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.

Siauliai stay on track, beat Barsy


SIAULIAI ‒ Siauliai continued an impressive BBL season with a 91-82 victory against Barsy in a Group B clash on Saturday evening, improving to a 7-1 record.

It was the last regular season game for Barsy, who finished the first stage of the competition with a 5-7 mark, which guarantees them a spot in the playoffs.

Siauliai broke away to a 20-7 lead already in the first quarter after David McClure concluded a 10-0 spurt for the home side with a jumper of his own.

Although Barsy had got as close as two points in the second period, Siauliai managed to restore the double-digit advantage with a 6-0 run to finish the half.

The hosts were clearly the better side in the third quarter as well, leading by as many as 20 points on several occasions and entering the final period with a 69-51 lead.

Barsy did not want to give up easily, though. The visitors from Kazakhstan scraped the deficit to 10 points within a couple of minutes, and continuing to pile pressure on Siauliai.

With 1:23 remaining, the guests got within 78-84 as Fredrick Zambalist contributed seven points to an 8-0 run by Barsy, but David McClure stopped the run, allowing the home side to take another win.

Rokas Giedraitis and Chris Cooper scored 16 points apiece, while Vytas Sulskis finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds for Siauliai.

Fredrick Zambalist had his best game of the season for Barsy, collecting a game-high 28 points to go along five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Mikhail Yevstigneev scored 15 points and grabbed six boards, as Lukas Brazdauskis chipped in with 12 points.

TU/Rock defend home court against Caspiy


TARTU ‒ TU/Rock won their fifth game at home in a row, registering an 88-62 victory against Group C rivals Caspiy on Saturday evening.

The Tartu club is currently third in the group with a 6-4 record, while Caspiy is battling for a place in the playoffs and is currently only 2-7.


TU/Rock answered all questions already in the first half after a superb second quarter, which the hosts won 30-11, behind terrific play by Vincent Simpson.

Having established a 46-24 advantage at the half, the hosts held Caspiy at arm’s length throughout the third and fourth quarters, as they took an easy win.

Vincent Simpson paced TU/Rock with 25 points, Janar Talts added 16 points and seven rebounds, while Augustas Peciukevicius chipped in with 11 points.

For the visiting side, Kris Richard had a team-high 13 points, while Vadim Chsherbak scored 11.

Dolphins defeat Valmiera, improve to 6-3


NORRKOPING ‒ Dolphins improved to a 6-3 record in Group A, with a 63-53 victory against the visiting Valmiera at home in Sweden on Friday evening.

In a low-scoring first quarter, the hosts pulled away to a 12-5 lead after Kendrick Brown’s lay-up, but Ivars Zvigurs finished the quarter with a jumper to cut the deficit to five points.

Valmiera had managed to tie the game in the second period, but Dolphins restored a slight edged at halftime, going into the break with a 29-26 advantage.

The Swedes stayed in front in throughout the third quarter as well, increasing the gap to 47-40 before the start of the final period.

After scoring four points in a row to start the fourth period, Dolphins jumped ahead to a double-digit lead at 51-41.

With four minute remaining, Valmiera got within six points (50-56) after a three-pointer by Maris Ziedins. However, a three-minute scoreless stretch by the Latvians gave Dolphins some breathing room.

Kendrick Brown increased the gap to 58-50, and although Janis Kaufmanis drilled a three to cut it to five points, Joakim Kjellbom scored five points in a row to end any hopes of a comeback.

Brown paced the winners with 18 points, Joakim Kjellbom added 15 points and 13 boards, while Edgars Jeromanovs chipped in with 10 points.

Valmiera’s top-scorer Janis Kaufmanis had 23 points, while, Maris Ziedins was the only other player in double figures with 10 points, also adding six boards.