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Play-Off bracket1

Round 1: BBL season tips off with four games - Oct 4, 2012

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Liepaja - Valga 96-66

Liepaja smashed Estonian Valga at home 96-66. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-66. Liepaja forced 27 Valga turnovers. Arturs Bricis (196-92) stepped up and scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Artis Ate (191-89) chipped in 14 points. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Nigerian-Russian center Aleksey Adediran (204-82, college: Binghamton) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Valga will play next round against Jelgava trying to get back on the winning streak. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Valga: V.Vares 14+6reb, A.Adediran 14+11reb, M.Grim 12, J.Jarvelainen 11+2reb, R.Petersonig 6+3reb+1ast, T.Leok 5+1ast
Liepaja: A.Bricis 18+2reb+1ast, A.Ate 14+3reb+1ast, K.Miglinieks 12+3reb, I.Jakovics 12+2reb+3ast, T.Leiteris 8+4reb+1ast, R.Krumins 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 198080

Rudupis - Nevezis 89-67

Visitors were rolled over by Rudupis (1-0) 89-67. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Nevezis was better in second period 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rudupis forced 20 Nevezis turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Nevezis' players. Guard Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) nailed 23 points for the winning side and guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sarunas Kulevicius (195-89) added 10 points respectively for Nevezis in the defeat. Nevezis' coach Darius Sirtautas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis will play against BC Rakvere (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nevezis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: T.Bishop 21+8reb, S.Kulevicius 10+3reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 10+2reb+1ast, R.Jakstas 8+2reb, P.Semaska 6+1reb+1ast, V.Jasikevicius 6+3reb+1ast
Rudupis: A.Milaknis 23+1reb+2ast, G.Orelikas 14+4reb+1ast, Z.Janavicius 12+6reb+6ast, A.Labuckas 11+3reb+2ast, A.Valeika 11+9reb+3ast, G.Kadziulis 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 198077

Tln Kalev - Barons kvartals 75-77

A very close game took place in Tallinn between Latvian Barons kvartals and Estonian Tln Kalev. Barons kvartals (1-0) got a very close victory on the road over Tln Kalev (0-1). Barons kvartals managed to escape with a 2-point win 77-75 on Tuesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 18-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) fired 20 points for the winners. Swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) chipped in 19 points. Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Tln Kalev players scored in double figures. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: I.Okoye 18+13reb, M.Campbell 17+4reb+4ast, J.Vahter 13+3reb+4ast, M.Kurg 13+6reb, E.Luts 10, R.Roos 2+2reb+2ast
Barons kvartals: I.Bergmanis 20+3reb, S.Metra 19+2reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 10+8reb+3ast, A.Epners 7+4reb, A.Brunins 6+6reb+2ast, D.Zonne 6+2reb
gschID: 198078

Jelgava - Tartu Ulikool 62-96

Latvian Jelgava (0-1) was outscored at home by Estonian Tartu Ulikool (1-0) with the biggest margin this round 96-62. The game without a history. Tartu Ulikool led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tartu Ulikool forced 26 Jelgava turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Jelgava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Silver Leppik (189-83) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 steals. Russian center Ivan Nelyubov (207-88) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) answered with 10 points and 5 assists and swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) added 5 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tartu Ulikool will have a break next round. Jelgava will play at home against Valga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: S.Silavs 10+1reb+5ast, K.Kanbergs 9+1reb+2ast, L.Mizis 9+5reb, A.Lagzdins 5+2reb, A.Duselis 5+5reb, A.Justovics 5+2reb+1ast
Tartu Ulikool: S.Leppik 20+1reb+1ast, I.Nelyubov 15+6reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 14+6reb, J.Toome 11+6reb, T.Kurbas 9+1reb+2ast, E.Dimsa 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 198079

Ilja Gromovs
VEF Riga adds Gromovs to their roster - 1 day ago

VEF Riga (LBL) added to their roster 22-year old international center Ilja Gromovs (209-105kg-94). He played last season at Jurmalas Sports / Fenikss in the LBL. In 21 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.0bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-Latvian League Honorable Mention. Gromovs also played 9 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.0ppg and 5.2rpg. Gromovs has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League this s...   [read more]

Jimmy Gavin
Jimmy Gavin agreed terms with Dzukija - 2 days ago

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) inked American guard Jimmy Gavin (190-86kg). He just graduated from Winthrop (NCAA). In 32 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg last season. Gavin helped them to make it to the conference final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was voted to All-Big South Conference 1st Team and Big South Conference All-Tournament Team. The previous (13-14) season he played at another team Ranger B...   [read more]

Gvezdauskas comes back to Siauliai - 2 days ago

BC Siauliai (LKL) inked 28-year old point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-87kg-88). It is actually his comeback to Siauliai as he has played here before. Gvezdauskas played most recently at Nevezis in the LKL. In 31 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg last season. Gvezdauskas also played 14 games in Baltic League where he averaged 10.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. The previous (14-15) season Gvezdauskas played at Mulhouse Basket in NM1. In...   [read more]

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Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1 Lietkabelis 10-2 
 2 Valmiera 9-3 
 3 Rapla 7-5 
 4 TLU/Kalev 6-6 
 5 Nevezis 4-8 
 6 Barons Riga 4-8 
 7 Parnu 2-10 
Group B
 1 Vytautas 11-1 
 2 Liepaja/Triobet 8-4 
 3 Jekabpils 7-5 
 4 Tarvas 6-6 
 5 Jurmala 5-7 
 6 Barsy Atyrau 3-9 
 7 TTU 2-10 
Points Per Game
 Andrew WARREN
  Sigal P.
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Warren, Sigal P.25.6 
 2. Dorris, Parnu21.2 
 3. Berhanemeske., TLU.18.9 
 4. Strupovics, Tarvas17.5 
 5. Richard, Liepaja/.16.8 
 6. Burwell, Barsy A.16.8 
 7. Cook, Barsy Atyrau16.0 
 8. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 9. Kisielius, Vytautas15.6 
 10. Sulskis, Vytautas15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Steve ZACK
  Avg: 11
 1. Zack, Liepaja/.11.0 
 2. Milka, TL.9.6 
 3. Rutkauskas, Jekab.9.3 
 4. Hipp, Barons Riga8.9 
 5. Artino, Rapla8.8 
 6. Haughton, Tarvas8.7 
 7. Rhett, Blackwater7.8 
 8. Petrileviciu., Par.7.7 
 9. Smith, Jurmala7.6 
 10. Marei, Siauliai7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Laane, TTU6.6 
 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 3. Pavkovic, Lietkabe.5.6 
 4. Low, P.Zvaigzdes5.3 
 5. Jeromanovs, Jurma.5.3 
 6. Droney, TL.5.1 
 7. Leppik, Parnu5.1 
 8. Sokk, TU/Rock4.9 
 9. Maric, Inter B.4.9 
 10. Harrison, Barsy A.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan COOK
  Barsy Atyrau
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cook, Barsy Atyrau2.8 
 2. Kolchenko, Nevezis2.6 
 3. Dorris, Parnu2.3 
 4. Harrison, Barsy A.2.3 
 5. Brooks, Rapla2.2 
 6. Richard, Liepaja/.2.1 
 7. Sulskis, Vytautas2.1 
 8. Karlis, Valmiera2.0 
 9. Ayers, Siauliai1.9 
 10. Warren, Sigal P.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew SMITH
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Smith, Jurmala1.5 
 2. Harper, TU/Rock1.5 
 3. Hipp, Barons Riga1.3 
 4. Raadik, TTU1.3 
 5. Kupsas, Nevezis1.3 
 6. Marei, Siauliai1.1 
 7. Ilic, Lietkabelis1.1 
 8. Cepukaitis, Vytau.1.0 
 9. Rozitis, Valmiera0.9 
 10. Artino, Rapla0.9 
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