Triobet BBL Weekly Review: Volume 3

Four weeks into the season, the battles in Triobet BBL have only intensified. While some teams have started the 2015-16 campaign with a bang and have looked to break away in the standings, others are equally determined to not let that happen. Let’s take a look back at the outstanding performances of the week in another volume of Triobet BBL Weekly Review!

 

MVP. The first monthly MVP award in Triobet BBL this season was snatched up by Port of Parnu’s guard Andrew Warren, who averaged 29 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals per game in October. However, the Parnu club is still winless and the 28-year-old American will attempt to rectify that in a home game against TLU Kalev on Tuesday.

LEADERS. After the week’s action, Liepaja/Triobet and Vytautas improved to a shared league-best 4-0 record. The Latvian club won the Group B Latvian derby against Jekabpils 91-71, while the Lithuanian side registered two close wins in Estonia, defeating TTU and Tarvas, 102-96 and 85-83 respectively. Valmiera/ORDO, who did not play last week, is the only other undefeated team in the competition, with a 3-0 mark in Group A.

THE GAP. There is a huge difference between the top and bottom Triobet BBL teams in terms of scoring. Vytautas leads the league with a stellar 90 points per game average, Liepaja/Triobet is second with 85.3 points per game, while Valmiera/ORDO is third with 83.7. Meanwhile, Barons/LDz is the worst team in the league with an average of 61.3 points per game.

BACK ON TRACK. After starting the season with two losses, Barsy have managed to turn it around. Having improved to a 2-2 record, the Kazakh side climbed to third place in Group B after a solid 79-69 victory at Jurmala/Fenikss.  Michael Burwell is doing wonders for his team, averaging 17 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

TURNING IT OVER. It was a rather careless week for Barons/LDz guard Davis Zonne, who committed six turnovers in a 60-88 loss against Lietkabelis on the road in Lithuania. Four players were close to equaling this performance: Zonne’s teammates Cliff Coleman, as well as Reimo Tamm from TLU Kalev, Edmunds Elksnis from Jurmala/Fenikss and Michael Burwell from Barsy turned the ball over five times. In comparison, Vytautas committed only seven turnovers as a team in their 85-83 win against Tarvas.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK. Two players who faced each other in the game between Tarvas and Vytautas share the honors for the week’s best performance, having collected 35 ranking points. Janari Joesaar scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but Vytautas Sulskis had an equally brilliant performance, scoring 24 points and adding 14 boards on the way to a road two-point win in Estonia.