Valmiera celebrated the first ever LBL title. They knocked down VEF Riga in the decisive seventh game of the championship series to conquer the trophy. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 24-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera shot 27 for 36 from the free-throw line, while VEF Riga only scored eleven points from the stripe. VEF Riga was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for the former international forward Aigars Skele (192-92) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Kwamain Mitchell (178-89, college: St.Louis) accounted for 13 points and 7 assists for the winning side. American swingman Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) came up with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and international center Martins Meiers (208-91) added 12 points respectively for VEF Riga in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Valmiera: A.Skele 14+6reb+4ast, M.Laksa 13+3reb, K.Mitchell 13+2reb+7ast, J.Kaufmanis 9, A.Berzins 9+8reb+1ast, A.Skele 8+1reb VEF Riga: J.Bostic 19+7reb+4ast, M.Meiers 12+4reb+1ast, I.Jakovics 8+1reb+2ast, J.Berzins 6+4reb+1ast, M.Mejeris 4+9reb, G.Rubio 4+3reb
Ventspils clinched the LBL Bronze medals. They nipped Liepaja/Triobets in the decisive fifth game of the seriers. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 32-26 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 38 personal fouls committed by Liepaja/Triobet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Forward Maris Gulbis (200-85, agency: Players Group) helped adding 21 points. At the losing side American guard Kris Richard (196-89, college: Tulane) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and Toms Leimanis (188-94) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Five Liepaja/Triobet players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Ventspils: W.Deane 25+3reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 21+2reb+2ast, D.Pitts 16+1reb+3ast, A.Grazulis 9+8reb+3ast, A.Selakovs 8+3reb, R.Lomazs 8+3reb+2ast Liepaja/Triobet: K.Richard 22+13reb+5ast, G.Antrops 14+2reb, J.Antrops 14+3reb, T.Leimanis 13+2reb+4ast, K.Cavars 12+5reb, M.Sokolovs 6+2reb+5ast
Team LBL wins All Star Game, Zanis Peiners named MVP - Feb 14, 2016
Team LBL-Foreigners 125:102 (29:26, 58:52, 93:78)
Team LBL won the All Star Game in Liepaja as they overcame Foreigners 125:102. The local players opened the game with a 29-26 lead and increased to 6 points at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as LBL pushed the tempo for good and reached 93:78 lead after thirty minutes of the game. Zanis Peiners (203-F/G-90) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and was named MVP of the game. Karlis Apsitis (200-F-92) notched 16 points and Andrew Smith (206-F-92, college: Liberty) delivered 15. Julius Brooks erupted with 34 points in the losing effort, while Modestas Kumpys (191-G-91, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 23. Tyler Larson (190-G-91, college: S.Dakota) collected 17 points and 20 boards, while Alan Wiggins (206-F-85, college: USF) nailed 16. Kristaps Dargais (198-G-90) ('Barons/LDz') won the Dunk Contest.
Latvian League All-Star Game Rosters - Feb 13, 2016
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