33-year old center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zalgiris and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. He had the game-high 15 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Zalgiris in his team's victory, helping them to crush Sakalai (#11, 3-9) with 18-point margin 85-67. Zalgiris maintains the 3rd position in Lithuanian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Zalgiris already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. It was one of impressive evenings for Lavrinovic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Darjus Lavrinovic averages just after two games 11.5ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of top-ranked Rudupis. He is a swingman in his 3rd season at Rudupis. In the last game Orelikas recorded impressive 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Rudupis to another comfortable win 99-85 over Naglis Palangos (#12, 0-11) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Rudupis still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Rudupis managed to win all 11 games keeping perfect record. Orelikas is one of the most experienced players at Rudupis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#1). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Justas Sinica (203-F-85) of Sakalai (#11). Sinica scored 24 points and passed five assists. Despite Sinica's great performance Sakalai lost 69-71 to the higher-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (#8, 5-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sakalai can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sinica he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sinica has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.5ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 6.4rpg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mindaugas Stasys (180-PG-86) of LSU-Baltai - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Neptunas - 17 points and 7 rebounds 6. Modestas Kumpys (192-G-91) of Naglis Palangos - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-G-89) of Nevezis - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Rolandas Jakstas (202-F-92) of Nevezis - 20 points and 8 rebounds 9. Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82) of Siauliai - 18 points and 8 rebounds 10. Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) of Lietkabelis - 14 points and 7 rebounds
The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
LKL Round 2 of Finals. Neptunas bounce back, even title series - May 29, 2016
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FINAL Neptunas - Zalgiris 76-54 Neptunas cruised past Zalgiris in Klaipeda to even the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Zalgiris managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Stealth Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 4 assists. International guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for t... [read more]
Neptunas cruised past Zalgiris in Klaipeda to even the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Zalgiris managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Stealth Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 4 assists. International guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for the winners. International Martynas Pocius (196-86, college: Duke) replied with 9 points and the former international Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) added 7 points in the effort for Zalgiris. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Neptunas: D.Ewing 15+3reb+4ast, M.Mazeika 13+5reb, T.Plaisted 10+4reb, M.Girdziunas 9+4reb+5ast, V.Sarakauskas 9+7reb+1ast, T.Bader 9 Zalgiris: J.Randle 12, M.Pocius 9+3reb+1ast, R.Seibutis 7+4reb+1ast, I.Vougioukas 6+3reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 5+2ast, K.Vecvagars 4+1reb
Lietuvos Rytas held off Juventus to take the lead in the consolation finals series. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. International Adas Juskevicius (194-89) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international power forwardArturas Gudaitis (211-93) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Lietuvos rytas' coach used entire bench in such tough game. American swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) responded with 18 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Top scorers: Lietuvos rytas: A.Juskevicius 23+5reb+4ast, A.Gudaitis 18+7reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 16+2reb+2ast, D.Gailius 9+6reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 5+5reb+6ast, D.Lukashov 5+3reb+2ast Juventus: C.Lewis 18+2reb+7ast, E.Dimsa 14+3reb+2ast, S.Butterfield 12+8reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 9+3reb, M.Linkevicius 9+4reb, L.Samenas 9+2reb+3ast
Lithuanian U17 National Team 2016 Bakutis Balciunas Bitvinskas Daugela Juozaitis Aidas Bakutis 183-PG-99 KM-Aisciai 98 Tomas Balciunas 200-C-00 FC Barcelona Mykolas Bitvinskas 203-F/C-99 KM-Aisciai 98 Julius Daugela 190-SG-99 Sabonio &n... [read more]
LKL Round 1 of Finals. Zalgiris edge Neptunas in opener - May 26, 2016
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Zalgiris - Neptunas 83-72 Zalgiris rallied past Neptunas to open 1-0 lead in LKL Finals. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-72. Zalgiris made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Zalgiris outrebounded Neptunas 41-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Paulius Jankunas (205-84) who helped to win the ga... [read more]
Zalgiris rallied past Neptunas to open 1-0 lead in LKL Finals. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-72. Zalgiris made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Zalgiris outrebounded Neptunas 41-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Paulius Jankunas (205-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) contributed with 20 points and 9 assists for the winners. Australian center Angus Brandt (208-89, college: Oregon St.) answered with 16 points and international guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) added 17 points in the effort for Neptunas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 29+11reb+3ast, J.Randle 20+2reb+9ast, B.Motum 8+4reb, R.Seibutis 7+3reb+2ast, I.Vougioukas 6+4reb, E.Ulanovas 6+3reb+3ast Neptunas: M.Girdziunas 17+3ast, A.Brandt 16+4reb, V.Sarakauskas 9+5reb+1ast, D.Ewing 8+5reb+5ast, M.Mazeika 8+3reb+4ast, A.Siksnius 5+3reb
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