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

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The Regular Season in Baltic League just started.

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

Niks Jansons
Valmiera adds Jansons to their roster - 13 hours ago
Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) added to their roster 19-year old small forward Niks Jansons (200-98). He played last season at VEF Riga (LBL). But in 5 games he recorded just 1.8ppg and 1.0rpg. Jansons also played 2 games in VTB United League, but he did not score anything. The previous (15-16) season he played at BK Ogre where in 10 LBL games he averaged only 2.3ppg and 1.3rpg. Jansons won Latvian LBL D2 championship title in 2015. He represented Latvia at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (...   [read more]

P.Zvaigzdes sign Julius Kazakauskas - 5 days ago
Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) signed 27-year old forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-98kg-90) from Dzukija. In 38 LKL games he had 7.1ppg, 7.8rpg (leader !!!), 2.5apg and 1.3spg last season. A very impressive year as he was named to All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention. The previous (15-16) season Kazakauskas played at Lietkabelis where in 39 LKL games he recorded 4.4ppg and 3.2rpg. He also played 20 games in Baltic League where he averaged 5.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg. Kazakausk...   [read more]

Valery Likhodey (ex Khimki) agreed terms with Nevezis - 7 days ago
Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) inked 31-year old Russian ex-international forward Valery Likhodey (205-97kg-86, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In 9 Eurocup games he recorded 3.6ppg and 1.8rpg last season. Likhodey helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 16 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.1ppg and 1.7rpg. Likhodey contributed to his team making it to the final. The previous (15-16) season he played...   [read more]

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Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1. Barons Riga 10-2 
 2. Nevezis 8-4 
 3. Rapla 8-4 
 4. Jurmala 6-6 
 5. Liepaja/Triobet 5-7 
 6. Parnu 3-9 
 7. Barsy Atyrau 2-10 
Group B
 1. P.Zvaigzdes 11-1 
 2. Valmiera 9-3 
 3. Jekabpils 8-4 
 4. BK Ogre 6-6 
 5. TTU 5-7 
 6. Tarvas 3-9 
 7. COR-Borisfen 0-12 
Group Q
 1. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 2. Tartu Ulikool 0-0 
 3. TLU/Kalev 0-0 
 4. Vytautas 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau21.3 
 2. Jarvelainen, TTU19.3 
 3. van-der-Mars, Rap.17.6 
 4. McMullan, Liepaja/.16.2 
 5. Ausejs, Liepaja/.16.1 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils14.8 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera14.8 
 8. Olmre, TTU14.6 
 9. Petrileviciu., Nevez.14.6 
 10. Geks, Barons Riga14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 11.4
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.11.4 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.10.0 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils8.7 
 4. Jonats, Valmiera7.4 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU7.1 
 6. Rozitis, Liepaja/.6.9 
 7. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.6.8 
 8. Iljins, Jurmala6.6 
 9. Petrukonis, Nevezis6.5 
 10. Vujovic, TTU6.4 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Prostran, Nevezis9.3 
 2. Griffin, Liepaja/.6.5 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.0 
 4. Jeromanovs, Jurma.5.9 
 5. Post, Tarvas5.7 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes5.6 
 7. McMullan, Liepaja/.5.3 
 8. Pitts, Valmiera5.1 
 9. Plavnieks, BK Ogre4.8 
 10. Kumelis, Nevezis4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.6 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.3 
 3. Parks, Barsy Atyrau2.1 
 4. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.9 
 5. Olmre, TTU1.9 
 6. Kabin, Parnu1.7 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla1.6 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 10. Antrops, Jekabpils1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.4 
 2. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.1 
 3. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.9 
 4. Blaus, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Antrops, BK Ogre0.8 
 6. Rozitis, Jurmala0.8 
 7. Rozitis, Liepaja/.0.7 
 8. Petrileviciu., Nevez.0.7 
 9. Krestinin, Barons R.0.7 
 10. Jonats, Valmiera0.6 
Player of the Week

 Joonas Jarvelainen
  ( 202-F-90 )
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