KEDAINIAI – It was another big loss for Barsy Atyrau, as they fell at the hands of Nevezis, following a heavy beating in the first half. The 103-73 win was Nevezis 7th overall, as they improved to a 7-3 record.
The game went back and forth for the five opening minutes, as it was a stalemate at 9-9 halfway into the first quarter. However, the Lithuanians managed to perform in the second part of the period and amassed a nine point lead after ten minutes of play.
It didn‘t take long for Nevezis to cement their lead, as they managed to stop the Kazakhs‘ offense and burst ahead in the latter part of the half. A 21-3 run pushed the margin to 28 points and sent the visitors to a knock-out.
There wasn‘t too much to talk about in the second half, as the two sides played some pretty level basketball. While the shots weren‘t falling for either side in the third period, they had more than their fair share of makes in the final fourth. Either way, the final buzzer signaled a lopsided victory for Nevezis and Barsy’s seventh straight loss.
Seven players reached double-digit scoring for Nevezis, as Toni Prostran led the way with 16. He also accounted for a number of his teammates’ points, as he dished out 10 assists. The trio of Karolis Petrukonis, Ignas Vaitkus (7 assists and 5 rebounds) and Ivan Smiljanic all had 14 points, while the latter also contributed 9 rebounds. Simonas Kymantas added 11 points, while Vaidotas Volkus and Arminas Kelmelis ended the game with 10.
On the other side, it was Pavel Ilin guiding the way, as he scored 17 points. Mikhail Yevstigneev added 11 points, while Trevin Parks and Vadim Matyukevich accounted for 10 points each.
There were just four games played this week in the Triobet BBL, but there's still plenty of action to cover. We‘re going to round it all up for you in our traditional Triobet BBL Weekly Review: Volume 12.
MVP. Before this week, the Triobet BBL Player of the Week award was won by four different players from Latvia, two from Lithuania and one from Netherlands (three times), USA and Ukraine each. We are happy to announce that we‘ve now got an Estonian Weekly MVP winner as well, as Sten Olmre raked in the first award of 2017. The TTU guard put up 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, leading his team to a surprising victory against Jekabpils.
UNFINISHED COMEBACK. TTU played 35 minutes of top-notch basketball against Jekabpils, as they mounted an 18-point lead. However, their coach couldn‘t be too happy about the last 5 minutes, as what looked to be a blow-out nearly turned into an incredible collapse. Jekabpils put up a tremendous run and managed to cut the deficit to just two points. Nevertheless, cold-blooded free-throw shooting bailed out the Estonians and they went on to win, 86-82.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Thomas van der Mars‘ play was once again the highlight of AVIS Rapla‘s victory, as he was the bedrock on both ends of the court. The Dutchman contributed another double-double, scoring 16 points and tearing down 10 rebounds, while his club defeated Jurmala/Fenikss. This makes it van der Mars‘ 7th double-double in nine games and he’s heads and shoulders above anyone else in this category.
FROM HERO TO ZERO. December Triobet BBL MVP Edgars Jeromanovs didn’t have the best of starts to the year in his game against Rapla, as he made just one-of-eight of his field goals and finished the game with 4 points. Although he dished out 6 assists, Jurmala/Fenikss really missed his sharp shooting from beyond the arc.
END TO END. Valmiera/ORDO didn‘t have it too tough when they faced off against Ogre/Kumho Tyre. The hosts took the lead early and held on to it until the very end. The game’s highest margin was 18 points, but Ogre managed to dwindle it down to 10 before the game ended.
STREAKS. Valmiera’s latest victory made it six wins in a row for them in Group B, but they’re not the only one’s going on a winning streak. Barons kvartals are looking just as good in Group A, although their streak is currently five W’s. The two Latvian clubs are in pole positions of their respective groups, although Pieno Zvaigzdes will be looking to retake the reigns of Group B as soon as possible.
Basketball returns all around Europe after a short festive break. BBL.net presents you a weekly round-up of how the clubs that will be joining us at the start of the Triobet BBL Playoffs have been doing in other European competitions.
Lietkabelis started out the round of Top 16 of the 7Days EuroCup with a loss. It was a close game against one of the favorites of the tournament, Khimki, but the Lithuanians just couldn’t stop Alexey Shved, who scored 21 points, while also adding 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Final score: 80-88.
VTB United League
Kalev/Cramo haven’t done enough to return to winning ways, as they suffered yet another defeat. VEF got loose in the second quarter and kept their cool until the end, raking in a 66-78 victory. They now stand at a 5-5 record, while the Estonians dropped to 2-9, as their losing streak extended to seven.
Basketball Champions League
Ventspils’ New Year’s celebrations were extended in Varese, as they played some terrific basketball on a hostile turf. A great second quarter put them on route to a double-digit lead which they managed to hold on to until the very end, winning for the sixth time on eleven tries in Group C. The 88-82 victory against Varese moved them to the fourth position in the group with three games remaining.
Utena was also given another chance to celebrate, as their town heroes continued their successful run in Europe. Juventus defeated the colorful Mega Leks 85-78 and improved their record to 7-4. The Lithuanians are aiming high in Group B, as they threaten all three teams that are currently above them.
FIBA Europe Cup
Prienu-Birstono Vytautas suffered their first defeat in the second round of the FIBA Europe Cup, as fell far wide of Telekom Baskets Bonn. The Germans got in front in the first quarter, going up by eight, and then put the game to bed right after the break, as the margin increased to 17. The final score had blow-out written all over it, 70-89.
With just four games in the schedule, there wasn‘t too much competition for the latest Player of the Week award, but it‘s going to be a very welcome in Tallin, nevertheless. Sten Olmre of TTU is our latest Weekly MVP, as his dominant offensive showcase helped TTU shock Jekabpils.
The 21-year-old guard was simply unguardable, as he burried 27 points in the 86-82 victory against one of the top teams in Group B. Olmre also had 5 rebounds and 3 assists, thus tallying a total of 27 efficiency points.
The Estonian was also clutch in crunch time, as he scored on a couple vital possessions for TTU with just seconds to go.
Olmre himself is having a terrific season, and is putting up big numbers across the board. The guard averages 16.7 points, which is the 7th best result in the league. He also rebounds well – an average of 4.7 boards a game, while also assisting on 3.2 baskets every game. He is also in the top ten efficiency-wise.
This sort of play allowed TTU to improve their record to 4-5 with the surprising win against Jekabpils and really helps out in their run for the Play-offs.
RIGA – A second half surge allowed Barons to comfortably defeat Port of Parnu on Wednesday evening, as they took a 94-75 victory. Barons have now won 5 in a row and sit atop of Group A with 8 wins in ten games.
While Barons did have the upper hand at the start of the first quarter, it was still a nip-and-tuck affair for the greater part of the first half. Ten minutes in, the hosts kept their nose ahead, leading by five points.
Not much changed in the second quarter, as the margin hovered around a shot or two. Nevertheless, Parnu managed to go up by one right before the end of the first half.
Things got out of Parnu's hands after the break, as Barons slowly built their lead up. After playing out the final minutes of the third quarter well, the Latvians got ahead by seven and took on the fourth quarter a couple steps ahead.
Thing really clicked in the final fourth, as they quickly rose to a double-digit advantage, leaving Parnu far behind. The margin kept on growing and a game that seemed too close to call at halftime, became a blow-out.
Denis Krestinin was the leading scorer for barons, as he put up an impressive double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Davis Zonne had 14 points in his account, while Kristaps Mediss added 13. Salvis Metra and Tyler Larson (7 rebounds and 7 assists) both had 12 points, while Roberts Freimanis chipped in with 11 points and 8 boards.
On the other end, it was Mikhel Kirves leading the way, as he scored 17 points, tore down 13 rebounds and stole the ball 4 times. Reinar Hallik added 15, while Edvinas Seskus and Karl Martin Kask had 14 points apiece. Saimon Sutt ended the game with 10.
TALLINN – What seemed to be turning into a surprisingly easy victory for TTU, soon became a nail-biter, as one of the top teams in Group A, Jekabpils, made a late comeback just to be denied in the final seconds. The Estonians improved to a 4-5 record with the 86-82 win.
Jekabpils were always the favorites for this game and were the ones taking an early lead. Not even halfway through the quarter, the Latvians held a double-digit, 12-2, advantage. The hosts did recover from the terrible start to the game with a 13-4 run of their own but still faced a deficit after ten minutes.
It all turned around at the start of the second quarter, as TTU got off to a 14-2 run, taking the six point lead to the halftime break. The margin just grew after the break, as the hosts got it up to 14 with a tremendous defensive effort.
The game seemed to already have been taken care of, as there was still 15 points between the two sides with just three minutes in the final quarter. TTU seemed to be shut down for the final couple of minutes, as Jekabpils‘ defense didn‘t let anything get past them.
However, TTU managed to convert on their free throws and kept a slight margin. The Latvians managed to get as close as two points with 9 seconds on the clock and were hoping for missed free-throws, but Joonas Jarvelainen made sure to make them both and put the game out of reach.
JURMALA – It was a rollercoaster of a game in the Latvian seaside city of Jurmala, as AVIS Rapla managed to take down local Jurmala/Fenikss and secured a 64-58 victory to help their cause in Group A.
The win allows Rapla to improve to a 6-2 record, while Jurmala dropped down to 4-5.
You could tell by how the first quarter started off that this was going to be an intense battle. The two sides traded point for point, but Rapla managed to close out the first period stronger and got a head in front, leading by five after ten minutes.
It all flipped around in the second quarter, as the visitors were kept scoreless for six minutes and a 12-0 run put Jurmala/Fenikss up by six at halftime.
The hosts reached their biggest lead of the game, nine points in the third quarter with a pair of three-pointers, but AVIS Rapla responded with an 8-0 run to bring the game back to just a single-point margin.
For the lion’s share of the final fourth, it was a very close game, and with just three minutes on the clock, Jurmala/Fenikss were down by one point. However, a couple great possessions allowed Rapla to jump ahead by six. While Viktors Iljins managed to bring it down to four with a tap-in, the hosts couldn’t get it to fall in crunch time.
AVIS Rapla enforced their win with a couple of free throws and took an important win.
AVIS Rapla were led by Thomas van der Mars, who put up another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Martin Paasoja added 11 points, while Rasham Suarez and Domen Bratoz eneded the game with 10 points apiece. Bratoz also contributed 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
On the other side, Viktors Iljins had a strong game, scoring 14 points and tearing down 12 rebounds. Arturs Duselis chipped in with another 14 points.
VALMiERA – It was an solid win at home for Valmiera/ORDO as they took on Ogre/Kumho Tyre in the Latvian derby, taking the 86-76 victory. This marked Valmiera‘s eighth victory in ten games, while Ogre slipped to a 5-6 record.
Despite turning the ball over 21 times, Valmiera/ORDO had the upper hand throughout the game mostly due to their terrific shooting. The home side shot three-pointers at an impressive 10-of-19 clip. They also controlled the boards and a held a 39-25 advantage in this department.
Valmiera/ORDO jumped ahead right after tip-off, as they scored the opening seven points. The margin hovered around that same mark throughout the whole first half. Nevertheless, the final few minutes of the first quarter were better for Ogre, as they trimmed the deficit to just two, whilst Valmiera closed out the half with a good run to improve their lead to 11.
There wasn’t too much competition in the second half, as they gap between the two sides widened and reached game-high 18 points.
Ogre/Kumho Tyre still managed to get back into single-digit territory with a strong fourth quarter, but it was all too little, too late.
Arturs Berzins was very efficient shooting the ball, as he scored 19 points, going 7-of-9 from the field. He also added 6 rebounds to the totals. Martins Laksa added 15 points, while Damier Pitts had 13 points and 6 boards, yet turned the ball over 7 times. Janis Kaufmanis and Ervins Jonats both contributed 12 points, while the latter also chipped in with 10 boards. Lauris Blaus ended the game with 11 points.
Gints Antrops was the leading scorer for Ogre/Kumho Tyre, as he tallied 15 points. Lauris Mizis and Marcis Vitols added 12 points apiece, while Kristaps Plavnieks chipped in with another 10 points and 10 assists.
As we ride out the final hours of 2016, let‘s take a look back at what the final week of Triobet BBL basketball had in store for us. It has been a great year overall, so let’s round it out with the final Triobet BBL Weekly Review.
MVP. It comes as no surprise that Jeromanovs’ historic night brought him the December MVP trophy. It was one-man dominance against Liepaja/Triobet, as he put up 39 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead his team to an OT win. He was solid in two other games and averaged 23.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists throughout the month.
WEEKLY MVP. Karolis Petrukonis has been putting up terrific numbers in limited minutes this season, so it was quite logical he’d deliver when called upon. For the first time this season, he played more than 25 minutes and was an unstoppable force down low, scoring 25 points and tearing down 9 rebounds to become the Player of the Week.
IMPACT. It was possibly a career night for Vaidotas Volkus, but even that wasn’t enough for Parnu to take home a victory. The Lithuanian tallied 36 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and finished the game with an efficiency rating of 40.
ZERO. That’s how many wins Barsy finish the year with. After getting drowned in a three-pointer hail against Jurmala/Fenikss, they suffered a tough defeat after a very close fight against Barons kvartals. They finished the year with a 0-6 record and are dead-last in Group A.
REVENGE. Three-pointers were key for Pieno Zvaigzdes, as they took revenge against Ogre/Kumho Tyre for their only loss of the year. The Lithuanians made 14-of-21 shots from behind the arc and that propelled them to a 102-91 win, pushing their record to 8-1.
As the Christmas season comes to an end, let‘s take a look back at what happened in other European competitions last week. Four Triobet BBL clubs had a contest to participate in this edition of the European Competitions weekly round-up.
The round of Top 16 in the 7Days EuroCup starts right after the New Year and the Lithuanian club is bound to face three dangerous opponents – Khimki, Ratiopharm and FC Bayern Munich.
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Kalev/Cramo seem to have run out of luck recently, as they were forced to their sixth consecutive defeat last week. It was a close game this time around, as the Estonians were down by just one with three minutes remaining, but eventually lost it and took a 77-84 beating against Khimki.
Basketball Champions League
Ventspils have shown strength and taken another victory, defeating Group C rivals Muratbey Usak Sportif at home. It was a close affair for the first half, as the hosts led by just three points, but they shot ahead after the break, going on to win 97-86.
As for the other team in the tournament, it wasn’t a game Juventus wanted to have before Christmas.Their visit to Tenerife ended in a humiliating defeat, as the Lithuanians were overpowered in most categories and had to face a disappointing 57-79 result. They currently sit in fourth place in Group D, despite having lost three of their four last games.
FIBA Europe Cup
Prienu-Birstono Vytautas is the last team to remain standing in the FIBA Europe Cup. And they are standing strong. Another victory for the Lithuanian side, as they bounced back from a disappointing first half to rake in the 75-69 win against Greek club APOEL. They still haven’t lost a game in the second round of the tournament.