The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Sakalai won second period 21-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Sakalai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Raimonds Gabrans (185-84) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. Power forward Maris Ziedins (203-90) contributed with 7 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Justas Sinica (203-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Edvinas Seskus (192-95) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Sakalai. Top scorers: Valmiera: R.Gabrans 17+3reb+3ast, J.Kaufmanis 11+1reb, A.Butjankovs 10+9reb, J.Berzins 7+9reb+1ast, M.Ziedins 7+13reb+1ast, V.Iljins 6+9reb Sakalai: J.Sinica 18+13reb+1ast, Z.Sestokas 13+1reb, E.Seskus 10+9reb+3ast, I.Ramasauskas 8+5reb+1ast, R.Matulis 6+6reb+2ast, J.Gintvainis 2+2reb+4ast
The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-75. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) stepped up and scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Tanel Sokk (182-85) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American center Ryan Olander (213, college: Fairfield, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 19 points and the other American import guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Kalev/Cramo and five Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: B.Fall 22+9reb, G.Dorbek 14+5reb+1ast, T.Sokk 14+2reb+5ast, G.Arbet 12+2reb, G.Wilkinson 9+7reb+2ast, K.McLeod 6+1reb+2ast Naglis Palangos: R.Olander 19+4reb, P.Brown 13+7reb+1ast, M.Konate 12+2reb, G.Wright 11+4reb+4ast, M.Kumpys 10+6reb, E.Lengvinas 8+1reb+1ast
The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 34. They outrebounded Sakalai 41-25 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. TU/Rock looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) stepped up and scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Rain Veideman (193-91) chipped in 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Jokubas Gintvainis (191-94) responded with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: TU/Rock: R.Veideman 20+1ast, J.Ingram 17+5reb+5ast, E.Dimsa 12+6reb+1ast, K.Saage 10+4reb+2ast, V.Allingu 10+8reb, T.Eichfuss 9+3reb+3ast Sakalai: J.Sinica 13+4reb+1ast, I.Ramasauskas 12+7reb, J.Gintvainis 10+7reb+4ast, E.Seskus 9+3reb+3ast, R.Matulis 8+2reb, A.Kiausas 6+1reb+1ast
The game without a history. Juventus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Juventus forced 23 Barsy Atyrau turnovers and had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. Juventus players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Barsy Atyrau was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Gintautas Matulis (196-86) accounted for 13 points and 11 rebounds. Five Juventus players scored in double figures. Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (201-84) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Barsy Atyrau in the defeat. Barsy Atyrau's coach Eduard Skripec gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Juventus: A.Viskontas 18+4ast, K.Petrukonis 16+4reb+1ast, N.Varnelis 16+9reb+3ast, D.Leonard 15+4reb+7ast, G.Matulis 13+11reb+2ast, A.Cepulis 12+1reb+3ast Barsy Atyrau: E.Zelionis 19+7reb+1ast, M.Evstigneev 13+6reb+1ast, A.Endropov 9+5reb+3ast, Z.Fredrick 8+2reb+1ast, C.McEachin 8+1reb+1ast, V.Matyukevych 8+3reb
The game without a history. BC Rakvere led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (200-84, college: Westfield St.) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. Five BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Tyrell Biggs (203-86, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Tarvas: M.Laksa 20+2reb, R.Lindmets 18+6reb, J.Umbrasko 15+6reb+2ast, R.Tamm 12+3reb+8ast, K.Saks 11+4reb, B.Raley-Ross 10+3reb+5ast Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Biggs 19+7reb, Y.Gates 17+7reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 11+1ast, T.Hughes 9+2reb+4ast, S.Vasiliauskas 7+1reb+3ast, G.Sirutavicius 5+5reb+3ast
American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) fired 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Ventspils: D.Sims 18+3reb+4ast, R.Zakis 13+3reb, J.Timma 11+6reb+1ast, S.Valters 8+3reb+3ast, M.Meiers 7+2reb+1ast, F.Campbell 6+5reb Lietkabelis: E.Ulanovas 16+6reb, M.Kupsas 11+11reb, T.Jogela 9+7reb+1ast, K.Vecvagars 8+2reb+5ast, M.Andriukaitis 5, K.Babkauskas 5+1reb+4ast
BK Barsy Atyrau (National League) inked 25-year old American guard Anthony Johnson (190-86kg-91). He has only college experience while playing for N.Illinois (NCAA). In 27 games he averaged 10.8ppg and 2.1rpg in 2014-15 season. So his pro career will start in Kazakhstan. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Kazakhstan [read more]
BK Barsy Atyrau (National League) inked 25-year old American guard Anthony Johnson (190-86kg-91). He has only college experience while playing for N.Illinois (NCAA). In 27 games he averaged 10.8ppg and 2.1rpg in 2014-15 season. So his pro career will start in Kazakhstan.
Liepaja/Triobet adds Griffin to their roster, ex ASS Sale - 4 days ago
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Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-95kg-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex). He started the season at ASS Sale in Moroccan D1 league. The last season Griffin played at FUS Rabat (also in D1). He helped them to make it to the Moroccan Throne Cup Semifinals. Griffin played in the final of Arab Club Championships. He has played previously professionally in MPBA (Champaign Swarm). Griffin attended Fresno Pacific University un... [read more]
Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-95kg-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex). He started the season at ASS Sale in Moroccan D1 league. The last season Griffin played at FUS Rabat (also in D1). He helped them to make it to the Moroccan Throne Cup Semifinals. Griffin played in the final of Arab Club Championships. He has played previously professionally in MPBA (Champaign Swarm). Griffin attended Fresno Pacific University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
Tyler Larson claims Baltic League weekly honour - 6 days ago
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American Tyler Larson (190-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Barons Riga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 25-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Barons Riga in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liepaja/Triobet (#4, 3-3) 111-106. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Barons Riga to jump to the first place i... [read more]
American Tyler Larson (190-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Barons Riga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 25-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Barons Riga in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liepaja/Triobet (#4, 3-3) 111-106. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Barons Riga to jump to the first place in the Baltic League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Barons Riga has a very solid 4-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Larson had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barons Riga's top player in his first season with the team.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Ukrainian power forward Andriy Agafonov (208-PF-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) of P.Zvaigzdes. Agafonov impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for P.Zvaigzdes to edge slightly lower-ranked Jekabpils (#9, 5-2) in overtime by 1 point 104-103. P.Zvaigzdes' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Agafonov is well-known by P.Zvaigzdes fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was Davis Rozitis (215-C-90) of Liepaja/Triobet (#4). Rozitis scored 22 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Rozitis' great performance Liepaja/Triobet lost 106-111 to #1 ranked Barons Riga. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Liepaja/Triobet needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Rozitis has a great season in Baltic League. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (5th best). Rozitis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F/C-90) of TTU - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Arturs Ausejs (192-G-90) of Liepaja/Triobet - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Denis Krestinin (202-F-94) of Barons Riga - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) of Rapla - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists 8. Janis Kaufmanis (186-PG-89) of Valmiera - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla - 21 points and 10 rebounds 10. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) of Jekabpils - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 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)
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