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LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 30-6 
 2. Ventspils 28-8 
 3. VEF Riga 15-5 
 4. Liepaja/Triobet 24-12 
 5. Jurmala 20-16 
 6. Jekabpils 19-17 
 7. Barons Riga 12-24 
 8. Valka/Valga 11-9 
 9. Jelgava 9-27 
 10. BK Ogre 9-27 
 11. LU 5-31 
Last:6/7/2016
LBL2 Standings
Places 1-10
 1. ViA 13-5 
 2. Saldus 12-6 
 3. Limbazi 11-7 
 4. Turiba 11-7 
 5. RSU 9-9 
 6. Pardaguava 9-9 
 7. VEF skola 8-10 
 8. Marupe 8-10 
 9. Livani 5-13 
 10. Jekabpils II 4-14 
Places 11-18
 1. DSN 11-3 
 2. BS Ogre 9-5 
 3. Jugla 9-5 
 4. Buki/BJSS 9-5 
 5. RTU 8-6 
 6. VeA 6-8 
 7. Valmiera/ORDO-2 3-11 
 8. BS Riga 1-13 
Stage One Standings
Last:3/20/2016
LBL3 Stage Two Standings
Places 1-10
 1. Bauskas 14-4 
 2. ViA 2 14-4 
 3. Dartija 13-5 
 4. Darznieks/Cesis 11-7 
 5. Jaunpils 10-8 
 6. Saulkrasti 9-9 
 7. Daugavpils n. 8-10 
 8. Rujiena 6-12 
 9. Ezerzeme 4-14 
 10. Aluksne 1-17 
Places 11-19
 1. Carnikava 14-2 
 2. Limbazi 2 11-5 
 3. Kraslava 10-6 
 4. Rugaju 8-8 
 5. Madona 7-9 
 6. Riga/Ridzene 7-9 
 7. Riga/Ridzene-2 7-9 
 8. BJBS Riga 6-10 
 9. Pardaugava 6-10 
Stage One Standings
Last:3/27/2016
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. AEK Athens 0-0 
 2. Cedevita 0-0 
 3. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 4. Lietkabelis 0-0 
 5. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 6. Stelmet ZG 0-0 
Group B
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Dominion BB 0-0 
 3. Khimky 0-0 
 4. Krasny Oktyabr 0-0 
 5. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 6. Partizan 0-0 
Group C
 1. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 2. Buducnost 0-0 
 3. MZT Skopje 0-0 
 4. UCAM Murcia 0-0 
 5. Unicaja 0-0 
 6. Zenit 0-0 
Group D
 1. Fuenlabrada 0-0 
 2. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 3. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 4. Ratiopharm 0-0 
 5. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
 6. Valencia 0-0 
Last:7/21/2016
FIBA Europe Cup Standings
Group A
 1. Alba 0-0 
 2. Chalon 0-0 
Group B
 1. Gravelines 0-0 
 2. Limburg United 0-0 
Group C
 1. Mons-Hainaut 0-0 
 2. Telekom Bsk 0-0 
Group D
 1. Antwerp 0-0 
 2. Nanterre 0-0 
Group E
 1. Oberwart 0-0 
 2. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 0-0 
Group F
 1. Bnei Hertzeliyya 0-0 
 2. Steaua CSM 0-0 
Group G
 1. Gaziantep 0-0 
 2. Peja 0-0 
Group H
 1. Enisey 0-0 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 0-0 
Group I
 1. TLU/Kalev 0-0 
 2. Vytautas 0-0 
Group J
 1. Apoel 0-0 
 2. BK Opava 0-0 
 3. Siauliai 0-0 
Group Q
 1. Demir IBB 0-0 
 2. Kormend 0-0 
 3. Sopron KC 0-0 
 4. Targu Mures 0-0 
Last:8/9/2016
Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1 Lietkabelis 10-2 
 2 Valmiera 9-3 
 3 Rapla 7-5 
 4 TLU/Kalev 6-6 
 5 Nevezis 4-8 
 6 Barons Riga 4-8 
 7 Parnu 2-10 
Group B
 1 Vytautas 11-1 
 2 Liepaja/Triobet 8-4 
 3 Jekabpils 7-5 
 4 Tarvas 6-6 
 5 Jurmala 5-7 
 6 Barsy Atyrau 3-9 
 7 TTU 2-10 
Last:1/27/2016
VTB United League Standings
 1. Astana 0-0 
 2. Avtodor 0-0 
 3. CSKA 0-0 
 4. Enisey 0-0 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 6. Khimky 0-0 
 7. Krasny Oktyabr 0-0 
 8. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 9. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 10. Parma 0-0 
 11. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 
 12. Unics 0-0 
 13. VEF Riga 0-0 
 14. Zenit 0-0 
Last:7/17/2016
Points Per Game
 Willie DEANE
  Ventspils
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Deane, Ventspils15.9 
 2. Aleksejevs, Valka/.15.7 
 3. Berkis, Valka/Valga15.5 
 4. Richard, Liepaja/.14.8 
 5. Apsitis, BK Ogre14.6 
 6. Larson, Jekabpils14.5 
 7. Zack, Liepaja/.14.0 
 8. Plavnieks, Jelgava13.9 
 9. Gluditis, Barons R.13.8 
 10. Bostic, VEF Riga13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Steve ZACK
  Liepaja/.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Zack, Liepaja/.11.9 
 2. Aleksejevs, Valka/.9.2 
 3. Hipp, Barons Riga9.2 
 4. Rutkauskas, Jekab.7.8 
 5. Kumpys, Jekabpils7.6 
 6. Harrellson, VEF R.7.3 
 7. Krumins, LU7.2 
 8. Smith, Jurmala7.1 
 9. Mejeris, VEF Riga6.6 
 10. Freimanis, Barons6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ludvig HAKANSON
  Sevilla
  (190-PG-96)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Hakanson, Sevilla6.1 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.5.6 
 3. Deane, Ventspils5.1 
 4. Cruz, VEF Riga4.9 
 5. Mitchell, Valmiera4.5 
 6. Vitols, BK Ogre4.4 
 7. Sirsnins, Jekabpils4.3 
 8. Larson, Jekabpils4.1 
 9. Skele, Valmiera4.0 
 10. Leimanis, Liepaja.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Valka/Valga
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Saage, Valka/Valga1.9 
 2. Deane, Ventspils1.8 
 3. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.8 
 4. Larson, Jekabpils1.7 
 5. Kanbergs, Valka/Va.1.6 
 6. Pitts, Ventspils1.6 
 7. Richard, Liepaja/.1.6 
 8. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 9. Antrops, Liepaja/.1.4 
 10. Bostic, VEF Riga1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Carl HIPP
  Barons Riga
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hipp, Barons Riga1.9 
 2. Smith, Jurmala1.5 
 3. Harrellson, VEF R.1.5 
 4. Cavars, Liepaja/.1.4 
 5. Zack, Liepaja/.1.2 
 6. Nankivil, Betaland.1.0 
 7. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 8. Gromovs, Jurmala1.0 
 9. Rozitis, Valmiera0.9 
 10. Krumins, LU0.8 

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First Round Schedule
Group A
AEK Athens 50% Oct.12 N.Novgorod
Gran Canaria 50% Oct.12 Cedevita
Lietkabelis 50% Oct.12 Stelmet ZG
Group B
ALBA 50% Oct.12 Partizan
Khimky 50% Oct.12 Lietuvos ryt
Krasny Oktya 50% Oct.12 Dominion BB
Group C
Zenit 50% Oct.12 B.Muenchen
UCAM Murcia 50% Oct.12 Buducnost
Unicaja 50% Oct.12 MZT Skopje
Group D
Fuenlabrada 50% Oct.12 Hapoel J-M
Valencia 50% Oct.12 Ratiopharm
Un.Olimpija 50% Oct.12 Lokomotiv
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First Round Schedule
Sopron KC 50% Sep.28 Kormend
Targu Mures 50% Sep.28 Demir IBB
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First Round Schedule
Avtodor 57% Oct.7 N.Novgorod
Enisey 57% Oct.6 CSKA
Astana 57% Oct.5 Unics
Zenit 57% Oct.5 Kalev/Cramo
Krasny Oktya 57% Oct.4 Khimky
Unics 57% Oct.2 N.Novgorod
Astana 57% Oct.2 Avtodor
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LBL Round 12: Change at the top of the standings - Nov 26, 2012


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The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

LBL round 12 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Valmiera (6-3) against seventh ranked Barons kvartals (4-5) 75-68 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 31-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Barons kvartals dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 32. It was a good game for swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Valmiera. Barons kvartals moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Jelgava. Valmiera at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by LU. Valmiera will play next round against Jelgava trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Barons kvartals will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Jekabpils on the road.
Undefeated VEF Riga (5-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Ventspils (5-1) 80-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of VEF Riga. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds and Donald Sims who added 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ventspils moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated VEF Riga. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in between Jekabpils and Jelgava. Eighth ranked Jekabpils (4-6) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Jelgava (4-5). Jekabpils managed to escape with a 1-point win 104-103 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by Todd O'Brien who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by Kristaps Kanbergs did not help to save the game for Jelgava. Newly promoted Jekabpils maintains eighth position with 4-6 record. Loser Jelgava keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Barons kvartals. Jekabpils will meet bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in the next round. Jelgava will play against the league's second-placed Valmiera (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Liepaja was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Jurmala (6-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Liepaja (3-6). Jurmala defeated Liepaja 97-86. The best player for the winners was Ken Brown who scored 27 points and 5 assists. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jurmala moved-up to third place. Liepaja lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Jurmala's next round opponent will be Turiba (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
The game between 10th ranked Turiba (3-7) and second ranked Latvijas Universitate (7-4) in Turiba on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Riga outscored Turiba 100-54. It was a good game for Kristaps Dargais who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Latvijas Universitate keeps a position of league leader. Loser Turiba keeps the tenth place with seven games lost. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round. Turiba will play at home against Jurmala (#3).



Jekabpils - Jelgava 104-103

A very close game took place in between Jekabpils and Jelgava. Eighth ranked Jekabpils (4-6) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Jelgava (4-5). Jekabpils managed to escape with a 1-point win 104-103 on Sunday evening. Jelgava trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 35-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 103-104 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Jelgava 38-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Jekabpils looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by American center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import forward P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Hill jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) did not help to save the game for Jelgava. Guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) added 20 points and 7 assists. Four Jekabpils and five Jelgava players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Jekabpils maintains eighth position with 4-6 record. Loser Jelgava keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Barons kvartals. Jekabpils will meet bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in the next round. Jelgava will play against the league's second-placed Valmiera (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 24+7reb+3ast, S.Silavs 20+3reb+7ast, A.Duselis 13+5reb, E.Krumins 13+1reb+5ast, A.Justovics 10+5reb+1ast, L.Mizis 9+4reb
Jekabpils: T.O'Brien 24+15reb, R.Sirsnins 22+1reb+8ast, P.Hill jr. 18+5reb+2ast, M.Hlebowicki 14+7reb+4ast, J.Aleksejevs 11+6reb+3ast, K.Mediss 9+1ast
gschID: 198014


Barons kvartals - Valmiera 75-68

LBL round 12 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Valmiera (6-3) against seventh ranked Barons kvartals (4-5) 75-68 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 31-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Barons kvartals dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 32. It was a good game for swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Maris Ziedins (203-90) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera. Barons kvartals moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Jelgava. Valmiera at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by LU. Valmiera will play next round against Jelgava trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Barons kvartals will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Jekabpils on the road.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: M.Ziedins 15+8reb, J.Berzins 12+11reb+4ast, R.Gabrans 10+2reb, J.Kaufmanis 10+4reb, K.Krumins 8+5reb+2ast, V.Iljins 7+6reb
Barons kvartals: S.Metra 27+6reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 21+10reb+2ast, A.Brunins 16+3reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 8+9reb+1ast, N.Miezis 3+4reb+3ast, G.Epners 0
gschID: 198013


Turiba - LU 54-100

The game between 10th ranked Turiba (3-7) and second ranked Latvijas Universitate (7-4) in Turiba on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Riga outscored Turiba 100-54. The game without a history. Latvijas Universitate led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Turiba's 28. Latvijas Universitate forced 25 Turiba turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Marcis Vitols (184-92) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Forward Matiss Rudmiezis (190-91) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Mikus Sokolovs (195-89) added 10 points in the effort for Turiba. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Latvijas Universitate keeps a position of league leader. Loser Turiba keeps the tenth place with seven games lost. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round. Turiba will play at home against Jurmala (#3).
Top scorers:
Turiba: M.Rudmiezis 15+9reb+2ast, M.Sokolovs 10+1reb+2ast, K.Apsitis 7+4reb, G.Sipolins 6+2reb, M.Vinauds 4, J.Pavlovskis 4+2reb+1ast
LU: K.Dargais 18+9reb+1ast, K.Strazdins 14+3reb+1ast, K.Brigmanis 14+7reb+2ast, Z.Peiners 12+2reb+3ast, M.Vitols 10+6reb+7ast, N.Saknitis 9+1reb
gschID: 198012


Liepaja - Jurmala 86-97

The game in Liepaja was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Jurmala (6-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Liepaja (3-6). Jurmala defeated Liepaja 97-86. It looked good early as Liepaja took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jurmala had a 26-19 second period charge getting the lead and Liepaja was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 86-97. Jurmala made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Jurmala especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 69.2 percentage. 29 personal fouls committed by Liepaja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Ken Brown (185-89, college: Philander Smith) who scored 27 points and 5 assists. Forward Atis Ozols (199-81) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Greg Plater (185-89, college: Long Beach St.) who recorded 21 points and 4 assists and Arturs Bricis (196-92) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jurmala moved-up to third place. Liepaja lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Jurmala's next round opponent will be Turiba (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: G.Plater 21+2reb+4ast, A.Bricis 17+5reb+1ast, R.Magone 10+5reb+2ast, K.Miglinieks 10+3reb+1ast, T.Leiteris 9+5reb+1ast, I.Jakovics 8+1reb+2ast
Jurmala: K.Brown 27+3reb+5ast, A.Ozols 15+3reb+2ast, J.Dilevka 14+2reb, U.Vilums 12+4reb+4ast, E.Slesers 9+3reb+3ast, R.Mednis 6+11reb+1ast
gschID: 198011


VEF Riga - Ventspils 74-80

Undefeated VEF Riga (5-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Ventspils (5-1) 80-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of VEF Riga. It looked good early as VEF Riga took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ventspils had a 25-12 second period charge getting the lead and VEF Riga was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-80. Ventspils brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. VEF Riga was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) who added 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Kaspars Berzins (213-85) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Ventspils moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated VEF Riga. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 19+5reb+5ast, K.Berzins 19+8reb, D.Bertans 15+3reb+3ast, W.Daniels 8+2reb, A.Strelnieks 8+5reb, D.Zavackas 5+3reb+1ast
Ventspils: J.Timma 19+5reb+1ast, D.Sims 19+1reb+2ast, F.Campbell 12+7reb, M.Laksa 9+5reb, S.Valters 8+3reb+3ast, A.Berzins 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 198010


  




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