The game was mostly controlled by KK Parnu. Lietkabelis was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Parnu dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Lietkabelis' 32 and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. KK Parnu players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Center Rain Raadik (208-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five KK Parnu players scored in double figures. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (202-85, college: Redlands CC) replied with 27 points and 8 rebounds and Arnas Butkevicius (196-92) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lietkabelis. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Lietkabelis: V.Volkus 27+8reb+1ast, K.Babkauskas 11+1reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 9+5reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 8+3reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 7+4reb+2ast, L.Aukstikalnis 6+3reb+1ast Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 19+8reb+4ast, O.Matulionis 16+2reb+3ast, R.Raadik 16+14reb+2ast, R.Raap 15+6reb+6ast, K.Evart 14+5reb+2ast, K.Kitsing 13+2reb+4ast
The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Kalev/Cramo managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Rudupis forced 19 Kalev/Cramo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Kalev/Cramo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Gintaras Kadziulis (192-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 assists and swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) who added 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) responded with 19 points and U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) scored 6 points and 11 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 19+4reb, R.Keerles 17+1reb, F.Elegar 6+11reb+3ast, T.Abbott 6+4reb+2ast, T.Sokk 4+3reb+3ast, B.Fall 4+3reb Rudupis: G.Kadziulis 22+1reb+6ast, G.Orelikas 18+4reb+4ast, A.Milaknis 13+5reb+1ast, A.Urbutis 10+5reb+5ast, A.Valeika 7+10reb+1ast, P.Ivanauskas 6+4ast
It looked good early as Juventus took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Rakvere had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Juventus were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-100. BC Rakvere forced 19 Juventus turnovers. Juventus were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists and point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) supported him with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds by forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) did not help to save the game for Juventus. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Juventus: N.Varnelis 20+13reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 14+6reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 12+2reb+3ast, D.Gvezdauskas 12+2ast, P.Morkeliunas 12+5reb+2ast, A.Cepulis 6+4reb+2ast Tarvas: M.Laksa 23+2reb, B.Raley-Ross 19+13reb+9ast, J.Umbrasko 16+7reb+1ast, R.Tamm 15+6reb+5ast, A.Stewart 12+3reb, R.Lindmets 11+5reb+1ast
The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-55. Sakalai dominated on the defensive end, holding Valmiera to just 4 points in second quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) who added 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Center Viktors Iljins (212-91) responded with 8 points and 11 rebounds and forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Top scorers: Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 13+2reb, J.Berzins 9+10reb+1ast, V.Iljins 8+11reb+2ast, M.Ziedins 8+3reb, R.Gabrans 8+2reb+2ast, A.Butjankovs 8+5reb Sakalai: A.Kiausas 21+12reb+5ast, J.Gintvainis 8+5reb+2ast, I.Ramasauskas 8+9reb+1ast, R.Matulis 8+5reb+1ast, Z.Sestokas 6+2reb, E.Seskus 5+4reb+2ast
Kalev/Cramo forced 21 Naglis Palangos turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) who added 10 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) responded with 14 points and 6 assists and American center Ryan Olander (213-90, college: Fairfield, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Top scorers: Naglis Palangos: M.Mockevicius 14+3reb+6ast, R.Olander 14+9reb, M.Kumpys 9+3reb, O.Kushnirov 6+6reb+1ast, E.Lengvinas 4+2reb+1ast, M.Konate 2+12reb+1ast Kalev/Cramo: F.Elegar 20+11reb, T.Abbott 15+3reb+2ast, B.Fall 10+11reb+3ast, I.Kajupank 10+1reb+1ast, K.McLeod 9+6reb+3ast, T.Sokk 6+1reb+3ast
The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 21 points. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Barons kvartals' 24. The best player for the winners was Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. 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: Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 19+5reb, J.Diggs 16+6reb+2ast, A.Epners 9+2reb, D.Zonne 7+1reb, T.Cain 4+7reb+3ast, A.Brunins 2+2reb+1ast Ventspils: A.Berzins 15+6reb+3ast, A.Vairogs 12+5reb+3ast, F.Campbell 11+4reb+4ast, D.Sims 10+4reb+3ast, M.Meiers 9+1reb, J.Timma 8+4reb+3ast
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
Lietkabelis outgun Valmiera to capture Bronze - Apr 5, 2016
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Lietkabelis - Valmiera 86:64 Lietkabelis celebrated the Baltic League Bronze medals. They knocked down Valmiera in the return leg of the consolation final series to step onto the pedestal. Lietkabelis looked into a 16-point deficit after the opening leg but the Lithuanian team denied it and rallied to so needed victory. Six players scored in double digits for the hosts. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) posted 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lietkabelis eked out a 23:2... [read more]
Lietkabelis - Valmiera 86:64
Lietkabelis celebrated the Baltic League Bronze medals. They knocked down Valmiera in the return leg of the consolation final series to step onto the pedestal. Lietkabelis looked into a 16-point deficit after the opening leg but the Lithuanian team denied it and rallied to so needed victory. Six players scored in double digits for the hosts. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) posted 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lietkabelis eked out a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. The hosts boosted the margin at 10-point halftime break 47:37. Lietkabelis stretched the margin at 11-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. The home side followed with a strong 23:12 run in the final stanza to secure needed outcome. Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87, agency: Octagon Europe) tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Jurica Zuza (208-C-78) added 13 points for the winning side. Kwamain Mitchell (178-PG-89, college: St.Louis) responded with 14 points for Valmiera. Armands Skele (192-G-83) had 13 points in the defeat.
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