Triobet BBL Weekly Review: Volume 1

The off-season is done and Baltic basketball is already back on the table. With six games into the season, let’s round up the highlights of the opening week in the first edition of the Triobet BBL Weekly Review.

 

MVP. Thomas van der Mars edged out his opponents for the first Triobet BBL Player of the Week award with an outstanding performance against Nevezis. The AVIS Rapla big man torched his opponents with 23 points and added an impressive 13 rebounds to his stat-line, thus amassing an efficiency rating of 34.

YOUTH. It’s not every day that a team can proudly debut a U-16 player in a professional game, but Valmiera did just that... three times. In their season-opening win against Tarvas, coach Uvis Helmanis trusted two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old in Davids Viksne, Ojars Berzins and Maris Ramanis. All three players even managed to open their scoring tabs.

DEBUT. Not all debuts were as pleasant this week, though. Ogre/Kumho Tyre seemed to be doing all the right things for two quarters and held a double-digit advantage at the break, yet managed to let the victory slip from their fingertips, as they lost to Jekabpils in overtime, 82-86.

FREE THROWS? Things could have been much easier for Jekabpils had they been more efficient from the free-throw line. The team shot a dreadful 44 percent, making just 11 of 25 shots, with Andrejs Selakovs taking most of the blame. However, despite making just 4-of-12 of his shots, Selakovs still managed to come out in third place efficiency-wise this week.

CLUTCH. Tauras Jogela delivered when it mattered most. After going silent for nearly two quarters, the Lithuanian banged in a go-ahead three-pointer with eight seconds in the game, thus giving Barons kvartals their first win of the season.

We’re looking at five more games next week with AVIS Rapla and Port of Parnu playing on Tuesday, while Wednesday is looking to be busy with another four matchups scheduled.