Liepaja/Triobet edge Tarvas, improve to 5-0


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.

Vytautas take care of Barsy, stay undefeated


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.

Barons/LDz struggle past Parnu for first win


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.

AVIS Rapla end TLU Kalev's win streak


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/Fenikss top Tarvas in OT to stop skid


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.

Triobet BBL Weekly Review: Volume 4


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 bash Jurmala in final quarter


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.

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.