Let’s take a look back at the outstanding performances of the week in another volume of Triobet BBL Weekly Review!
FINALLY. It took several months and eleven tries, but TTU eventually got the first win of the season in Triobet BBL, defeating Jurmala/Fenikss 79-75 on Tuesday. While it is too late to climb out of the bottom of Group B, the Estonian side will be happy to have finished the regular season with at least one win in their account. They will have a chance to add another victory on Monday, when they face Barsy in Tallinn.
ROLLING. With the turn of the calendars to 2016, something definitely happened to Barons/LDz. The team from Riga continued steamrolling their opponents in the new year and most recently claimed the scalp of Valmiera/ORDO. What was even more impressive, they won by 42 points. After one more barrage of three-pointers, Barons/LDz celebrated a 111-69 victory.The team as a whole made 11-of-22 from beyond the arc. After starting the year with two wins, Barons/LDz improved to a 3-7 record in Group A.
BUSY WEEK. It was a busy week for AVIS Rapla, who had three Triobet BBL games on their schedule this week. Having won two and lost one, the Estonian side shares a 7-3 record with Valmiera/ORDO, as both teams are in a race for the second place in Group A. AVIS Rapla will next play TLU Kalev before meeting Valmiera/ORDO on January 26. However, for Valmiera/ORDO, the next game is against Lietkabelis, which will undoubtedly be a tough one.
NEW COACH. After starting the year with two defeats in Triobet BBL, Valmiera/ORDO hired coach Roberts Stelmaheris to lead the team. The former point guard is a three-time Baltic champion, with the first two trophies coming as a player with Lietuvos Rytas and the third already as a coach with Ventspils in 2013. Can the new coach turn things around in Valmiera?
GIANT-SLAYERS. Lietkabelis has been on a remarkable run after the arrival of Kazys Maksvytis. Already guaranteed the top spot in Group A, not only are the Panevezys club cruising in the Triobet BBL, they are doing miracles in the domestic front as well. In a span of a week, the Lithuanian side defeated Lietuvos Rytas and Neptunas and looking to be in red-hot form heading into BBL Play-Offs.
REBOUNDS. In a loss to TTU, Andrew Smith grabbed 25 rebounds for Jurmala/Fenikss repeating the league record set by former Zalgiris star Tanoka Beard back in 2005 against Lietuvos Rytas.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK. Barons/LDz sharpshooter Arturs Ausejs has had a perfect start of the year and put up the best performance of the week this time round. In a lopsided win against Valmiera/ORDO, Ausejs scored 36 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field to go along seven assists for a total index rating of 36.