Rapla rush past Nevezis in second half

20.01.2015

RAPLA – Tyco Rapla had a tough time for half of the game against the league’s worst team Nevezis, but they took care of everything in the second half and took the 85-67 (26-21; 22-28; 16-10; 21-8) victory.

Tyco Rapla now hold a record of 3-5, while Nevezis remains the only team not to have secured a single victory.

The game was neck-to-neck for the most part of the 40 minutes, as the home side struggled to cut loose. One quarter in, Tyco Rapla was ahead by five.

Nevezis took the lead in the second quarter, as they controlled the pace and were finally ahead at halftime.

However, the game soon turned for the worse for Nevezis, as Tyco Rapla used a nice run to amass a small lead.

The game was finally decided in the fourth quarter, as Rapla used a 12-0 run to put the game to bed.

Rait Keerles was the leading scorer for Tyco Rapla with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Domagoj Bubalo chipped in with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Rait-Riivo Laane had 12 points and 7 assists. Ernestas Ezerskis added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to the totals.

Joshua Crawford was impressive with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Justas Tamulis added 12 points, while Thomas Ray Davis chipped in with 10.

BBL Weekly Review: Volume 12

20.01.2015

Only four games were played last week, but nevertheless, there were some intense games and even game-winning three-pointers. The twelfth BBL Weekly Review is here to tell you all about it!

LEADERS. The match-up between Pieno zvaigzdes and Kalev/Cramo – the two top sides of Group A – was a nip-and-tuck affair right from the start.  However, the Lithuanians managed to finish the game with a nice run and took a 84-77 victory to move up to the top in the standings.

STREAKS. After starting the season with 6 consecutive victories, Kalev/Cramo has begun to shatter. The Estonian side has now lost three games in a row.

GAME-WINNER. The man who is definitely not known for his long-range shooting capabilities just saved Jekabpils from an unexpected loss to TTU. The center, who had made just one three-pointer prior to this game, nailed another one from downtown giving Jekabpils a one-point lead with 16 seconds on the clock.

RUNS. Valmiera didn’t have the toughest time handling Valga Maks ja Moorits and their 10-0 run in the midst of the third quarter was a vital part of it.

Both Andrew Arnold of TTU and Valga Maks ja Moorits’ Jurijs Aleksejevs were on the losing end this week, but that didn’t stop them from having truly solid performances. Both of the big men tallied 26 ranking points, while scoring respectively 25 and 26 points and tearing down 7 and 11 rebounds.

Laimonas Kisielius also makes it into the top five with a great performance against Kalev/Cramo. The forward had 24 points and 6 rebounds helping Pasvalys carry out another victory.

Two more Lithuanians make the list with very similar performances. Both Mindaugas Kupsas and Edgaras Zelionis scored 18 points and corralled 9 rebounds, which added up to 24 ranking points. However, the main difference was that Zelionis’ team managed to get away with a victory.

Liepaja/Triobet thrash Tarvas

14.01.2015

LIEPAJA – Liepaja/Triobet dominated from start to finish, thrashing the visiting Tarvas 94-69 (28-12, 22-19, 16-20, 28-18) at the Liepaja Olympic Center in a Group C game on Wednesday evening.

The hosts took command right from the get-go and jumped out to a 20-8 lead seven minutes into the game. After another couple of baskets, Liepaja’s lead increased to 18 points.

The game got out of hand early for Tarvas and although the Estonians tried to rally back, their attempts failed, as Liepaja’s lead only grew as the game went on. Having led from start to finish, Liepaja snatched an easy win.

Edgaras Zelionis led the winners with 18 points, Kristaps Miglinieks and Lauris Blaus chipped in with 12 points for Liepaja/Triobet.

Brandis Raley Ross and Juris Umbrasko carried the load for Tarvas, scoring 22 and 19 points respectively, but it wasn’t enough for the Estonian team. 

Valmiera win big in Valga

14.01.2015

VALGA Valmiera came out victorious on the road in Estonia, defeating Valga Maks ja Moorits 97-82 (15-18, 24-20, 33-15, 25-29) in the border town to improve to a 9-2 record in Group B on Wednesday evening.

The Latvian team did not have the best of starts, falling behind 14-6 eight minutes into the game. However, Valmiera rallied back and cut the deficit to three points (15-18) before sneaking ahead into a 39-38 lead at the half.

The visitors took initiative after the break and ran away to a double-digit lead after winning the period 33-15. Having established a comfortable 72-53 lead heading into the final frame, Valmiera cruised to an easy win after a strong second half.

Justin Hurt led all scorers with 27 points, having made 5-of-10 from downtown, Davis Rozitis added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Sam Dower Jr added a big double-double of 13 points and 13 boards.

For Valga, Jurijs Aleksejevs collected 26 points, Edgars Krumins had 17 points, while Viljar Veski chipped in with 13.

Cukinas nails three-pointer, wins it for Jekabpils

14.01.2015

TALLINN – Jekabpils came out victorious on the road in Tallinn and made it five wins in a row after a clutch three-pointer by Lithuanian big man Povilas Cukinas, defeating TTU 73-72 (22-19, 24-19, 12-16, 15-18) in a Group B clash on Wednesday evening at the TTU Sporthall in the Estonian capital.

The visitors enjoyed a better start and led 22-19 after the opening frame, extending the advantage to 46-38 at the halftime break. However, the hosts did not give up and rallied back, cutting the gap in half in the third quarter.

Having entered the final frame down 54-58, TTU went on to make it a one-point game after a free-throw by Joonas Jervelainen made it 61-62. The teams traded baskets, but Jekabpils remained in front until a three-pointer by Kiur Akenparg gave the home team a 72-70 edge with just over a minute on the clock.

However, with 16 seconds remaining, Povilas Cukinas knocked down a three-pointer to push Jekabpils in front just before the finish line.

Andrejs Selakovs had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds for Jekabpils, Pavels Veselovs collected 13 points, while Cukinas added 11 points and eight rebounds in a win.

Andrew Arnold led TTU with a game-high 25 points, also adding seven rebounds, with Kristjan Makke scoring 12 points.

Pieno Zvaigzdes nip Kalev/Cramo

14.01.2015

PASVALYS – Pieno Zvaigzdes used a late fourth quarter run to snatch an 84-77 (19-16, 22-23, 22-23, 21-15) home victory against Kalev/Cramo and climb atop the Group A standings with a 7-2 record.

It was a nip-and-tuck affair right from the start, as neither side managed to establish a sizeable advantage. Although the hosts had jumped out to a 12-6 lead after Alex Oriakhi’s basket, Kalev/Cramo managed to slice the deficit in half at the end of the first period, trailing 16-19.

The game continued going back and forth, with the teams exchanging leads on a regular basis. Having won both the second and third quarters by a single point, the Estonian side entered the fourth quarter down only by one point at 62-63.

Rolands Freimanis got on a roll for Kalev/Cramo at the start of the final frame, scoring 13 points in a row for the Estonian team, allowing the visitors to jump out to a 75-70 edge four minutes into the game.

However, Pieno Zvaigzdes finished the game on a 14-2 run, retaking the lead and rather effortlessly seeing it out behind a superb effort by Laimonas Kisielius, who collected a game-high 24 points.

Alex Oriakhi and Tauras Jogela, who added 10 rebounds, collected 13 and 11 points respectively for Pieno Zvaigzdes.

Lithuanian big man Mindaugas Kupsas finished with a team-high 18 points and nine boards, while Rolands Freimanis chipped in with 17 points and seven rebounds. 

BBL Weekly Review: Volume 11

13.01.2015

The league started off the new year with a busy week. There were some major announcements and some off-the-charts performances. Everything in just a couple of minutes – here on the BBL Weekly Review: Volume 11.

The league started off the new year with a busy week. There were some major announcements and some off-the-charts performances. Everything in just a couple of minutes – here on the BBL Weekly Review: Volume 11.

MVP. Ronaldas Rutkauskas started the new year on the right foot, being named the December MVP for his outsanding performances. The big man led stuggling Parnu to two victories in three games with averages of  17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists.

RETREAT. Dynamo Moscow prepared the league a New Year‘s surprise – they announced they‘ve drawn out of the league, citing the club‘s financial problems and a tough schedule.

SIRSNINS COUNTER. Rinalds Sirsnins shot less then 7 three-pointers for the first time this season. In the match-up against TLU, the Latvian attempted only five long-range shots and made two of them. Sirsnins has tried the long-range shot 85 times in 9 games this season and only 14 two-pointers. But hey, when you‘re shooting 40%, why not let it go?

COMEBACK. The game against Prienai was clearly not the best for Valga Maks ja Moorits. Although they had tallied a 20-point lead in the eighth minute, from that moment on, everything turned around and the Lithuanians not only caught up, but also passed their opponents.

CONTINUES. TLU‘s hopeless season is about to stop. They now have a league-worst 7 game losing streak after falling to TTU in the Tallinn derby. Happily, there is only one game remaining in their schedule.

Laimonas Kisielius became this week’s MVP with a 32-ranking point performance. The forward scored 27 points and added 9 rebounds in Pieno zvaigzdes’ 108-80 victory against Parnu.

While he was quite far away from the leader as far as ranking points go, Robertas Grabauskas was TLU Kalev’s leader in both of the team’s games. He averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds, adding up to a 20.5 ranking point average.

Right after him is Andrejs Selakovs, who was a vital part of Jekabpils’ win against TLU. The center played a really efficient game, scoring 14 points, while adding 13 rebounds and 2 blocks to the total.

Maks ja Moorits’ Jurijs Aleksejevs also enters the top five this week with a 21-point, 9-rebound and 4-assist performance. However, the Estonians still fell short of victory after giving up a 20-point lead.

Lauris Blaus takes the fifth spot after leading Liepaja/Triobet to a victory over Rapla. The big man was solid all-around, scoring 20 points, tearing down 8 rebounds and swatting away 3 opponents’ shots.

Jurmala/Fenikss top Parnu at home

13.01.2015

JURMALA – Despite an outstanding performance by the reigning MVP Ronaldas Rutkauskas, Parnu fell short of victory for the third time in a row, as they faced Jurmala/Fenikss. The match-up between the two Estonian sides was close, but the home side ultimately ended on top 72-64 (23-17; 18-10; 15-23; 16-14).

Jurmala tied Parnu’s win count with this game as the two teams hold respectively 3-6 and 3-7 records.

The sides went neck to neck for the lion’s share of the first quarter before Jurmala/Fenikss put up a huge run, helping the home side jump ahead by 16.

The lead came dwindling down in the second quarter and entering the final minutes of the third period, it was once again just a one point game.

However, the visitors let their opponents regain a tangible lead and the Jurmala side finished the game with a safe gap.

Ilja Gromovs was extraordinary for the victors, as he tallied 36 ranking points, consisting of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Ugis Pinete and Martins Laksa added 11 points each.

Ronaldas Rutkauskas was just as impressive for Parnu, as he scored 25 points and tore down 13 rebounds. Rannar Raap and Janis Vahter finished the game with 10 points apiece.

Changes in the BBL Regulations concerning the qualification for the Eighth-Finals

12.01.2015

As we informed earlier, BC Dynamo Moscow pulled out from the BBL competition and will not play their remaining two games of the BBL Regular season.

TTU take Tallinn darby

11.01.2015

TALLINN – The Tallinn derby ended in a blowout victory for the home side TTU. They led throughout the whole game and manhandled TLU Kalev 88-68 (19-14; 23-17; 25-13; 21-24).

TTU now hold a record of 3-6, while TLU Kalev suffered their seventh straight loss and are dead last in the group with 1 win in 11 games.

While the game started off close, as midway through the first quarter the two teams were separated by merely five points. However, that is when TTU started rolling. They managed to gain a double-digit lead before halftime and everything went easily from there.

A 14-0 run early in the third quarter gave the home side a 24 point lead. There was no way TLU could manage a comeback and 19 points was as close as they got. TTU coasted to the finish line and celebrated their third victory.

Kiur Akenparg led the victors with 22 points. Joonas Jarvelainen contributed 19, while Mooses Kaja was responsible for another 13. Jaan Puidet was strong amongst the boards with 8 points and 10 rebounds.

Robertas Grabauskas once again led TLU in scoring with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Thomas Droney added 17, while Raido Roos ended the game with 11.