PASVALYS – We got more than we hoped for in the most anticipated game of the night, as it ended in a double OT. Jekabpils turned up the heat in the final quarter, as they mounted a monstrous come-back to extend the game, but left the court with their heads down after a second overtime finished with a Pieno Zvaigzdes 104-103 win.
The first half was as tight as they come, both teams trading blow for blow, as the lead changed hands a staggering 12 times in the first ten minutes alone.
Neither side managed to run away in the second quarter either, and we truly saw a battle between two worthy opponents. The lead changed hands a further 7 times before the end of the half, but it was Pasvalys holding on to a slim margin, 41-38.
The Lithuanians got off to a good start after the break and improved the lead to 7, making it the biggest lead of the game at that time.
It was a bit of a change of scenery in the second half, as Pieno Zvaigzdes improved the margin to 17 points in just the third quarter. However that was not the end of it.
Jekabpils responded with 10 dominant minutes of basketball and quickly cut the home side’s advantage. With a minute to go, the deficit was finally cut to just a single point and Pieno Zvaigzdes couldn’t respond. However, with 15 second on the clock Roberts Stumbris only managed to tie the game up with one free-throw of two reaching its target.
The Lithuanians couldn’t make use of the remaining time, and the game went to OT. The two sides traded basket for basket in extra time, but the game was still going nowhere, as the scoreboard lit up with 93-93 after 45 minutes of play.
Pieno Zvaigzdes started the second overtime with five straight points, advancing the score to 98-93, but Rinalds Sirsnins was there for the Latvian side, helping his team stay competitive. They managed to tie the game up with a minute to go and finally pulled ahead with a three from Stumbris giving them a 100-103 advantage.
Pieno Zvaigzdes managed to defend from several attacks from their opponents and that gave them the chance to regain the lead, 104-103. Jekabpils’ final attempt was blocked and the Pasvalys side celebrated a victory in what might be the game of the year.
Pieno Zvaigzdes were led by Andriy Agafonov, who scored 27 points, tore down 7 rebounds and recorded 5 blocks. Egidijus Dimsa added 16, while Steponas Babrauskas and Derrick Low ended the game with 12, as the latter also added 9 assists.
Rinalds Sirsnins was the top scorer for Jekabpils, as he tallied 22. Janis Antrops added 18 points, while Pavels Veselovs ended the game with 15. Jurijs Aleksejevs chipped in with 14 points and 9 rebounds.
KEDAINIAI – It took just one quarter for Nevezis to turn the game against Rapla into a blow-out, as they dominated the final ten minutes to achieve a 92-72 victory.
For most of the first quarter, it was a very close game, neither side able to run off with a tangible lead. Nevertheless, the final minute was more in favor of the hosts, as they jumped ahead by four.
The Kedainiai squad managed to double their lead at the start of the second quarter with a couple of great possessions. As the first half unfolded, the lead grew, and two quarters in, it was a double-digit affair, as Nevezis held a 10-point advantage.
Nevezis’ lead soon vanished in the second half, as Rapla got hot immediately out of the break. The 10-point margin quickly turned into just a three point spread. The result of the third quarter brought the Estonians hope.
However, that hope was short-lived, as Nevezis responded well and dominated the final quarter, quickly amassing an insurmountable lead. The game turned into a blow-out in just a quarter, as the Lithuanian side triumphed by a twenty point spread.
OGRE – The game in Ogre unusually ended after 27 minutes of basketball today, as the backboard broke after Guntis Sipolins' dunk. Ogre/Kumho Tyre couldn't manage to replace the basket in a timely manner, meaning it would be a 20-0 win for Tarvas/Palmse Metall.
The verdict was reached in accordance to Triobet BBL Regulations, section 6.13, "In case the backboard of the basket is broken during the game, the home team must provide its replacement in approximately 30 (thirty) minutes, but no later than in 45 (forty five) minutes: game lost by forfeit."
JURMALA – Although overshadowed by other events in the Triobet BBL, today Jurmala/Fenikss secured a very important victory against Group A rivals Port of Parnu, 61-56, despite getting off to a rough start.
While it all started out fairly close, Port of Parnu soon managed to take control, as they rocketed ahead in the final minutes of the first quarter with an 8-0 run, giving them a 20-11 advantage.
The margin increased to a game-high 12 points in the second quarter, but the Jurmala side were far from breaking down completely.
After the break, the Latvians managed to cut into the deficit very quickly, and nothing but three points separated the two clubs after three quarters.
Jurmala/Fenikss completed the comeback in the final quarter, as they tied it up on the 33rd minute and then jumped ahead. The final minutes were nerve-wrecking for both sides, as neither team managed to get anything to fall.
That was in favor of the Latvian team, of course, as they eventually got the victory.
Arturs Strelnieks was the leading scorer for Jurmala, as he tallied 14 points and 5 rebounds. Meanwhile, Jekabps Rozitis added 12, while Ugis Pinete chipped in with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
On the other side, it was Vaidotas Volkus with the best offensive output, as he scored 16 points. Saimon Sutt, Reinar Hallik and Norman Kabin added 9 points apiece.
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MVP. Thomas van der Mars had done it again. A third Player of the Week award for the Dutchman after he put up an immense performance with 12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists. This performance helped AVIS Rapla win for the fourth time in five games.
RECORD. Denis Krestinin would have claimed the MVP title this week had his team outperformed Parnu. The Lithuanian big man was absolutely incredible fighting in the paint, as he broke this season’s BBL record for most rebounds. Krestinin tore down 18 boards, while also accounting for 15 of Barons’ points.
OUT. The first stage of the FIBA Europe Cup is done, and three Baltic clubs have already been knocked out. Siauliai, TLU/Kalev and Tartu finished the season with a combined record of 0-14, as they were bottomfeeders of their respective groups.
THRILLER. The game between Jekabpils and TTU took an unexpected turn in the final quarter, as the Estonians raced back into contention. With three minutes remaining, it was still a 12-point game for Jekabpils, but TTU mounted an impressive run to bring the game within one-shot range. Nevertheless, they just ran out of time and Jekabpils squeezed by with a win.
COMEBACK. In the other game of that same day, we did see an even greater comeback. With two minutes remaining Barons still had the upper hand with a 9-point advantage, yet Port of Parnu did not let up, and started hitting everything. Literally, they did not miss a single shot. The game went on to OT, where Parnu proved to be the better side.
A beast amongst the boards, say no more. Thomas van der Mars has once again been chosen the Triobet BBL Player of the Week with another terrific performance. It was his work under the boards that ensured AVIS Rapla’s win against visiting Jurmala/Fenikss.
Van der Mars had a typical double-double, with superb efficiency. The big man scored 12 points, tore down 15 rebounds and added 3 steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists as the cherry on top. The efficiency rating of 28 puts him number one this week, and makes him the league’s runner-up in efficiency overall, falling behind to just Denis Krestinin, who would actually have claimed the trophy had his team won.
The 26-year-old Dutchman is averaging a steady double-double of 18.2 points (5th in the league) and 11.6 rebounds (3rd in the league), while also chipping in with 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
While there were just three games played this week, Thomas van der Mars faced some stiff competition from Jurijs Aleksejevs. The Jekabpils’ forward was just behind with 27 efficiency points, as he scored 19 points and added 5 boards, 5 assists and 3 blocks to the tally.
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The regular season of the 7DAYS EuroCup is soon coming to a close with just two games remaining, but Lietkabelis have already secured a ticket to the next round, despite a 68-69 loss against Cedevita Zagreb this week. The Lithuanians managed to erase a double-digit deficit, but just didn’t have enough in them to see out the game, falling short by one point.
VTB United League
Kalev/Cramo faced European powerhouse CSKA Moscow and didn’t really have too much of a chance at victory. The Russian team was far superior in nearly every aspect of the game and enjoyed a 68-87 win. This loss drops Kalev/Cramo’s record to 2-4.
Basketball Champions League
Ventspils secured a somewhat unexpected win against Lithuanian silver medalists Neptunas, who were previously unbeaten in the tournament. Led by Willie Deane, who scored 22, the Latvians managed to pull through in the final quarter, as they secured their third victory in six games, 66-61.
The other Baltic team in the tournament– Juventus, continue to dominate the standings. This time, their victory did not come easy, as they managed to squeeze past KK Mornar, 75-73, as the Montenegrins mounted a fourth quarter comeback. With a 5-1 record, the Utena side is currently the sole leaders of Group D.
FIBA Europe Cup
The first stage of the FIBA Europe Cup has come to a close, and three of four Triobet BBL teams will not move on in the competition, as only Vytautas managed to show some quality in the group stage.
Vytautas’ latest victory comes in against fellow Baltic club TLU/Kalev, which they absolutely demolished by a huge margin. 96-55 road win for the league’s highest-scoring team and a well-deserved ticket to the next round.
The three other teams – Siauliai, Tartu and the aforementioned TLU/Kalev – combined for a horrible record of 0-14.
Siauliai, however, did show some improvements in their sixth straight loss, and were just a couple steps away from victory. They faced Czech club BK Pardubice and were eventually taken care of, 85-89.
Tartu ended their FIBA Europe Cup campaign with their fourth loss already last week, as they had to face defeat at the hands of Pau-Lacq-Orthez.
RAPLA – Jurmala/Fenikss went down for the fourth time in five games after breaking down in the second half. AVIS Rapla managed to take control in the third quarter and secured a 70-56 win in the only Triobet BBL game on Wednesday evening.
It all started out tit-for-tat, as the two sides held no more than a four point margin in the first quarter. We didn’t see too much of a different sight in the second quarter either, although Rapla had managed to get marginally ahead when they got off to an 8-2 start to the quarter. Nevertheless, the six-point lead didn’t hold long, and once again, we had a neck to neck race.
The Estonians finally managed to create some breathing space in the middle of the third quarter, as a 13-2 run finally pushed their lead to double-digits. Three quarters in, it was a nine point game.
AVIS Rapla started the final quarter on a high note, as they extended their margin to 15 after three minutes. Jurmala/Fenikss did not manage to cut into the deficit and went down for the fourth time.
Thomas van der Mars made another strong claim for the Player of the Week honors with an unbelievable performance under the rim. The big man scored 12 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, amassing an efficiency rating of 28.
Indrek Kajupank added 18 points, while Sven Kaldre and Domen Bratoz had 16 and 11, respectively.
Arturs Strelnieks was the leading scorer for Jurmala/Fenikss with 13 points, while Edgars Jeromanovs chipped in with 11. He was also responsible for half of the team’s assists – 6, but also committed 9 turnovers.
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.
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.