Valmiera outclass Tallinna Kalev


VALMIERA ‒ Valmiera celebrated a big 93-69 victory against Tallinna Kalev to improve to a 5-4 record in Group A standings, while the Estonian side slumped to 3-6.

The visitors actually started the opening quarter rather well, taking a 21-16 lead after Asenso Ampim’s long-range attempt reached the target.

However, the gap between the two teams started to show in the second period. Leading 30-27, the guests were overtaken by the resurgent Valmiera team, who went on an 8-0 run.

Although the Estonians didn’t fall behind too far, the roles had clearly changed. Having carried over a 50-44 advantage from the first two quarters, Valmiera stepped up the pace in the third period.

Led by scoring ace Janis Kaufmanis, who had a game-high 23 points, the hosts won a 20-0 stretch in the third period to decide the outcome of the game.

Ernests Kalve and Maris Ziedins chipped in with 15 and 13 points respectively, with the former also grabbing six rebounds.

For Tallinna Kalev, Reimmo Tamm and Asenso Ampim combined for 41 points, with Tamm collecting 21 points, five rebounds and five assists and Ampim adding a double-double of 20 points and 11 boards.

Lietkabelis get revenge against Parnu


PANEVEZYS ‒ Lietkabelis got a much-needed boost from the bottom of Group B standings, with a 102-59 victory against the visiting Parnu club on Tuesday.

Both teams entered the game with an identical 1-7 record and, following the win, the Panevezys side caught up with the fifth-placed Liepaja/Triobet (2-6) in terms of wins.

Having lost the first meeting against Parnu on a buzzer-beater, the struggling Lietkabelis seemed to get things together right from the get-go, as they raced into a 22-9 in the first six minutes of the game.

The start of the game reflected rather accurately the events that followed in Panevezys, as the hosts found their game and won all four quarters, holding Parnu to only 20 points in the second half.

Goran Vrbanc, who joined Lietkabelis only recently, had a team-high 22 points, Lukas Aukstikalnis scored 18 points, while Zygimantas Simonis contributed with 14.

For the visitors, Janis Vahter scored 15 points, as Nemanja Miljkovic and Rannar Raap finished the game with 13 points each.

Pieno Zvaigzdes improve to 10-0


PASVALYS ‒ Pieno Zvaigzdes continue to unstoppable roll in the BBL, registering the 10th straight victory with a 91-63 win against the winless Maks&Moorits club on Tuesday.

The Lithuanian hosts, first in Group C, weren’t too kind to their Estonian rivals, starting the game with a 9-0 run.

Although Maks&Moorits had managed to tie it all up at 13-13, that was the last time they had Pieno Zvaigzdes in sight, as the Pasvalys club pulled away slowly, but surely.

Having finished the first quarter, with a 23-17 advantage, the home side picked up the pace in the second quarter, which they won 28-13, increasing the margin to 21 points (51-30) at the halftime break.

Pieno Zvaigzdes weren’t having a particularly good night shooting the ball from three-point range, making 11-of-35 attempts, but they compensated for it by shooting 74% from inside the arc.

Ingus Bankevics blew up for a game-high 23 points, with Darrick Leonard and Paulius Sorokas chipping in with 11 points each in a blow-out win.

Maks&Moorits guard Miguel Ortega finished with 21 points, Kristjan Evart scored 14 points, while Viljar Veski added 11 points in a losing effort.

Tyco Rapla defeat Tarvas, stay in playoff picture


RAPLA ‒ Tyco Rapla stayed in the playoff race with a 76-70 home victory against Tarvas on Monday evening.

The win put the Rapla, now 2-7, side one win away from the 3-6 Tarvas in the Group A standings.

Tyco Rapla started the game with an impressive 20-5 stretch behind the shooting of Sven Kaldre and Rait-Riivo Laane, but the visitors finished the opening quarter with an 8-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to seven points.

However, Rapla regained a double-digit lead midway through the second period, as Martin Dorbek and Kaldre dropped a three-point bomb each to send the hosts ahead 33-21.

Despite falling behind once again, Tarvas did not panic and made it a six-point game at halftime, with 7-0 stretch to end the half.

Having finished the second quarter red-hot, the Rakvere club carried over the momentum to the second half, with Giedrius Gustas and Rait Keerles sending the guests in front 45-44 after scoring another seven points without an answer.

It didn’t take long for Tyco Rapla to jump back in front though, as they finished the third quarter with a 58-55 advantage.

In a rather close final quarter, Tarvas had cut the deficit to a single point (66-67) with a pair of free-throws by Silver Leppik, but it was as close as the visitors managed to get.

Kaldre, however, went on to hit his sixth three-pointer of the evening, to put Tyco Rapla clear, bringing his total tally to a team-high 20 points.

Martin Paasoja collected 19 points, while Rait-Riivo Laane and Martin Dorbek chipped in with 13 points apiece.

For Tarvas, Rait Keerles finished with a big double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, Juris Umbrasko scored 11 and grabbed nine boards, while Giedrius Gustas added 10 points.

BBL Weekly Review: Volume 8


The Baltic Basketball League (BBL) presents its weekly review that will provide fans with the opportunity to quickly overlook all the main events and spectacular performances that took place in the league.

Juventus brush aside Caspiy


UTENA ‒ In Group C action, Juventus brushed aside Caspiy for a 90-56 victory after a powerful second-half performance to improve to a 3-6 record.

It was the last game of the regular season for the visitors from Kazakhstan, who finished the first stage of the competition with a 3-0 mark.

The hosts ran away to a double-digit advantage already in the first quarter, finishing it with a 23-13 lead. Juventus led by as many as 14 points in the second period, but Caspiy closed the gap to 40-33 by the halftime break.

The guests went on an 8-4 run to start the third quarter, making it a one-point game at 41-44, but that was as close as Caspiy managed to get to the Lithuanian hosts.

Juventus went on a massive 22-5 run to finish the third period, deciding the outcome of the game even before the start of the final quarter.

Karolis Petrukonis paced the winners with 18 points, Edgaras Stanionis scored 15 points and stole the ball six times, while Averon Matthews and Aidas Viskontas finished the evening with 12 points each.

Caspiy had only two players in double figures, with Kris Richard scoring a team-high 16 points and Pavel Mihkeev chipped in with 12.

Ventspils has no trouble against Liepaja/Triobet


VENTSPILS ‒ Liepaja/Triobet couldn’t put up a fight against the defending BBL champions Ventspils, who took a 71-61 victory in a clash between two Latvian sides on Friday.

Following the win, Ventspils improved to a 7-2 record in Group B, while the visitors from Liepaja dropped to 2-6.

The hosts shot ahead right from the get-go, starting the game with a 14-1 run and increasing the lead to 26-11 after the first quarter.

Although Liepaja/Triobet managed to stop the bleeding and stopped the lead from growing at a cosmic rate, they couldn’t string together a run to get back in contention.

Having finished the first half with a 16-point deficit at 41-25, the closest the guests got to Ventspils in the third quarter was 34-47 after Paul Hill’s basket.

Liepaja/Triobet finished the game strong to close the gap to 10 points eventually, but it was a case of too little, too late.

Harvey Grant has his best game of the season for Ventspils so far, scoring 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds, as Ronalds Zakis added 15 points and eight boards.

Point guard Lorenzo Williams collected 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and swatted away two shots as well.

For Liepaja/Triobet, Paul Hill had a team-high 18 points and four assists, while Artis Ate finished the evening with nine points in his account.


Pieno Zvaigzdes take care of Caspiy


PASVALYS ‒ Pieno Zvaigzdes registered a huge 41-point win against Caspiy, defeating the visitors from Kazakhstan 87-46 at home in Lithuania on Thursday evening.

The side from Pasvalys kept a clean record and improved to a 9-0 mark, remaining the only unbeaten team in the competition.

Pieno Zvaigzdes led from start to finish, pulling away very early in the first quarter and taking a 14-2 lead already five minutes into the game.

The situation only got worse for Caspiy as the game progressed, with the gap between the teams reaching as many as 44 points in the fourth period.

Egidijus Dimsa continued a strong season with an 18-point effort, while Ingus Bankevics was the only other Pieno Zvaigzdes player in double digits with 10 points.

Sergy Kaznatsev was the leading scorer for Caspiy with 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Kris Richard added nine points, four rebounds and three assists.


Caspiy keep Maks&Moorits winless


VALGA ‒ Caspiy raced back from behind to snatch a 56-54 victory against Valga Maks&Moorits on the road in Estonia on Tuesday evening.

The visitors from Kazakhstan climbed to the fifth in Group C with a 3-7 record, while the hosts are rock bottom, having lost all eight games so far.

The sides finished the first quarter tied up at 14-14, with the guests jumping ahead 28-26 at the halftime break.

Maks&Moorits started the second half much more successfully, going on an 8-0 run to take a 34-28 advantage.

The Estonians led by as many as nine points in the third quarter, but Caspiy won the final period 19-10 and earned a hard-fought victory.

Kris Richards paced the guests with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists, David Nesbitt added a double-double of 10 points and 12 board, while Azim Yagodkin added nine points.

For Valga, Ferm Myrick had a team-high 15 points, also collecting a game-high 13 rebounds, while Kristjan Evart was the only double-digit scorer with 14 points.


BBL Weekly Review: Volume 7


The Baltic Basketball League (BBL) presents its weekly review that will provide fans with the opportunity to quickly overlook all the main events and spectacular performances that took place in the league.

CRASHED. Barons kvartals’ 5-game winning streak came to an end with a horrendous performance against TU/Rock, as they were destroyed 102-66.

BENCH SCORING. A big part of TU/Rock’s success came from the bench, as their backups scored 62 of the team’s 102 points in their win against Barons.

HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE. Teams playing at home have won 58 of 86 (67%) games this season. Home-court advantage does matter!

FINISHING UP. Barsy Atyrau finished up the regular season early, as their two final games went in different directions. The Kazakhs ended up with a 5-7 record, securing an eighth-finals berth.

SHOOTING BLANKS. Gert Dorbek couldn’t get anything to fall against Caspiy. Despite the fact that he only managed to convert on 1 of 10 field goal attempts, Rock coasted to an easy victory against their foes.

Joakim Kjellbom continues his powerful BBL campaign with an impressive performance against Valmiera and ends up atop the weekly Top Five. The Swede collected 15 points and 13 rebounds in the Dolphins’ victory.

In a season that has been nothing close to spectacular, Fredrick Zambalist made a statement against Siauliai. The guard scored 28 points, had 5 assists and 5 rebounds. However, a poor performance a few days before pushes him back to the second spot.

David McClure had an efficient game against Barsy, as he collected 9 points, 7 rebounds and 18 ranking points.

Lithuanian forward Vytautas Sulskis was just as solid for Siauliai, as he added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists to McClure’s totals.

Timo Eichfuss’ input helped TU/Rock to two easy victories. The Estonian averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds, leading to 17.5 ranking points.

Marek Doronin was also solid for the Estonian club, as he finishes up the Top Five with a 10.5 point and 6 rebound average.