MVP. Rinalds Sirsnins, who is known to be a volume shooter, went all-out in his team‘s one-point win against Tarvas. While he was still his old self, firing at will from downtown (4-of-14), he was incredible on the boards and getting his teammates involved and was on the verge of a triple-double. The guard led the team with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and was chosen as the player of the week.
MISSED BUZZERS. Two games were decided by a margin of a single point this week, and both of them could have easily gone the other way. Janis Kaufmanis missed his last-second three-pointer in Valmiera’s 58-59 loss to Pieno Zvaigzdes, while Tarvas’ Timo Eichfuss could have won the game against Jekabpils with his own long-range shot, as the Estonians lost 82-83.
COMEBACK. What makes things even worse for Tarvas, besides the missed buzzer-beater, is the fact that they were in control for most of the game. However, Jekabpils managed to put up a good run of possessions and turned a double-digit deficit into a win in the fourth quarter alone.
EUROPE. Not too much luck for Baltic teams in other European competitions this week, as only the two clubs competing in the Basketball Champions League achieved victories. Both Juventus and Ventspils improved in the standings, while 4 teams suffered defeats.
DEFENSE. We witnessed a very low scoring affair in Valmiera this week, as their game against Pieno Zvaigzdes set a couple new season records. First off, the two teams combined for just 117 points (in comparison, Jekabpils holds the highest scoring game so far with 104 points just to themselves) and that was the least points scored by both teams in a game. Secondly, the fourth quarter of the game, which ended 10-7, was the lowest scoring quarter this season. A lot of that had to do with the 3-minute drought at the end of the quarter, when neither side managed to put the ball in the basket.
We’re up for a week twice as busy starting Tuesday, with six games on the schedule.