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.

Liepaja/Triobet prove too strong for Jekabpils


LIEPAJA ­– Liepaja/Triobet cruised to their fourth victory without any greater resistance from Jekabpils. The home team led all the way throughout the game and secured a 91-71 win.

The first fifteen minutes of basketball gave us no hints of a one-sided competition whatsoever, as Liepaja were up by just one point.

Nevertheless, the outcome of the game was already decided before halftime, as the visitors were outscored 20-3 in just three minutes of play. The two sides entered halftime separated by 17 points.

It only got worse from there on for Jekabpils and the margin grew to 27 points after the third quarter. It was all settled way before the final buzzer, but that didn‘t stop Liepaja from trying to reach as high a score as possible.

Just as the deficit reached game-high 31 points, Jekabpils mounted a 13-0 run to make the loss seem a bit more appropriate.

Kristopher Richard was one of five players in double-digit scoring for the home side, as he tallied 17 points. Zack Stephan added a solid double-double of 15 points and 13 boards, while Mikus Sokolovs and Toms Leimanis ended the game with 13 apiece. Arnolds Helmanis finished the game with 11 points.

Davis Gutmanis and Tyler Larson were the two leaders for Jekabpils, as they scored 18 each, while the latter also secured 10 rebounds. Modestas Kumpys added 12 points, while Arturs Duselis finished up with 10.

TLU squeak past Nevezis for first win


TALLINN – TLU Kalev finally managed to secure their first victory, as a third-quarter surge helped them defeat Group A rivals Nevezis 82-74.

The Estonian team was very solid in the opening minutes and already looked at a ten point advantage halfway through the first quarter.

The double-digit lead didn’t stand for long, though, as Nevezis cut the deficit to just four by the end of the quarter. By halftime, the tables had turned and it was now the Lithuanians with the 4-point advantage.

It was once again TLU Kalev in the driver’s seat after the halftime break, as they erased the deficit and with the help of a 19-2 run, rushed to a double-digit lead.

The Estonians managed to keep hold of the lead and were still up ahead by ten with less than two minutes remaining. However, a couple of bad turnovers helped Nevezis get back in the game and with 45 seconds to go, it was just a five-point margin.

While the Lithuanians had a chance to cut even deeper into the deficit, their long-range shot was no good and TLU Kalev celebrated their first victory.

Johnny Berhanemeskel was impressive with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the victors, while Zachary Atkinson chupped in with 16 points and 8 boards. Kaido Saks and Reimo Tamm finished the game with 12 points each.

Vaidotas Volkus was the top scorer for Nevezis, as he tallied 21 points and 7 rebounds. Darius Gvezdauskas added 18 points to the tally, while Mindaugas Kupsas secured a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Saah Nimley finished the game with 10 points to his name.

Warren claims October MVP honors


There was no match for Andrew Warren in Triobet BBL this month, as the Port of Parnu guard picked up the first monthly Most Valuable Player award after lighting the league on fire with stellar play in October.

In the two games he played, the 28-year-old American put up great numbers across the board and made an impact on both ends of the floor, averaging 29 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals per game.

His best performance came against Valmiera/ORDO, when the player scored 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists, while turning the ball over only two times.

Although Port of Parnu is still searching for its first victory of the season in Triobet BBL, both of the losses so far came against Group A favorites Valmiera/ORDO and Lietkabelis.

Warren will be presented with the award on November 10th in a home game against TLU Kalev, where the hosts will certainly have their sights set on opening their win tally. 

Triobet BBL Weekly Review: Volume 2


Now that the third week of Triobet BBL basketball has been ticked off, it’s time to look back at the week’s top performances in the second volume of the Triobet BBL Weekly Review!

WINLESS. Four teams have struggled to find a winning recipe in the opening month of the season and are at the very bottom of their respective groups. TLU Kalev, Port of Parnu and Barons/LDZ have all lost twice and share the bottom spots in Group A, while TTU is in an even worse position, having lost all four games in Group B.

STARTING 5. No bench? No problem. Tarvas’ starting unit wasn’t provided with much firepower from the bench in their game against Barsy Atyrau, as the whole line of substitutes squeezed out merely five points. Despite that, the Estonians took care of business and tabbed a five-point victory.

CLOSE CALL. The week was full of nail-biting fourth quarters, as all-but-one game finished with a single-digit margin. The one most worthy of a mention took place in Panevezys, where Port of Parnu missed the opportunity to tie the game up or even win it against Lietkabelis with their final possession.

TURNAROUND.  It was a rough tip-off for Barsy in their second game of the week, as they were down by as many as 13 points against TTU. However, that’s when the Kazakhs open-fired from long range, converting on 12-of-16 shots from beyond the arc en route to their first victory.

DROPPING DIMES. Rait-Riivo Laane has been one of the few bright spots in TTU’s play this season, as the 22-year-old guard leads the league in assists with an average of eight. He recorded his first double-double last week, as he swished and dished for 12 points and 11 rebounds in the team’s loss.

WEEKLY MVP. Andrew Warren put up another outstanding performance for Port of Parnu, recording 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, yet once again, his efforts were not enough and Parnu suffered a heartbreaking loss in Panevezys. The shooting guard currently leads the league in three vital categories: scoring, efficiency and steals per game.


FIBA Europe Cup: Baltic clubs start slow


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.

The opening week wasn’t the best for Baltic clubs, with only two clubs starting their campaigns with wins. And one of them was predetermined, as last year’s BBL bronze-medal series participants TU/Rock and Juventus played against each other once again.

TU/Rock 81-72 Juventus

Although last year it was Juventus who got the better of the Estonian club, TU/Rock overcame a rough start to defeat the visitors from Lithuania 81-72 after scoring 30 points in the last period.

Tanel Kurbas double-doubled with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the Tartu side, as Gert Dorbek added 17 points. For the guests, Chavaughn Lewis had a team-high 17 points, while Arminas Urbutis and Egidijus Dimsa chipped in with 12 points apiece.

Ventspils 67-62 Helios Suns

After a very close game for three quarters, Ventspils turned up the intensity in the final period to come from behind and celebrate a 67-62 victory against Helios Suns at home in Latvia.

Alan Wiggins paced the winners with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, Kwamain Mitchell scored 13 points and added four assists, while Andrejs Grazulis finished the game with 12 points and six rebounds.

PGE Turow 90-80 Pieno Zvaigzdes

Despite starting the game strong, Pieno Zvaigzdes faded as the game went on before succumbing to an 80-90 loss against PGE Turow on the road in Poland. Heading into the final quarter, the Lithuanians led 69-62 but the hosts won the period by 17 points to snatch the win.

Andriy Agafonov had a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Lithuanian side, Giedrius Staniulis scored 14, while Jokubas Gintvainis added 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds but committed seven turnovers.

Slask Wroclaw 71-69 Siauliai

Having led for more than 37 minutes, there will be plenty of regrets for back-to-back champions Siauliai, as they allowed Slask Wroclaw to make a second-half comeback and ended up losing 69-71 on the road in Poland.

Paulius Dambrauskas led Siauliai in scoring with 17 points and five rebounds, Assem Marei added 15 points and 10 rebounds, with Dave Dudzinski contributing with 11 points.

Barsy surge past TTU in second half


TALLINN – Barsy finally managed to open up their win column, as they went on a tear in the second half crushing TTU and cruising to a 97-84 victory in the battle between two Group B bottom-feeders.

The home side was simply dominant during the first quarter. As they poured in basket after basket, the lead soon hit double-digits and the Estonians were ahead by 13. Nevertheless, a couple of three-pointers to close out the quarter helped chip down the deficit to just six.

By halftime, the score had already dwindled down to just two, yet TTU were still ahead. However, it all changed after the break, when Barsy managed to set up a 15-0 run.

It was already a double-digit game and the Kazakhs couldn’t get any closer – the margin kept swinging between 10 and 20, as the visitors went on to celebrate their first win.

Ryan Cook was the game’s highest scorer with 24 points, while Michael Burwell lit it up with 19. Mikhail Yevstigneev finished the game with yet another great scoring output of 16 points.

TTU captain Kiur Akenparg led the way with 20 points, while Kristjan Kitsing tallied 14. Corney Raley-Ross chipped in with 12, while Rait-Riivo Laane swished and dished for another 12 points and 11 assists.

AVIS Rapla take down Barons/LDz in Riga


RAPLA – In a game of ups and downs, AVIS Rapla emerged superior on the road in Riga against Barons/LDz 72-64 after building the winning advantage in the fourth quarter.

The Estonian team improved to a 2-1 mark, while their Group A rivals Barons/LDz suffered their second defeat in as many games.

The hosts led early in the game, but an impressive offensive outing in the second quarter saw AVIS Rapla take a 47-40 lead into the halftime break after winning the quarter 33-23.

However, led by Cliff Colimon, Barons/LDz raced back and erased the seven-point deficit to tie things up at 54-all before the final ten minutes of action.

In the end, it was AVIS Rapla who looked more convincing in the final stretch of the game, going on a 13-4 run to start the fourth quarter, basically deciding the outcome of the game.

Devin Brooks led the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while William Artino and Michael Myers added 14 points and 10 boards apiece.

Colimon had a game-high 22 points, six rebounds and five assists for Barons/LDz. Derrick Roland chipped in with 14 points and four rebounds.

Liepaja/Triobet climb to top of Group B


LIEPAJA – Liepaja/Triobet kept a clean record in the new season of Triobet BBL after taking a 74-69 victory against Jurmala/Fenikss in an all-Latvian Group B clash on the road in Jurmala on Wednesday night.

Having won all three games, Liepaja/Triobet lead the Group B standings, while their opponents dropped to a 1-2 mark.

It was Jurmala/Fenikss who started the game stronger, taking a four-point lead after the opening period. The hosts stayed in front throughout the second period and entered the halftime break up 39-36.

However, the visitors managed to turn things around after the interval, winning the third quarter 21-8 to turn a three-point deficit into a double-digit lead heading into the final frame.

Although Jurmala/Fenikss had cut the gap to four points at one point in the fourth quarter, Liepaja/Triobet did not tremble at the free throw line, sealing the win from the stripe.

Kristopher Richard led the winners with 15 points and six rebounds, while Zack Stephan contributed with a double-double of 13 points and 13 boards.

For Jurmala/Fenikss, the team’s captain Edgars Jeromanovs had a team-high 13 points and six assists, while Maris Ziedins added 12 points and five rebounds.