Caspiy 100:43.

Martin Dorbek of Tyco Rapla became this week’s MVP with an impressive performance against Tallinn Kalev. Not only did he lead the team in scoring with 17 points, but he was also the best in several other statistical categories.  The forward also contributed 10 rebounds and 6 steals, totaling an impressive 30 ranking points. However, despite the input by Dorbek, his team failed to overcome their Estonian foes.

The runner-up in this week’s Top 5 is Nevezis’ swingman Gintaras Leonavicius. The Lithuanian scored 18 points, tore down 7 rebounds and stole the ball 5 times in their easy victory against Barsy Atyrau. The forward tallied a total of 27 ranking points.

Janis Vahter snagged the third spot this week, having been the only bright spot in a otherwise black week for Parnu. The Estonian team took a beating against Siauliai, losing by 31 points, but Vahter stood out with a solid performance both offensively and defensively. The forward contributed 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals, which led him to 23 ranking points.

Rait Keerles, this week’s top scorer, ended up in the fourth position when it comes down to overall efficiency. He averaged 23 points, 5 rebounds and 22.5 ranking points, while Tarvas squeezed out a single victory out of their two games.

Vilmantas Dilys finishes up the list with 19 points and 9 rebounds. He amassed 22 ranking points in Nevezis’ win against their Kazakh opponents.