Valmiera destroyed by TLU


TALLINN - TLU sorted things out early against Valmiera/ORDO, dominating in the first half en route to an 89-54 win.

The Estonians managed to get off on the right foot, running off to a nice early lead. They had their shots falling and were up by a dozen after the initial ten minutes of basketball.

TLU put the game to bed earlier than one would imagine, as they were absolutely unstoppable in the second quarter, winning it 30-11 and sailing away by 33 points just halfway through the game.

It is quite obvious that Valmiera/ORDO was unable to recover from a beating of this sort and ended up suffering a humiliating defeat.

Dorde  Dzeletovic was the leading scorer for TLU, scoring 16 points. Bamba Fall added 14 points, while Bambale  Osby had a spectacular performance under the boards. In just 18 minutes of basketball Osby managed to put up 12 points and 15 rebounds and ended up with an efficiency rating of 27. Janis Vahter and Martin Jurtom finished the game with 11 points apiece, while Kiur Akenparg ended up with 10.

Viktors Iljins was the only player in double-digits for the Valmiera side, as he dropped 12 points and added 10 rebounds to the tally. Eduards Hazners chipped in with 9 points.

Siauliai lock Liepaja down, win big


LIEPAJA - Lockdown defense was the key to victory for Siauliai, as the Lithuanians took home a huge, 91-43 win from Liepaja, ending Betsafe/Liepaja's two win streak.

This game was settled way before it even got to the halfway mark, but it seemed it might be a bit more competitive, at least at the start of the game. Seven minutes into the game, it was just a single-point advantage for the visitors, but a couple of easy baskets allowed them to add another seven points before the end of the quarter.

Things got ugly in the second quarter, when following a 13-0 run to finish the half, Siauliai reached a 23-point advantage. They kept on piling the points after the break as well and already held  a 34-point lead with a quarter to spare.

It's safe to say the final quarter was merely a formality. Despite that, the Lithuanians had some more fun and increased their advantage to 48 points with their final basket of the game.

It was a well-rounded performance from the whole roster, as Antanas Sireika allowed every single player at least 15 minutes of game time. Sarunas Beniusis used his 20 minutes well, tabbing a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Vytautas Sarakauskas added 12 points to the tally, while the trio of Omar PrewittArminas Urbutis and Rytis Pipiras all finished with 10 points to their names.

In a gutless performance from the Latvian side, Toms Leimanis was the only player to carry his load, scoring 11 points to lead his team in scoring.

Jurmala stay perfect with win over Vytautas


JURMALA - Jurmala extended their winning streak to six with an impressive 80-58 victory against Vytautas.

Jurmala started the game off with 7 unanswered points, but the visitors responded with a run of their own. After a low-scoring first quarter, the host were up by just one points, 11-10.

Jurmala's offense finally got going in the second quarter, when they raced off to a double-digit advantage. The margin kept on growing after the break, as the two sides were separated by 15 points before the final period.

Vytautas couldn't manage a miracle comeback and ended up being blown out of the water by 22 points.

Ivars Zvigurs was Jurmala's top scorer with 16 points, Ervins Jonats added 15, while Denis Krestinin finished up wtih 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Ugis Pinete ended the game with 11.

Edvinas Seskus was the only stand-out performer for Vytautas, as he put up 18 points. Justas Sinica added 9.

Ogre blast past Barsy


OGRE - After opening the season with a victory, Barsy Atyrau have now lost their last six games, with the most recent L coming against Ogre, where they were forced to face a 60-90 defeat.

The Latvians got off to a better start in the game, running up ahead 14-7 mid-way through the first quarter. Marcis Vitols' three three-pointers had the hosts in front, but it was just a 4-point game after 10 minutes of basketball, nevertheless.

The second quarter was absolutely disastrous for Barsy, as they had nearly as many turnovers (7), as points (8). Meanwhile, Ogre lit it up and enhanced their lead to 17 before the break.

The margin kept on slowly growing in the third quarter, but it was the array of three-pointers to start the final period that sent Barsy to a knock-out.

Barsy were hot from behind the arc, nailing 16 long-range shots. Leading the way scoring-wise, was Marcis Vitols, who had 18 points and 6 assists. Rihards Zebergs added  17 points to the tally, while Janis Poznaks and Rinalds Sirsnins ended up with 12.

John Taylor was a force on offense for Barsy. The American was allowed to shoot at will and ended up putting up 17 shots from the floor, adding it up to 27 points. Both Pavel Ilin and Da'Quan Cook had 10 points, while the latter added another 10 rebounds to the tally.

Rapla earn close victory against Parnu


PARNU - In a see-saw affair AVIS Utilitas Rapla earned a close win against Port of Parnu, outscoring the visitors 65-59.

The momentum was surely taking swings both ways, as AVIS Utilitas Rapla got off to a better start in the first quarter, but were heavily outscored in the second. The visitors jumped out ahead by eight points, 21-13 after the first quarter.

It flipped right over in the second period, as it was Port of Parnu highlighting the second quarter.

The hosts held a 3-point advantage after 30 minutes of basketball. The two teams were neck to neck for 9 minutes, but a three-pointer from Nolan Cresseler and a missed-response from Parnu, they had to resort to fouling, where Rapla didn't let up.

Indrek Kajupank was the top-scorer for the winners with 15 points. Sven Kaldre and Devonte Upson added another 11 apiece. Nolan Cressler and Gert Dorbek had 9 points each.

On the other side, it was Siim Markus Post with the top performance, collecting 18 points and 7 rebounds. Timo Eichfuss chipped in with a dozen.

Tartu University regroup with a huge win


TARTU – After a disappointing blow-out loss last week, Tartu University rebounded with an even bigger blow-out win, as they defeated TTU 118-63.

The baskets were open for both clubs, as they started off the game scoring heavily. Nevertheless, it was Tartu University gradually ascending to a nine point advantage after the first quarter.

A 13-0 run in the second period was the door to the huge win. Tartu had already amassed a 26-point advantage, and it was clear the game was nearly over. The hosts’ continued growing their lead, as it reached 40 points between the two sides. The final basket of the game raised the margin to its highest point – 55 points.

Seven players were in double-digits, with Carl Engstrom leading the way with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Robin Kivi added 18 points to the tally, while Vytenis Cizauskas ended up with 17. Hendrik Eelmae scored 13 points, while adding 10 rebounds and 4 steals, as Janar Talts chipped in with another 13. Kristjan Kitsing had a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Mart Rosenthal finished with 11 points.

Valmiera/ORDO strike OT win against Barsy


VALMIERA - It took 45 minutes of basketball to decide the fate of the matchup between Valmiera and Barsy, as the hosts ended up on top by just three points, 88-85 in the OT drama.

The visitors quickly jumped ahead, setting themselves up with a 9-1 lead after just two minutes of basketball. They finished the quarter up by 8 and finally advanced their lead to double-digits with the first basket of the second period.

The visitors seemed to be in control, as the margin stuck right around that 10-point mark. However, the Latvians showed some signs of life in the end of the third period, trimming the deficit to 6.

Barsy had led throughout the lion's share of the game, with the lead as high as 15 points, but Valmiera/ORDO had other ideas, as they raced back with four consecutive three-pointers, including a four-point play from Janis Kaufmanis.

With 20 seconds to go, Viktors Iljins missed one of two free-throws that could have put them ahead, but the teams went on to overtime with 74 points apiece.

Janis Kaufmanis' dominance continued, as he scored 7 more points in the OT to confirm the victory. He was certainly the man of the night, scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter comeback and leading the night with 30 points in total.

Edmunds Elksnis added 21 points, as Viktors Iljins chipped in with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Pavel Ilin was the top scorer for Barsy, as he dropped 24 points and added 8 rebounds. John Taylor added 16, while Nikolay Bazhin finished with 15 points.

Betsafe/Liepaja defeat Parnu for second win


LIEPAJA - Betsafe/Liepaja seem to finally have gotten things going for them, as they rose to their second consecutive victory, defeating Port of Parnu 80-72 after starting the season with 4 losses.

Betsafe/Liepaja started the game off on the right foot, quickly advancing their lead to double-digits points. With 9 points between them and their opponents, the hosts looked solid after the opening quarter.

However, the margin kept shrinking after that, and while it remained a two-possession game for most of the second and third quarter, Parnu were constantly breathing down their opponents' backs.

Before the third quarter finished, the visitors had managed to cut the deficit to just three and the opening basket of the final quarter made it just a one-point game. Nevertheless, the Liepaja side managed to finish out the final minute flawlessly and secured an 8 point win.

Karlis Lasmanis was the top-scorer for Betsafe/Liepaja, as he dropped 18 points and added 6 rebounds. Toms Leimanis and Kyle Benjamin chipped in with 16 apiece, while the latter also added 15 rebounds to the tally. Roberts Krastins ended the game with 13 points.

Karl Johan Lips had 20 points for the losing side, as Mikhel Kirves accounted for 16. Siim Markus Post finished the game with 15.

Pieno zvaigzdes break another scoring record


PASVALYS - Gediminas Petrauskas seems to have transitioned into his new position as Head Coach of Pieno zvaigzdes unbelievably quickly, as his team has just broken another scoring record in a 119-72 win against Tartu University.

The whopping 119 points was the best result in over a decade, as the all-time record was set back in the 2006/2007 season by another Lithuanian club Lietuvos Rytas.

The game seemed over before the players even broke a sweat, as the Lithuanians broke out to a 29-15 first quarter. If that wasn't bad enough, Pieno zvaigzdes put the game to bed in the second one, winning 33-14 and advancing their margin to 33 points.

The hosts kept on piling the points and it was clear to see Tartu were shocked and disheartened. The margin rose to a shocking 52 points late in the game, but the Estonians managed to cut back a couple points.

It was a wild night for the Pasvalys side, as they got 75 percent of their two-pointers and 53 percent of their threes to fall. They reached an incredible 161 ranking points, as every single player got on the score-sheet.

Eight players reached double-digit efficiency, but Vyacheslav Bobrov stood out with 21 points, playing a nearly faultless game and collecting an efficiency rating of 28. Arturs Ausejs added 19 points, while Tomas Lekunas chipped in with 17. Martynas Varnas also had a good night, tallying 16 points.

For Tartu University, Kristjan Kitsing and Janar Talts stood out as the best players, scoring respectively 16 and 15 points. Vytenis Cizauskas added another 15 points, but his 6 turnovers showed the trouble he went through throughout the game.

Ogre rise in standings with fourth victory


TALLINN - A high-scoring night for visiting Ogre marked their fourth victory in six games, as they defeated TTU 90-66.

TTU had the upper hand in the opening stages of the game, starting the game with a 7-2 run. Nevertheless, their opponents responded with an 11-1 run of their own and the tide began to change.

The visitors did have a small advantage after the first quarter and the two clubs remained on a similar level throughout the second quarter, but Ogre pushed ahead right after the break, advancing their lead to double-digits. 

What seemed to be a fairly close game turned into a blow-out in the matter of ten minutes, as Ogre dominated the fourth quarter, turning a 6-point advantage after three quarters to a dominating 90-66 victory on the road.

Rinalds Sirsnins was his typical self, scoring most of his points from beyond the arc. He finished the game with 20 points, added 5 assists and 4 steals, to claim 26 ranking points. Janis Antrops added 16, while Guntis Sipolins assisted with 15 points. Gints Antrops ended up scoring 14.

On the other side, Martins Giese was the only stand-out player, as he dropped 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.