Ventspils are 2012/2013 BBL Champions! - Apr 6, 2013
Ventspils are 2012/2013 Champions of Baltic league. The Latvian side won the series against Rudupis. Even after a 70:73 loss in the second game, Ventspils became the top team of the season. Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Priena 91:69 in Game 1. Tonight Ventspils were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-15 third quarter run of Rudupis. They made 18-of-19 charity shots during the game. It was a great shooting night for Rudupis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) replied with 15 points and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ventspils. Kalev/Cramo meanwhile clinched bronze medals of the Baltic League 2012/2013. The Estonian side needed a confident 73:58 in the second game for the third place. Barons kvartals won the first game 79:71, but could not win the series. Barons kvartals even started with 21-15 lead after the first quarter and had 14-point deficit. The second and the last quarters however fully belonged to Kalev/Cramo that managed to win by 15 points.
BBL Cup: Rakvere Tarvas celebrate the title - Sep 29, 2012
Final: Rakvere Tarvas - Liepajas Lauvas 80:71 Rakvere Tarvas celebrated the first trophy of the season. They held off Liepajas Lauvas in the BBL Cup Final. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) and Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) scored 17 points each to lead the winners. Liepajas Lauvas ensured the better start to the game. The Latvian team enjoyed a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. But Rakvere sneaked in front to take a 34:33 halftime lead. Rakvere boosted the lead in the third frame. The hosts outgunned Liepaja for a 59:47 advantage at the final intermission. Liepajas Lauvas fought till the final buzzer but came up short of victory at the end. Maris Laksa (202-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Providence) finished with 13 points, while Grafs added 10 points for the winners. Ivars Timermanis (203-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 14 points for Liepajas Lauvas. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93) had 13 points in the loss. Rakvere Tarvas: Reimo Tamm 17, Juris Umbrasko 17, Maris Laksa 13 Liepajas Lauvas: Ivars Timermanis 14, Ingus Jakovics 13
Bronze medals game: Tartu Ulikool - Siauliai 101:60 Tartu Ulikool claimed the Bronze medals at BBL Cup. They overcame Siauliai in the consolation final in Rakvere tonight. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Tartu jumped to an early advantage. The Estonian team gained a 25:16 lead after ten minutes. They dominated the second quarter. Tartu Ulikool piled up a 46:29 halftime advantage. Things got even worse for Siauliai after the big break. The Estonian side stretched the gap 30 points at the final intermission. Tartu erupted for 31 points in the fourth quarter to seal a comprehensive win at the end. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) scored 14 points, while Vallo Allingu (206-F/C-78) and Tanel Kurbas (197-G-88) finished with 13 points each in the win. Ovidijus Galdikas (217-C-88) and Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88, college: Youngstown St.) answered with 11 points apiece for Siauliai. Tartu Ulikool: Ivan Nelyubov 17, Egidijus Dimsa 14, Vallo Allingu 13, Tanel Kurbas 13 Siauliai: Ovidijus Galdikas 11, Vytautas Sulskis 11
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