Triobet BBL Weekly Review: Volume 8

It was a slightly unusual week in Triobet BBL with action taking place not only on Tuesday and Wednesday this time around. With the second week of December already in the books, there are a lot fewer blanks to fill in the group stage. Let’s get down to it and look at the events and top performances in the league over the past seven days in the Triobet BBL Weekly Review!

 

GAME TO REMEMBER. Drama, double overtime and more drama. That was the story in the game between Liepaja/Triobet and Vytautas on Friday evening. Having won the first game by an astronomical 29-point margin, Vytautas found it much harder playing on the road and trailed for much of the meeting. In fact, with four minutes remaining Liepaja/Triobet were comfortably up 72-59, but a comeback, led by Gytis Sirutavicius, saw the visitors force overtime. As if one extra period wasn’t enough, Domantas Seskus brought the Lithuanian side back into the game once again at the end of the first five minutes of additional time with a crazy fade-away three-pointer. In the second overtime, Vytautas prevailed, taking a 107-102 win to keep the only undefeated record in the league.

TALKING ABOUT WINNING. Vytautas is the only undefeated team in the league and their 8-0 record is also the longest winning streak in the league. But who is next in this category? After two wins this week, Lietkabelis extended their good run to six games won on the trot, while AVIS Rapla and Jekabpils have won three straight and have successfully climbed the standings in Group A and B respectively after a sub-par start of the season. On the other end of the specter, we find TTU who at 0-8 are the only winless team in the competition.  

TOUGH STRETCH. It wasn’t the easiest of schedules for Barons/LDz this week, as the side from Riga had to face both Group A leaders, Lietkabelis and Valmiera/ORDO, who have lost only two games combined all season long. As could have been predicted, Barons/LDz fell short in both of them, but they did make both of them interesting. After three quarters of close basketball, Valmiera/ORDO managed to pull away for an 87-75 victory on Wednesday, while Lietkabelis struggled all 40 minutes before coming out on top, 77-70, on Sunday. Barons/LDz have now lost four games in a row and share the last spot in the group with Port of Parnu. That is currently the second-longest losing streak in Triobet BBL.

INTERVIEW. Paulius Petrilevicius, the Triobet BBL MVP for the month of November, spoke with BBL.net about the interesting season he has been having so far, how he has managed to adapt to life in Estonia and the goals for future. You can read the full interview HERE

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK.  It could have been a night to remember for Andrew Warren, but it will likely be one he will want to forget. The undisputed Port of Parnu leader scored 40 points against AVIS Rapla, but the Parnu side crumbled in the fourth quarter and lost the lead they had managed to accumulate. AVIS Rapla won 78-75, but a 40-point night by Andrew Warren will go down as one of the most impressive performances of the season. It was the second-highest point total for a player this season after Kristopher Richard scored 41 for Liepaja/Triobet in one of the first games of the season.