OGRE – Spurred by an excellent Karlis Apsitis performance, Ogre/Kumho Tyre rolled all over Borisfen, registering a 77-59 victory in Group B of the Triobet BBL on Thursday evening.
The 24-year-old Apsitis finished the game with 21 points and six rebounds, as the Latvian club improved to a 2-1 record in the standings, while the team from Belarus dropped to 0-2.
After winning the opening quarter 19-10, Ogre did not take their foot off the gas pedal and increased the gap between the teams to 39-18 at the halftime break, leaving Borisfen a steep hill to climb.
The second half didn’t change much in the course of the game. With the game already in the bag for Ogre, the visitors did marginally win the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.
The Latvians did quite a lot of damage in transition, outscoring their Belarusian opponents 20-7 in points turnovers, despite comparable numbers in the turnover category for both sides
In addition to an excellent game by Apsitis, his teammates Gints Antrops and Guntis Sipolins added 15 points apiece, with the latter also grabbing nine boards.
Meanwhile, Lithuanian guard Vytautas Kamarunas set the pace for the visitors with 14 points on subpar 5-of-17 shooting, while Yaugeni Suhaniaka added 13 points and 6 boards.
RAKVERE – TTU got their first victory in three tries, as they managed to defeat Tarvas in hostile territory, 74-62. Tarvas now dropped to a 0-3 record and are one of a few teams still without a win.
TTU got hot early and jumped to a double-digit lead just ten minutes into the game. Tarvas regained some ground in the second quarter though, as they managed to cut the deficit in half, as the scoreboard showed 30-35 in favor of the visitors.
Nevertheless, TTU once again came out stronger after a break. They pushed the margin back to double-digits and looked fully in control.
Tarvas made a couple attempts to get back at them, but ultimately were rebuffed and TTU celebrated a 12-point victory.
KEDAINIAI – Barons kvartals got off to a good start, bashing past their opponents in the first half of the game and then coasted to a 95-84 victory against Nevezis on Wednesday night.
Barons kvartals had no trouble finding good looks from downtown throughout the game, as they buried 6 three-pointers in the first quarter alone. That helped them amass a 20-10 lead after ten minutes.
They added another four three-pointers in the second quarter, as their aggressive play on both ends of the court pushed their lead to 21 at halftime.
The margin reached 28 midway through the third period and it seemed all said and done at that point. Nevertheless, Nevezis put up a series of successful plays and carved down the lead. It was never going to be a close game, but the Lithuanians at least made the score bearable.
Barons kvartals made three pointers at an incredible 14-of-21 three-pointers and that opened up the way for easier paths to the basket.
LIEPAJA – Liepaja/Triobet bounced back from a rough start and came back to dominate AVIS Rapla in their second victory in three games. The Latvians jumped ahead in the second quarter and never looked back, taking the 78-54 win in the second game of Tuesday evening.
Rapla started the game off well, jumping to an early lead and a 7-point advantage after the opening quarter. The second quarter, however, was a complete opposite, as Liepaja/Triobet easily dwindled down the lead and soon jumped ahead.
The MVP of the first week Tomas van der Mars was lighting it up in the first half for Rapla though, as he tallied 16 points and 6 rebounds just in the initial twenty minutes. He was the main reason his team still stayed competitive after a horrendous second quarter.
Liepaja continued their successful run in the second half, as they built up to a double-digit advantage. Rapla made attempts at a comeback, but they were quickly rebuffed by the Latvians.
By the time the fourth quarter started, it was already a 20-point advantage and Liepaja/Triobet was more than in control. They took care of their lead and finished the game with a solid lead.
Lateef Mcmullan showed up once again for Liepaja, as he scored 21 points, dished out 8 assists and added 4 rebounds to the tally. Roberts Krastins added 15 points, while Devonta Pollard chipped in with 11.
On the other side, it was Tomas van der Mars leading the way. After an outstanding first half, he was closed down in the second and ended the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Domen Bratoz was the only other player with double-digit scoring, as he contributed 10 points.
PASVALYS - It was certainly a night to forget for Borisfen on their Triobet BBL debut. The Belarusian newcomers had a nightmare of an evening and were absolutely destroyed in Pasvalys, as Pieno Zvaigzdes came out on top with this season‘s biggest win, 102-68.
While Borisfen started the game pretty well, and kept their heads above the water with a two point lead after the first quarter.
The second and third quarters were a totally different matter though, as Pieno Zvaigzdes rose to a 20-point lead in the second quarter alone and pushed the margin to the mid thirties.
Borisfen‘s defense was non-existant throughout the game and Pieno Zvaigzdes reached the 100-point mark quite early in the fourth quarter. Obviously, the final minutes were merely a formality and the Lithuanian side achieved a wonderful victory to push their record to 2-0.
Seven players reached double-digit scoring for the Pasvalys side, as Ignas Fiodorovas was the leading scorer with 13 points. Justas Tamulis, Vilmantas Dilys and Karolis Babkauskas all chipped in with 12 points apiece, while Steponas Babrauskas, Dennis Balentine and Egidijus Dimsa added 11 points each.
On the other side, Maksim Kozlovets did most of the hard work, as he led the game with 27 points in his account. Yauheni Ivanou added 12, while Vytautas Kamarunas chipped in with 11
Two weeks of basketball have flown by like it was nothing. Five more games were played this week, so let’s round up the highlights in the second edition of the Triobet BBL Weekly Review.
MVP. Davis Rozitis marked his team’s first victory with an outstanding performance against Jurmala/Fenikss. The Liepaja/Triobet forward contributed in all aspects of the game, as he scored 20 points, tore down 7 rebounds and did a good job keeping his teammates involved, dishing out 6 assists. Rozitis finished the game with a week-best 27 rating points.
FIRST WIN. While there were a couple teams notching their first victories of the season, there was none more important than Ogre/Kumho Tyre’s. The Latvian side came out firing with all cylinders and totally dominated the game against Tarvas, coasting to a 101-79 win.
100. As you might have suspected, Ogre was also the first team to reach triple-digit scoring this season. Seven players reached double-digit scoring, as Kristaps Plavnieks and Gints Antrops led the way with 16 points each.
CRASH. Jekabpils seemed to be doing pretty well to start the game and were up by double-digits at halftime, yet the situation spiraled out of control after the break, as Pieno Zvaigzdes made it a 15-point turnaround in the two final quarters.
ON POINT. Liepaja/Triobet barely got through their Latvian foes from Jurmala and it was mostly due to their lights-out shooting from downtown. They hit three-pointers at an impressive 55 percent clip, nailing 11 out of 20 to win the game by five.
EUROPE. Not much luck for most of the eight Triobet BBL teams competing in other European competitions, as only two of them – Juventus and Lietkabelis – scored a victory this past week. All eight teams will join the rest of the league come playoffs.
Six games are scheduled for the week, as Delfi TV and Sportacentrs.com have the broadcasts taken care of. As usual, the first game will be played on Tuesday, followed by a couple more days of basketball.
Besides the 14 teams participating in the Triobet BBL regular season, there are another 8 clubs that will join them in the Play-Offs.
The 8 teams are currently participating in other European competitions and to keep you up-to-date, BBL.net brings you the latest international updates in a weekly round-up.
Lietkabelis is the only Triobet BBL team participating in the EuroCup, and they’ve been doing extremely well on the international stage so far. After a buzzer-beating victory against MZT Skopje Aerodrom in the first round, Lietkabelis now defeated Cedevita 80-76 to jump atop Group A with a 2-0 record.
VTB United League
The only team to participate in the VTB United League, Kalev/Cramo, has already had two games there. They started off with an 86-72 win against Parma, but were unable to follow up with a victory this week, as they fell far short of Zenit, losing 89-73.
Juventus and Ventspils made their Champions League debut this week. Juventus enjoyed a nice start to their European campaign with an impressive 91-84 victory against French powerhouse SIG, as Gytautas Sirutavicius lit up the court with 5 three-pointers.
Ventspils didn’t have as much luck though. The Latvians suffered a heartbreaking last-second loss against Oldenburg, as Ricky Paulding tipped the ball in right before the buzzer to make it 77-76.
FIBA Europe Cup
It wasn’t the best start of the week for the clubs in the FIBA Europe Cup, as all TLU/Kalev, TU/Rock and Siauliai suffered defeats, while Vytautas await next week to make their debut.
TLU/Kalev squared off against Romanian club BC Mures and were in the game for two quarters, when their opponents finally managed to break free. Horrendous shooting from the field led to a 70-58 Group I loss for the Estonians.
Siauliai have been struggling in all their tournaments and didn’t have much luck this week either, as they were tossed around by Tsmoki-Minsk in their Group J matchup. The Lithuanians ended up losing by 15, 86-71, but really had no chance throughout the game.
The one team that came really close to a win was TU/Rock. The Estonians still had the lead with four seconds remaining, yet came up just short and lost to Austrian club Redwell Gunners 77-78.
The second week's games of the new Triobet Baltic Basketball league season are finished. The Player of the Week honors, which are given for the best individual performance on a winning team, go to Liepāja/Triobet starting forward Davis Rozitis this time around.
JURMALA – Two winless clubs faced off in the Latvian seaside in the Group A matchup on Wednesday evening and it was the visiting Liepaja/Triobet that managed to come out on top. They stayed calm and nabbed an 81-76 win against hosting Jurmala/Fenikss.
It was a close affair from the very opening minute, as the teams traded blows back and forth. Trailing four, the home side put up a 9-0 run in just over a minute to jump ahead, but were thrown back with a couple of successful plays from Liepaja/Triobet.
Neither side managed to put up a strong enough quarter to get away before halftime and the margin kept swinging between two and four points in Liepaja’s favor.
Neither of the clubs could get any separation after halftime and it was apparent the game would go down to the wire. Mid-way through the quarter it was still all tied up, but that’s when Jurmala/Fenikss started messing up: they kept turning the ball over and missing shot after shot.
They were held scoreless for four minutes until they finally made a basket with 40 seconds on the clock, but Roberts Krastins' three-pointer on the other side of the court put the game to bed.
Davis Rozitis was the key man in the victory for Liepaja, as he tallied 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Lateef Mcmullan was also impressive with 18 points and 9 assists, while Arturs Ausejs added 17 points to the total.
It was another Rozitis, Jekabs, leading the way on the other side. He scored 21 points and added 7 rebounds but that was ultimately insufficient. Viktors Iljins added 16 points and 8 rebounds to the boxscore, while Edgars Jeromanovs showcased an all-around performance with 10 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.
RAKVERE – Triobet BBL newcomer Ogre/Kumho Tyre tabbed their first ever victory in the league in spectacular fashion, becoming the first club to hit triple digits with a 101-79 victory against struggling Tarvas.
It all started very promising for the Latvian club, as they raced ahead from the very first minutes. They managed to tally a 9-point lead in the first ten minutes and just continued building on that throughout the game.
The second quarter brought even more dominance to the court, as Tarvas couldn’t do much to stop their opponents. The margin quickly rose to an indecent 21 points at halftime.
It seemed Tarvas had come alive after the break, going on a run to cut the margin to 14, but all their efforts were very soon rebuffed. Ogre/Kumho Tyre closed out the game strong and secured their first ever Triobet BBL win.