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Round 9 (Regular Season)

Jekabpils 94% Dec.8 COR-Borisfe
Liepaja/Trio 96% Dec.8 Barsy Atyrau
TTU Dec.7 Tarvas 56%
BK Ogre 61% Dec.7 Valmiera
Barons Riga 73% Dec.7 Jurmala
Nevezis 97% Dec.6 Barsy Atyrau
P.Zvaigzdes 95% Dec.6 COR-Borisfe
Parnu Dec.6 Rapla 79%
INTERVIEW WITH PLAYER OF THE WEEK...JAI LUCAS - Dec 12, 2011


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Jai Lucas
Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting down with BALTIC LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Jai Lucas (177-G, college: Texas). After a brilliant 27 point, 4 assist performance en route to a 36 point victory to put his BK Valmiera club in in sole possession of 3rd place in the Challenge Cup.
EU: Jai,, how have you found playing in Latvia? Most importantly, in the Baltic League?
JL: Playing in Latvia has been an amazing experience for me, being my first time in Europe it has been an easy adjustment. The baltic league has been very enjoyable, being able to see the different styles of basketball in the other baltic countries has been pretty cool.
EU: How did you find out the Latvian LBL? What compelled you to Play in this market? Was BK Valmiera's inclusion in the Baltic League a decision maker for you?
JL: After college I wanted to pursue a professional career in basketball and BK Valmiera was one of the teams that showed a lot of interest in me. I had only heard nothing but good things about Latvia and the LBL. With the team also competing in the BBL I felt this was an opportunity that couldn't be passed up.
EU: Last season, you were in the NCAA, now you are in a premier FIBA Competition in Europe. Please tell us briefly any differences between the US style of play and that of Eastern Europe.
JL: There are a lot of differences between the two, but the main ones that stick out to me are the physicality of the games and the travel call. The travel call has been the hardest for mr to adjust to so far.
EU: Please outline for us briefly, what has been the path that brought you here to Latvia this season, and what do u think is on the horizon for you in the very near future.
JL: The path that brought me here to Latvia has been a long one with its highs and lows. My college didn't career didn't turn out as I had hoped for it to, so it put me in a position of needing somewhere to prove myself. For me it didn't matter where I went I know my skill and what I'm capable of just needed the opportunity. In the future I'm trying to keep the same mind set and do whatever is necessary to get to the highest level of basketball in the world wherever that may be.
EU: We know that you get a lot of questions about your family and the NBA tag that is associated with all of you. Did growing up with an NBA player/coach father help prepare you for playing in Europe?
JL: Yes it did, because he taught me everything I know about basketball and has prepared me for anything that this game can throw at me.so, it prepared me to be able to adjust to the european game and how my game can be effective here
EU: It appears that your ability to run a team and apply pressure defense to opposing guards has wreaked havoc in both the Baltic League and the LBL. Is that going to be an asset as the club enters the 2nd season or second half of the season?
JL: I believe it will be I'am confident with where we are right now and how we are coming together as a team. We just need to continue to get better in the second half of the season so we can be in a good position come playoff time.
EU: We see that you and Ernests Kalve have been forming a very formative duo. He has had a tremendous amount of experience given his youth, Have you any thoughts on him?
JL: I love Ernests' game he is one of the best scorers I have ever played with and I have yet to see anyone better than him in the LBL or BBL. I call him Easy E sometimes because he makes scoring the ball look so easy all the time.
EU: Any outlook for the 2nd half, after January? Both in Latvia and also in the Baltic?
JL: Just to keep up pace at the top of both leagues, so we can be in contention to compete for a championship at the end of the season.
EU: Any thing to share or say to your family or fans back home in the US?
JL: Just to say hello to everyone in Houston and that I'm doing good and I can't wait to see them for the holidays. Also to all of my friends that are also chasing their dream abroad to keep working and grinding it out one day at a time.
WE, AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH JAI A STRONG FINISH TO THE 1st HALF OF THE SEASON & WE LOOK TO HEAR MORE GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BEST SWISHES JAI!
  




Tyler Larson
Tyler Larson claims Baltic League weekly honour - 20 hours ago

American Tyler Larson (190-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Barons Riga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 25-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Barons Riga in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liepaja/Triobet (#4, 3-3) 111-106. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Barons Riga to jump to the first place i...   [read more]

Ignas
Vaitkus
Round 8: Rapla lose to Nevezis - 1 day ago

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin. The biggest surprise took place in Kedainiai where host Lithuanian Nevezis (4-2) crushed league's leader Estonian Rapla (4-2) 92-72 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rapla. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Nevezis. Rapla managed to win third...   [read more]

Thomas van
der Mars
Baltic League round 7 best performance: Thomas van der Mars - 7 days ago

Dutch Center Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Rapla, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Jurmala (#5, 1-4) 70-56. It allowed Rapla to consolidate first place in the Baltic League. Rapla have a solid 4-1 record. van der Mars turned to be Rapla's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Portl...   [read more]


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Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1 Barons Riga 4-2 
 2 Rapla 4-2 
 3 Nevezis 4-2 
 4 Liepaja/Triobet 3-3 
 5 Jurmala 2-4 
 6 Parnu 1-5 
 7 Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
Group B
 1 P.Zvaigzdes 6-1 
 2 Jekabpils 5-2 
 3 BK Ogre 4-2 
 4 Valmiera 4-2 
 5 TTU 2-5 
 6 Tarvas 2-5 
 7 COR-Borisfen 0-6 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Baker, Tarvas21.0 
 2. Jarvelainen, TTU20.0 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.18.7 
 4. Petrileviciu., Nev.18.5 
 5. McMullan, Liepaja/.18.3 
 6. Volkus, Parnu17.3 
 7. Olmre, TTU15.4 
 8. Krestinin, Barons15.2 
 9. Antrops, BK Ogre15.2 
 10. Apsitis, BK Ogre15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrejs SELAKOVS
  
  (207-C-88)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Selakovs, Jekabpils12.8 
 2. Krestinin, Barons12.0 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.11.3 
 4. Baker, Tarvas8.5 
 5. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.3 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.0 
 7. Jonats, Valmiera7.3 
 8. Kozlovets, COR-Bor.7.2 
 9. Jogela, Barons Riga6.7 
 10. Jarvelainen, TTU6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lateef MCMULLAN
  
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. McMullan, Liepaja/.6.8 
 2. Prostran, Nevezis6.8 
 3. Post, Tarvas6.5 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.4 
 5. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.0 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes5.9 
 7. Sokolovs, Jekabpils5.1 
 8. Kumelis, Nevezis4.8 
 9. Pitts, Valmiera4.5 
 10. Bratoz, Rapla4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Denis KRESTININ
  
  (202-F-94)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Krestinin, Barons2.8 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.2.3 
 3. Zebergs, BK Ogre2.2 
 4. Olmre, TTU2.1 
 5. Apsitis, BK Ogre2.0 
 6. Kamarunas, COR-Bor.2.0 
 7. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 8. Baker, Tarvas2.0 
 9. Bratoz, Rapla2.0 
 10. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  
  (208-PF-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.4 
 2. Selakovs, Jekabpils1.3 
 3. Rozitis, Jurmala1.2 
 4. van der Mars, Rap.1.0 
 5. Krestinin, Barons0.8 
 6. Dargais, Barons R.0.8 
 7. Rozitis, Liepaja/.0.8 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera0.8 
 9. Sipolins, BK Ogre0.8 
 10. Kymantas, Nevezis0.7 
Player of the week
Round: 8

 Tyler Larson
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-86)
  
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