Parnu deny Barons with incredible comeback

22.11.2016

PARNU – The second game of the night came with no less intrigue, as Port of Parnu put up a spectacular comeback effort in the final minutes of the game against Barons kvartals to send it to overtime. The Estonians enjoyed a great five extra minutes and came out victorious, 88-82.

Barons had the upper hand in the final quarter, as they steadily built up their small lead, going up by five after one. The Estonians, however, responded well and were on the run, nudging ahead by one point at the break. That was where, as some might have thought, their luck had run out.

Barons kept their opponents quiet for most of the third quarter, allowing just seven points throughout the quarter. While they didn’t burn the nets with their own scoring, it gave them a platform to build on.

With a five point spread on the table, it could have easily gone either way, but Barons were adamant to push the game out of contention. They managed to tally a ten-point lead and looked in strong position to succeed.

However, everything seemed to be going wrong for the Latvians in the final minutes, and a solid nine point advantage they held at the two-minute mark melted quicker than butter on a hot pan. Port of Parnu made EVERY SINGLE SHOT they took, and with 38 seconds on the clock, were already up by one. Davis Zonne made up for his missed free-throws with a three-pointer to bring the lead back to their side. But once again, Parnu did not miss, making both free-throws to send the game to overtime.

Parnu immediately took control in overtime, pushing ahead. The final nail to Barons’ coffin was Teddy Okereafor’s three-pointer, pushing the gap to five. The Latvians could not respond, and faced an unexpected loss.

Vaidotas Volkus and Saimon Sutt led Parnu in scoring with 18 points apiece, but Volkus let a lot of the fans down with his efficiency. He made just 9-of-24 of his shots, including 2-of-5 from the free-throw line and was benched due to five personal fouls. Teddy Okereafor added 16 points and 5 assists, while Edvinas Seskus had 15 to his name. Rannar Raap ended the game with 13.

On the other team, it was two Lithuanians with big performances. Tauras Jogela led the way in scoring with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Denis Krestinin was a beast under the boards. He scored 15 points and broke the season record for most rebounds, with 18. Both Reinis Strupovics and Kristaps Mediss had 12 points to their names.

Jekabpils edge TTU, hold on to sixth win

22.11.2016

JEKAPBILS – Visiting TTU put up a great fight against one of the top teams of the tournament, Jekabpils, as they ultimately fell short after breaking down in the third quarter. The Estonians managed to fight back, but just a tad too late. Fifth victory in six games for Jekabpils, as the scoreboard screams 87-90.

The first four minutes of the game really didn’t signal a happy evening for the Estonians, as they were pushed down to the ground with a 13-4 deficit. Nevertheless, Joonas Jarvelainen managed to keep them afloat, scoring 11 in the first quarter alone.

He added 8 more in TTU’s 13-3 three minute run, handing the Estonians their game-high eight point advantage. Jekabpils came bouncing back, though, and tied the game up with a lay-up to end the half.

The Latvians came out slow, but got into a rhythm and started making nearly everything from behind the arc, converting on six three-pointers in just over half a quarter. That sort of barrage from distance allowed them to jump ahead by 11.

The Latvian side maintained a solid lead for most of the final quarter and with less than two minutes one the clock, were still up by double-digits. However, TTU still managed to light a fire under them, as Jarvelainen’s last three-pointer cut the deficit to just 3.

Roberts Stumbris was a nuisance from long-range, draining five shots for 15 of his 21 points. Jurijs Aleksejevs also lit it up, as notched 19 points. Pavels Veselovs added 14 points. While the guard duo of Rinalds Sirsnins and Renars Magone had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Only five players recorded points for TTU, as Jarvelainen led the way with 28. Sten Olmre was also impressive, scoring 22 points, while Toomas Raadik added 18 points and 8 rebounds. Nikola Vujovic chipped in with 13, while team captain Kiur Akenparg had a rough night, scoring just six points on 11 shots.

Triobet BBL Weekly Review: Volume 6

20.11.2016

A lot of stories this week, as we‘ve had some truly exciting basketball in the Triobet BBL. Let‘s round it all up in the sixth volume of the Triobet BBL Weekly Review.

MVP. Justin Baker has once again proved his play can mean the world to Tarvas. A couple weeks ago, he amassed 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals, and Tarvas was just a shot away from their first win. This time, he was good for an efficiency rating of 29 with 19 points and 10 boards, while Tarvas finally managed to put its‘ losing streak to an end.

RECORDS. They say any publicity is good publicity. But any record is definitely not a good record. Borisfen managed to achieve a couple of those in their game against Valmiera. First of all, they broke their own record of least points scored in a quarter (2), and then points scored in a game (46). Coincidentally, the 60-46 loss was the closest game they’ve had this year in the Triobet BBL.

LLLLLL. Nope, that‘s not a typo. That‘s Borisfen‘s results in their last six meetings. Three blow-out losses by an average of 28.7 points this week now push their record to an abysmal 0-6. Hey, at least they‘re being consistent...

UNDEFEATED? Technically, we still have one unbeaten team in the Triobet BBL in Barsy, after Pieno Zvaigzdes suffered their first loss of the season from league newcomers Ogre Kumho/Tyre. The Kazakhs have yet to play their first game of the season and will remain undefeated at least until the sixth of December, when they play Nevezis.

STREAK. In the meantime, Ogre currently hold the longest winning streak in the league, as they‘ve won four straight after falling short in their first game of the season. The latest win, as we‘ve already mentioned, was against Pieno Zvaigzdes, who hadn‘t lost a single game before facing the Latvians.

MVP II. We’re in for some feisty competition in the Play-offs if Lietkabelis continue playing the way they have. This week Gintaras Leonavicius put up MVP-worthy numbers in the team’s win against Skopje MZT and was named the 7Days Eurocup Player of the Week.

Triobet BBL Player of the Week: Justin Baker

20.11.2016

Yesterday evening, Tarvas steamrolled past Borisfen, finally claiming their first win with an 87-52 result. And for Estonian side, there was no man more important than Justin Baker, who turned in a top-notch performance and earned weekly MVP honors.

The American big man was very efficient in all aspects of the game, as he scored 19 points shooting 7-of-9 from the field, made all his free-throws and added 10 rebounds to the total. The center amassed an impressive 29 rating points and was the best amongst winning performers.

This follows another spectacular performance last time around, where he scored 29 points, recorded 8 rebounds and 4 steals. However, Tarvas fell short of Jekabpils in the final seconds of the game.

Overall, Justin has excelled this year, as he is second in the league in scoring with 21.0 PPG, fourth in rebounds (8.5 RPG) and his 22.8 efficiency makes him the third-best player in the league.

Tarvas finally win after five L's

19.11.2016

RAKVERE – There is one less winless team in the Triobet BBL after tonight, as the battle between Group B bottomfeeders Tarvas and Borisfen ended in the home side‘s win, 87-52. Tarvas finally lifted a 5-game losing streak, while Borisfen now sit at 0-6.

It didn’t take long for Tarvas to jump ahead tonight, as just halfway through the first quarter, the score was one sided – 15-3. The lead remained in the Estonians’ hands for the rest of the half, swinging between 10 and 15 points, as Borisfen actually managed to put up a fight in the second period.

However, the Belorussians absolutely broke down right after the half-time break. Tarvas dominated all aspects of the game, and upped their lead to 35 in just the ten minutes. It would be hard for any team to jump back into the game after a quarter like that, and Borisfen could not get up after this knock-down.

The final minutes were merely a matter of formality, and Tarvas finally got their first win.

European Competitions: Leonavicius rakes in Weekly MVP

18.11.2016

A lot of exciting basketball from all over Europe! BBL.net keeps you up to date with what’s been going on with the eight clubs joining us come Playoffs in the weekly round-up.

7DAYS EuroCup

Lietkabelis successfully returned to EuroCup basketball after a week-long break with a win against MZT Skopje. Led by Gintaras Leonavicius, who came off the bench and was eventually named the weekly MVP with a 31 performance index rating, they managed an 87-80 win in Macedonia.

Basketball Champions League

Ventspils didn’t have the best performance in their road loss against ASVEL, as they crashed and burned in the second half despite being ahead at halftime. The French side ran off in the third quarter and managed to improve the lead in the final quarter as well. Final score: 68-83.

Juventus, on the other hand, achieved a great victory over Group D rivals Cibona. The Lithuanians dominated throughout the game and ended up finishing up by 24, scoring high to reach a 104-82 result. They are one of two teams on top of their group with 4 wins and 1 loss.

FIBA Europe Cup

It was an astonishingly high-scoring affair in Tigru Mures, where Vytautas took on BC Mures. After a hard-fought and fast-paced battle, the home side managed to take the win, defeating the Lithuanians 101-109.

Tartu was once again unsuccessful in Group E, as they were taken care of by Pau Lacq Orthez, 68-89. After a slow start, the Estonian side showed some signs of life after the break, but were ultimately rebuffed and left in the dust in the final ten minutes.

Siauliai faced Greek club APOEL and, this time, they weren't that far away from victory. Still a double-digit loss, but this one at least by a decent deficit, 65-76. Not much time to turn the season around for the Lithuanians, and they are said to be bringing in reinforcements.

TTU keep Borisfen winless

17.11.2016

TALLINN – Another loss now makes it five in a row for BBL newcomers Borisfen, as they fell short of TTU and were forced to an 97-60 defeat, making it five losses in a row.

While Borisfen jumped off to a good start, pushing ahead by 8, the first quarter didn’t really bode too well for the Byelorussians. TTU scored 37 points to leave Borisfen in their rear-view mirror.

While the second quarter was much closer, that wasn’t much of a consolation for the visiting side, as they entered the mid-way point down by 19. Even worse, that wasn’t even the end of their misery.

Borisfen didn’t manage to tame the TTU club and the margin expanded even more – after three quarters, they found themselves down by 25.

The fourth quarter proved to be the final piece to TTU’s biggest win this season, as the 25-13 quarter put the game to bed. It was a 97-60 score after 40 minutes of basketball.

Five players were in double-digit scoring for TTU, as Toomas Raadik led the cause with 17. Joonas Jarvelainen added 15, while  Silver Suurorg had 11. Sten Olmre and Ivalo Pajumets both finished the game with 10 points.

Maksim Kozlovets was the highest scorer on the other side, as he scored 12 points and added 12 rebounds to the total. Vytautas Kamarunas added 9, while the trio of Andrii Maysh, Yauheni Ivanou and Maksim Sazonau.

Liepaja/Triobet finish strong, improve to 3-2

16.11.2016

LIEPAJA – It was a closer game thab most expected in Liepaja, but the home side Liepaja/Triobet managed to overtake Port of Parnu, finish strong, and secure their third win, 90-76.

The Estonians started the game strong, making a couple three-pointers to take the lead to eight points five minutes into the game. Liepaja managed to cut the deficit to 5 before the quarter ended, but they were still not playing winning basketball.

That all changed in the second quarter, as the Latvian club jumped out to a 14-2 run to open up the quarter. 35 points scored in the quarter helped Liepaja/Triobet jump ahead by seven at halftime.

Port of Parnu managed to get closer in the third quarter and with just ten minutes remaining on the clock, it was still just a four point game. Nevertheless, Liepaja/Triobet got the best of their opponents in the final fourth and finally amassed a tangible lead with some excellent basketball in the final minutes.

Third quarter dominance makes it 4 straight for Ogre

15.11.2016

OGRE – What a whirlwind we witnessed in the matchup between Ogre/Kumho Tyre and Pieno Zvaigzdes. Two relatively close quarters, and a quarter of dominance from each side after the break, but it was the Latvians going out on top with an 89-84 win.

The two teams traded basket for basket in the first quarter. While it was first Ogre jumping ahead, a small run put the visiting Lithuanians on top at the end of the first, followed by a good start of the second quarter. Pieno Zvaigzdes had managed to amass an eight point advantage, but Ogre/Kumho Tyre managed to cut the deficit down to four before the break.

It was ALL Ogre in the third period, as they just flew past their opponents, turning the deficit into a 14-point advantage. They seemed on a roll and looked nearly unstoppable at times.

However, they were stopped for a fairly long time once the fourth quarter started. They managed just two points in the first six minutes and the lead shrank to just two.  Once they finally got back to scoring, Osvaldas Olisevicius open-fired, hitting two long-range shots to tie the game for Pieno Zvaigzdes.

Those threes did not go unanswered though, as the Latvians hit back with a couple long-range bombs of their own. The game turned into a free-throw shooting contest in the final minute or so, with time, and the lead, on Ogre’s side. The Latvians stayed calm, and ended up on top.

The home side will celebrate a great performance from Marcis Vitols, who had 19 points to lead the game in scoring. He also added 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Gints Antrops added 15, while Kristaps Plavnieks was good for 12. Guntis Sipolins scored 11, as Rihards Zebergs was strong beneath the boards with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

Osvaldas Olisevicius hit two important three-pointers in crunch time - part of his 15 point performance, but that just wasn’t enough. Derrick Low added 14 points and 6 assists, while Steponas Babrauskas chipped in with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Andriy Agafonov and Vilmantas Dilys were responsible for 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Borisfen kept under lock-down in Valmiera

15.11.2016

VALMIERA – Lock-down defense was the key for Valmiera/ORDO, as they secured the paint and set a new record for least points allowed, both in quarter, and in a full game in the game against Borisfen. They went on to win 60-46, destroying any hopes of a first victory for Borisfen.

Once again, Borisfen came out of the game strong, and by the end of the first quarter, had already attained a five-point advantage.

However, it all turned sour in the second quarter, as they found just one way to the basket... once. With a minute into the first quarter, they managed a lay-up and then kept silent for the rest of the quarter, all whilst allowing Valmiera/ORDO to score 16, and turn the deficit into a nine point lead.

The third quarter didn't do much to lift the mood in Borisfen's locker room, as Valmiera added another 8 points to their lead. With the margin set at 17 after three, it looked like it was all said and done.

Borisfen did manage to raise their scoring in the final period, but it way off from being enough, and they suffered another record-breaking loss.