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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 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 
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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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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Davis Bertans selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - Dec 27, 2012

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

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Adriatic League). He led his Serbian team Partizan to a victory against the 12th-ranked Krka (5-10) 66-58 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Bertans scored 12 points in 27 minutes on the court. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (10-5) is placed third in the Adriatic League. This year Bertans averages: 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 3FGP: 45.5%(25-55) and FT: 71.4% in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian LKL. Blums could not help Lietuvos rytas (4-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Lietuvos rytas was defeated 82-76 on the road by the leading Rudupis. Blums was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 assists. Blums' overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, 3FGP: 52.2%(12-23). He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Russia). Strelnieks contributed to a 1-point Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-6) 68-67 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night. He recorded 8 points and added 4 passes in 15 minutes. Spartak St.Petersburg (6-3) is placed third in the PBL. This year Strelnieks averages only 4.3ppg, 3FGP: 58.3% in the six games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Edgars Jeromanovs
Edgars Jeromanovs
   #4. Point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden) led Norrkoping Dolphins to a victory over the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm (9-8) 90-82 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Jeromanovs was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Norrkoping Dolphins (13-1) is placed first in the Basketligan. Jeromanovs has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Andris Biedrins
Andris Biedrins
   #5. Former international center Andris Biedrins (213-86, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Golden State Warriors in a victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-21) 115-100 in the NBA last Friday. Biedrins recorded only 2 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 13 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a solid 19-10 record this season. It's Biedrins' ninth year with the team. This year his overall stats are: 0.6ppg and 3.3rpg in the 22 games. Biedrins used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

Kaspars Vecvagars
Kaspars Vecvagars
   #6. Point guard Kaspars Vecvagars (193-93, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help Lietkabelis (5-5) in their game against Lietuvos rytas (4-2) in the Lithuanian LKL. Despite his good performance on Thursday night He scored 11 points. Vecvagars' total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Martins Kravcenko
Martins Kravcenko
   #7. Former University international guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85, currently plays in Ukraine) was the major contributor in Mykolaiv's victory against the 12th-ranked Dnipro (6-15) 76-71 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Kravcenko scored 16 points in 26 minutes. MBC Mykolaiv (11-11) is placed seventh in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kravcenko's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 6.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 22 games. Kravcenko used to play for the Latvian university national team three years ago.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #8. Guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (3-11) 82-78 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 10 points and added 6 passes. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (4-10) is placed 15th in the ACB. Valters has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.8apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #9. Former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, currently plays in Lithuania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Vecvagars and both played together in the last Lithuanian LKL game. Cipruss was not able to secure a victory for Lietkabelis (5-5) in their game against Lietuvos rytas (4-2). He scored 7 points. Lietkabelis was crushed 114-66 at home by the lower-ranked Lietuvos rytas (#8). Cipruss has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Ivars Timermanis
Ivars Timermanis
   #10. Forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania) helped Ploiesti win their game against the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (5-10) 91-84 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. Timermanis scored 8 points in 21 minutes. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (11-3) is placed second in the Division A. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Timermanis has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 14 games. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Rolands Freimanis (210-88, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Sutor Montegranaro in their game against Cantu in the Italian SerieA. Freimanis scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was crushed by 21 points 100-79. Freimanis has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 4.3rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. International forward Oto Osenieks (203-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Minnesota win their game against the Lafayette College crushing them 75-50 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Osenieks scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Osenieks has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 4.3rpg in the 10 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

   #13. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Hungarian team Szolnok win their game against the closely-ranked Krka 72-69 in the Adriatic League last Wednesday. Kalve scored only 2 points. Kalve has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

   #14. International forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Clavijo in their game against Lobe Huesca in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Mejeris scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. His team was edged 66-63. Mejeris has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.4rpg in the 12 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #15. International small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the sixth-ranked CAI Zaragoza 79-70 in the Spanish ACB in Wednesday night's game. Kuksiks recorded 6 points. Kuksiks has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 1.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Latvian passport:

   #1. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) was the major contributor in a Marso NYKK's victory against the closely-ranked Szedeak (5-9) 95-78 in the Hungarian A Division on Wednesday night. Berkis recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes. Marso NYKK (5-9) is placed ninth in the A Division. Berkis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg in the 14 games he played so far.

Josh Bostic
JuveCaserta tabs Josh Bostic, ex VEF Riga - 1 day ago

Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta (Serie A) inked 29-year old American swingman Josh Bostic (196-104kg-87, college: Findlay, OH). He played most recently at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 20 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg last season. Bostic helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-Latvian League Honorable Mention. Bostic also played 10 games in VTB United League where he had 12.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.0apg....   [read more]

Osaka Evessa inks Josh Harrellson, ex VEF Riga - 2 days ago

Osaka Evessa (B League) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Josh Harrellson (208-120kg-89, college: Kentucky). He played last season at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 26 games he had 10.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5bpg. Harrellson helped them to make it to the final. He also played 17 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg. Harrellson also spent pre-season at the Wizards in NBA that year. In 2011 he was drafted by New Orleans Hornets (NBA) in...   [read more]

Ilja Gromovs
VEF Riga adds Gromovs to their roster - 3 days ago

VEF Riga (LBL) added to their roster 22-year old international center Ilja Gromovs (209-105kg-94). He played last season at Jurmalas Sports / Fenikss in the LBL. In 21 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.0bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-Latvian League Honorable Mention. Gromovs also played 9 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.0ppg and 5.2rpg. Gromovs has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League this s...   [read more]

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