Power forward Maris Ziedins (203-F/C-90) had a great game in the last round for Valmiera, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 22-year old player had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team LSU-Baltai (#5, 0-5) with 27-point margin 83-56. Valmiera maintains the 3rd position in Baltic League . Valmiera is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-3 record. Ziedins has many years of experience at Valmiera, through which he has constantly improved. Maris Ziedins averages this season 6.3ppg and 6.0rpg.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-PG-85) of Nevezis. Jasikevicius had a very good evening with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Nevezis was edged by league's leader Rudupis (#1, 8-0) 72-68. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Nevezis still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Jasikevicius is well-known at Nevezis and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206-F) of Tln Kalev (#6). Okoye scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Okoye's great performance Tln Kalev lost 55-78 to the higher-ranked Sakalai (#3, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tln Kalev can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Okoye he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Okoye has individually a great season in Baltic League. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (#1 in league).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 20 points and 6 rebounds 6. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of Valga - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Tanel Kurbas (197-G-88) of TU/Rock - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Janis Berzins (202-F-93) of Valmiera - 22 points and 5 rebounds 10. Mindaugas Kupsas (215-C-91) of Lietkabelis - 18 points and 3 rebounds
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
On the 99th birthday of Estonian Republic, a historic episode was written in Estonian, European as well as world basketball history. 26 years after Dino and Andrea Meneghin faced each other in Italian league, a father played against son in a top-tier league. The all-time top scorer of Estonian basketball league, Valmo Kriisa (192-PG-74) (42) and a member of Estonian U16 NT Kerr Kriisa(187-PG-01) (16) faced each other for the first time as professionals as Tartu Ulikool hosted Valga in KML. [read more]
On the 99th birthday of Estonian Republic, a historic episode was written in Estonian, European as well as world basketball history. 26 years after Dino and Andrea Meneghin faced each other in Italian league, a father played against son in a top-tier league. The all-time top scorer of Estonian basketball league, Valmo Kriisa (192-PG-74) (42) and a member of Estonian U16 NT Kerr Kriisa (187-PG-01) (16) faced each other for the first time as professionals as Tartu Ulikool hosted Valga in KML. Tartu took a firm 85:69 win with 19+9rb from Janari Joesaar and 17+11rb from Janar Talts. Kerr Kriisa scored 2 points and dished 3 assists in 18 minutes. Valmo Kriisa had 4 points and 4 assists in 33 minutes in losing effort.
Recap of return leg of 1/8 Finals. Quarterfinalists determined - 3 days ago
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Kalev/Cramo - TTU 92-72 Kalev/Cramo cruised past TTU to sweep the eighth-final series. Kalev/Cramo looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-92) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Erik Keedus (198-90) chipped in 12 points during the contest. Kalev/Cramo's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian center Nikola Vujovic (210-93, college: Georgian Court)... [read more]
Kalev/Cramo cruised past TTU to sweep the eighth-final series. Kalev/Cramo looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-92) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Erik Keedus (198-90) chipped in 12 points during the contest. Kalev/Cramo's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian center Nikola Vujovic (210-93, college: Georgian Court) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Sander Saare (184-94) scored 14 points. Four TTU players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: V.Liutych 23+7reb+2ast, E.Keedus 12+4reb+2ast, R.Veideman 11+3ast, M.Tollefsen 11+3reb, M.Dorbek 9+3reb+2ast, T.Eichfuss 8+4reb+3ast TTU: S.Saare 14+2reb+3ast, T.Raadik 14+3reb, J.Jarvelainen 14+2reb+2ast, N.Vujovic 13+6reb+1ast, S.Olmre 8+7reb+3ast, S.Viilup 5+3reb+2ast
Jekabpils eked out a narrow road win over Nevezis but it was not enough to reach the next round of competition. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 32-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Jekabpils looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists. Jekabpils' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Croatian guard Toni Prostran (182-91) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-85, college: Redlands CC) added 21 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Jekabpils: J.Aleksejevs 20+12reb+2ast, P.Veselovs 17+3reb, R.Sirsnins 13+2reb+11ast, J.Antrops 10+5reb+3ast, A.Selakovs 7+5reb+1ast, A.Vitins 6+3reb Nevezis: V.Volkus 21+4reb+2ast, K.Petrukonis 14+6reb, T.Prostran 11+5reb+12ast, P.Petrilevicius 11+3reb, I.Smiljanic 8+8reb+5ast, I.Vaitkus 6+2reb+1ast
Jurmala upset Barons Riga on the road but the hosts easily advanced into the next round thanks to a massive road win in Game 1. Barons Riga was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 29-18 charge of Jurmala, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Barons Riga outrebounded Jurmala 41-27 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Barons Riga was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Marcis Saulitis (207-97) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Janis Dilevka (200-88) supported him with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks by center Davis Rozitis (215-90, college: Hawaii) did not help to save the game for Barons Riga. American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) added 21 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Top scorers: Jurmala: M.Saulitis 15+7reb+1ast, A.Duselis 14+4reb, E.Elksnis 14+2reb+3ast, D.Gutmanis 9+1reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 8+2reb+6ast, J.Dilevka 8+10reb+2ast Barons Riga: T.Larson 21+8reb+2ast, D.Rozitis 16+14reb+3ast, D.Krestinin 12+8reb+1ast, D.Geks 9+4reb+3ast, R.Freimanis 8+3reb+1ast, S.Metra 6+2reb+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes outgunned BK Ogre to seal their quarterfinal appearance. The game without a history. P.Zvaigzdes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. P.Zvaigzdes shot 32 for 47 from the free-throw line, while BK Ogre only scored sixteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded BK Ogre 47-28 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. P.Zvaigzdes looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by BK Ogre's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when P.Zvaigzdes made 7 blocks. 31 personal fouls committed by BK Ogre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Ukrainian Andriy Agafonov (208-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four P.Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Center Guntis Sipolins (206-93) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Kristaps Plavnieks (183-95) scored 13 points. BK Ogre's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: P.Zvaigzdes: E.Zabas 20+2reb+4ast, S.Babrauskas 18+5reb+2ast, A.Agafonov 17+8reb+1ast, O.Olisevicius 13+7reb+6ast, N.Balashov 9+4reb, I.Fiodorovas 8+2reb+3ast BK Ogre: K.Plavnieks 13+1reb+1ast, R.Zebergs 13+2ast, G.Sipolins 12+5reb, K.Apsitis 8+2reb+1ast, R.Niedra 6+4reb+2ast, G.Antrops 5+7reb
Liepaja/Triobet swept the eighth-final series versus TLU/Kalev. It looked good early as TLU/Kalev took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Liepaja/Triobet had a 25-15 second period charge getting the lead and TLU/Kalev was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-86. Power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin center Stefan Knezevic (204-89) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for TLU/Kalev. Five TLU/Kalev players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Liepaja/Triobet: A.Butjankovs 23+9reb, A.Ausejs 21+1reb+3ast, M.Griffin 13+5reb+8ast, C.Montgomery 8+2reb, K.Pauls Lasmanis 7+3reb+1ast, R.Krastins 5+4reb+1ast TLU/Kalev: S.Knezevic 15+8reb+1ast, K.Saks 14+2reb, D.Dzeletovic 13+9reb+3ast, R.Tamm 13+6reb+2ast, K.Saage 10+2reb+3ast, J.Vahter 4+4reb+1ast
Vytautas marched past Parnu on the road to advance into the quarterfinal stage. The game without a history. Vytautas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vytautas outrebounded Parnu 43-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Power forward Regimantas Miniotas (206-96) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Paulius Ivanauskas (195-87) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists during the contest. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. Forward Mihkel Kirves (190-96) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Lithuanian swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Vytautas: T.Klimavicius 18+6reb, P.Ivanauskas 14+4reb+9ast, R.Miniotas 12+18reb+2ast, D.Seskus 11+2reb+4ast, S.Kulvietis 11+2reb+1ast, T.Michnevicius 9+6reb+1ast Parnu: S.Sutt 14+2reb, M.Kirves 13+10reb+2ast, E.Seskus 11+7reb+3ast, D.Bubalo 8+7reb+2ast, R.Hallik 4+3reb+4ast, H.Parrol 2+1reb
Valmeira held off Rapla to punch their quarterfinal tickets. Valmiera looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Rapla's players. Martins Laksa (200-90) scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists during the contest. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) and Puerto Rican guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Valmiera: M.Laksa 23+6reb+4ast, D.Pitts 15+4reb+7ast, A.Berzins 12+6reb, E.Jonats 11+9reb+1ast, L.Blaus 10+5reb, H.Karlis 6+1reb Rapla: T.van der Mars 26+12reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 14+3reb, M.Paasoja 12+1reb+1ast, R.Suarez 11+8reb+4ast, D.Bratoz 9+5reb+2ast, S.Kaldre 7+2reb+2ast
TU/Rock left no chance for Barsy Atyrau and eased into the next round. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Barsy Atyrau was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Barsy Atyrau to just 6 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. TU/Rock held Barsy Atyrau to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.5 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Barsy Atyrau 48-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Mandell Thomas (188-93, college: Fordham) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists during the contest. American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Russian-Kazakhstan forward Pavel Micheev (201-83) scored 7 points and 8 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. Top scorers: TU/Rock: M.Thomas 17+2reb+6ast, D.Milka 15+13reb+2ast, K.Meister 8+2reb+2ast, J.Joesaar 7+1reb, V.Jois 5+9reb+1ast, H.Eelmae 5+5reb Barsy Atyrau: T.Parks 18+6reb+5ast, M.Yevstigneyev 9+4reb, P.Micheev 7+8reb, P.Ilin 5+3reb+3ast, R.Utegen 4+2reb, V.Savchenko 1+2reb
Daiquan Walker (ex Etha) signs at Nevezis - 3 days ago
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Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) landed 24-year old American point guard Daiquan Walker (188-84kg-93, college: Cent.Florida). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg this season. The previous (12-13) season Walker played at another team Golden Knights in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 31 games he had 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg. He graduated from University of Central Florida in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball. B... [read more]
Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) landed 24-year old American point guard Daiquan Walker (188-84kg-93, college: Cent.Florida). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg this season. The previous (12-13) season Walker played at another team Golden Knights in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 31 games he had 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg. He graduated from University of Central Florida in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
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