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.

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.