European Competitions: Vytautas wins Baltic battle


Eight teams are currently participating in other European competitions and will join the Triobet BBL starting Play-offs.

To keep you up-to-date, brings you the latest international updates in a weekly round-up.

7DAYS EuroCup

After starting the season with two incredible victories, Lietkabelis have taken a step back in the last two games. This week, they faced undefeated Gran Canaria in Spain and fell far short of expectations with a lopsided 67-86 loss. They are still doing pretty well in Group A, standing in third with a 2-2 record.

VTB United League

Kalev/Cramo showed just how much home walls matter, as they got back on a winning path in their first game in the Saku Suurhall. The Estonians had no trouble taking Astana to school with an 84-67 victory that helped them get the record straight at 2-2.

Basketball Champions League

Ventspils were unfortunate when they faced Muratbey Usak Sportif in Turkey. In the game that they were truly hoping to win, the Latvians managed to let the victory slip out their fingers in the final minutes of play. The 69-75 loss pushes Ventspils down a couple spots with a 1-2 record.

The other Triobet BBL team competing in this tournament, Juventus had no luck this week either.  They were on the losing end against Iberostar Tenerife for 40 minutes and ultimately fell by a huge margin, 71-93.

FIBA Europe Cup

Two Triobet BBL clubs faced off in Group I of the FIBA Europe Cup, as Vytautas demolished Estonian side TLU/Kalev. It was never a close contest, as the Lithuanians earned a double-digit advantage already in the first quarter and just kept building on it. The final score shows no mercy, as Vytautas went out up by 43, 104-61. The two sides are on opposite ends of the standings at the moment.

Historically a team that would always fight for a podium finish in Lithuania, Siauliai are having the worst season in decades. Another loss in the FIBA Europe Cup, 90-108 against third-placed Czech basketball team BK Pardubice, now puts them at a 0-3 record, with hopes of qualification flying away.

Rapla stand strong against Barons in OT


It was a true thriller in Riga tonight, as Barons kvartals came back to push the game to overtime, but fell just short of Rapla and had to face a heartbreaking 80-86 loss on Wednesday evening.

It was a true thriller in Riga tonight, as Barons kvartals came back to push the game to overtime, but fell just short of Rapla and had to face a heartbreaking 80-86 loss on Wednesday evening.

The opening quarter was a seesaw affair, as one after the other team would take the lead. At the end of the quarter though, it was still nobody’s game with the score tied at 13.

Rapla opened up the second quarter with a nice run, helping them amass an 11 point lead. Nevertheless, Barons soon came racing back, trimming the deficit to just three in a matter of minutes.

The two sides were split by five points at the break, but Rapla once again did their best to get ahead, nailing a couple consecutive shots to bring back a 10 point advantage, which they managed to hold on to for most of third and half of the fourth quarter.

With five minutes on the clock, it was still a nine point game, but Davis Zonne drilled in two long-range bombs in 30 seconds to bring it down to just three. With time winding down, Rapla had the chance to put the game to bed at the free-throw line, but they missed their last three shots and allowed Kristaps Mediss to sink in the game-tying three.

Overtime was a different story though, as AVIS Rapla were doing all the right things. That helped them to a 7 point advantage and a calm final minute or two.

Thomas van der Mars once again had a great game, contributing 23 points and 12 rebounds. Rasham Suarez added 17 points, while Sven Kaldre was responsible for another 16. Indrek Kajupank had the team’s second double-double tonight, amassing 14 points and 10 rebounds.

On the losing side, Denis Krestinin had a wonderful game, as he reached an efficiency rating of 28 with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kristaps Mediss had another 14 points, while Davis Zonne scored 13, hitting 4-of-13 from beyond the arc. Davis Geks and Andris Epners chipped in with 12 each.

Rapla now improves to a 3-1 record, while Barons kvartals suffered their first loss and dropped to 2-1.

Nevezis seal the deal early in Liepaja


LIEPAJA – Clearly not the best of nights for Liepaja/Triobet, as they were destroyed in home territory by the visitors from Kedainiai, Nevezis. It was a high-scoring affair from early on and Nevezis ended up dominating 65-94 to seal their second victory in four attempts.

Nevezis started strong and just seven minutes into the quarter, already led by double-digits. Liepaja/Triobet tried fighting back but halftime seemed to be the breaking point. While it was still (just) 14 points separating the two sides after 20 minutes of basketball, Paulius Petrilevicius was just dominant. He scored 9 of the team’s first second half points and that helped them push the margin to 22.

There wasn’t much Liepaja could do to cut the deficit, as possession after possession ended with a basket for Nevezis before it reached a game-high 33 points.

Both teams now stand on the same level in Group A, as they hold 2 wins and 2 losses each.

Paulius Petrilevicius had a very good game today and despite his struggles at the free-throw line, he managed 23 points and 5 rebounds. Ignas Vaitkus contributed 14 points to the cause, while Jermaine Love was good with 12. Karolis Petrukonis and Ivan Smilijanic added 11 points each.                                                                                                    

Liepaja/Triobet was led by Davis Rozitis, as he tallied 15 points and 7 rebounds. Lateef Mcmullan and Arturs Ausejs added 12 each, while Ryan Cook ended the game with 10.

Pieno Zvaigzdes blow past Tarvas


PASVALYS – Pieno Zvaigzdes had no trouble keeping their loss column clean in the game against Tarvas, as they jumped to the top of the standings in Group B with an 81-54 victory over the visiting Estonians. They have now improved to 4-0, whilst Tarvas have yet to win a single game and hold a record of 0-4.

Tarvas stood no chance from the minute they got on the court, as Pieno Zvaigzdes immediately ran their lead up. It was already a double digit game after the ten opening mintues, and that meant Tarvas‘ woes had just started.

The second quarter was even more lopsided, as the Pasvalys side outscored their opponents by 16 and pushed the lead to 26 before halftime. The margin expanded to 29 before the final quarter and it was clear that all had been said and done already.

Pieno Zvaigzdes were led by a solid perfomance from Andriy Agafonov, who scored 15 points. Dennis Balentine added 13 to the tally, while Steponas Babrauskas ended the game with 11.

Justin Baker was the lone player in double digits for Tarvas, as he had 16 points. Timo Eichfuss and Sten Saaremael both chipped in with 8 points.

Jeromanovs comes up big, as Jurmala/Fenikss tab first win


PARNU – Two seaside clubs battled it out in Parnu, when local Port of Parnu matched up against Jurmala/Fenikss. The latter team had the edge for most of the game and ended up scoring their first victory this season, 64-72.

The two clubs traded blows like heavyweight boxers throughout the first quarter, as the lead changed hands 5 times just in the initial 10 minutes. It seemed neither team could get any breathing room, but two three-pointers to close the quarter did just that.

It was a nip-and-tuck affair in the second period as well and the score was tied at 35 at halftime.

Right out of the break, it was all Jurmala, as they got off to a 12-0 run to open the quarter and were out ahead by double-digits for the first time. Nevertheless, that did not last long, as three straight three-pointers put the game back into reach for TTU.

Once again, Jurmala/Fenikss started the quarter on a high note, scoring the ten opening points to push ahead by 14. The game was already out of reach, but TTU did not let that stop them from putting up a run to trim the lead to just 6 right before the game ended.

Edgars Jeromanovs had a solid game, as he put up 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Ugis Pinete was a solid wingman for him with 14 points, while Arturs Duselis ended the game in double-digit territory with 11.

On the losing side, Vaidotas Volkus led the way with 18 points to his name, while Teddy Okereafor chipped in with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Reinar Hallik added 12 points to the total.

Ogre take third straight win


TALLINN – Last week’s MVP Karlis Apsitis came up big against TTU and helped Ogre/Kumho Tyre reach their third consecutive victory. The Latvians managed a 71-83 win and run up the group standings with a record of 3-1.

The first quarter was very close, as both teams managed to make good plays and never looked to let loose.

Nevertheless, it took just a quarter for Ogre to assert themselves, as the second period seemed to be the breaking point of the game. The visitors increased their lead to double digits and enjoyed a 12 point lead at halftime following a great overall display.

Ogre Kumho/Tyre started the third quarter just as well, running their lead up to 19. Nonetheless, TTU had other plans, as they got off to a 15-4 run of their own and managed to trim the deficit to just 7 before the quarter ended.

But then came Apsitis… The forward scored 8 of his 14 points in the final quarter to push his team to victory, as the visitors celebrated for the third time in a row.

Marcis Vitols was the leading scorer with 15 points for Ogre, while Apsitis added 14 points and another 14 rebounds. Gints Antrops also chipped in with 14, while Rihards Zebergs came off the bench to add 12.

Joonas Jarvelainen once again put on a great display, scoring 22 points, while Toomas Raadik added 14 points and 9 rebounds. Nikola Vujovic ended the game with 11 point and as many rebounds, while Sander Saare finished with 10 points.

Jekabpils hand Valmiera first loss in style


VALMIERA – Playing without the October MVP Martins Laksa proved to be too much of a challenge for Valmiera/ORDO, as they were dismantled by Latvian foes Jekabpils, 59-78. That marked the first loss for Valmiera, as they now hold a 2-1 record.

Valmiera had thing going their way early on, but that did not last long, as Jekabpils reacted with a 16-0 run to jump ahead by double digits.

The home side managed to get back into the game and actually jump ahead just a couple minutes into the second quarter, but once again a bad run knocked them back a mile.

It was still just a two point game 26 minutes into the game, but that’s when Jekabpils got really hot. Another big run, this time 13-0 helped them regain control of the game and allowed some breathing space for the visitors.

The fourth quarter was no better for Valmiera, as Jekabpils kept on increasing the margin, sprinting to the finish.

Three players – Oskars Virsis, Andrejs Selakovs and Roberts Stumbris – scored 13 points apiece, leading Jekabpils to the victory, while the latter two also added 9 rebounds to the total. Jurijs Aleksejevs was also strong amongst the boards, as he chipped in with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Janis Antrops ended the game with 10.

On the other end, Raimonds Gabrans was the main man, as he scored 15. Janis Kaufmanis added 12 points to the tally, while both Lauris Blaus and Akselis Vairogs ended the game with 10.

Valmiera's Laksa takes October MVP honors


On arguably the best team in the league at the moment, Martins Laksa has been doing incredible things throughout the first month of Triobet BBL basketball. The forward has proved to be a huge piece of Valmiera’s game on both sides of the court and has thus earned the Player of the Month honors for the month of October.

His efficient play led the Latvian champions to two victories in as many attempts, as Laksa himself averaged 22 points and 5.5 rebounds. What impresses most is his accuracy attacking the basket – the swingman has made 75 percent (9/12) of his two-point attempts and 72.7 percent (8/11) long-range attempts.

Laksa’s best game came against Tarvas, as Valmiera/ORDO blew their opponents out of the water, taking an 85-52 victory. He scored 23 points, tore down 8 rebounds and dished out 3 assists, amassing 31 ranking points.

The Player of the Month award will be handed to Martins before his team takes on Pieno Zvaigzdes on the 8th of November.

Meanwhile, Valmiera will be hoping his successful play carries on into November, as they take on Jekabpils tonight. Both teams have showed to be contenders so far and it should be one of the most interesting matchups of the regular season.

Triobet BBL Player of the Week – Karlis Apsitis


While you shouldn’t single out individuals in a great team performance, it would have been much harder for the Ogre/Kumho Tyre to bounce back from a losing start with two victories without Karlis Apsitis’ terrific play. That is why we have him as our Triobet BBL Player of the Week this time around.

In the win 77:59 victory against Borisfen, the 24-year-old forward scored 21 points on near-perfect shooting (9/10 FG), added 6 rebounds and dished out 3 assists to secure an efficiency rating of 28.

Karlis has been amazing for quite a while now, as he’s averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals per game in the three matches that he’s played in.

Right behind him in second place was Lithuanian big Denis Krestinin, as he put up another strong effort in a winning performance. The Barons kvartals big man scored just 10 points but was at it in every aspect of the game. He tore down 9 rebounds to nearly reach a double-double and was a pest on defense swiping away the ball 5 times.

TTU’s Joonas Jarvelainen comes in at a close third with a great showcase against Estonian foes Tarvas. The forward scored 21 points, added 9 rebounds and ended the game with 23 rating points.

Triobet BBL Weekly Review: Volume 3


Add six more games under the belt in the new Triobet BBL season, as we reach yet another Sunday. presents the highlights of this week in the third volume of the Triobet BBL Weekly Review.

MVP. After a losing start to the season, Ogre/Kumho Tyre‘s fortunes have taken a swing, as they secured their last two victories. This week not only did they tab another win, but Karlis Apsitis also got an individual award, grabbing the weekly MVP honors. The forward scored 21 points on near-perfect shooting and added 6 rebounds to secure an efficiency rating of 28.

HOT. When it comes to looking for a definition of a hot hand, look no further than the whole Barons kvartals team in their victory over Nevezis. The Latvians shot at a spectacular 67 percent clip from behind the arc, nailing 14-of-21 attempts. Krsitaps Mediss led the team in that department, knocking down 5 of his 7 shots and scoring 22 points in just 19 minutes of basketball off the bench.

One free-throw. That‘s all the forementioned Borisfen managed to come through with in their last game against Jekabpils. Maksim Kozlovets made one of his six free-throw shots and had the highest percentage in the whole team with 17 percent.

DEBUT. Not a debut week they had hoped for for Borisfen, for sure. The Triobet BBL newcomers lost all three of their games by an average margin of 32 points and dropped to the very bottom of Group B alongside Tarvas, who also hold a 0-3 record.

BLOWOUT. Borisfen making the headlines, again. Jekabpils win against the Belorussians marked the biggest winning (losing) margin in this season‘s record book. It was also the highest scoring performance in the league. By the way, Borisfen also set the record for least points scored in a single quarter in another game, but that‘s a different story.

Three more games await on Tuesday and Wednesday each, as we‘ve got some truly exciting matchups on the schedule. Stay tuned.