Valmiera/ORDO building on last season's success

The age-old hierarchy in Latvian basketball was shaken by seismic waves from the Vidzeme region, as the local club Valmiera/ORDO celebrated its first ever Latvian league title last season.

This achievement is even more remarkable considering it was the first time that a team not from Riga or Ventspils won the domestic championship in Latvia since the start of the modern LBL in 1992.

 


Having also reached the Semi-Finals in the Triobet BBL, the results of Valmiera/ORDO last season can undoubtedly be called groundbreaking and historic. However, the management of the team has their sights set on maintaining the forward momentum and staying with the big boys.

Although there were some key departure over the summer, the team from Valmiera will have the support of the home crowd working in their favor at the Triobet BBL Cup 2016 and will most certainly hope to capitalize on that.

The new coach of the team, Uvis Helmanis, who replaced Roberts Stelmahers, said that the tournament will be a great chance for the team to compete against some of the strongest clubs in the Baltics and evaluate their readiness before the regular season.

“We are highly motivated to show our best and our goal is definitely, for starters, to reach the final. And then we will set our next goal. We are glad to have the opportunity to participate in this tough competition and charge ourselves with positive energy before the start of the regular season”, said Helmanis.

Although there have been some changes in the roster over the summer, the team has maintained a primarily Latvian look with only two foreign players on the roster – Lithuanian point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas and Canadian big man Maurice Walker.

Among the local players who stayed from last season, it is worth primarily pointing out Martins Laksa, Lauris Blaus, Haralds Karlis, Ervins Jonats, Raimonds Gabrans and Janis Kaufmanis who has truly become a symbol for Valmiera/ORDO.

The second Semi-Final of the Triobet BBL Cup 2016 has pitted the Latvian club against Estonian champions Kalev/Cramo in what promises to be an entertaining game. The game tips off at 17:30.

TROPHY CASE
One-time LBL champion
Three-time LBL bronze medal winner