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Round 8: Pieno Zvaigzdes hand first loss to Kalev/Cramo - Nov 15, 2012


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The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Estonian Kalev/Cramo (3-1) in Tallinn on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (5-0) 79-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kalev/Cramo. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 6 points. American forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for Kalev/Cramo. Undefeated Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo keeps the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
One of the most interesting games of round 8 was a derby match between two teams from Estonia. Sixth ranked Rapla won against visiting TTU (1-6) 80-72. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (178-93) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Andre Parn who added 19 points during the contest. Forward Erik Keedus (198-90) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Rapla (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifth place. It was TTU's sixth loss in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lithuanian Sakalai (2-3) against fourth ranked Estonian BC Rakvere (3-3) on Thursday night. Visiting Sakalai was crushed by BC Rakvere in Rakvere 96-73. The winners were led by Reimo Tamm who scored that evening 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by Justas Sinica did not help to save the game for Sakalai. BC Rakvere moved-up to second place, which they share with Nevezis. Sakalai at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. BC Rakvere will meet at home Barons kvartals (#5) in the next round. Sakalai will play against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (5-0) which played road game in Parnu against 4th ranked Estonian KK Parnu (1-3). Top-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes managed to get a 4-point victory 72-68. The best player for the winners was TreVon Hughes who scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Undefeated Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Lithuanian Lietkabelis (4-1) which hosted in Panevezys 4th ranked Latvian Jelgava (2-4). Second ranked Lietkabelis managed to get a 7-point victory 87-80. Kaspars Cipruss orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Lietkabelis maintains second position with 4-1 record having just three points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser Jelgava dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Lietkabelis will face Juventus (#3) in Utena in the next round, which may be the game of the day.

In the last two games of round 8 Barons kvartals was smashed by Nevezis on the road 86-64. Siauliai destroyed TTU on its own court 90-51.


Tarvas - Sakalai 96-73

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lithuanian Sakalai (2-3) against fourth ranked Estonian BC Rakvere (3-3) on Thursday night. Visiting Sakalai was crushed by BC Rakvere in Rakvere 96-73. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Sakalai managed to win second period 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Rakvere forced 23 Sakalai turnovers. The winners were led by point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who scored that evening 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by forward Justas Sinica (203-85) did not help to save the game for Sakalai. Forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) added 9 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. BC Rakvere moved-up to second place, which they share with Nevezis. Sakalai at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. BC Rakvere will meet at home Barons kvartals (#5) in the next round. Sakalai will play against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: R.Tamm 27+5reb+4ast, K.Saks 14+2reb, J.Umbrasko 13+7reb+1ast, M.Laksa 13, R.Lindmets 12+5reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 11+4reb+1ast
Sakalai: J.Sinica 16+7reb+1ast, E.Baniulis 14+4reb, E.Jezukevicius 12+4reb, A.Kiausas 9+9reb+1ast, Z.Sestokas 7+1reb, I.Ramasauskas 6+4reb
gschID: 198146


Rapla - TTU 80-72

One of the most interesting games of round 8 was a derby match between two teams from Estonia. Sixth ranked Rapla won against visiting TTU (1-6) 80-72. It looked good early as TTU took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rapla had a 24-13 second period charge getting the lead and TTU was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-80. It was a great shooting night for Rapla especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. TTU was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (178-93) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Andre Parn (202-77) who added 19 points during the contest. Forward Erik Keedus (198-90) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four TTU players scored in double figures. Rapla (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifth place. It was TTU's sixth loss in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Laane 23+5reb+4ast, A.Parn 19+3reb, I.Kajupank 12+3reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 6+1reb+2ast, I.Pilk 6+6reb+5ast, R.Nurger 6+1reb+1ast
TTU: E.Keedus 16+7reb+4ast, K.Makke 15+2reb, A.Arnold 11+6reb+1ast, M.Saarmets 11+3reb+2ast, K.Akenparg 9+5reb+5ast, J.Puidet 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 198145


Parnu - Pieno Zvaigzdes 68-72

An interesting game for Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (5-0) which played road game in Parnu against 4th ranked Estonian KK Parnu (1-3). Top-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes managed to get a 4-point victory 72-68. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KK Parnu won third quarter 22-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Pieno Zvaigzdes won last quarter 15-13. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to KK Parnu's 30. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 16 points. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Rain Raadik (208-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: Y.Gates 16+4reb, T.Hughes 11+6reb+5ast, T.Biggs 10+6reb, V.Cepukaitis 8+6reb, L.Brazdauskis 7+2reb, B.Woodfox 7+1reb
Parnu: R.Raadik 14+12reb+2ast, A.Peciukevicius 14+2reb+6ast, K.Evart 13+3reb+1ast, O.Matulionis 10+3reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 8+4reb+3ast, R.Raap 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198144


Kalev/Cramo - Pieno Zvaigzdes 73-79

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Estonian Kalev/Cramo (3-1) in Tallinn on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (5-0) 79-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kalev/Cramo. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 6 points. American forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Keith McLeod (190-79, college: Bowling Green) added 14 points in the effort for Kalev/Cramo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo keeps the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 17+4reb+1ast, Y.Gates 15+11reb, L.Brazdauskis 12+6reb+2ast, G.Maceina 10+4reb+3ast, M.Ruikis 8+3reb+1ast, P.Beliavicius 6+2reb+2ast
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 17+1reb+3ast, K.McLeod 14+4reb+3ast, F.Elegar 13+10reb, G.Arbet 10+4reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 9+7reb, T.Sokk 6+1reb
gschID: 198143


Nevezis - Barons kvartals 86-64

Everything could happen in Kedainiai at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Lithuanian Nevezis and one of their biggest challengers Latvian Barons kvartals had identical 2-3 record. This time Nevezis used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Riga 86-64 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Nevezis. Barons kvartals was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Nevezis forced 22 Barons kvartals turnovers. Center Gediminas Zyle (210-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Andrius Aleksandrovas (197-86) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Nevezis players scored in double figures. Nevezis' coach Darius Sirtautas felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and forward Arturs Brunins (198-82) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Barons kvartals. Nevezis (3-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with Tarvas. Barons kvartals lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Nevezis will face league's leader Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Barons kvartals will play on the road against the league's second-placed BC Rakvere (#2).
Top scorers:
Nevezis: G.Zyle 18+3reb+3ast, A.Aleksandrovas 16+4reb, T.Cerneckis 15+2reb+3ast, G.Sirutavicius 13+2reb+1ast, S.Kulevicius 7+2reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 4+1reb+2ast
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 14+8reb+2ast, A.Brunins 14+9reb+1ast, S.Metra 12+5reb+4ast, R.Paze 8+7reb, A.Skele 7+1ast, A.Epners 5+3reb
gschID: 198142


Lietkabelis - Jelgava 87-80

An interesting game for Lithuanian Lietkabelis (4-1) which hosted in Panevezys 4th ranked Latvian Jelgava (2-4). Second ranked Lietkabelis managed to get a 7-point victory 87-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jelgava won fourth quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jelgava 50-35 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lietkabelis looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lietkabelis made 7 blocks. Jelgava was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) replied with 16 points and American center Aaron Brackett (204-90, college: NC-Greensboro) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis maintains second position with 4-1 record having just three points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser Jelgava dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Lietkabelis will face Juventus (#3) in Utena in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: K.Cipruss 15+9reb+3ast, T.Jogela 10+3reb, M.Kupsas 10+7reb+1ast, K.Babkauskas 10+4ast, K.Vecvagars 9+4reb+3ast, A.Drungilas 8+6reb+3ast
Jelgava: A.Duselis 16+4reb+2ast, E.Krumins 13+2reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 10+4ast, A.Brackett 10+8reb+2ast, S.Silavs 10+2reb+2ast, A.Justovics 8+3reb
gschID: 198141


Siauliai - TTU 90-51

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Estonian TTU (1-6) was smashed on the road by second ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (5-1) 90-51 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. TTU was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TTU to just 7 points in third quarter. Siauliai dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to TTU's 26. They outrebounded TTU 41-26 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Siauliai looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Lewis Jackson (178-89, college: Purdue) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. Siauliai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. Forward Erik Keedus (198-90) replied with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) added 14 points in the effort for TTU. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with TU/Rock. TTU lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. Siauliai will face league's leader Ventspils at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: L.Jackson 15+2reb+5ast, P.Dia 14+6reb, V.Sulskis 11+10reb+4ast, A.Kieza 10+8reb+2ast, S.Kuzminskas 10+3reb, J.Jucikas 9+6reb+1ast
TTU: K.Akenparg 14+1reb+1ast, E.Keedus 9+6reb+5ast, K.Keres 8+3reb, A.Arnold 8+6reb+1ast, S.Raudla 5+2reb+2ast, K.Makke 4
gschID: 198140
  




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 3. Jurmala 0-0 
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 5. Nevezis 0-0 
 6. Parnu 0-0 
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 1. Warren, Sigal P.25.6 
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Rebounds Per Game
 Steve ZACK
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 1. Zack, Liepaja/.11.0 
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 3. Rutkauskas, Jekab.9.3 
 4. Hipp, Barons Riga8.9 
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 6. Haughton, Tarvas8.7 
 7. Rhett, Blackwater7.8 
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 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
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 6. Droney, TL.5.1 
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 8. Sokk, TU/Rock4.9 
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 Ryan COOK
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