MVP. Before this week, the Triobet BBL Player of the Week award was won by four different players from Latvia, two from Lithuania and one from Netherlands (three times), USA and Ukraine each. We are happy to announce that we‘ve now got an Estonian Weekly MVP winner as well, as Sten Olmre raked in the first award of 2017. The TTU guard put up 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, leading his team to a surprising victory against Jekabpils.
UNFINISHED COMEBACK. TTU played 35 minutes of top-notch basketball against Jekabpils, as they mounted an 18-point lead. However, their coach couldn‘t be too happy about the last 5 minutes, as what looked to be a blow-out nearly turned into an incredible collapse. Jekabpils put up a tremendous run and managed to cut the deficit to just two points. Nevertheless, cold-blooded free-throw shooting bailed out the Estonians and they went on to win, 86-82.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Thomas van der Mars‘ play was once again the highlight of AVIS Rapla‘s victory, as he was the bedrock on both ends of the court. The Dutchman contributed another double-double, scoring 16 points and tearing down 10 rebounds, while his club defeated Jurmala/Fenikss. This makes it van der Mars‘ 7th double-double in nine games and he’s heads and shoulders above anyone else in this category.
FROM HERO TO ZERO. December Triobet BBL MVP Edgars Jeromanovs didn’t have the best of starts to the year in his game against Rapla, as he made just one-of-eight of his field goals and finished the game with 4 points. Although he dished out 6 assists, Jurmala/Fenikss really missed his sharp shooting from beyond the arc.
END TO END. Valmiera/ORDO didn‘t have it too tough when they faced off against Ogre/Kumho Tyre. The hosts took the lead early and held on to it until the very end. The game’s highest margin was 18 points, but Ogre managed to dwindle it down to 10 before the game ended.
STREAKS. Valmiera’s latest victory made it six wins in a row for them in Group B, but they’re not the only one’s going on a winning streak. Barons kvartals are looking just as good in Group A, although their streak is currently five W’s. The two Latvian clubs are in pole positions of their respective groups, although Pieno Zvaigzdes will be looking to retake the reigns of Group B as soon as possible.