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
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
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
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
BK Barsy Atyrau (National League) inked 25-year old American guard Anthony Johnson (190-86kg-91). He has only college experience while playing for N.Illinois (NCAA). In 27 games he averaged 10.8ppg and 2.1rpg in 2014-15 season. So his pro career will start in Kazakhstan. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Kazakhstan [read more]
BK Barsy Atyrau (National League) inked 25-year old American guard Anthony Johnson (190-86kg-91). He has only college experience while playing for N.Illinois (NCAA). In 27 games he averaged 10.8ppg and 2.1rpg in 2014-15 season. So his pro career will start in Kazakhstan.
Liepaja/Triobet adds Griffin to their roster, ex ASS Sale - 4 days ago
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Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-95kg-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex). He started the season at ASS Sale in Moroccan D1 league. The last season Griffin played at FUS Rabat (also in D1). He helped them to make it to the Moroccan Throne Cup Semifinals. Griffin played in the final of Arab Club Championships. He has played previously professionally in MPBA (Champaign Swarm). Griffin attended Fresno Pacific University un... [read more]
Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-95kg-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex). He started the season at ASS Sale in Moroccan D1 league. The last season Griffin played at FUS Rabat (also in D1). He helped them to make it to the Moroccan Throne Cup Semifinals. Griffin played in the final of Arab Club Championships. He has played previously professionally in MPBA (Champaign Swarm). Griffin attended Fresno Pacific University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
Tyler Larson claims Baltic League weekly honour - 6 days ago
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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]
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 in the Baltic League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Barons Riga has a very solid 4-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Larson had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barons Riga's top player in his first season with the team.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Ukrainian power forward Andriy Agafonov (208-PF-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) of P.Zvaigzdes. Agafonov impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for P.Zvaigzdes to edge slightly lower-ranked Jekabpils (#9, 5-2) in overtime by 1 point 104-103. P.Zvaigzdes' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Agafonov is well-known by P.Zvaigzdes fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was Davis Rozitis (215-C-90) of Liepaja/Triobet (#4). Rozitis scored 22 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Rozitis' great performance Liepaja/Triobet lost 106-111 to #1 ranked Barons Riga. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Liepaja/Triobet needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Rozitis has a great season in Baltic League. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (5th best). Rozitis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F/C-90) of TTU - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Arturs Ausejs (192-G-90) of Liepaja/Triobet - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Denis Krestinin (202-F-94) of Barons Riga - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) of Rapla - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 8. Janis Kaufmanis (186-PG-89) of Valmiera - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla - 21 points and 10 rebounds 10. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) of Jekabpils - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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