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Play-Off bracket1
BBL Standings
Group 1
1. Lietuvos 16-1
2. Zalgiris 15-3
3. ASK Riga 13-5
4. Barons/LMT 11-7
5. Siauliai 10-8
6. BC Kalev 6-11
7. BK Ventsp. 8-10
8. TU/Rock 5-13
9. Valmiera 3-15
10. Neptunas 2-16
Group 2
1. Nevezis 15-5
2. VEF Riga 15-5
3. Liep.Lauvas 13-7
4. Panevezys 12-8
5. Suduva 12-8
6. Atletas 12-8
7. Sakalai 9-11
8. Alita 8-12
9. Dalkia/Nybit 8-12
10. Tar.Fausto 4-16
11. Bum./ASK 2-18

Baltic League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Dorbek, Trio/Dala 18.6
2. Reed, Kal/Cramo 17.9
3. Varnelis, Alytus 17.9
4. Armpalu, Fausto 17.6
5. Sheleketo, VRiga 17.2
Rebounds Per Game
1. Stimac, Valmiera 10.9
2. Butkevicius, Nev. 10.0
3. Varnelis, Alytus 9.4
4. Janisius, Alytus 9.4
5. Williams, Techas. 9.3
Assists Per Game
1. Hill, Techasas 4.8
2. Viskontas, Neve. 4.5
3. Millage, ASK Riga 4.5
4. Jordan, LietR. 4.4
5. Nash, Valmiera 4.2
Steals Per Game
1. Millage, ASK Riga 2.8
2. Budzinausk., Tec. 2.8
3. Jeromanovs, VRig. 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1. Leonavicius, Neve. 3.5
2. Butkevicius, Neve. 2.0
3. Gumenyuk, VRiga 1.8
1. Batista, LietuvR. 67.5
2. Williams, Tech. 67.5
3. Dimsa, Aisci/Atl. 65.2
1. Dimsa, Nevezis 51.3
2. Kriisa, Kal/Cramo 50.0
3. Gecevicius, LieR. 50.0
Free Throws
1. Brown, Zalgiris 96.2
2. Adoma., Bar/LMT 89.5
3. Gecevicius, LieR. 89.5

Ingus Bankevics won All-Star
Game 3-Points Shootout
Vladimir Stimac - All-Star
Game MVP (Photo:

Bojan Pelkic won All-Star Game
Slam Dunk Contest (Photo: Baltic

Zalgiris wins Baltic League 2008
Championship (Photo: Zalgiris)

Zalgiris 2007-08

Rimantas Grigas Rimantas Grigas
DeJuan Collins
Marcus Brown
Marko Popovic
Damir Markota
Paulius Jankunas
41 Collins DeJuan 188 (6'2'') G 76 USA
5 Brown Marcus 192 (6'4'') G 74 USA
24 Popovic Marko 185 (6'1'') G 82 Croatian
  Markota Damir 209 (6'10'') C/F 85 Bosnian Croatian
13 Jankunas Paulius 204 (6'9'') F 84 Lithuanian
8 Maciulis Jonas 200 (6'7'') G/F 85 Lithuanian
4 Jurak Goran 203 (6'8'') F/C 77 Slovenian
  N'Diaye Mamadou 212 (7'0'') C 75 Senegalese
9 Kalnietis Mantas 195 (6'5'') G 86 Lithuanian
11 Zukauskas Eurelijus 218 (7'2'') C 73 Russian Lithuanian
10 Salenga Dainius 197 (6'6'') F 77 Lithuanian
12 Milaknis Arturas 195 (6'5'') G 86 Lithuanian
Head Coach: Grigas Rimantas
Assistant: Maskoliunas Darius

  Collins-led Zalgiris is the new champion of SEB BBL

In the unprecedented SEB BBL final Zalgiris Kaunas led by DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) has won the thriller against Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 86:84 and took home the trophy for the first time since 2005.

The first quarter belonged to Zalgiris and especially to D.Collins who single-handedly outscored the whole Lietuvos Rytas team. Zalgiris took a double-digit lead from early on and contained it for the rest of this period. D.Collins 17 points for Kaunas team, while the first quarter ended 28:12 up by Zalgiris. Marko Popovic concluded it with a shot from nearly half-court.

Second period brought even more physical game and better defense from both squads. After more than 3 minutes of play M.Popovic made a two-pointer to make it 34:22 lead for Zalgiris. The differential stayed in double figures for most of the time, even if Lietuvos Rytas was able to cut it to 9 and 8 for several times. At the half Zalgiris led 48:40.

After three minutes of play in the third quarter Chuck Eidson made dunk after the steal and cut the deficit to 5 points. Just after that Lietuvos Rytas had an opportunity to make it already 3-point game, but Arturas Jomantas (202-G/F-85) stepped at the baseline and J.Maciulis made the opponents pay by making a long-range shot. Zalgiris quickly regained a double-digit lead. Less than 2 minutes to play in the third quarter M.Brown made a long trey and the score became 62:51. Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) had a similar answer and a quick steal following a dunk by Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) who made it a 6-point game 56:62. After three quarters it was 67:59 up by Zalgiris.

M.Lukauskis continued his successful performance ad scored a shot behind the arc just after a coupe of minutes being played in the final period. After good execution on the defensive end Jared Jordan made another three-pointer and the score became 65:69. Midway through this period Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) made a jumper off the glass and increased his clubs lead to 9 points 78:69. More than 2 minutes left to play missed the wild three-pointer and the score remained 73:78 up by Zalgiris. M.Nielsen cut it to 3 (75:78) and after a lay-up by Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) it was just a 1-point game 77:78. K.Bajramovic made a crucial three-pointer for Lietuvos Rytas that tied the game at 82:82 and leaving only 10 seconds for Zalgiris. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) was fouled and put at the free throw line. The Slovenian soldier cold-bloodedly made both shots at the stripe 84:82. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) tied the game once again by making two free throws 84:84 and leaving 4 seconds at the clock. That appeared to be enough for D.Collins who dribbled the ball through the whole court and made miracle reverse lay-up and sealed the win for his team.

D.Collins was the true leader for Zalgiris scoring 29 points. Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) added 24 (4 ast.). Ch.Eidson (6 rebs., 4 ast.) and K.Bajramovic (6 rebs.) scored 16 apiece for Lietuvos Rytas.

Courtesy of BBL All-Baltic League Awards 2007-08

All-Baltic League 1st Team 2007-08





Player of the Year - Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT
Guard of the Year - Armands Skele of Barons/LMT
Forward of the Year - Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) of Lietuvos Rytas
Center of the Year - Travis Reed (203-C-79) of Kalev/Cramo
Most Improved Player of the Year - Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) of Valmiera
Import Player of the Year - Kenan Bajramovic of Lietuvos Rytas
Newcomer of the Year - Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) of ASK Riga
Domestic Player of the Year - Armands Skele of Barons/LMT
Coach of the Year - Karlis Muiznieks of Barons/LMT

1st Team
Armands Skele of Barons/LMT
Curtis Millage (185-G-81) of ASK Riga
Kenan Bajramovic of Lietuvos Rytas
Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85) of Zalgiris
Travis Reed of Kalev/Cramo

2nd Team
Marko Popovic (185-G-82) of Zalgiris
Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78) of ASK Riga
Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80) of Siauliai
Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84) of Zalgiris
Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87) of Valmiera

Honorable Mention
Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) of Tartu/Rock
Brian Cusworth (213-C-84) of Tartu/Rock
Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of Kalev/Carmo
Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) of BK Ventspils
Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) of VEF Riga
Marcus Brown (192-G-74) of Zalgiris
Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) of Zalgiris
DeJuan Collins (188-G-76) of Zalgiris
Hollis Price (186-G-79) of Lietuvos Rytas
Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75) of Barons/LMT

All-Domestic Players Team
Armands Skele of Barons/LMT
Sandis Valters of ASK Riga
Jonas Maciulis of Zalgiris
Paulius Jankunas of Zalgiris
Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79) of Lietuvos Rytas

All-Imports Team
Curtis Millage of ASK Riga
Marko Popovic of Zalgiris
Kenan Bajramovic of Lietuvos Rytas
Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) of Lietuvos Rytas
Travis Reed of Kalev/Cramo

All-Newcomers Team
Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) of ASK Riga
Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) of Neptunas
Arturs Stalbergs (199-G/F-84) of Liepajas Lauvas
Vilius Sumskis (212-C-84) of Atletas
Tautvydas Barstys (198-F-86) of Atletas

All-Defensive Team
Armands Skele of Barons/LMT
Arturas Jomantas (202-G/F-85) of Lietuvos Rytas
Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) of Zalgiris
Janar Talts (204-C-83) of Tartu/Rock
Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82) of Siauliai

  Nevezis is the best in Challenge Cup ! 

Nevezis triumphs in Challenge Cup 2007/08 season. In the Final game Lithuanian team overcame Latvian VEF Riga 81:68. Two teams truthfully entered the game as both of them finished the regular season with 15-5 record. After a semifinal wins only one of them could celebrate in the battle and Nevezis took its glory. A 22:19 in the opening quarter proved the ambitions of both teams, but then Nevezis increased to 18:11 in the second to take 10 points advantage of the first half. VEF Riga bounced back with 20:17, however that was all they could do. Lithuanian team ended up the last period with another 6 points advantage and lifted the Cup in the air. Benas Veikalas (193-G-83, college: Metro St.) led the winners with 21 points. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) produced 14, while Zydrunas Stankus (197-G/F-78, college: Campbell) added 13. Maris Gulbis (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for Latvian team with 19 points.
Panevezys grabs bronze of the Challenge Cup defeating Liepajas Lauvas 84:79. Panevezys started very offensively and produced 28:13 in the opening quarter. Lithuanian team had 20 points at the half and held the score for good even though Liepajas Lauvas looked better in the second half. Paulus Staskunas (200-F-74) and Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-G-73) led the winners with 21 points each. Stasaitis and Phillip Williams (206-F-84, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Winthrop) followed them with 12 points apiece. Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) top-scored for Latvian team with 22 points.
Final: VEF Riga -Nevezis 68 : 81 ( 19-22, 11-18, 20-17, 18-24 )
VEF Riga:Maris Gulbis 19, Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) 14, Shelekto 13
Nevezis:Benas Veikalas 21, Gintaras Leonavicius 14, Zydrunas Stankus 13
3-rd place: Liepajas Lauvas -Panevezys 79 : 84 ( 13-28, 16-21, 24-19, 26-16 )
Liepajas Lauvas: Mareks Jurevicus 22, Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) 15
Panevezys: Paulus Staskunas 21, Mindaugas Budzinauskas 21, Stasaitis 12, Phillip Williams 12+10 rebs

   Baltic League All-Star Game 2008

Foreign Stars-Baltic Stars 154:136

The Baltic League played their All Star Game last night. Aside from the game the spectators could enjoy the Three-Point Shooting Contest and Slam Dunk competition.
In the game between the Foreign Stars and Baltic Stars the foreigners were stronger, winning by s score of 154:136. They took a control in the beginning of the game and after Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82) nailed another 3-pointer the score was 36:22. The Foreign Stars finished the first quarter leading 46:32.
The result of the quarter is usually the result of the half in the BBL league, however both teams did not pay to much attention to defense and allowed their opponents to make some more tricks on the court. The halftime score reached 75:68 still with the players from abroad on top. They spurted to another 120:99 after three quarters and finally won by a score of 154:136 at the buzzer.
Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87) from Valmiera was named an MVP of the game scoring 23 points and grabbing 8 boards. Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) from Kalev also finished the night with 23 points for Foreign Stars. Dwayne Broyles from ASK Riga scored 20 and Marko Popovic (185-G-82) from Zalgiris scored 15. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78) produced 22 points for the Baltic Stars, while Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) was the winner of the Three-Point Shooting Contest. The player from Valmiera defeated Virginijus Sirvydis 17:14 in the decisive duel.
Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83) was a Slam Dunk Champion. He made 360 degrees turnaround dunk with one hand before jumping over Gailius for his second dunk in Final. Pelkic finished of with a high-flying basket that was rewarded with loud cheers from the Saku Arena crowd.
Foreign Stars: Vladimir Stimac 23 points, 8 rebouns, Mateo Kedzo 23 points, Dwayne Broyles 20, Marko Popovic 15.
Baltic Stars: Sandis Valters 22 points, Marijonas Petravicius 20+11 rebounds, Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86) 18, Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) 18.


Baltic Stars:
Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86) (Zalgiris)
Sandis Valters (193-F/G-78) (ASK Riga)
Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) (Lietuvos Rytas)
Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) (Kalev/Cramo)
Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73) (Zalgiris)
Armands Skele (192-G-83) (Barons/LMT)
Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79) (Lietuvos Rytas)
Janar Talts (204-C-83) (Rock)
Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78) (Rock)
Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) (Kalev/Cramo)
Andrejs Jansons (202-F-80) (Valmiera)
Head Coach: Rimantas Grigas (Zalgiris)
Assistant: Ainars Bagatskis (SK Valmiera)
Foreign Stars:
Marko Popovic (185-G-82) (Zalgiris)
George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) (Rock)
Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82) (ASK Riga)
Chuck Eidson (202-F-80) (Lietuvos Rytas)
Brian Cusworth (213-C-84) (Rock)
Hollis Price (186-G-79) (Lietuvos Rytas)
Curtis Millage (185-G-81) (ASK Riga)
Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87) (Valmiera)
Akin Akingbala (208-F-83) (Ventspils)
Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) (Kalev/Cramo)
Head Coach: Aleksandar Trifunovic (Lietuvos Rytas)
Assistant: Veselin Matic (Kalev/Cramo)

Slam Dunk Contest:
1. Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83) (Kalev/Cramo)
2. Arturs Pilkevics (195-F-83) (Valmiera)
3-Points Contest:
1. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) (Valmiera)
2. Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) (Suduva)

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