How are Triobet BBL clubs faring in domestic leagues?

The start of the 2015-16 Triobet BBL season has brought about exciting basketball across the Baltics, with four clubs going undefeated so far: Valmiera/ORDO, Vytautas, Liepaja/Triobet and Tarvas.

But how have our clubs fared in their domestic competitions? Let's take a closer look at Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian leagues and find out!

 

LATVIA
Club Record Place
Valmiera/ORDO 5-0 1st
Liepaja/Triobet 5-1 3rd
BK Jekapbils 2-3 =6th
Jurmala/Fenikss 2-4 9th
Barons/LDz 1-5 10th

Just like in Triobet BBL action, Valmiera/ORDO are marching without defeats in the domestic championship as well. Having taken down defending champs VEF Riga in the season-opening game, the club from Valmiera has gone on to register four more victories and now lead the league with a clean 5-0 record.

Liepaja/Triobet has also had a good start of the season, with their only loss coming against the league-leaders Valmiera/ORDO. Currently in third place with a 5-1 mark, the Liepaja club already boasts a 69-66 upset over last year's runners-up BK VentspilsStephen Zack has been the main go-to guy for Liepaja/Triobet, averaging 14.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.

Meanwhile, the three others teams haven't been convincing. After losing the first three games of the season, Jekabpils has managed to to turn things around with two consecutive wins. However, Jurmala/Fenikss, now 2-4, and Barons/LDz, 1-5, remain near the bottom of the 11-team standings.

LITHUANIA
Club Record Place
Vytautas 5-1 =2nd 
Lietkabelis 2-4 =6th
Nevezis 2-4 =6th

The return of coach Virginijus Seskus has sparked a true basketball revival in the Prienai, with Vytautas getting off to a sizzling start of the 2015-16 campaign. One of the early season Triobet BBL favourites and still undefeated in the competition, the Prienai-Birstonas club is in fine form in the domestic championship as well. Boasting an excellent 5-1 record, Vytautas share the second place in the league standings with Lietuvos Rytas.

Although Lietkabelis and Nevezis, both 2-4, aren’t in the top half of the table, there are definitely some positives to take away for both sides. It is true that the team from Panevezys has failed to live up to the expectations after putting together a very solid roster on paper, but the outstanding individual talent and squad depth was visible in stretches. 

Many basketball experts were predicting doom and gloom for Nevezis before the season, but Ramunas Cvirka has built a coherent unit that has so far managed to surprise quite a few opponents in Lithuania. Thought of as the league outsiders, Nevezis has already registered two wins having triumphed against Dzukija and Siauliai.

ESTONIA
Club Record Place
TLU/Kalev 2-2 3rd
Port of Parnu 1-1 =4th
AVIS Rapla 1-1 =4th
Tarvas 0-2 7th
TTU KK 0-3 8th

The Estonian championship has not picked up full pace yet for the teams also participating in Triobet BBL, but it is so far TLU/Kalev, who are the highest-placed team with a 2-2 mark outside the big duo of Kalev/Cramo and TU/Rock. 

However, since the competition is only in its early stages, it is really too soon to make any conclusions. Port of Parnu and AVIS Rapla, both with a 1-1 record, share the fourth spot, while Tarvas, 0-2, and TTU, 0-3, are yet to record their first win in the Estonian league.