SIAULIAI - After an intense battle throughout the whole game and a very exciting finish, Vytautas managed to go out victorious in Siauliai, taking an 82-79 victory in hostile territory.
It was a game between two equals, and that was visible early on, as both sides traded punch for punch. Vytautas did have the upper hand after the first quarter though, as they led by two.
Siauliai started the second quarter off with a 6-0 spurt, yet that didn't do too much damage to Vytautas' hopes, as they quickly regained momentum and got back ahead by a basket.
The third quarter brought no change of scenery, as the lead kept changing hands - the leading side changed 12 times throughout the game, while the score was tied 16 times.
However, the visitors managed to make some room for themselves in the final period, as a 9-0 run got their lead to a game-high 11 points with just three minutes to go. Although it seemed this one was all said and done, Siauliai managed to claw back mostly because of Arminas Urbutis' tremendous play.
The home side sprinted back with a 10-0 run and were now down by just one with a minute remaining. However, a couple of unsuccessful plays, including a missed last-second three point attempt, resulted in a loss by a very small margin.
Tomas Dimsa had a good game for the winning side, as he tallied 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Denys Lukashov added 18 points to the tally, while Edvinas Seskus and Martynas Linkevicius ended up scoring 10.
On the other end, it was an outstanding performance by Arminas Urbutis, who recorded a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, all in 12-of-16 shooting. Akeem Wright added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Donatas Sabeckis finished with 12 points, while Rytis Pipiras ended the game with 10.
OGRE - A dominating performance marked a morale-crunching 105-62 victory for Ogre against Latvian rivals Valmiera/ORDO on Tuesday evening.
Ogre got off to a hot start in the first quarter and we saw their lead climb into double-digit territory fairly quickly - after just ten minutes of basketball, it was already a 27-17 lead for the hosts.
Valmiera managed to stay afloat in the second period, but the deficit got out of hand after the break, as Valmiera's offense seemed to have shut down. They could not get anything to fall, witnessing a manageable 13-point game quickly turning into a blow-out.
Ogre showed it's best basketball with Rihards Zebergs on the court. During the 28 minutes the 25-year-old spent on the court, Ogre improved their lead by 37 points. The Latvian himself scored 21 points and was quick to draw fouls too. Lauris Mizis added 16 points and 6 rebounds to the tally, while Rinalds Sirsnins ended up with 15. Davis Atelbauers and Gints Antrops finished with 13 points apiece, as Guntis Sipolins joined the company with 10 points of his own.
Only six players made a mark in scoring for Valmiera/ORDO today, as the visitors were led by a 16-point performance from Viktors Iljins. Eduards Hazerns added 13 points off the bench, while Davids Viksne ended up with 12. Edmunds Elksnis brought another 11 points to the tally.
JURMALA - Not much of a contest in the Latvian seaside, as Jurmala took care of AVIS Utilitas Rapla with some high-powered offense, winning 97-72.
It was a very tight game for two quarters, as both teams struggled getting on a roll and were just changing hands of lead, back and forth.
However, come second half, it was full-blown dominance from the home side - a seven point advantage at the break, quickly grew to double-digits, and Rapla were already facing an 18-point deficit before the start of the final period.
Things didn't get much better for them in the fourth quarter, as Jurmala advanced their lines and pushed the margin to 25 before the final buzzer.
Haralds Karlis had a great night scoring the ball, as he put up 23 points and also added 6 rebounds to the tally. Ugis Pinete chipped in with 16 points, while Denis Krestinin finished with 12. Ervins Jonats had 11 points in his account.
Devonte Upson had a team-high 21 points for the visitors, as he drew foul after foul, revoking a total of 8 fouls. The American also added 9 rebounds to the tally. Nolan Cressler and Indrek Kajupank also entered the double-digit scoring zone, as they finished the game with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
TARTU - A match-up between two Estonian clubs ended in a blow-out victory for Tartu University, as they beat Tallinna Kalev/TLU by a big margin, 86-67.
The teams couldn't get off to a high-scoring start, starting off with 4 points each in the first three minutes. However, Tartu managed to get things going for a while and were already up by eight at one point in the first quarter. Nevertheless, a three-pointer before the end of the period cut that margin to just seven.
Throughout the second period, the margin slowly expanded, but it did reach double-digits, as 44-31 glared on the scoreboard.
Nothing changed through the third quarter, as Tartu University entered the final quarter up by a dozen, quickly building on that with stifling defense. With a big margin between the two clubs, everything was already settled and the home side enjoyed a 19-point victory.
Steven Cook led the game in scoring with 22 points in his account, as he also added 10 rebounds to the tally for a double-double. Kristjan Kitsing added 17 points, while Carl Engstrom finished up with 15.
For Tallinna Kalev/TLU Dorde Dzeletovic was the top scorer with 21 points. Reimo Tamm added a dozen, as Kaido Saks ended up with 10. Bamba Fall had more points than rebounds, as he got close to a double-double of 8 points and 14 rebounds.
TALLINN - The Estonian capital derby between Tallinna Kalev TLU and TTU ended in an important win for the hosting TLU, who got away by eight, 80-72.
The two sides were all level after a back and forth first quarter, stuck at 24 points apiece, but it was the hosts running off in the latter half of the second period. After mounting a 12-to-nothing run, they were already up by 16 to end the half.
TTU couldn't manage to make any tangible changes to the game, despite cutting into single digits several times. Before the final period started, they faced an uphill battle, being down 9 points.
The visitors didn't have too many chances to come back, as TLU would respond to every basket they conceded - with no much more drama, the game finished 80-72.
Bamba Fall had an outstanding game, racking up 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and also added 12 rebounds to the boxscore. Kristo Saage was also solid, knocking down 6 three-pointers en route to a 19-point performance. Reimo Tamm ended the game with 15.
On the other side, it was Martin Giese doing the heavy lifting - he tallied 21 points and 8 rebounds. Toomas Raadik added 16 points to the tally, while Oliver Metsalu and Norman Kabin ended up with 10.
PARNU - There were no surprises in Parnu, as the hosting Port of Parnu made sure that Tsmoki would be held win-less. After getting ahead in the second quarter, Parnu finished off strong and secured a 96-77 win.
The first quarter was as tight as it gets, with teams swinging blows back and forth with no results - the score was tied at 19.
An 18-4 run to start the second quarter helped Parnu set some space aside from their opponents, but a timeout was called and that helped slow things down for the visitors. They responded with 7 consecutive points to cut the deficit in half. Nevertheless, the hosts managed to close out the quarter with a three-pointer to raise the margin to double-digits.
Tsmoki managed to cut the margin to just three points in the middle of the third quarter, but once again were unable to hang on until the end - Parnu finished the third segment strong and entered the final ten minutes with 11 points to spare.
Upping their lead early, the Estonians set themselves up for a stress-free finish, going on to win by 19.
Mikhel Kirves was Parnu's highest scorer, as he dropped 25 points with terrific accuracy. Karl Martin Kask added 15 points and 8 rebounds, Saimon Sutt chipped in with 13, whereas Karl Johan Lips finished the game with a dozen points.
Yauheni Beliankou was the game's top scorer, as he ended up scoring 26 points, while also adding 8 rebounds to the tally. Ivan Aladka had 15 points to his name, while Aliaksei Lashkevich finished with 11.
PASVALYS - Another terrific offensive showcase for Pieno zvaigzdes resulted in a huge win against visiting Barsy, 115-67. This victory gives Pasvalys the best record in the league at 3-0.
The Lithuanians clearly got off on the right foot and started the quarter 26-7, giving themselves an insurmountable advantage not even ten minutes into the game. While Barsy finally got their baskets to fall, defense was still an issue, and they entered halftime down by 26, 57-31.
The margin only grew after the break, and Barsy once again found themselves gasping for points. Meanwhile Pieno zvaigzdes just cruised away to a 45-point advantage three quarters into the game.
There were no miracle turnarounds in the game and Pieno zvaigzdes tabbed another enormous victory.
Ignas Fiodorovas had a hot hand today and led his team in scoring with 18 points, while Nikita Balashov was right behind him with 17. Veteran Steponas Babrauskas chipped in with a healthy 16 points, while Arturs Ausejs ended up scoring 15. Three more players got into double-digit scoring as well.
For the Kazakhs, it was the duo of Pavel Ilin and Nened Milosevic taking care of most of the scoring, as they had 15 points apiece.
JURMALA - The hosts were not very welcoming, as Jurmala gave its' best on Wedneseday, defeating visiting Siauliai 87-77, thus securing second win in as many games.
With the lead changing hands 10 times, it was surely an exciting match-up, and that was visible from the very first quarter. Although it was Siauliai who had the slight advantage firstly, before the quarter ended, Jurmala had already gotten their noses ahead.
The teams went neck to neck for most of the second and third periods, but the hosts managed to get some distance right before the final quarter, setting themselves up for a 9-point advantage.
The margin soon rose to the mid-teens and Jurmala safely sought out the game.
Ugis Pinete stood out in scoring with 17 points to his name, while Ervins Jonats also had an excellent contribution, tallying 16 points. Arturs Strelnieks and Edgars Jeromanovs had 11 points each, as Strelnieks also added 10 rebounds to the cause. Ivars Zvigurs ended the game with 10 points.
Ignas Vaitkus and Donatas Sabeckis were the two leading scorers for Siauliai, scoring 12 points apiece, as Arminas Urbutis added 11. Omar Prewitt ended up scoring 10.
PRIENAI - A fulfilling victory for Prienai, as they bounced back after last week's scandal with an 87-70 win against Betsafe/Liepaja. This was Vytautas' third win in four outings in the BBL.
The visitors enjoyed their first, and last, lead early in the opening quarter, as they started the quarter 5-2. However, that was as close to victory, as they got - Vytautas made their presence felt and finished the quarter up by seven.
The margin remained around the 8-10 point zone for most of the remaining half and Vytautas seemed on pace to victory.
After the break Betsafe/Liepaja managed to come as close as 6 points, but a surge in the middle of the third quarter put them way behind. Vytautas had 14 consecutive points and put the game out of reach.
Justas Sinica was the go-to guy, as he dropped five three-pointers en route to a 22-point performance. Martynas Linkevicius added 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Denys Lukashov had 12. Egidijus Dimsa and Eigirdas Zukauskas ended the game with 11 points apiece.
Karlis Apsitis was the top scorer for Liepaja with 13 points, as Roberts Krastins added 11. Kyle Benjamin finished close to a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds in his account.
OGRE - A destructive performance by Ogre shocked visiting Barsy, as the Latvians secured a huge 96-51 victory on Tuesday evening.
Barsy had a good start to the game, winning the first quarter by three points, 17-14, however after that they broke down - losing the second and third quarter by a combined 58-25 score.
The dominance in the midst of the game allowed Ogre to advance their lines far ahead. Nevertheless, that was not the end of their run, as the final quarter put everything into place, with another high-scoring quarter.
Ogre ended up winning by a season-high 45 points, led by 22 points from Rinalds Sirsnins. Marcis Vitols added 20 points to the game, while Janis Antrops added 14 points.
For Barsy, Dmitrii Ezhin was the leading scorer with 17 points, while Nened Milosevic added 11 games to the tally.