VALMIERA - It was another horrific performance for Valmiera/ORDO, as the Latvian side was forced to face a shameful 68-99 loss to visiting University of Tartu, marking their second loss of the season.
Tartu showed up ready to perform and just minutes in, they were up ahead 10-2. Although the Latvians had a short response to this run, University of Tartu managed to jump ahead by double-digits several minutes later.
Valmiera/ORDO closed the gap at the start of the second quarter, though they were unable to jump ahead. After a solid end to the half, the Estonian side managed to build a 12-point advantage.
The gap just grew in the second half, as Tartu's offense was clicking at all cylinders. Until the very end of the game, they ran ahead en route to the big 31-point victory.
Janis Kaufmanis had a terrific display despite the big loss, scoring 28 points for Valmiera/ORDO. Viktors Iljins was also impressive, racking up 18 points and 12 boards. Eduards Hazners ended the game with 10 points in his account.
Tartu's scoring was more wide-spread, as six players ended up in the double-digit scoring zone. Leading the group was Kristjan Kitsing with 18 points, whereas Steven Cook added 17. Robin Kivi had 15, while Carl Engstrom finished with 14. The duo of Hendrik Eelmae and Janar Talts chipped in with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
RAPLA - A tough game and an exciting finish in Rapla, as local AVIS Utilitas Rapla managed a 65-63 Tsmoki Minsk. With this win, Rapla improved to a 2-1 record.
Rapla had a tough start to the game, as the visitors shot ahead 11-2 in the first couple of minutes. However, they stopped there, and the Estonian side managed to catch up a bit to end the quarter down by seven, 14-7.
For the second period, it was firstly Rapla who had the chance to tie things up, with the scoreboard showing 20-20 in the second half of the quarter. However, once again it was Tsmoki shining at the end of the period - they ran off to a 11-3 finish and entered halftime with an eight point advantage.
It was all Rapla in the third quarter, as the home side had the better end of the quarter, managing to erase the deficit and jump ahead by a point before the final segment.
The teams went back and forth for the remainder of the game and the winner was solved in the final seconds. Devonte Upson was the man who pulled Rapla to victory, as he scored an and-one with half a minute to go, to push his team ahead by two. After Tsmoki evened the scored, Upson once again took matters to his own hands, as he picked up a rebound with three seconds to go and a go-ahead basket to follow.
Upson ended the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while the top scorer in Rapla was Nolan Cressler with 17 points.
Viktar Ausepian was the leading scorer for Tsmoki with 14 points and 8 boards.
TALLINN - TTU have turned some heads around with their recent play, as they are now one of just three teams to improve to a 2-0 record. Their recent win came against Barsy, as the Estonians shot ahead late for an 84-68 victory.
TTU got off to a better start and built a bit of momentum for themselves with a good opening quarter, working on it in the second quarter to get near to a double-digit advantage.
However, Barsy raced back sooner than most though and it seemed the game was turning into a thriller now, as the lead continued swinging back and forth for the remainder of the third period.
Basically, for three quarters it was a level battle, but then TTU switched on a different gear, winning the final quarter dominantly after a 10-nothing run early in the fourth set them apart.
Sten Olmre was the leading scorer for the Estonians with 24 points to his name, as Oliver Metsalu added another 14 points, going alongside his 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Sander Viilup chipped in 12 points, while Norman Kabin had a nice double-double of 11 points and 10 assists to go with his 6 rebounds. Toomas Raadik ended the game with 10.
On the other side, it was Pavel Ilin once again doing the heavy lifting. The Kazakh had 21 points and 5 boards, with most of his shots coming from downtown. Konstantin Glazyrin added a dozen, as Nened Milosevic ended the game with 11 points and rebounds each. Nikolay Bazhin finished the game with 10.
OGRE - Pieno zvaigzdes once again showed that they are a weapon of a high caliber, going off for a season-high 110 points in the 110-83 blowout win against Ogre.
The outcome of the game was clear even before the second half started, as Ogre faced a 22-point deficit, with no real sights at coming back. The third quarter was more of a level battle, but looking at the whole context of the game, Pieno zvaigzdes didn't really have too much motivation to push hard for a larger advantage.
Nevertheless, with points coming easy, the Lithuanians embarked on their highest-scoring quarter to reach 110 points. It turned out to be an easier win than most expected and Pasvalys will be happy bringing the victory home.
Eight players were in double-digit scoring for Pieno zvaigzdes, as Steponas Babrauskas was the only player not to get on the scoresheet, missing all five shots in 15 minutes.
Trevon Hughes and Tomas Lekunas were the two top scorers with 18 points apiece, while Nikita Balashov and Ignas Fiodorovas added another 12 each.
Despite being blown out, Ogre had several players putting up good numbers, with Janis Poznaks leading the way with 16 points to his name. Janis Antrops had 15, while Roberts Niedra and Guntis Sipolins scoring respectively 14 and 12 points, as the latter also had 10 rebounds.
The BBL Technical Comission has reached a final verdict on the incident on October 31st 2017 in Rapla, when BC Vytautas left the basketball court refusing to finish the game at the end of the 4th quarter.
After having reviewed the game and the incident and acting in accordance with FIBA Official Basketball rules Article 20.1. and 20.2., BBL has issued the following penalties:
BC Vytautas shall lose the game by forfeit if it refuses to play after being instructed to do so by the crew chief. The game is awarded to the opponents and the score shall be 20 to 0. The forfeiting team shall receive 0 points in the classification.
Additionally, by the decision of the BBL Technical Commission, in accordance with Baltic Basketball League Regulations Article 1.4. and Article 11.3., BC Vytautas is penalized with a fine of 3000 Euros for a first time infraction.
The incident occurred with less than three minutes remaining in the game, when Virginijus Seskus decided to withdraw his team to the locker room with him after having been awarded a second technical foul.
An exciting match-up between Vytautas and AVIS Utilitas Rapla was halted with just three minutes to go when the Lithuanian side's Head Coach Virginijus Seskus decided to withdraw his team to the locker room with him after having been awarded a second technical foul.
While the score at the moment of the incident was tied at 65, the Lithuanian side has been handed a technical loss. The Technical Commission will be reviewing this incident further and acting according to the BBL Regulations.
You can see the video of the incident below:
TALLINN - In what was surely not the most exciting game, Tallinna Kalev/TLU had absolutely no trouble handling visting Barsy, as they comfortably coasted through the game and took a 73-42 victory
The Estonians had no interest in allowing this game to drag on, and instantaneously took the reigns, running off to a double-digit advantage just one quarter into the game.
The margin just grew from then on and reached 19 before the second half. If that was not enough of a statement from the hosts, they made sure to lay things to bed in the final quarter, allowing a mere five points, while scoring 18 themselves. The final score perfectly reflected the dominance TLU demonstrated in the outing.
Bamba Fall and Kaido Saks both had great games, recording 17 points apiece, while Dorde Dzeletovic and Kristo Saage also entered double-digit scoring. The two had 13 and 12 points respectively. As Mario Paiste added 7 points, Reimo Tamm and Janis Vahter were the only two players to record points off the bench, as they combined for another seven.
Dmitrii Ezhov had a team-high 14 points for Barsy, as Konstantin Glazyrin had 13.
SIAULIAI - Champion of multiple BBL trophies, Siauliai continued their successful campaign with an 85-61 win against Betsafe/Liepaja on Tuesday evening.
It was a tightly contested battle just for the first five minutes, as the teams swung back and forth, before Siauliai finally managed to cut loose. They won the first quarter by seven, but were chased back early in the second quarter. Nevertheless, before halftime it was already a double-digit affair.
Siauliai kept on expanding their lead and went on to win by a huge margin, giving them their second win in as many games.
The hosts were ignited by an outstanding performance from Donatas Sabeckis, who was close to a triple-double. The 24-year-old tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, while also contributing 3 steals to the cause.
Arminas Urbutis added 18 points, while Omar Prewitt had 15. Giedrius Stankevicius and Sarunas Beniusis finished the game with 11 and 10 points respectively.
For the Liepaja side, Toms Leimanis stood out with 22 points in his account. Roberts Krastins adde 16 points, while Karlis Lasmanis had 9.
PARNU - It came close to another upset, as last year's champions Vytautas nearly fell in Parnu. It was only an excellent final quarter that saved Vytautas, as they ended up winning 88-75.
Parnu were off to the races from the get-go, as they jumped ahead early on. However, Vytautas didn't allow the to get too far ahead and before the quarter ended, had just a two-point deficit.
The visitors' defense seemed lax and Parnu got off to a good start once again - with a great five-minute stretch, they managed to up their lead to double digits and enjoyed a 47-39 lead a few minutes late during halftime.
The Estonians retained a three-possession lead nearly throughout the whole third quarter and looked good before the final period. However, that is when Vytautas finally got going.
Vytautas started the quarter off with a 12-2 run and quickly put themselves ahead. The dominance in the fourth quarter didn't stop there - for a seven-minute period the Lithuanians were scoring at will and the only points they allowed came from the free-throw line. That was the key to closing out the game with a 13-point advantage.
Eigirdas Zukauskas had a career game with 29 points and 8 rebounds to his account, leading the way with five long-range bombs. He was helped by Denys Lukashov, who had 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Gediminas Maceina proved to be Mr. Efficient, scoring 9 points on 4-of-4 shooting, while also adding 4 rebounds and assists each, all in the matter of 13 minutes.
The hosts' hopes were powered by 22 points from Siim Markus Post and Mikhel Kirves, who had 16. Karl Martin Kask added 13 points to the tally.
TARTU - It came as a shock to many, when visiting Barsy Atyrau claimed victory against last season's medalists BC Tartu. The Kazakhs built their lead up slowly throughout the game and ended on top 88-79, getting their campaign going victoriously.
The game went back and forth for the first two quarters, although it seemed that the Estonians had the upper hand early on. Tartu started the first quarter 13-7 for a nice early lead, but that didn't last long - the visitors quickly raced back and finally got in front in the second quarter.
From then on, it was a seesaw affair, with the lead changing hands numerous times throughout the period.
The third quarter was where it got busy for the Kazakhstan side. They forced several turnovers and used those for some easy baskets, quickly advancing their lead to double-digits.
The home side managed to cut the deficit to just three point with a minute on the clock, but Barsy had no wasted possessions in the last 60 seconds and ended up winning by nine.
The visitors were powered by the duo of Nikolay Bazhin and Nened Milosevic, who had 20 points apiece. Dmitrii Ezhov chipped in with another 17 points, while Konstantin Glazyrin and Pavel Ilin had respectively 14 and 13 points.
For the other side, Steven Cook and Janar Talts were the two top scorers, contributing 16 points each. Tanel Sokk added 13 points, Kristjan Kitsing helped out with 12, whereas Robin Kivi ended the game with 11.