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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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Sopron KC 50% Sep.28 Kormend
Targu Mures 50% Sep.28 Demir IBB
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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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Janis Blums selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - Feb 28, 2013


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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Latvians who are currently playing abroad.


Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Lietuvos rytas to a victory over the closely-ranked Juventus (8-7) crushing them 102-68 in the Lithuanian LKL in Tuesday night's game. Blums was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points in a mere 16 minutes on the court. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (6-2) is placed eighth in the LKL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Blums averages: 9.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 30.8% in the eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Baltic League). Laksa was the main contributor in a BC Rakvere's victory against the closely-ranked Juventus (4-2) 100-85 in the Baltic League last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Laksa scored 23 points. BC Rakvere Tarvas (4-2) is placed second in group G. There are only two games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. It's Laksa's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 34.7%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 75.0%. Laksa played for the Latvian national team in 2003.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia. He could not help Partizan (13-9) to beat Un.Olimpija (12-10). Bertans recorded 9 points in 25 minutes. But Partizan was edged 73-71 at home by the lower-ranked (#7) Un.Olimpija. There are only four games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 44.6% and FT: 75.8% in the 22 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #4. Small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Cherkasy (17-17) 90-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Sunday night's game. Kuksiks recorded 12 points and added 4 passes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (25-7) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Kuksiks' total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.7apg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #5. International point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to help Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) in their game against Cajasol (1-5) in the Eurocup. Strelnieks scored 7 points and added 6 passes in 23 minutes. The second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was edged 68-66 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Cajasol in the group K of Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Strelnieks' total stats are: 5.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.9apg in the 12 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #6. An experienced swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maris Laksa and both played together in the last Baltic League game. Umbrasko contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Juventus (4-2) 100-85. He scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Umbrasko has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team five years ago.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #7. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) was the major contributor in Szolnok's surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Cedevita (12-10) 64-59 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Kalve recorded 14 points in 24 minutes. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (7-15) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the Adriatic League. There are only four games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. Kalve has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1spg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

Kaspars Kambala
Kaspars Kambala
   #8. Center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Istanbulspor (3-20) crushing them 87-55 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Friday. Kambala was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 14 rebounds. Pi Koleji Ankara (8-15) is placed 16th in the TB2L. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kambala has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.3ppg and 12.2rpg. Kambala used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Mareks Jurevicus
Mareks Jurevicus
   #9. Former international swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Prima Veroli (7-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Prima Veroli lost 75-87 in Brescia to the much higher-ranked (#4) C.de Latte BRE. Jurevicus was the second best scorer with 21 points in 34 minutes. Jurevicus has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

Mareks Mejeris
Mareks Mejeris
   #10. Forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help CB Clavijo (8-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite Mejeris' good performance CB Clavijo was edged 84-81 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Palencia_Baloncesto (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Mejeris has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 5.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international swingman Ingus Bankevics (195-85, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) couldn't help Saint Chamond (7-13) in their last game. Despite Bankevics' very good performance Saint Chamond lost 79-90 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#9) Rueil. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Bankevics also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. Bankevics' stats this year are: 13.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti crushing them 119-85 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Timermanis scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Timermanis has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2007.

   #13. International forward Oto Osenieks (203-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Minnesota (6-8) in their last game. Despite Osenieks' good performance the Minnesota was crushed 71-45 in Columbus, OH by the Ohio State University. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes. Osenieks has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 22 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. International point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help Norrkoping Dolphins (1-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite Jeromanovs' good performance Norrkoping Dolphins was defeated 80-67 in Lulea by the lower-ranked LF Basket (#8). He scored 10 points and added 3 passes. Jeromanovs is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. Jeromanovs plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #15. Former international guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 8 points in 26 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 88-65. Valters has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.8apg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four 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 Marso NYKK (7-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Berkis' good performance Marso NYKK was crushed 94-63 at home by the leading Albacomp. He scored 13 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals. Berkis' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Berkis averaged so far 15.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg.

   #2. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany) led Dragons Rhoendorf to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (4-16) 96-78 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Dragons Rhoendorf (18-3) is placed first in Group South. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Tukiss has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 2.6rpg in the 18 games he played so far.

   #3. Experienced Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Hod Hasharon in a victory against the 12th-ranked Kiryat Tivon (4-15) 88-69 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 15 minutes. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (15-4) is placed third in the National League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Gandel averaged so far 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 3.5apg in the six games. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.

   #4. Matiss Sakne (191-G-91, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help Horsens IC (19-8) in their game against SISU (17-10) in the Danish Ligaen. Sakne cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. Horsens IC lost 78-89 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) SISU. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sakne has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 24 games.

   #5. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Moycullen (7-12) 72-56 in the Irish Superleague last Sunday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. DCU St.Vincents Dublin (8-10) is placed fourth in the Superleague. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Provizors is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in DCU Saints' roster. Provizors is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 11.7rpg. This year he also averages: 13.5ppg, 2.2apg, 1.8bpg and 1.1spg in the 10 games.
  




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