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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 
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
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
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 
FIBA Europe Cup Stage Two Standings
Group O
 1. ASVEL 5-1 
 2. Maccabi Rishon 4-2 
 3. Krka 2-4 
 4. Kataja Basket 1-5 
Group P
 1. Ventspils 4-2 
 2. Antwerp 4-2 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 3-3 
 4. Lukoil Acad. 1-5 
Group Q
 1. Turk Telekom 5-1 
 2. Oostende 5-1 
 3. Boras 2-4 
 4. Slask Wroclaw 0-6 
Group R
 1. Chalon 5-1 
 2. AV Cantu 3-3 
 3. Enisey 3-3 
 4. TU/Rock 1-5 
Group S
 1. Rovinari 3-3 
 2. Cibona 3-3 
 3. P.Zvaigzdes 3-3 
 4. Le Havre 3-3 
Group T
 1. Juventus 4-2 
 2. Khimik 4-2 
 3. Mons-Hainaut 3-3 
 4. Bakken 1-5 
Group U
 1. Fraport SKY 6-0 
 2. Royal Hali 3-3 
 3. Sodertalje 2-4 
 4. Rosa Radom 1-5 
Group V
 1. Openjobmetis V. 5-1 
 2. AEK 3-3 
 3. Tsmoki-Minsk 3-3 
 4. Gussing 1-5 
Stage One Standings
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 
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 
Points Per Game
 Willie DEANE
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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 

Play-Off bracket1

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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Janis Blums selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - Dec 20, 2012

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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Latvian players, who play currently abroad.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the eighth-ranked Azovmash (2-7) 94-88 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Blums scored 17 points in 22 minutes on the court. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (5-4) is placed fifth in group A. Blums has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 87.0% in the seven games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia. Bertans could not help Partizan (9-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Partizan was edged 70-68 on the road by the league outsider Szolnok (#14). Bertans was the second best scorer with 12 points. This season Bertans averages: 8.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 78.9%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) faced previously mentioned Davis Bertans in the Adriatic League last game. Kalve led his Hungarian team Szolnok to a victory against the league leader Partizan (11-0) 70-68. He recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. This year Kalve's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.0%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 70.4% in the 14 games. He played for the Latvian national team two years ago.

Ivars Timermanis
Ivars Timermanis
   #4. Forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (4-10) crushing them 102-69 in the Romanian Division A in Tuesday night's game. Timermanis scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (10-3) is placed second in the Division A. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Timermanis' first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Timermanis used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2007.

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #5. Former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, currently plays in Baltic League) contributed to Lietkabelis' victory against the fourth-ranked Jelgava (4-6) 92-79 in the Baltic League last Saturday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Panevezys Lietkabelis (8-2) is placed second in group B. The Regular Season already ended in the Baltic League. This year Cipruss has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #6. Forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to help BC Rakvere (5-5) in their game against Rudupis (10-0) in the Baltic League. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Laksa was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the Baltic League. Laksa has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg and 4.6rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team nine years ago.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #7. International point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Russia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (2-4) 77-60 in the Russian PBL in Wednesday night's game. Strelnieks scored 9 points in only 12 minutes. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-2) is placed fourth in the PBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Strelnieks averages only 3.6ppg in the five games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #8. An experienced swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maris Laksa. But that was another game of his team in Baltic League which we would like to mention. Umbrasko was not able to secure a victory for BC Rakvere (5-5) in their game against Nevezis (4-6), despite his good performance on Friday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. But the second-placed BC Rakvere lost 76-87 in Kedainiai to the lower-ranked (#5) Nevezis in the group C of Baltic League. Umbrasko averaged so far 13.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5spg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2008.

Edgars Jeromanovs
Edgars Jeromanovs
   #9. International point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Norrkoping Dolphins (13-1) in their game against Boras Basket (13-5) in the Swedish Basketligan. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Jeromanovs was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added made 4 passes and 3 steals. Jeromanovs' stats this season are: 12.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Kaspars Vecvagars
Kaspars Vecvagars
   #10. Point guard Kaspars Vecvagars (193-93, currently plays in Lithuania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss. However that was another game of his team in Lithuanian LKL which brought him to that list. Vecvagars couldn't help Lietkabelis (5-5) in their game against Lietuvos rytas (4-1), despite his good performance last Thursday. He scored 11 points in 25 minutes. But Lietkabelis was crushed 114-66 at home by the lower-ranked (#7) Lietuvos rytas. This year Vecvagars' total stats are: 6.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg in the nine games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Andris Biedrins (213-86, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Golden State Warriors in their game against the Sacramento Kings in the NBA. Biedrins cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team were defeated 131-127 in the NBA. Biedrins has averaged so far 0.6ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help Valga in their game against Juventus in the Baltic League, despite his good performance in Friday night's game. Grafs was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 30 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 20 points 72-52. Grafs averaged so far 11.1ppg and 5.6rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

   #13. U19 international center Aleksejs Rostovs (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the W.Kentucky in their game against the Virginia Commonwealth University in the NCAA. Rostovs recorded 7 points. His team was crushed by 32 points 76-44. Rostovs averaged so far 11.1ppg and 5.6rpg. He used to play for the Latvian U19 national team last year.

   #14. Former University international guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Mykolaiv in their game against Budivelnyk in the Ukrainian Superleague. Kravcenko scored 7 points in 25 minutes. His team lost 73-82. Kravcenko has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Latvian university national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada to win against the seventh-ranked Asefa Estudiantes 70-63 in a derby game in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Valters scored 5 points. Valters has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Latvian passport but never been selected to any of Latvian national teams:

   #1. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division could not help one of league's weakest teams Marso NYKK (5-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Berkis' very good performance Marso NYKK was defeated 83-78 on the road by the higher-ranked PVSK Pannon (#6). He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. Berkis also added 3 assists. Berkis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg.

   #2. Matiss Sakne (191-G-91, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Horsens IC to win against the closely-ranked Vaerlose (5-8) 89-77 in the Danish Ligaen in Thursday night's game. Sakne scored only 4 points. Horsens IC (13-4) is placed third in the Ligaen. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sakne has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg.

   #3. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland) led DCU Saints to a victory over the league leader UL Eagles (10-2) 76-63 in the Irish Superleague last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Provizors had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. DCU St.Vincents Dublin (5-6) is placed fourth in the Superleague. Provizors is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in DCU Saints' roster. Provizors averaged so far 10.7ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5bpg in the six games he played so far.

   #4. Martins Abele (216-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Duquesne in their game against the Robert Morris University in the NCAA. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Duquesne was crushed 91-69 in a derby game by the Robert Morris University. Abele averaged so far 10.7ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5bpg.

Steve Zack
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Davis Rozitis agreed terms with Liepaja/Triobet - 2 days ago

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