Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 32. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) notched 29 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) supported him with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Even a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds by swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) did not help to save the game for Jelgava. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) added 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 29+5reb, B.Fall 11+14reb, T.Abbott 11+5reb+2ast, T.Sokk 9+4ast, R.Keerles 8+5reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 8+1reb Jelgava: E.Krumins 22+10reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 16+3reb+4ast, A.Duselis 11+6reb+1ast, S.Silavs 10+6reb+3ast, S.Haynes 8+2reb, K.Chamberlain 6+3reb
The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. TU/Rock was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Siauliai outrebounded TU/Rock 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. TU/Rock was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Swiss-Lithuanian guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Siauliai players scored in double figures. Lithuanian center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) added 19 points in the effort for TU/Rock. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Siauliai: A.Kieza 17+6reb+3ast, R.Alijevas 13+2reb+8ast, V.Liutych 13+5reb+1ast, C.Simon 12+2reb, O.Galdikas 10+7reb, L.Jackson 10+5reb+1ast TU/Rock: J.Ingram 19+3reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 15+10reb, R.Veideman 11+2ast, K.Saage 6+2reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 6+2reb, I.Nelyubov 5+1reb
The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-62. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Top scorers: Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 21+10reb+3ast, Y.Gates 20+9reb+1ast, T.Biggs 14+4reb+2ast, J.Sinica 14+6reb+1ast, G.Sirutavicius 9+6reb+1ast, G.Maceina 4+6reb+4ast Tarvas: R.Tamm 17+6reb+4ast, B.Raley-Ross 14+6reb+4ast, A.Stewart 11+7reb+1ast, M.Laksa 8+2reb+2ast, M.Schleicher 7+4reb, J.Umbrasko 3+4reb
The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 26-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Barons kvartals outrebounded KK Parnu 41-30 including 26 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by KK Parnu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 18 points. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Barons kvartals: T.Cain 25+17reb+3ast, A.Brunins 18+4reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 18+3reb+3ast, I.Bergmanis 13+2reb+3ast, A.Epners 8, D.Zonne 5 Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 32+7reb+10ast, O.Matulionis 24+5reb+4ast, K.Kitsing 16+3reb, R.Raadik 10+6reb+1ast, K.Evart 9+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 1
The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Naglis Palangos managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) chipped in 22 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Ryan Olander (213, college: Fairfield, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Four Rudupis and five Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Rudupis: A.Milaknis 22+3reb, G.Orelikas 19+5reb+7ast, G.Kadziulis 15+2reb+6ast, S.Vene 11+2reb+4ast, A.Labuckas 8+4reb, A.Valeika 7+6reb Naglis Palangos: P.Brown 17+3reb+4ast, R.Olander 17+11reb+4ast, E.Lengvinas 13+2reb+2ast, G.Wright 11+5reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 11+9reb+2ast, M.Mockevicius 8+2reb+2ast
Rudolfs Rozitis takes over Jekabpils - May 27, 2016
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BK Jekabpils (LBL) agreed on terms of contract with 28-year old head coach Rudolfs Rozitis. It is actually his comeback to Jekabpils as he used to work here before. Rozitis moved there from Barons Riga (LBL). The last season he worked as assistant coach at BK Jekabpils. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (13-14) season Rozitis coached at Latvijas Universitate (NBL). He contributed to his team making it to the final. Rozitis used to coach Latvian Women U18 National T... [read more]
BK Jekabpils (LBL) agreed on terms of contract with 28-year old head coach Rudolfs Rozitis. It is actually his comeback to Jekabpils as he used to work here before. Rozitis moved there from Barons Riga (LBL). The last season he worked as assistant coach at BK Jekabpils. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (13-14) season Rozitis coached at Latvijas Universitate (NBL). He contributed to his team making it to the final. Rozitis used to coach Latvian Women U18 National Team (as & arrNT2 (10,4) & ) back in 2014.
Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Awards 2016 - Apr 7, 2016
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Finals MVP: Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) of Siauliai; Player of the Year: Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85) of Vytautas; Guard of the Year: Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88) of Vytautas; Forward of the Year: Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85) of Vytautas; Center of the Year: Steve Zack (211-C-92) of Liepaja/Triobet; European Player of the Year: Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85) of Vytautas; Import Player of the Year: Johnny Berhanemeskel (188-G-92) of TLU/Kalev; Defensive Player of [read more]
Siauliai win Triobet BBL third time in a row! - Apr 6, 2016
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Home fans in Siauliai were witnesses to history being made, as Siauliai overcame a sizeable first-leg deficit against TU/Rock to become only the second team ever in Triobet BBL to lift the tournament crown three years in a row. The Lithuanian side celebrated a 102-76 victory in Siauliai after an excellent second half after losing the first game on the road in Tartu by seven points. Siauliai forward Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) was awarded the MVP of the Final series. The visitors were not... [read more]
Home fans in Siauliai were witnesses to history being made, as Siauliai overcame a sizeable first-leg deficit against TU/Rock to become only the second team ever in Triobet BBL to lift the tournament crown three years in a row. The Lithuanian side celebrated a 102-76 victory in Siauliai after an excellent second half after losing the first game on the road in Tartu by seven points. Siauliai forward Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) was awarded the MVP of the Final series. The visitors were not fazed by the rowdy atmosphere in the Siauliai arena and got off to a solid start, taking a 17-12 lead after a Gert Dorbek (193-SG-85) three-pointer seven minutes into the game. Siauliai didn't allow TU/Rock to break away, but were indeed behind for most of the first half. After two quarters of physical basketball, things were as they were at the start of the game, with teams level at 48-48.TU/Rock big man Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87, college: Clemson) was unstoppable in the first half of the game, but had already had four fouls. The halftime pep talk seemed to have been much more useful for Siauliai, who came out with noticeably higher levels of energy after the break. A barrage of three-pointers in the third quarter saw the hosts jump out to a 76-56 lead before the final quarter. TU/Rock had to rely on three-point shooting to close the gap and while their shorts were falling, they couldn't handle Cameron Ayers (196-G-91, college: Bucknell) who rained fire from deep on the other end just as accurately. While the time was ticking down faster and faster, the gap between the sides was not shrinking, allowing Siauliai to confidently march to their third Triobet BBL title in a row. A feat also accomplished only by Zalgiris. Courtesy of: bbl.net
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