Valmiera/ORDO hold off Nevezis to stay undefeated


KEDAINIAI – Valmiera/ORDO extended their undefeated streak with a win against Nevezis, taking a 70-64 away victory to imporve to 4-0 in Group A.

There was nothing separating the two clubs during the first ten minutes, as the visitors were up by just one. However, a 15-4 run allowed Valmiera to reach a double-digit advantage. Nevertheless, that margin didn‘t last long and with the help their big men‘s solid play, Nevezis were back within four before halftime.

Valmiera/ORDO regained momentum in the second half and were once again on the verge of a double-digit margin after three quarters.

With a strong start to the final period, Valmiera improved the lead to 14 and were in good form to take the victory. When it seemed to be all but over, Andrius Aleksandrovas knocked down two long-range shots in half a minute. Nevertheless, Valmiera clinged on to the small lead and managed to go out on top.

Ervins Jonats led Valmiera in scoring with 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Martins Laksa and Haralds Karlis added 11 apiece.

Saah Nimley and Andrius Aleksandrovas were the top scorers for Nevezis, finishing with 14 points each. Mindaugas Kupsas added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while Simonas Kymantas was efficient with 11 points in 11 minutes.

TLU Kalev hand Parnu third loss


PARNU – The second match of the night was much more competitive, as the victor was decided only in the final quarter. Parnu got off to a better start, but TLU Kalev ultimately rose to a solid 74-81 victory.

PARNU – The second match of the night was much more competitive, as the victor was decided only in the final quarter. Parnu got off to a better start, but TLU Kalev ultimately rose to a solid 74-81 victory.

While the home team got off to a nice 6-0 start, even the small margin was short-lived. Before long, the two sides were neck to neck, with Port of Parnu winning the first quarter by one.

The home side managed to set themselves up with a seven-point advantage before halftime, mostly due to the solid first half by Paulius Petrilevicius.

TLU Kalev managed to turn it around in the third quarter, winning it by eleven to finally jump ahead. The visitors had a 62-58 lead entering the final quarter.

After a starting off the fourth period on a high note, the visitors amassed a double-digit lead and didn’t let up. They managed to keep a safe distance and secured an important victory in Group A.

Johnny Berhanemeskel had another terrific game for TLU Kalev, as he scored 29. Thomas Droney added 14 to the total, while Janis Vahter ended the game with 9. Renato Lindmets was strong amongst the boards and secured 7 points and 12 rebounds.

Paulius Petrilevicius was the leading scorer for Parnu, as he tallied 20 points. Rain Raadik put up a strong performance, as he achieved a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Robert Valge finished up with 11 points, while Silver Leppik was also in double-digits with 10 points.

Stumbris leads Tarvas to easy victory


TALLINN – In what seemed to be a seemingly easy game, Tarvas were dominant early on and rose to a big 74-57 victory over TTU to achieve their third victory in four tries.

Tarvas broke out right out of the gates and were already up by a solid 11-point advantage after the first quarter, as Radomir Marojevic led the way with 8 points.

Things only got better for the visitors in the second quarter and the lead eventually reached 19 points.

TTU struggled to get the basket to fall in the second half as well and ended up with merely 33 points in three quarters. Tarvas, meanwhile, were safely ahead with a 21-point advantage.

The final quarter was simply a matter of statistics, as Tarvas cruised to an easy victory.

Roberts Stumbris was the top player for the visitors, as he tallied 23 points. Marojevic added 15 to the total, while Maksim Kovacevic was solid with 13. Janari Joesaar finished the game with with 11.

For the losing side, it was Toomas Raadik and Mooses Kaja leading the way with 17 and 12 points respectively. Raadik also added 8 rebounds to his stat-line.

Triobet BBL Weekly Review: Volume 3


Four weeks into the season, the battles in Triobet BBL have only intensified. While some teams have started the 2015-16 campaign with a bang and have looked to break away in the standings, others are equally determined to not let that happen. Let’s take a look back at the outstanding performances of the week in another volume of Triobet BBL Weekly Review!

MVP. The first monthly MVP award in Triobet BBL this season was snatched up by Port of Parnu’s guard Andrew Warren, who averaged 29 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals per game in October. However, the Parnu club is still winless and the 28-year-old American will attempt to rectify that in a home game against TLU Kalev on Tuesday.

LEADERS. After the week’s action, Liepaja/Triobet and Vytautas improved to a shared league-best 4-0 record. The Latvian club won the Group B Latvian derby against Jekabpils 91-71, while the Lithuanian side registered two close wins in Estonia, defeating TTU and Tarvas, 102-96 and 85-83 respectively. Valmiera/ORDO, who did not play last week, is the only other undefeated team in the competition, with a 3-0 mark in Group A.

THE GAP. There is a huge difference between the top and bottom Triobet BBL teams in terms of scoring. Vytautas leads the league with a stellar 90 points per game average, Liepaja/Triobet is second with 85.3 points per game, while Valmiera/ORDO is third with 83.7. Meanwhile, Barons/LDz is the worst team in the league with an average of 61.3 points per game.

BACK ON TRACK. After starting the season with two losses, Barsy have managed to turn it around. Having improved to a 2-2 record, the Kazakh side climbed to third place in Group B after a solid 79-69 victory at Jurmala/Fenikss.  Michael Burwell is doing wonders for his team, averaging 17 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

TURNING IT OVER. It was a rather careless week for Barons/LDz guard Davis Zonne, who committed six turnovers in a 60-88 loss against Lietkabelis on the road in Lithuania. Four players were close to equaling this performance: Zonne’s teammates Cliff Coleman, as well as Reimo Tamm from TLU Kalev, Edmunds Elksnis from Jurmala/Fenikss and Michael Burwell from Barsy turned the ball over five times. In comparison, Vytautas committed only seven turnovers as a team in their 85-83 win against Tarvas.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK. Two players who faced each other in the game between Tarvas and Vytautas share the honors for the week’s best performance, having collected 35 ranking points. Janari Joesaar scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but Vytautas Sulskis had an equally brilliant performance, scoring 24 points and adding 14 boards on the way to a road two-point win in Estonia.

FIBA Europe Cup: wins for Ventspils, TU/Rock and Siauliai


There are five Triobet BBL clubs participating in the inaugural edition of the FIBA Europe CupHowever, 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, brings you the latest international updates in a weekly round-up.

It was another good week for BK Ventspils and TU/Rock, as both clubs improved to a 2-0 record and will be happy with the positive start to the FIBA Europe Cup campaign. Meanwhile, Siauliai registered their first win, defeating group favorites Royal Hali Gaziantep. However, the two other Lithuanian clubs, Juventus and Pieno Zvaigzdes, lost once again and are now at the bottom of their respective groups with a 0-2 mark.

Pieno Zvaigzdes 96-100 BK Ventspils

After a painful loss in Poland last week, Pieno Zvaigzdes lost another close game, as Ventspils came away with a 100-96 victory on the road in Lithuania. The visitors from Latvia had gained a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but Pieno Zvaigzdes fought back within two points, before eventually falling short in a high-scoring Baltic clash.

Maris Gulbis led Ventspils with 24 points and five rebounds, Kristaps Janicenoks scored 18 points, while Zanis Peiners added 15. For Pieno Zvaigzdes, Zygimantas Skucas scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Demond Carter dropped 19 points and five assists in his debut for the Lithuanian team.

ETHA Engomi 55-67 TU/Rock

TU/Rock celebrated their second win in as many games, defeating ETHA Engomi 67-55 in Cyprus, despite a slow start of the game. Having fallen behind 22-7, TU/Rock bounced back with a 22-2 run in the second period to take the upper hand in the game, staying in command until the final whistle.

Lithuanian guard Evaldas Zabas was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points and seven rebounds, his countryman Karolis Petrukonis scored 14 points, while Estonian national team point guard Tanel Sokk chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.

BC Siauliai 72-69 Royal Hali Gaziantep

Siauliai pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the week in FIBA Europe Cup, downing the visiting Royal Hali Gaziantep 72-69 in Lithuania to bounce back from last week’s defeat in Poland. In a game of ups and downs, the hosts performed better down the line, going on a 12-4 run to storm in front.

Arturas Jomantas led the winners in scoring with 16 points and six rebounds, Assem Marei had a monstrous double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Paulius Dambrauskas finished the game with 11 points, including a key three-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Juventus 86-90 Khimik

Juventus failed to mark the club’s international home debut with a win, as Ukrainian side Khimik triumphed 90-86 in Utena after overtime. The Lithuanians could not stop Branden Frazier down the stretch, as the American guard scored 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven dimes for the visitors.

For Juventus, Edgaras Zelionis scored 16 points and blocked three shots, Spencer Butterfield added 14 points, while Egidijus Dimsa chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.

Barsy not fazed by Jurmala/Fenikss


JURMALA – Barsy secured their second victory in a row, as they defeated Jurmala/Fenikss 79-63 in the Group B match-up.

Barsy were up and at it from tip-off, as they raced off to a 27-12 lead after the first quarter. The visitors managed to contain Jurmala’s scorers and retained a big lead.

Not much changed in the second half, as the lead rose to 26. While Jurmala/Fenikss did manage to get a good scoring run late in the fourth quarter, it did not make a big difference in the final outcome.

Michael Burwell achieved a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Ryan Cook added 15 points. Dmitriy Klimov and Bryan Harrison ended the game with 11 points apiece.

Maris Ziedins was the top scorer with 15 points for Jurmala/Fenikss, while Edgars Jeromanovs added 8.

Nevezis barrage Rapla from long range


RAPLA – Nevezis managed to recover after a tough loss yesterday and secured a 88-70 victory against Rapla for their second win in Group A.

While the game looked to be an intense outing initially, Taylor King made sure Nevezis got off to a hot start, as he buried Rapla with five long-range hits for a total of 15 points in the first quarter alone.

Although King was silent in the second quarter, that didn’t help Rapla cut into the margin and they were still down by double-digits at halftime.

Nevezis were solid in the second half too and were already up by twenty. The final quarter was merely a matter of final statistics, as the Lithuanians celebrated a dominating upset win.

Taylor King was the top scorer for Nevezis, as he added two more three-pointers to his name and ended the game with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Tomas Gaidamavicius and Mindaugas Kupsas added 12 points apiece, while Ernestas Ezerskis chipped in with 11 points and 7 rebounds.

Only six players got on the scoresheet for AVIS Rapla, as Devin Brooks and William Artino led the team with 19 each. Artino also added 12 rebounds to the tally. Sven Kaldre added 15 points, while Domagoj Bubalo finished the game with 10.

Vytautas' late run ignites win against TTU


TALLINN – In their second of two back-to-back games, Vytautas secured another victory, as they defeated TTU 102-96 in a very high-scoring match-up. This marked the fourth consecutive victory for the Lithuanians.

Vytautas had a good start to the game and were up by seven after the initial ten minutes.

Nevertheless, the duo of Kiur Akenparg and Kristjan Kitsing managed to keep the home side afloat with terrific performances, scoring 18 and 13 points respectively in the first half alone. Two quarters in, the Estonians were already up by two.

Akenparg’s dominance continued in the third quarter and after a couple forced turnovers and a technical foul on Laimonas Kisielius, TTU established an 8-point advantage.

Vytautas seemed out of balance and coach Seskus earned another technical foul. Nevertheless, the Lithuanians were still in the game, as they were stuck only seven with a quarter remaining.

The visitors came running back in the final quarter and were already in pole position halfway through the quarter. With a minute on the clock, Vytautas were up by six and a couple of defensive stops secured a tough victory for them.

Gytis Sirutavicius was very solid all the way throughout the game, as he was responsible for 28 of the team’s points. Laimonas Kisielius added 23 to the total, while Sarunas Vasiliauskas swished and dished for 18 and 6. Vytautas Sulskis was his usual self with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Kiur Akenparg was shut down in the final minutes but that didn’t stop him from tallying 32 points. Kristjan Kitsing added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Rait-Riivo Laane chipped in with 14 points and 10 assists. Corey Raley-Ross was good for 12 points, while Toomas Raadik ended the game with 10 points.

Lietkabelis sweep away Barons/LDz


PANEVEZYS – Lietkabelis tabbed their fourth victory in five tries after leading end-to-end against Barons/LDz. The Lithuanians got off to a hot start and cruised to an easy 88-60 victory.

It was a one-sided affair from the very first minute, as the Lithuanians simply dominated on both ends of the court. Although it was just a quarter into the game, it already seemed to be all said and done, as Lietkabelis spiked ahead 35-8.

While the situation got slightly better for Barons/LDz in the second quarter, it was still a 19-point game at halftime.

While Barons/LDz‘s spark in the second quarter might have brought some fire into the game, it was extinguished right after the break, when the Lithuanians soared to a game-high 33-point lead.

Lietkabelis hammered in the final nails into the coffin in the final period and celebrated a huge Group A victory.

Arnas Labuckas and Jermaine Love were the top scorers for Lietkabelis, as they tallied 18 points apiece. Brandon Wood chipped in with 16 points, while Valdas Vasylius finished the game with 15.

Both of Barons/LDz’s leading scorers came off the bench, as Malcolm Rhett tallied 13 points, while Jason Calliste added 12.

Vytautas edge Tarvas in nail-biting affair


RAKVERE – After grabbing their first two victories with relative ease, Vytautas finally met a worthy opponent in Rakvere, where they struggled to a 85-83 victory against Tarvas.

The sides seemed evenly matched from the get-go, as the lead kept swinging back and forth for most of the first half. Vytautas pulled slightly ahead with the three-point first quarter advantage and managed to expand it to 9 late in the second quarter, yet Tarvas were never looking to give in. They mounted a 13-5 run to end the quarter and were looking at a single-point deficit at halftime.

The teams were level pegging throughout the whole second half, with neither squad managing to make it more than a two-possession lead. It went back and forth and with only a minute remaining, the teams were separated by only one point.

While Vytautas dominated the boards in the late stages, it didn’t help much, as they couldn’t get a basket to fall. Despite that, Tarvas were unable to shift the score in their favor.

They turned the ball over in a possession that would have given them the lead and were forced to foul to stop the clock. Sarunas Vasiliauskas missed one of the free-throws, but the Rakvere team were unable to get the shot off in time.

Vytautas Sulskis had a terrific night under the boards, as he scored 24 points and tore down 14 rebounds. Gytis Sirutavicius added 13 points to the total, while Sarunas Vasiliauskas was good for 10 points and 7 assists.

Janari Joesaar was incredible for Tarvas with 29 points and 9 rebounds to his name tonight, while Maksim Kovacevic added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.