TARTU - A match-up between two Estonian clubs ended in a blow-out victory for Tartu University, as they beat Tallinna Kalev/TLU by a big margin, 86-67.
The teams couldn't get off to a high-scoring start, starting off with 4 points each in the first three minutes. However, Tartu managed to get things going for a while and were already up by eight at one point in the first quarter. Nevertheless, a three-pointer before the end of the period cut that margin to just seven.
Throughout the second period, the margin slowly expanded, but it did reach double-digits, as 44-31 glared on the scoreboard.
Nothing changed through the third quarter, as Tartu University entered the final quarter up by a dozen, quickly building on that with stifling defense. With a big margin between the two clubs, everything was already settled and the home side enjoyed a 19-point victory.
Steven Cook led the game in scoring with 22 points in his account, as he also added 10 rebounds to the tally for a double-double. Kristjan Kitsing added 17 points, while Carl Engstrom finished up with 15.
For Tallinna Kalev/TLU Dorde Dzeletovic was the top scorer with 21 points. Reimo Tamm added a dozen, as Kaido Saks ended up with 10. Bamba Fall had more points than rebounds, as he got close to a double-double of 8 points and 14 rebounds.
TALLINN - The Estonian capital derby between Tallinna Kalev TLU and TTU ended in an important win for the hosting TLU, who got away by eight, 80-72.
The two sides were all level after a back and forth first quarter, stuck at 24 points apiece, but it was the hosts running off in the latter half of the second period. After mounting a 12-to-nothing run, they were already up by 16 to end the half.
TTU couldn't manage to make any tangible changes to the game, despite cutting into single digits several times. Before the final period started, they faced an uphill battle, being down 9 points.
The visitors didn't have too many chances to come back, as TLU would respond to every basket they conceded - with no much more drama, the game finished 80-72.
Bamba Fall had an outstanding game, racking up 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and also added 12 rebounds to the boxscore. Kristo Saage was also solid, knocking down 6 three-pointers en route to a 19-point performance. Reimo Tamm ended the game with 15.
On the other side, it was Martin Giese doing the heavy lifting - he tallied 21 points and 8 rebounds. Toomas Raadik added 16 points to the tally, while Oliver Metsalu and Norman Kabin ended up with 10.
PARNU - There were no surprises in Parnu, as the hosting Port of Parnu made sure that Tsmoki would be held win-less. After getting ahead in the second quarter, Parnu finished off strong and secured a 96-77 win.
The first quarter was as tight as it gets, with teams swinging blows back and forth with no results - the score was tied at 19.
An 18-4 run to start the second quarter helped Parnu set some space aside from their opponents, but a timeout was called and that helped slow things down for the visitors. They responded with 7 consecutive points to cut the deficit in half. Nevertheless, the hosts managed to close out the quarter with a three-pointer to raise the margin to double-digits.
Tsmoki managed to cut the margin to just three points in the middle of the third quarter, but once again were unable to hang on until the end - Parnu finished the third segment strong and entered the final ten minutes with 11 points to spare.
Upping their lead early, the Estonians set themselves up for a stress-free finish, going on to win by 19.
Mikhel Kirves was Parnu's highest scorer, as he dropped 25 points with terrific accuracy. Karl Martin Kask added 15 points and 8 rebounds, Saimon Sutt chipped in with 13, whereas Karl Johan Lips finished the game with a dozen points.
Yauheni Beliankou was the game's top scorer, as he ended up scoring 26 points, while also adding 8 rebounds to the tally. Ivan Aladka had 15 points to his name, while Aliaksei Lashkevich finished with 11.
PASVALYS - Another terrific offensive showcase for Pieno zvaigzdes resulted in a huge win against visiting Barsy, 115-67. This victory gives Pasvalys the best record in the league at 3-0.
The Lithuanians clearly got off on the right foot and started the quarter 26-7, giving themselves an insurmountable advantage not even ten minutes into the game. While Barsy finally got their baskets to fall, defense was still an issue, and they entered halftime down by 26, 57-31.
The margin only grew after the break, and Barsy once again found themselves gasping for points. Meanwhile Pieno zvaigzdes just cruised away to a 45-point advantage three quarters into the game.
There were no miracle turnarounds in the game and Pieno zvaigzdes tabbed another enormous victory.
Ignas Fiodorovas had a hot hand today and led his team in scoring with 18 points, while Nikita Balashov was right behind him with 17. Veteran Steponas Babrauskas chipped in with a healthy 16 points, while Arturs Ausejs ended up scoring 15. Three more players got into double-digit scoring as well.
For the Kazakhs, it was the duo of Pavel Ilin and Nened Milosevic taking care of most of the scoring, as they had 15 points apiece.
JURMALA - The hosts were not very welcoming, as Jurmala gave its' best on Wedneseday, defeating visiting Siauliai 87-77, thus securing second win in as many games.
With the lead changing hands 10 times, it was surely an exciting match-up, and that was visible from the very first quarter. Although it was Siauliai who had the slight advantage firstly, before the quarter ended, Jurmala had already gotten their noses ahead.
The teams went neck to neck for most of the second and third periods, but the hosts managed to get some distance right before the final quarter, setting themselves up for a 9-point advantage.
The margin soon rose to the mid-teens and Jurmala safely sought out the game.
Ugis Pinete stood out in scoring with 17 points to his name, while Ervins Jonats also had an excellent contribution, tallying 16 points. Arturs Strelnieks and Edgars Jeromanovs had 11 points each, as Strelnieks also added 10 rebounds to the cause. Ivars Zvigurs ended the game with 10 points.
Ignas Vaitkus and Donatas Sabeckis were the two leading scorers for Siauliai, scoring 12 points apiece, as Arminas Urbutis added 11. Omar Prewitt ended up scoring 10.
PRIENAI - A fulfilling victory for Prienai, as they bounced back after last week's scandal with an 87-70 win against Betsafe/Liepaja. This was Vytautas' third win in four outings in the BBL.
The visitors enjoyed their first, and last, lead early in the opening quarter, as they started the quarter 5-2. However, that was as close to victory, as they got - Vytautas made their presence felt and finished the quarter up by seven.
The margin remained around the 8-10 point zone for most of the remaining half and Vytautas seemed on pace to victory.
After the break Betsafe/Liepaja managed to come as close as 6 points, but a surge in the middle of the third quarter put them way behind. Vytautas had 14 consecutive points and put the game out of reach.
Justas Sinica was the go-to guy, as he dropped five three-pointers en route to a 22-point performance. Martynas Linkevicius added 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Denys Lukashov had 12. Egidijus Dimsa and Eigirdas Zukauskas ended the game with 11 points apiece.
Karlis Apsitis was the top scorer for Liepaja with 13 points, as Roberts Krastins added 11. Kyle Benjamin finished close to a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds in his account.
OGRE - A destructive performance by Ogre shocked visiting Barsy, as the Latvians secured a huge 96-51 victory on Tuesday evening.
Barsy had a good start to the game, winning the first quarter by three points, 17-14, however after that they broke down - losing the second and third quarter by a combined 58-25 score.
The dominance in the midst of the game allowed Ogre to advance their lines far ahead. Nevertheless, that was not the end of their run, as the final quarter put everything into place, with another high-scoring quarter.
Ogre ended up winning by a season-high 45 points, led by 22 points from Rinalds Sirsnins. Marcis Vitols added 20 points to the game, while Janis Antrops added 14 points.
For Barsy, Dmitrii Ezhin was the leading scorer with 17 points, while Nened Milosevic added 11 games to the tally.
VALMIERA - It was another horrific performance for Valmiera/ORDO, as the Latvian side was forced to face a shameful 68-99 loss to visiting University of Tartu, marking their second loss of the season.
Tartu showed up ready to perform and just minutes in, they were up ahead 10-2. Although the Latvians had a short response to this run, University of Tartu managed to jump ahead by double-digits several minutes later.
Valmiera/ORDO closed the gap at the start of the second quarter, though they were unable to jump ahead. After a solid end to the half, the Estonian side managed to build a 12-point advantage.
The gap just grew in the second half, as Tartu's offense was clicking at all cylinders. Until the very end of the game, they ran ahead en route to the big 31-point victory.
Janis Kaufmanis had a terrific display despite the big loss, scoring 28 points for Valmiera/ORDO. Viktors Iljins was also impressive, racking up 18 points and 12 boards. Eduards Hazners ended the game with 10 points in his account.
Tartu's scoring was more wide-spread, as six players ended up in the double-digit scoring zone. Leading the group was Kristjan Kitsing with 18 points, whereas Steven Cook added 17. Robin Kivi had 15, while Carl Engstrom finished with 14. The duo of Hendrik Eelmae and Janar Talts chipped in with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
RAPLA - A tough game and an exciting finish in Rapla, as local AVIS Utilitas Rapla managed a 65-63 Tsmoki Minsk. With this win, Rapla improved to a 2-1 record.
Rapla had a tough start to the game, as the visitors shot ahead 11-2 in the first couple of minutes. However, they stopped there, and the Estonian side managed to catch up a bit to end the quarter down by seven, 14-7.
For the second period, it was firstly Rapla who had the chance to tie things up, with the scoreboard showing 20-20 in the second half of the quarter. However, once again it was Tsmoki shining at the end of the period - they ran off to a 11-3 finish and entered halftime with an eight point advantage.
It was all Rapla in the third quarter, as the home side had the better end of the quarter, managing to erase the deficit and jump ahead by a point before the final segment.
The teams went back and forth for the remainder of the game and the winner was solved in the final seconds. Devonte Upson was the man who pulled Rapla to victory, as he scored an and-one with half a minute to go, to push his team ahead by two. After Tsmoki evened the scored, Upson once again took matters to his own hands, as he picked up a rebound with three seconds to go and a go-ahead basket to follow.
Upson ended the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while the top scorer in Rapla was Nolan Cressler with 17 points.
Viktar Ausepian was the leading scorer for Tsmoki with 14 points and 8 boards.
TALLINN - TTU have turned some heads around with their recent play, as they are now one of just three teams to improve to a 2-0 record. Their recent win came against Barsy, as the Estonians shot ahead late for an 84-68 victory.
TTU got off to a better start and built a bit of momentum for themselves with a good opening quarter, working on it in the second quarter to get near to a double-digit advantage.
However, Barsy raced back sooner than most though and it seemed the game was turning into a thriller now, as the lead continued swinging back and forth for the remainder of the third period.
Basically, for three quarters it was a level battle, but then TTU switched on a different gear, winning the final quarter dominantly after a 10-nothing run early in the fourth set them apart.
Sten Olmre was the leading scorer for the Estonians with 24 points to his name, as Oliver Metsalu added another 14 points, going alongside his 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Sander Viilup chipped in 12 points, while Norman Kabin had a nice double-double of 11 points and 10 assists to go with his 6 rebounds. Toomas Raadik ended the game with 10.
On the other side, it was Pavel Ilin once again doing the heavy lifting. The Kazakh had 21 points and 5 boards, with most of his shots coming from downtown. Konstantin Glazyrin added a dozen, as Nened Milosevic ended the game with 11 points and rebounds each. Nikolay Bazhin finished the game with 10.