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Round 6: TU/Rock loses their first game against Juventus - Oct 31, 2012


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There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Estonian TU/Rock (5-1) in Utena on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (3-2) 99-87. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of TU/Rock. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. TU/Rock managed to win fourth quarter 29-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by TU/Rock helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) chipped in 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) with 27 points. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Juventus moved-up to third place. TU/Rock at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Naglis Palangos lost to undefeated Ventspils on the opponent's court 50-83. Rudupis outscored Sakalai in a home game 91-64. Winless Valga recorded a loss to Lietkabelis on the road 74-60. Juventus defeated Valga on its own court 88-77. TU/Rock beat Lietkabelis in Tartu 76-72. Kalev/Cramo won against Parnu at home 80-70.

Juventus - TU/Rock 99-87

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Estonian TU/Rock (5-1) in Utena on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (3-2) 99-87. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of TU/Rock. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. TU/Rock managed to win fourth quarter 29-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by TU/Rock helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Five Juventus players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) with 27 points and center Joosep Toome (208-85) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Juventus moved-up to third place. TU/Rock at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: L.Kisielius 22+8reb+3ast, K.Petrukonis 17+4reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 17+4reb+3ast, G.Matulis 13+3reb, P.Morkeliunas 12+1reb, D.Leonard 10+6reb+8ast
TU/Rock: J.Ingram 27+2reb+2ast, J.Toome 18+6reb+1ast, E.Dimsa 13+1reb+1ast, K.Saage 7+3ast, V.Kriisa 5+1reb+4ast, T.Kurbas 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 198128


Tarvas - Tln Kalev 73-79 OT

Tin Kalev escaped with a road overtime win over Tarvas. Marc Campbell (180-G-86, college: N.Carolina) finished with 20 points and 8 assists, while Raido Roos (187-G-84) added 18 points and 5 boards to lead the visitors. Renato Lindmets (200-F-84, college: Westfield St.) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Rakvere Tarvas. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Marc Campbell 20+2reb+8ast, R.Raido Roos 18+5reb+3ast, I.Okoye 17+12reb+2ast, M.Paiste 9+7reb+1ast, E.Luts 8+6reb+1ast, J.Vahter 4+7reb+1ast
Tarvas: R.Renato Lindmets 16+8reb+1ast, R.Reimo Tamm 16+10reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 12+6reb+3ast, R.Tribuntsov 9+1reb+4ast, K.Saks 7+2reb+1ast, M.Laksa 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 198127


Ventspils - Naglis Palangos 83-50

Rather expected game when 4th ranked Lithuanian Naglis Palangos (1-3) were crushed on the road by top-ranked Latvian Ventspils (5-0) 83-50 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Naglis Palangos was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Naglis Palangos to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Naglis Palangos 41-20 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ventspils looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Naglis Palangos' players. Guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91) scored 15 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) with 12 points and 6 assists and guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) scored 14 points. Ventspils have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Loser Naglis Palangos dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Ventspils will face TTU (#4) in Tallinn in the next round. Naglis Palangos will play at home against TTU in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: D.Lejasmeiers 15+3reb+4ast, R.Zakis 12+4reb+1ast, D.Sims 11+5reb+6ast, M.Laksa 8+4reb, A.Berzins 8+7reb+3ast, U.Pinete 8+2reb+3ast
Naglis Palangos: E.Lengvinas 14+2reb+1ast, P.Brown 12+2reb+6ast, O.Atoyebi 8+7reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 7+5reb+1ast, M.Mockevicius 7+2reb+1ast, J.Petkevicius 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198126


Rudupis - Sakalai 91-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked Rudupis' (6-0) home victory over second-best Sakalai (2-2) 91-64 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-64. Rudupis outrebounded Sakalai 43-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Sakalai's players. Guard Gintaras Kadziulis (192-80) scored 17 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Paulius Dambrauskas (191-91) with 12 points and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rudupis have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Loser Sakalai keeps the second place with two games lost. Rudupis will face league's second-placed Barons kvartals in Riga in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Kadziulis 17+3reb+9ast, G.Orelikas 16+4reb+4ast, A.Urbutis 13+4reb, A.Valeika 12+5reb, P.Ivanauskas 10+1reb, S.Vene 8+7reb
Sakalai: P.Dambrauskas 12+3reb+2ast, E.Baniulis 8+2reb, Z.Sestokas 8+2reb, E.Jezukevicius 8+6reb, I.Ramasauskas 8+6reb+1ast, J.Sinica 7+1reb
gschID: 198125


Lietkabelis - Valga 74-60

Not a big story in a game in Panevezys where bottom-ranked Estonian Valga (0-5) was defeated by second ranked Lithuanian Lietkabelis (3-1) 74-60 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. Valga was better in fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valga 37-24 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Tauras Jogela (203-93) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) with 18 points and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90) scored 19 points. Lietkabelis maintains second position with 3-1 record having just three points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes, which they share with Siauliai. Loser Valga still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: D.Griskenas 12+2reb, M.Andriukaitis 11+6reb, T.Jogela 11+5reb+3ast, K.Babkauskas 9+2reb+4ast, K.Vecvagars 9+1reb, K.Cipruss 8+9reb+1ast
Valga: J.Jarvelainen 19+2reb, R.Grafs 18+4reb+1ast, V.Vares 6+1reb, E.Cunda 5+4reb+7ast, T.Oja 4+5reb+3ast, M.Grim 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 198124


Juventus - Valga 88-77

Everything went according to plan in Utena where fourth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (3-2) beat bottom-ranked Estonian Valga (0-5) 88-77 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 44-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Darrick Leonard (190-84, college: Aurora) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, agency: Court Side) with 17 points and 8 assists and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Juventus moved-up to third place. Loser Valga still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: N.Varnelis 17+6reb+1ast, D.Leonard 15+6reb+4ast, K.Petrukonis 14+6reb, L.Kisielius 9+4reb+4ast, A.Viskontas 9+3reb+8ast, G.Matulis 9+4reb+2ast
Valga: J.Jarvelainen 20+5reb+1ast, E.Cunda 17+4reb+8ast, T.Oja 13+2reb+4ast, M.Grim 9+5reb+2ast, V.Vares 8+2reb, R.Grafs 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 198123


Lietkabelis - TU/Rock 72-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-best Lithuanian Lietkabelis' (3-1) home loss to first ranked Estonian TU/Rock (5-1) 72-76 on Monday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-72. TU/Rock made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Russian center Ivan Nelyubov (207-88) chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Karolis Babkauskas (186-91) with 18 points and 7 assists and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TU/Rock have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. Loser Lietkabelis keep the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: J.Ingram 18+5reb+2ast, K.Saage 11+1reb, J.Toome 8+6reb, V.Kriisa 7+1reb, T.Eichfuss 6+6reb+1ast, I.Nelyubov 6+7reb+2ast
Lietkabelis: K.Babkauskas 18+3reb+7ast, T.Jogela 13+6reb, K.Cipruss 11+9reb+2ast, A.Butkevicius 10+2reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 6+8reb, M.Kupsas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 198122


Kalev/Cramo - Parnu 80-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked Kalev/Cramo's (1-0) home victory over one of their biggest challengers KK Parnu (0-2) 80-70 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-70. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tanel Sokk (182-85) chipped in 12 points during the contest. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Rain Raadik (208-89) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Estonian champion maintains third position with 1-0 record having 4 victories less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser KK Parnu still closes the standings with two games lost. Kalev/Cramo will face league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Parnu will play against LSU-Baltai in Kaunas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 15+2reb+1ast, B.Fall 12+12reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 12+2reb+3ast, T.Sokk 12+4reb+3ast, K.McLeod 10+3reb+2ast, F.Elegar 8+7reb+1ast
Parnu: O.Matulionis 14+11reb+2ast, A.Peciukevicius 14+4reb+5ast, R.Raadik 12+14reb+2ast, K.Evart 11+7reb+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 9+3reb, R.Raap 5+3reb
gschID: 198121
  




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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 
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Points Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  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
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  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
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  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
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  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
 Nikita BALASHOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (207-F-91)
  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 
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