Triobet BBL Weekly Review: Volume 8

There’s plenty to talk about in the Triobet BBL this week, as we’ve had a week like no other this year. Records were broken, comebacks were made, (multiple) overtimes were played – what more could you wish for? Let’s round it all up with the 8th volume of the Triobet BBL Weekly Review.

 

NOVEMBER MVP. Thomas van der Mars continues to show why he should be considered the best big man in the league, after leading his team in scoring and rebounding for the second month straight. He was named the MVP for November after posting 18.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.

WEEKLY MVP. Andriy Agafonov put in work in Pieno Zvaigzdes’ hard-earned victory on both ends of the court. The big man scored 27 points, added 7 rebounds and swatted away 5 of his opponents’ shots, including the game saving block at the end of the second overtime.

PRICEY DUNK. The management of Ogre/Kumho Tyre might have to think about banning dunks outright in the near future, as Guntis Sipolins last dunk attempt cost them A LOT. A new backboard, to begin with, and, of course, a victory... Ogre was leading against Tarvas/Palmse Metall by 15 points with 13 minutes of basketball remaining in the game when the backboard was broken. Since the home side couldn’t manage to replace it in a timely manner, they were handed a technical loss 0:20.

DOUBLE OVERTIME. We got more basketball than we hoped for on Wednesday, as we witnessed two overtime dramas. First off, it was Pasvalys enduring Jekabpils’ come-back effort by a single point, 104-103, as the game was decided only in the second overtime.  The 50-minute game would have been a season record by itself, but it was very short lived.

TRIPLE OVERTIME. The very same night the record was broken, as just hours later the Barons kvartals and Liepaja/Triobet matchup included 55 minutes of pure basketball – after three overtimes visiting Barons finally managed to claw out a heroic 111-106 victory.

BLOCKS GALORE. As we already mentioned, Andriy Agafonov set up a block party, and everyone was invited. The big man broke this season’s record for most blocks, as he sent back 5 of his opponents’ shots.

COMEBACKS. Two important comebacks helped reshape the group standings, with the first one taking place in Jurmala. The Latvians erased a 12-point deficit and celebrated a vital victory against Port of Parnu. The second comeback was a little bit surprising – not because it happened, but because it was necessary. Valmiera/ORDO found themselves down by 13 with just a quarter remaining, but that was enough time to turn it all around and take an 82-75 victory against TTU.