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 - 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.
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 – 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 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
LIEPAJA - A battle of two winless teams made sure somebody rose from the bottom of the table, and Betsafe/Liepaja made sure they used the chance. The Latvians took a 75-65 victory against visiting Tsmoki-Minsk.
While the start of the game wasn't high-scoring, the Latvians seemed eager to put an end to their losing streak from the early stages, as they ran ahead by nine points in the first quarter. Leading 16-7, it was apparent their defense was excelling.
However, it wasn't as one-sided of a game, as the hosts would have hoped. Tsmoki-Minsk were quick to cut the deficit in half and were breathing right down their opponents' backs just a couple minutes later. The two teams entered the halftime break with 5 points between them.
Liepaja shot ahead quickly, as an 8-2 start of the half put them up by double-digits. The lead just grew and before the final quarter, it was already a 15-point margin on the table.
Tsmoki had several attempts of a run, but were instantly blocked, as Betsafe/Liepaja ended up winning by a safe 10 points.
Toms Leimanis was the leading scorer for the winners, as he put up 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Kyle Benjamin added 14 points to the tally, while Karlis Lasmanis ended up with 13.
Yauheni Beliankou was once again a leading player for Tsmoki, as he put up 18 points and 7 rebounds. Andrei Stabrouski was also scoring, as he posted 12 points, despite attempting a whopping 14 shots.
PARNU - It was Siauliai's second victory in two days, as they completed their Estonian roadtrip with an 87-61 win against Port of Parnu.
Siauliai had the upper hand from the early stages of the game, landing a ten-point margin just four minutes in. The margin dipped to 8 before the quarter ended, but the Lithuanians were still very much in control.
The margin hovered around 10 points for the lion's share of the second quarter, but it was clear that Siauliai were the better side.
The breaking point of the game was the latter part of the third quarter, when a 6-point margin for Siauliai turned into a 17-point spread. Parnu were unable to recover, and it ended up being a big, 87-61 win for the visitors.
Akeem Wright was the go-to guy for Siauliai, as he ended the night with 17 points. Laurynas Birutis added 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Evaldas Saulys ended up with 14 points. Arminas Urbutis and Donatas Sabeckis finished the game with a dozen points in their respective accounts.
Siim Markus Post was the top-scorer with 17 points, while Timo Eichfuss added 11 points to the tally. Sten Saaremael ended the game with 10 points.