Triobet BBL Review: Volume 12

There were only five games of action in the final week of the Triobet BBL Regular Season, but it was a classic case of quality over quantity, as four of them were decided by single digits. Let’s take one final look at how the first part of the season culminated!

 

WAITING. After four months of action, the 2015-16 Triobet BBL Regular Season came to a conclusion on Wednesday evening. However, teams will have to wait for FIBA Europe Cup Round of 32 to finish to find out Play-Off pairings. The fate of Barsy, Port of Parnu and TTU lies in the hands of teams participating in the FIBA Europe Cup.

FIBA EUROPE CUP. Heading into the final week of action in the FIBA Europe Cup Round of 32, all four Baltic teams have theoretical chances of advancing to the Round of 16. Ventspils and Juventus control their own destiny, Pieno Zvaigzdes would need some luck to advance, while TU/Rock would need an even bigger stroke of luck to make it through.

TOP SPOT. Although the injury-riddled Vytautas have been trending down towards the end of the Regular Season, the Lithuanians came over adversity to scrape by past Tarvas 82-76 in the last Group B game for both sides. Having finished group play with a stellar 11-1 record, Vytautas were the best team in the Regular Season, but health issues remain a big issue for the Prienai club heading into the Play-Offs.

SECOND. Valmiera/ORDO won the clash for second place in Group A, topping AVIS Rapla 66-57 in a low-scoring game in Estonia. The Rapla side would have needed to win by at least by more than 31 points in order to pass the Latvians, but Roberts Stelmahers’ team made sure that was never a possibility, as the grinded out a victory on the road.

LEAVING IT LATE. The scenario in which Nevezis would have been facing the Play-Offs from the outside in was not that far-fetched, but the Lithuanian side averted it by earning an 82-76 victory against Port of Parnu in the last day of action. A loss would have seen the team from Kedainiai finish last in Group A. However, the win allowed Nevezis to finish fifth in the group, having won a tie-breaker with Barons/LDz.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS. After four months of intense battle on basketball courts across the three Baltic countries in Triobet BBL, we already know not only the best teams in both groups, but also the best players in the main statistical categories. Andrew Warren won the scoring title with an average of 25.6 points per game, Stephan Zack led the league in rebounds with 11 boards per game, while Rait-Riivo Laane was the best assist-man with 6.6 dimes per game.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK. Ronaldas Rutkauskas of Jekabpils had the best performance of the week, scoring 18 points, grabbing nine rebounds and coming up with three steals for a total efficiency ranking of 28 in a 100-82 win against Tarvas