Yet another action-packed week has flown by, with some thrilling matches, including Barons/LDz’s first victory, being played. Let’s take a look at the greatest performances of the week in the fifth volume of the Triobet BBL Weekly Review!
JUST AS THEY WERE. Two teams continue their successful Triobet BBL campaigns with a perfect record of 5-0 in Group B. However, the streak is about to end for either Vytautas or Liepaja/Triobet, as the two undefeated clubs face off on Wednesday. Meanwhile, TTU and Port of Parnu have yet to secure their first victory and sit at the very bottom of their groups.
ADVANTAGE. Home-court advantage proves to be a major factor in the Triobet BBL week in, week out. All six matches were won by the home side this week, thus improving the combined home record to 23-13.
DOMINANCE. A new season rebounding record was set in Riga, where Barons/LDz’s Malcolm Rhett tore down season-high 16 rebounds against Port of Parnu in the team’s first victory of the season.
FIBA EUROPE CUP. All in all, it was a solid week in the European front for the Triobet BBL clubs, as three of four match-ups went to the Baltic clubs. Ventspils and Pieno Zvaigzdes captured victories in their respective groups, while Juventus defeated TU/Rock. The back-to-back champions Siauliai, however, were unsuccessful against Slask Wroclaw.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK. Edgars Jeromanovs had a terrific game against Tarvas, as he willed his team to a victory with a 30-point performance for Jurmala/Fenikss. The guard had no trouble pulling the trigger from beyond the arc and converted on six-of-eleven shots. While his scoring from closer range wasn’t as efficient, Edgars also added 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals to fill out the boxscore and push the total ranking to 28.
There are five Triobet BBL clubs participating in the inaugural edition of the FIBA Europe Cup. However, they will only join Triobet BBL Play-Offs if they fail to qualify for the elimination stage in the continental competition. To keep you up-to-date with situation of our clubs, BBL.net brings you the latest international updates in a weekly round-up.
Helios Suns 72-81 Ventspils
It was another victorious week for Ventspils in Europe, as the Latvian side moved to a 4-0 record in Group I after overcoming Helios Suns 81-72 on the road in Slovenia. Maris Gulbis was the top scorer for the winners with 16 points, Artis Ate finished the game with 12 points and four assists, as Damier Pitts had 11 points.
Pieno Zvaigzdes 74-71 PGE Turow Zgorzelec
After starting the season with two losses, Pieno Zvaigzdes got another win in Group I after taking care of business 74-71 against the visiting PGE Turow Zgorzelec in Pasvalys. Zygimantas Skucas spearheaded the Lithuanian team’s late comeback with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, Laurynas Samenas collected 14 points, while Andriy Agafonov scored 11.
Juventus 66-60 TU/Rock
Juventus put together a big fourth-quarter run to nip TU/Rock, taking a 66-60 home victory in all-Baltic clash in Group L. After four rounds, both teams share an identical 2-2 record, with TU/Rock holding the tie-breaker, having won the first game in Tartu by nine points.
Spencer Butterfield was on fire for the Lithuanian side with 23 points and six rebounds, Rolandas Alijevas collected 14 points, while Edgaras Zelionis added 12 points and six boards for Juventus. Meanwhile, Gert Dorbek had a team-high 18 points for TU/Rock, as Brian Harper and Evaldas Zabas collected 12 and 11 points respectively.
Siauliai 80-97 Slask Wroclaw
After earning two solid wins in a row, Siauliai could not keep the run going this week. Slask Wroclaw side from Poland proved to be superior, as they came away with a 97-80 in Group M action. The loss puts Siauliai in a difficult position, but wins in the remaining games would still seem them progress.
Michael Scott led the hosts in scoring with 15 points, Gintaras Leonavicius added 12 points, while Karolis Guscikas was close to a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds to his name.
PANEVEZYS – A spirited team effort by Lietkabelis was what it took to hand Valmiera/ORDO its first defeat of the season in Triobet BBL, as the Lithuanian side triumphed 73-65 in a game between Group A leaders.
The win allowed Lietkabelis to climb to the top of the group after improving to a 5-1 record, while Valmiera/ORDO dropped to a 4-1 mark.
The hosts started the game with an unorthodox line-up and with Mile Ilic taking the place of Arturas Valeika and the decision by Gintaras Kadziulis brought results early, with Lietkabelis taking control of the game.
Although Valmiera/ORDO evened things up at 18-18 after a slow start, the Lithuanians broke away once again to take a 44-30 advantage into the halftime break after winning the second period by 14 points.
Switching to zone defense worked wonders for the Valmiera club, with the deficit melting to four points at one stage in the third period, but a great stretch by Ilic allowed Lietkabelis to restore a double-digit lead.
Mile Ilic had his best game of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing six boards, Brandon Wood collected 15 points and five assists, while the versatile big man Arturas Valeika chipped in with 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
For Valmiera/ORDO, Aigars Skele had a team-high 17 points, five rebounds and five assists, his brother Armands Skele scored 13 points and grabbed eight boards, with Arturs Berzins adding 10 points in a foul-plagued 17 minutes of action.
LIEPAJA – A tough battle between Liepaja/Triobet and Tarvas was in store today, as the Latvian club managed to stay perfect with a 79-73 victory at home.
Liepaja earned a two-possesion lead in the opening quarter, as they led 20-15. The lead, however, did not stand for long, as the Estonians raced back and jumped ahead just before halftime.
The lead turned back to Liepaja‘s favor in the third quarter, as a good run allowed them to amass an 8-point margin. Tarvas managed to cut down on the deficit in the last minutes of the quarter and continued pushing ahead in the final minutes.
The visitors got as close as a single point but any efforts to take control of the lead were rebuffed by the Liepaja side.
Gints Antrops knocked in the final nail to the coffin with a three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining to push the lead to four. Tarvas couldn‘t answer back and all that was left was fouling to stop the clock. Zack Stephan converted on the free-throws and cemented the narrow victory.
Arnolds Helmanis was the top scorer for Liepaja/Triobet with 20 points to his name. Kristopher Richard stuffed the stat-sheet with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals, while Zack Stephan recorded a double double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Radomir Marojevic had 17 points in his tally, while Reinis Strupovics added 11. Nemanja Maric was not too far off from a triple-double with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
PRIENAI – In a high-scoring game, Vytautas had no problems taking care of business against Barsy, as the Prienai-Birstonas club registered a 93-69 victory against the Kazakh side in a Group B game on Wednesday.
It was the fifth victory in as many games for Vytautas in Triobet BBL, while Barsy dropped to a 2-3 record.
It was all about offense right from the tip-off, with both sides putting up big numbers in the opening quarter, after which the hosts found themselves up 29-23.
Having increased the gap to double-digits before the interval, Vytautas started the second half with a 56-44 advantage, with Laimonas Kisielius dropping 16 points in the first two periods.
The story of the game remained unchanged in the second part of the game and Vytautas sailed home with the win, after increasing their advantage to 74-58 in the third period.
Kisielius finished the game with 18 points and five assists, Sarunas Vasiliauskas added 13 points and four assists, while Vaidas Cepukaitis scored 13 points and grabbed seven boards.
At the same time, Lithuanian veteran and three-time Baltic champion Dainius Salenga made his return to Prienai, where he last played in 2013. The 38-year-old forward scored 9 points and dished out four assists in 21 minutes of action.
Meanwhile, Michael Burwell was the leading scorer for Barsy with 16 points and Ryan Cook added 14 points, four rebounds and six assists.
RIGA – After having lost the three initial games, Barons/LDz finally managed to come out on top, as they edged Port of Parnu 73-65 in the group A matchup on Wednesday.
The first quarter predicted a close game, as Parnu sneaked ahead by just two points after the first ten minutes. The Latvians were dominant in the second quarter, though, winning the stretch 21-12.
While a 7-point lead at halftime was clearly no indication of a win, Barons/LDz soon doubled that margin and were up ahead by 15 with less than half the third quarter remaining. When it all seemed to be slipping away, Port of Parnu got off to a run, cutting their deficit to just four with a 10-0 run.
Barons/LDz were solid in the final quarter, as they kept a safe distance of at least two-three possessions throughout the period and managed to secure the victory with no extra drama.
Arturs Ausejs was impressive for the victors, as he tallied 26 points, including seven long-range shots. Roberts Freimanis added 11 to the total and was the only other player in double-digit scoring for Barons/LDz. Malcolm Rhett had a dominant night amongst the backboards, as he recorded 16 rebounds to go along his 6 points.
Paulius Petrilevicius had another solid outing for Parnu, as he scored 21 points and added 8 rebounds. Andrew Warren added 17 points and 7 boards, while Rain Raadik was good for 14 points and another 7 rebounds.
RAPLA – AVIS Rapla returned to winning ways in Triobet BBL after handling the visiting TLU Kalev in an all-Estonian Group A clash 68-57 on Tuesday evening.
Both teams came into the game with an identical 2-2 record, but it was the hosts who used the opportunity to climb to third place in the standings, having improved to 3-2.
For much of the first quarter, the game was nip and tuck, with neither side managing to establish the upper hand. However, AVIS Rapla finished the first half stronger, carrying a 37-33 lead into the halftime break.
After Domagoj Bubalo’s jumper, the hosts had increased the gap to nine points early in the third quarter, but TLU Kalev did not allow it to get out of hand, staying within striking distance.
The visitors had cut the deficit to a single point in the final frame, but AVIS Rapla shot ahead once again and closed out the game by ending TLU Kalev’s two game winning streak.
Devin Brooks led the winners with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists, Bubalo added 14 points, eight boards and four steals, while Indrek Kajupank chipped in with 12 points.
For TLU Kalev, Johnny Berhanemeskel had a team-high 15 points, with Zachary Atkinson and Thomas Droney collecting 13 and 12 points respectively.
JURMALA – Jurmala/Fenikss put an end to their four-game losing streak in Triobet BBL on Tuesday, celebrating a 90-74 overtime victory against the visiting Tarvas behind an excellent performance from the team’s captain Edgars Jeromanovs.
The win saw the Latvian side improve to a 2-4 record, while Tarvas held on to the third place in Group B despite dropping to 3-2.
Although the visitors from Estonia led by as many as seven points in the first half, Jurmala/Fenikss brought things level before the interval, with teams tied at 31-31.
In the third quarter, Jeromanovs and Casey Roberts were clicking for the home side, who gained a double-digit advantage at 59-48 with a dunk by Endru Smits just before the buzzer.
Tarvas were not ready to give up, though, and mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, taking a 68-66 lead with 46 seconds left in regulation after seven points in a row by Roberts Stumbris.
A big three-pointer by Jeromanovs had given Jurmala/Fenikss a 70-68 lead, but Reinis Sturpovics sent the game to overtime with a game-tying drive with just over a second left.
After a sub-par performance in the fourth quarter, Jurmala/Fenikss dominated in the extra period, outscoring the guests 20-4 to finally put an end to the losing streak.
Jeromanovs finished the game with a game-high 30 points and seven assists, while Maris Ziedins added 12 points and five rebounds. Roberts Stumbris led Tarvas with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
There were only four games in Triobet BBL action last week, as Valmiera/ORDO extended their undefeated run, while TLU Kalev, Jekabpils and Tarvas also celebrated wins. Let’s take a look back at the outstanding performances of the week in another volume of Triobet BBL Weekly Review!
UNSTOPPABLE. Although Valmiera/ORDO recently suffered the team’s first loss of the season in the Latvian league, the team’s undefeated march in Triobet BBL continued with a 70-64 road victory against Nevezis. Ervins Jonats was close to a double-double performance in the win, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
HOME COURT. Three of the four games in Triobet BBL this week were won by visiting teams, with Jekabpils’ 77-69 win against Jurmala/Fenikss turning out to be the lone victory for the hosts. Led by Rinalds Sirsnins, who scored 20 points and dished out a nine assists, Jekabpils broke away in the fourth quarter to improve to a 2-3 record.
FIBA EUROPE CUP. It was a good week for Triobet BBL clubs in the FIBA Europe Cup, as four teams snatched up convincing wins, with only TU/Rock falling short 61-63 against Khimik. Juventus registered its first win of the campaign with an emphatic 94-59 thumping of ETHA in Cyprus, Pieno Zvaigzdes defeated Helios Suns 80-71, Siauliai destroyed Inter Bratislava 116-80, while Ventspils got the better off PGE Turow, winning 92-76.
STILL WITHOUT A WIN. Although Andrew Warren received the October MVP award before Port of Parnu’s game against TLU Kalev, there was not much to celebrate for the Parnu crowd once again, as their team slumped to another defeat. Warren had his worst game of the season, scoring nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, as Port of Parnu lost 74-81, dropping to 0-3. They will have a chance to earn their first win against the also winless Barons/LDz next week.
TOP PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK. Lithuanian forward Paulius Petrilevicius had an excellent debut for Port of Parnu, as he scored 20 points, grabbed eight boards and dished out four assists for a total ranking of 29, which was the best performance of the past week.
JEKABPILS – After having lost two in a row, Jekabpils bounced back with a big victory against Jurmala/Fenikss, winning the Latvian derby 77-69, mostly due to their tremendous performance in the final quarter.
Jekabpils were struggling early on and found themselves far behind after the initial ten minutes. The sights on-court changed drastically in the second quarter, however, as it was now Jurmala/Fenikss being tossed around.
With a quarter of dominance each, the sides still seemed very much equally matched until the final quarter. There was nothing to take out of the third quarter, as the two sides were neck to neck the whole way.
Jekabpils held only a three-point advantage after thirty minutes, but a 15-5 start to the final segment allowed them to build an insurmountable lead.
Rinalds Sirsnins was once again lighting it up from beyond the arc, as he swished and dished for 20 points and 9 assists. Arturs Duselis added 13 points, while Pavels Veselovs finished the game with 11. Janis Poznaks came off the bench to add another 11 points, as Tyler Larson was close to a double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
The two leading scorers for Jurmala/Fenikss were not in the starting unit, as Casey Roberts led the way with 12 points. Ivars Zvigurs stuffed the box score with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, while Maris Ziedins and Edgars Jeromanovs ended the game with 9 points each.