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LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 7-0 
 2. VEF Riga 4-0 
 3. Jekabpils 3-2 
 4. Jurmala 3-4 
 5. Barons Riga 3-4 
 6. Valmiera 2-3 
 7. Liepaja/Triobet 2-4 
 8. BK Ogre 2-4 
 9. Valka/Valga 1-2 
 10. LU 0-4 
Full Standings
LBL2 Standings
Group A
 1. Kekava 4-0 
 2. Limbazi 3-0 
 3. Jelgava 3-1 
 4. Saldus 1-2 
 5. VeA 1-2 
 6. Riga/Ridzene 0-3 
 7. VEF skola 0-4 
Group B
 1. RSU 3-0 
 2. ViA 3-0 
 3. LU/BS Riga 2-1 
 4. Buki/BJSS 1-2 
 5. RTU 1-2 
 6. DSN/SB 0-2 
 7. Madona 0-3 
Group C
 1. Turiba 5-0 
 2. Ogre/Kumho Tyre 4-1 
 3. Marupe 2-1 
 4. Livani 2-2 
 5. Jekabpils II 1-2 
 6. BJBS Riga 0-4 
 7. Valmiera/ORDO-2 0-4 
Full Standings
LBL3 Standings
Group A
 1. Aluksne 0-0 
 2. Dartija 0-0 
 3. Daugavpils n. 0-0 
 4. Jaunpils 0-0 
 5. Pardaugava/Tur. 0-0 
 6. Rugaju 0-0 
 7. Rujiena 0-0 
 8. ViA 2 0-0 
Group B
 1. BJBS Riga 0-0 
 2. Carnikava 0-0 
 3. Darznieks/Cesis 0-0 
 4. Ezerzeme 0-0 
 5. Kraslava 0-0 
 6. Memele/Bauskas 0-0 
 7. Salacgriva 0-0 
 8. Saulkrasti 0-0 
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1 Gran Canaria 2-0 
 2 Lietkabelis 2-0 
 3 MZT Skopje 0-1 
 4 N.Novgorod 0-1 
 5 Cedevita 0-2 
Group B
 1 ALBA 2-0 
 2 Fuenlabrada 1-1 
 3 Khimky 1-1 
 4 Dominion BB 0-1 
 5 Lietuvos rytas 0-1 
Group C
 1 Unicaja 1-0 
 2 Zenit 1-0 
 3 B.Muenchen 1-1 
 4 UCAM Murcia 1-1 
 5 Buducnost 0-2 
Group D
 1 Hapoel J-M 1-0 
 2 Lokomotiv 1-0 
 3 Valencia 1-1 
 4 Ratiopharm 1-1 
 5 Un.Olimpija 0-2 
FIBA Europe Cup Standings
Group A
 1 Chalon 2-0 
 2 Benfica 1-1 
 3 Alba 0-1 
 4 Brussels 0-1 
Group B
 1 Gravelines 2-0 
 2 Groningen 1-1 
 3 Kormend 1-1 
 4 Limburg United 0-2 
Group C
 1 Telekom Bsk 1-0 
 2 Sodertalje 1-1 
 3 Mons-Hainaut 0-1 
Group D
 1 Antwerp 2-0 
 2 Nanterre 1-0 
 3 FC Porto 0-1 
 4 Sopron KC 0-2 
Group E
 1 Oberwart 1-0 
 2 Pau-Lacq-Orthez 1-0 
 3 TU/Rock 0-2 
Group F
 1 Lukoil Acad. 2-0 
 2 Prievidza 1-0 
 3 Bnei Hertzeliyya 0-1 
 4 Steaua CSM 0-2 
Group G
 1 Gaziantep 1-0 
 2 UBT Cluj Napoca 1-0 
 3 AEK 0-1 
 4 Peja 0-1 
Group H
 1 Enisey 2-0 
 2 Demir IBB 1-1 
 3 Rilski 0-1 
 4 Sigal Prishtina 0-1 
Group I
 1 Targu Mures 1-0 
 2 Vytautas 0-0 
 3 TLU/Kalev 0-1 
Group J
 1 BK Pardubice 1-0 
 2 Tsmoki-Minsk 1-0 
 3 Apoel 0-1 
 4 Siauliai 0-1 
Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1 Liepaja/Triobet 2-1 
 2 Rapla 2-1 
 3 Barons Riga 1-0 
 4 Nevezis 1-1 
 5 Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 6 Jurmala 0-1 
 7 Parnu 0-2 
Group B
 1 P.Zvaigzdes 3-0 
 2 Valmiera 2-0 
 3 Jekabpils 1-1 
 4 BK Ogre 1-1 
 5 COR-Borisfen 0-1 
 6 Tarvas 0-2 
 7 TTU 0-2 
VTB United League Standings
 1 Unics 4-0 
 2 Zenit 3-0 
 3 CSKA 2-0 
 4 Tsmoki-Minsk 2-1 
 5 Astana 2-2 
 6 Enisey 2-2 
 7 VEF Riga 1-1 
 8 Khimky 1-1 
 9 Kalev/Cramo 1-2 
 10 Avtodor 1-3 
 11 Lokomotiv 0-2 
 12 Parma 0-2 
 13 N.Novgorod 0-3 
Points Per Game
  Avg: 17.5
 1. McMullan, Liepaja/.17.5 
 2. Blums, VEF Riga16.5 
 3. Jogela, Barons Riga16.0 
 4. Geks, Barons Riga15.3 
 5. Pinete, Jurmala14.9 
 6. Kaufmanis, Valmiera14.8 
 7. Meiers, VEF Riga14.0 
 8. Laksa, Valmiera13.4 
 9. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.13.0 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.9.0 
 2. Krestinin, Barons8.0 
 3. Jonats, Valmiera7.4 
 4. Raadik, Valka/Valga7.3 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.2 
 6. Meiers, VEF Riga6.5 
 7. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.3 
 8. Mbodj, Ventspils6.3 
 9. Blaus, Valmiera6.2 
 10. Iljins, Jurmala6.0 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Jeromanovs, Jurma.7.1 
 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.8 
 3. Gaddy, VEF Riga6.0 
 4. Vitols, BK Ogre5.7 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.4 
 6. McMullan, Liepaja/.5.2 
 7. Gabrans, Valmiera5.0 
 8. Sokolovs, Jekabpils5.0 
 9. Skele, Ventspils4.4 
 10. Dargais, Barons R.4.4 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils2.2 
 2. Zelionis, Ventspils2.0 
 3. Leimanis, Ventspils1.9 
 4. Krestinin, Barons1.9 
 5. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 6. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 7. Grazulis, Ventspils1.6 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga1.6 
 9. Skele, VEF Riga1.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Grazulis, Ventspils1.4 
 2. Niedra, BK Ogre1.3 
 3. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.3 
 4. Mbodj, Ventspils1.3 
 5. Krestinin, Barons1.1 
 6. Raadik, Valka/Valga1.0 
 7. Eiduks, LU1.0 
 8. Selakovs, Jekabpils1.0 
 9. Rozitis, Jurmala0.9 
 10. Meiers, VEF Riga0.8 

Next Round Schedule

Round 7 (Regular Season)

Valmiera Oct.26 Jurmala 58%
Valka/Valga Oct.26 Jekabpils 67%
Next Round Schedule

Round 4 (Regular Season)

LU/BS Riga 74% Oct.29 Buki/BJSS
VeA Oct.29 Limbazi 83%
BJBS Riga Oct.29 Jekabpils I 78%
Marupe Oct.29 Turiba 75%
RTU 82% Oct.28 Madona
Jelgava Oct.28 Kekava 53%
Saldus Oct.28 Limbazi 88%
DSN/SB Oct.26 RSU 99%
Madona Oct.26 Buki/BJSS 87%
Riga/Ridzene Oct.26 Saldus 77%
VEF skola Oct.25 Jelgava 93%
Jekabpils I 83% Oct.25 Valmiera/OR
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

Group A
Lietkabelis 97% Oct.26 N.Novgorod
MZT Skopje 58% Oct.26 Cedevita
Group B
ALBA 80% Oct.26 Khimky
Dominion BB 56% Oct.26 Lietuvos ryt
Group C
Zenit 72% Oct.26 UCAM Murcia
Unicaja 73% Oct.26 B.Muenchen
Group D
Lokomotiv 72% Oct.26 Ratiopharm
Un.Olimpija Oct.26 Hapoel J-M 98%
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

Group A
Brussels Nov.2 Benfica 88%
Alba Nov.2 Chalon 98%
Group B
Limburg Unit Nov.2 Gravelines 98%
Groningen 58% Nov.1 Kormend
Group C
Telekom Bsk 98% Nov.2 Mons-Hainaut
Group D
Sopron KC 56% Nov.2 FC Porto
Antwerp 63% Nov.1 Nanterre
Group E
Oberwart 55% Nov.1 Pau-Lacq-Ort
Group F
Lukoil Acad 63% Nov.2 Prievidza
Steaua CSM 56% Nov.2 Bnei Hertzel
Group G
UBT Cluj Na 97% Nov.2 AEK
Gaziantep 98% Nov.2 Peja
Group H
Enisey 98% Nov.2 Sigal Prisht
Demir IBB 92% Nov.2 Rilski
Group I
Vytautas 58% Nov.2 TLU/Kalev
Group J
Siauliai Nov.2 BK Pardubice 97%
Apoel Nov.2 Tsmoki-Minsk 98%
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

Jekabpils 92% Oct.29 COR-Borisfe
BK Ogre 91% Oct.27 COR-Borisfe
Nevezis Oct.26 Barons Riga 66%
Tarvas 57% Oct.26 TTU
Next Round Schedule

Round 5 (Regular Season)

Kalev/Cramo Oct.31 Astana 63%
Avtodor Oct.30 CSKA 90%
Parma Oct.30 Enisey 87%
Zenit 85% Oct.30 VEF Riga
Unics 77% Oct.30 Tsmoki-Minsk
N.Novgorod 57% Oct.29 Lokomotiv
Janis Berzins - Only hard work can bring success - Feb 6, 2013

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Berzins sat down with Latvian prospect Janis Berzins (202-F-93, agency: Players Group), who snatched up the Player of the Month honors for the month of January to talk about his improving game and the upsurge of Valmiera in the Top 16 round.

Having become the youngest player to claim the award this season, the 19-year-old forward from Latvia was happy about the opportunity to be playing big minutes in Valmiera, but acknowledged that there is still a long road ahead to success.

First of all, congratulations on winning the award. What do you think has been the main key to the improvement for you personally and the team as the whole in the month of January?

Thanks for the congratulations. It's a real honour for me. I didn't earn this award alone and these congratulations must be directed to the entire team. It would be impossible without my teammates and the coach, who put effort in order to succeed. We look to every game as it will be our last one - we don't sort opponents and prepare ourselves to fight at the highest level all the time. January in BBL was successful. I would like to point out the victory against one of the top Lithuanian team Siauliai on the home court. This win was big and emotional.

You finished the regular season on a quite bad stretch, but managed to take the first two games in the Top 16. Is this going to be a boost of extra confidence for the team?

I must agree - the first round was really tough. Every team in BBL is competitive and must be respected. The weekend when we succeeded in both games over Sakalai and Siauliai was terrific. We are young team and such victories increase the level of confidence to keep winning streak alive.

What were the goals for the team coming into the season? Now, that you started the second round very well, how far do you think you can go in BBL?

The goals before the season were to be one of the top 8 teams in BBL, but primarily qualify for the next round and fight for the medals in the Latvian Basketball League. Currently, we are on the right track and both personally and team-wise, we will do all it takes to reach the goals.

How would you describe yourself as a player? What would you name as your strengths and weaknesses?

I have always thought that the most objective evaluation can be given from people aside - it's difficult to assess myself. From my point of view, I feel comfortable in offensive basketball and during the season I have worked hard to improve my defensive skills. I am looking forward to find the right balance in order to be equally productive on offense and on defense. I still have to work a lot to become a great basketball player.

You did not have a big role with VEF last season, during the summer you played behind Janis Timma and Ojars Silins in the U20 national team. Are you enjoying being one of the key players on the team?

First of all, regarding to my previous season on VEF Riga roster, I gained a lot of experience. Even though my playing time was limited, during my minutes on court and in the training process against such a great sparing partners as Kristaps Janicenoks, Sandis Valters and Gatis Jahovics, I learnt a lot. It is immeasurable. Furthermore, I truly appreciate the help and advice from coaches Ramunas Butautas and Nikolajs Mazurs.

Regarding to U20 performance, we ended up in a high 6th place in the European Championship. In such championship, I was a year younger than the majority of players and my role was to be back up player for Janis Timma. I am thankful to coach Roberts Stelmahers for trusting me in clutch episodes. My personal opinion is I didn't show my best and it motivates to work even harder. Furthermore, I enjoyed coach Stelmahers' work and professionalism - I see him as one of the best new coaches in our region.

Would it be safe to say that the loan move to Valmiera was the right decision? How are you finding working with coach Krumins?

Personally, I think it was right move - VEF Riga is one of the leading teams in Eurocup and regarding to current roster my playing time could have been limited. Mutually with the boards of VEF Riga and BK Valmiera, we agreed that playing a significant role in BBL and LBL would be the best for my development. Furthermore, Varis Krumins is professional coach for young players - it was an important aspect of making my decision.

What are your plans for the nearest future - will you be looking to come back to VEF and crack the rotation or are there other thoughts on your mind?

Right now, I don't want to focus on such thoughts. The most important thing right now is to concentrate to every game and work hard at practices in order to reach goals. I will be happy to discuss right after the season.

What are those goals you set yourself for a long-term perspective?

As every player, I have set the highest goals for myself, but I will keep it as secret. In order to succeed, I must work really hard. I am ready to do all it takes and it is the most important thing. Only hard work and the right attitude can bring you success.


Interview original retrieved:, Author: Simonas Baranauskas   

Mednis' double-double lands him LBL2 Player of the Week award - 17 hours ago

27-year old center Roberts Mednis (205-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Buki/BJSS and receives a LBL2 Player of the Week award for round 3. He had a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out DSN/SB (#6, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 65-62. Buki/BJSS is placed at 4th position in their group in Latvia LBL2. Buki/BJSS is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improv...   [read more]

Meiers' 16 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - 19 hours ago

25-year old center Martins Meiers (208-C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked VEF Riga and receives a Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 16 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for VEF Riga in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Barons Riga (#5, 3-4) 82-81. VEF Riga maintains the 2nd position in Latvia league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early...   [read more]

Janis Blums
LBL Round 6: VEF Riga beats Barons Riga by one after a very close game - 1 day ago

The most exciting game of round 6 in the LBL took place in Riga. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Barons Riga (3-4) to top-ranked VEF Riga (4-0) 82-81 on Wednesday evening. Barons Riga cut a 14-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. It was a good game for Janis Blums (191-82) who saved his team from a defeat with 19 points. Center Martins Meiers (208-91) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) f...   [read more]

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