The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-65. Kalev/Cramo dominated on the defensive end, holding Jelgava to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 38. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 Jelgava turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kalev/Cramo made 10 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Ty Abbott (192-88, college: Arizona St.) who led the winners and scored 28 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) accounted for 18 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) came up with 12 points and 4 assists and American power forward Keith Chamberlain (204-87, college: Grinnell) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Jelgava in the defeat. Jelgava's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: T.Abbott 28+4reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 20+4reb+2ast, F.Elegar 18+11reb+1ast, B.Fall 15+7reb+3ast, T.Raadik 10+3reb, A.Skele 7+5reb+8ast Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 12+4reb+4ast, A.Duselis 11+2reb+1ast, S.Silavs 10+3reb+1ast, G.Justovics 9+3reb+2ast, A.Justovics 7, K.Chamberlain 7+8reb+1ast
The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Naglis Palangos managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Arminas Urbutis (205-86, college: Hofstra) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Modestas Kumpys (192-91) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Naglis Palangos. Five Rudupis and four Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Rudupis: G.Orelikas 22+7reb+1ast, A.Milaknis 16+3reb+1ast, A.Urbutis 12+8reb+1ast, A.Valeika 12+4reb, G.Kadziulis 10+2reb+3ast, S.Vene 7+5reb+3ast Naglis Palangos: M.Kumpys 21+9reb+2ast, M.Mockevicius 18+8reb+5ast, R.Olander 14+6reb, G.Wright 10+4reb+2ast, J.Porter 8+5reb, M.Konate 6+3reb+1ast
It looked good early as KK Parnu took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Barons kvartals had a 17-8 second period charge getting the lead and KK Parnu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 52-61. They outrebounded KK Parnu 45-34 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 9 points. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and center Rain Raadik (208-89) added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Top scorers: Barons kvartals: T.Cain 18+19reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 9+4reb+1ast, N.Miezis 8+1reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 7+5reb, A.Brunins 6+7reb+1ast, A.Epners 5+4reb Parnu: R.Raap 20+6reb+1ast, R.Raadik 9+13reb, O.Matulionis 8+2reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 7+8reb+4ast, K.Evart 6+2reb, T.Hamarsalu 2+2reb
The game without a history. Siauliai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 42. They outrebounded Sakalai 39-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Center Ovidijus Galdikas (217-88) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) with 19 points and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Top scorers: Siauliai: A.Kieza 22+13reb+1ast, O.Galdikas 18+5reb, C.Simon 17+4reb+1ast, V.Sulskis 15+4reb+1ast, L.Samenas 7+3reb+2ast, L.Jackson 6+4reb+4ast Sakalai: A.Kiausas 19+4reb+3ast, I.Ramasauskas 18+6reb, J.Sinica 13+4reb+1ast, R.Matulis 8+2reb, Z.Sestokas 6+1reb+2ast, D. Krestininas 5+6reb+1ast
It was a very close game until the last quarter, when BC Rakvere's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-16 extending their advantage to 19 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 44. Barsy Atyrau was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. American forward A.J. Stewart (205-88, college: Texas St.) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Russian point guard Andrey Endropov (184-78) added 15 points in the effort for Barsy Atyrau. Five BC Rakvere and four Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Barsy Atyrau's coach Eduard Skripec rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Tarvas: R.Tamm 22+4reb+7ast, A.Stewart 19+7reb+1ast, R.Lindmets 18+6reb, J.Umbrasko 12+8reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 12+6reb+4ast, M.Laksa 12+4reb+1ast Barsy Atyrau: A.Endropov 15+2reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 12+8reb+3ast, C.McEachin 11, V.Matyukevych 11+4reb+1ast, E.Isakov 11+6reb, D.Sviridov 8+5reb
BC Rakvere dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 38. It was a good game for American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvian forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Barsy Atyrau. 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: Tarvas: B.Raley-Ross 21+7reb+4ast, M.Laksa 20+6reb+2ast, J.Umbrasko 14+6reb+2ast, R.Tamm 12+6reb+2ast, K.Saks 12+5reb+2ast, O.Metsalu 9+4reb Barsy Atyrau: V.Matyukevych 15+8reb, Z.Fredrick 14+2reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 13+8reb+1ast, D.Sviridov 9+12reb+2ast, A.Endropov 8+5reb+1ast, C.McEachin 5+1ast
Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 67:68 Tartu Ulikool clinched Baltic League Bronze medals. They overcame their arch-rivals Kalev/Cramo on aggregate in the consolation final series. The Tallinn team eked out a narrow road win tonight but it was not enough to deny a 12-point deficit after the opening leg. Kalev/Cramo jumped to a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Tartu Ulikool pulled within 2 points at the interval 31:33. The hosts cut the deficit to a single point heading into the fourth... [read more]
Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 67:68
Tartu Ulikool clinched Baltic League Bronze medals. They overcame their arch-rivals Kalev/Cramo on aggregate in the consolation final series. The Tallinn team eked out a narrow road win tonight but it was not enough to deny a 12-point deficit after the opening leg. Kalev/Cramo jumped to a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Tartu Ulikool pulled within 2 points at the interval 31:33. The hosts cut the deficit to a single point heading into the fourth term. Kalev/Cramo sank 22 points in the final period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) provided 20 points for the winners. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 12 points and 10 boards in the victory. Mandell Thomas (188-G-93, college: Fordham) and Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY) answered with 17 points each for Tartu Ulikool.
Pieno Zvaigzdes - Vytautas 74:89 Vytautas celebrated the Baltic League championship title. They surprised Pieno Zvaigzdes on the road in the return leg of the title series to be crowned champions. Regimantas Miniotas (206-C/F-96) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Vytautas entered the game facing a 3-point deficit after the opening leg. However Vytautas went on a 22:11 run in the first term to deny it. Pieno Zvaigzdes cut the distance in the second term. They trailed by 9 points at t... [read more]
Pieno Zvaigzdes - Vytautas 74:89
Vytautas celebrated the Baltic League championship title. They surprised Pieno Zvaigzdes on the road in the return leg of the title series to be crowned champions. Regimantas Miniotas (206-C/F-96) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Vytautas entered the game facing a 3-point deficit after the opening leg. However Vytautas went on a 22:11 run in the first term to deny it. Pieno Zvaigzdes cut the distance in the second term. They trailed by 9 points at the interval 32:41. However Vytautas went on a strong 27:15 run in the third quarter to boost the gap. Pieno Zvaigzdes dropped 27 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Tomas Delininkaitis (190-G-82) provided 18 points, while Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) added 16 points for the champions. Andriy Agafonov (208-PF-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) answered with 19 points for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) netted 13 points in the defeat.
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