Baltic League round 6 best performance: Laimonas Kisielius - Nov 1, 2012
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Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Juventus, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat TU/Rock (#1, 5-1) 99-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Juventus is placed at 3rd position in Baltic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Juventus will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Kisielius had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Juventus' top player in his first season with the team. Laimonas Kisielius averages this season 15.0ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was -year old Nigerian Ike Okoye (206-F) of Tln Kalev. Okoye had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Tln Kalev to edge slightly higher-ranked Tarvas (#5, 1-3) in overtime 79-73. Tln Kalev's 6th position in the standings has not changed. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Tln Kalev managed to get this year. Okoye is a newcomer at Tln Kalev, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#2). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo (#3). Fall scored 12 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kalev/Cramo, leading his team to a 80-70 win against Parnu (#5, 0-2). Kalev/Cramo has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Fall also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Fall as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Justin Ingram (188-PG-85) of TU/Rock - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas - 16 points and 10 rebounds 6. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Parnu - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Nerijus Varnelis (201-F-78) of Juventus - 17 points and 6 rebounds 8. Donald Sims (185-PG-87) of Ventspils - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Marc Campbell (180-G-86) of Tln Kalev - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists 10. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 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)
Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Awards 2013 - Apr 9, 2013
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Player of the Year: Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis; Guard of the Year: Donald Sims (185-PG-87) of Ventspils; Forward of the Year: Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis; Center of the Year: Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo; European Player of the Year: Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis; Import Player of the Year: Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals; Defensive Player of the Year: Bamba Fall (217-C-86) of Kalev/Cr [read more]
Ventspils are 2012/2013 BBL Champions! - Apr 6, 2013
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Ventspils are 2012/2013 Champions of Baltic league. The Latvian side won the series against Rudupis. Even after a 70:73 loss in the second game, Ventspils became the top team of the season.
Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Priena 91:69 in Game 1. Tonight Ventspils were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-15 third quarter run of Rudupis. They made 18-of-19 charity shots during the game [read more]
Ventspils are 2012/2013 Champions of Baltic league. The Latvian side won the series against Rudupis. Even after a 70:73 loss in the second game, Ventspils became the top team of the season. Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Priena 91:69 in Game 1. Tonight Ventspils were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-15 third quarter run of Rudupis. They made 18-of-19 charity shots during the game. It was a great shooting night for Rudupis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) replied with 15 points and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ventspils. Kalev/Cramo meanwhile clinched bronze medals of the Baltic League 2012/2013. The Estonian side needed a confident 73:58 in the second game for the third place. Barons kvartals won the first game 79:71, but could not win the series. Barons kvartals even started with 21-15 lead after the first quarter and had 14-point deficit. The second and the last quarters however fully belonged to Kalev/Cramo that managed to win by 15 points.
Round 1 of Finals. Ventspils close on the title - Apr 2, 2013
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Rudupis - Ventspils 69-91
Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Prienai. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Rudupis was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils shot 64.7 percent from the field. Ventspils outrebounded Rudupis 28-16 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 73 [read more]
Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Prienai. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Rudupis was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils shot 64.7 percent from the field. Ventspils outrebounded Rudupis 28-16 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 73.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) answered with 15 points and guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) added 13 points in the effort for Rudupis. Top scorers: Rudupis: G.Orelikas 15+1reb, A.Milaknis 13+2reb, A.Valeika 9+1reb+2ast, A.Labuckas 9+2reb+1ast, S.Vene 8+2reb+1ast, P.Ivanauskas 6+3reb+2ast Ventspils: F.Campbell 23+8reb+5ast, D.Sims 15+2reb+1ast, A.Berzins 12+3reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 12+5reb+2ast, J.Timma 10+4reb+2ast, S.Valters 7+1reb
Barons/Kvartals celebrated the win in the consolation final series opener. The teams will now clash in Estonia later in the week. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-71. American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian Deividas Dulkys (198-88, college: Florida St.) chipped in 17 points. Four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: B.Fall 21+10reb, F.Elegar 13+6reb+3ast, T.Abbott 11+5reb+4ast, G.Dorbek 8+1reb+4ast, T.Sokk 7+3reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 7+2reb Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 19+1reb, D.Dulkys 17+4reb+2ast, T.Cain 14+9reb+1ast, A.Brunins 11+7reb+2ast, J.Diggs 8+3reb+8ast, J.Rozitis 7+5reb
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