TTT Riga are 15/16 NBL champions. They overwhelmed Catz in the Final tonight. The game was mostly controlled by TTT Riga. Catz was better in third quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Catz to just 2 points in fourth quarter. TTT Riga held Catz to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 44.8 percent accuracy of the winners. American forward Kristen Mann (185-83, college: UCSB, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international center Ieva Kulite (188-88) accounted for 13 points and 11 rebounds. TTT Riga's coach Aigars Nerips felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Russian forward Elena Reshetko (184-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward Chandra Harris (185-89, college: Georgia St.) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Catz in the defeat. Top scorers: TTT Riga: K.Mann 18+3reb+4ast, I.Kulite 13+11reb, I.Krastina 11+1reb+2ast, S.Carter 7+7reb+2ast, Z.Melnika 7+9reb+1ast, L.Priede 4+4reb Catz: E.Reshetko 12+12reb+1ast, C.Jones 10+5reb+1ast, J.Schlott 9+2reb+4ast, C.Harris 8+9reb+1ast, M.Eerikinharju 2+1ast, M.Kalin 2+1reb
Vega 1/Liepaja outgunned 1182 Tallinn to conquer the Bronze medals. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The former international guard Kristine Silaraja (172-87, college: Robert Morris) stepped up and scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and the former international forward Dita Rozenberga (180-92) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side Estonian guard Pirgit Puu (168-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports) responded with 24 points and 4 assists and Estonian power forward Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-87) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Vega 1/Liepaja: I.Jakobsone 20+2reb+1ast, K.Petermane 15+5reb+4ast, D.Rozenberga 15+9reb+1ast, K.Silaraja 13+8reb+5ast, I.Vitola 7+4reb+1ast, D.Line 5+2reb 1182 Tallinn: P.Puu 24+4reb+4ast, M.Pokk 15+5reb+4ast, L.Mesila-Kaarmann 15+8reb+2ast, A.Koster 10+4reb+2ast, B.Piibur 4+6reb+5ast, J.Perv 2
LSBL Round 3 of Finals. TTT Riga capture third straight title - Apr 27, 2016
TTT Riga marched past Vega 1/Liepaja to earn the LSBL title. The victory marked the third straight LSBL trophy for the Riga powerhouse. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Vega 1's 32. They outrebounded Vega 1 46-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. TTT Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for international center Zenta Melnika (197-91) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international center Ieva Kulite (188-88) helped adding 13 points and 14 rebounds. Four TTT Riga players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Dita Rozenberga (180-92) with 24 points and 8 rebounds and guard Ilze Jakobsone (168-94) scored 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. 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: TTT Riga: Z.Melnika 17+10reb+4ast, A.Eibele 15+2reb+3ast, I.Kulite 13+14reb, R.Veidere 11+6reb, S.Carter 8+4reb+4ast, I.Krastina 8+3reb+2ast Vega 1/Liepaja: D.Rozenberga 24+8reb+1ast, I.Jakobsone 7+5reb+5ast, K.Silaraja 7+3reb+2ast, I.Vitola 6+3reb, S.Lipe 5+3reb+1ast, K.Petermane 3+2reb+2ast
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