American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Tarvas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Top 16). The 25-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Juventus (4-2) 100-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Tarvas is placed at 2nd position in Baltic League . They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Top 16. Tarvas will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Raley-Ross turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of South Carolina star has very solid stats this year. Raley-Ross is in league's top in assists (8th best: 4.0apg) and averages impressive 60.5% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) of Sakalai. Kiausas had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Sakalai to edge slightly higher-ranked Valmiera (#3, 3-3) 61-55. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sakalai consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Sakalai managed to get this Top 16. Kiausas is well-known at Sakalai and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was center Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Parnu (#3). Raadik scored 16 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Parnu, leading his team to a 101-75 easy win against #4 ranked Lietkabelis. Parnu can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Raadik he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Raadik has individually a great season in Baltic League. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (#1 in league).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 20 points and 11 rebounds 5. Vaidotas Volkus (202-F-85) of Lietkabelis - 27 points and 8 rebounds 6. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) of Rudupis - 22 points and 6 assists 7. Nerijus Varnelis (201-F-78) of Juventus - 20 points and 13 rebounds 8. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) of Parnu - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Jamar Diggs (187-G-88) of Barons kvartals - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) of Parnu - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
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)
Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Awards 2013 - Apr 9, 2013
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Player of the Year: Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis; Guard of the Year: Donald Sims (185-PG-87) of Ventspils; Forward of the Year: Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis; Center of the Year: Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo; European Player of the Year: Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis; Import Player of the Year: Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals; Defensive Player of the Year: Bamba Fall (217-C-86) of Kalev/Cr [read more]
Ventspils are 2012/2013 BBL Champions! - Apr 6, 2013
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Ventspils are 2012/2013 Champions of Baltic league. The Latvian side won the series against Rudupis. Even after a 70:73 loss in the second game, Ventspils became the top team of the season.
Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Priena 91:69 in Game 1. Tonight Ventspils were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-15 third quarter run of Rudupis. They made 18-of-19 charity shots during the game [read more]
Ventspils are 2012/2013 Champions of Baltic league. The Latvian side won the series against Rudupis. Even after a 70:73 loss in the second game, Ventspils became the top team of the season. Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Priena 91:69 in Game 1. Tonight Ventspils were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-15 third quarter run of Rudupis. They made 18-of-19 charity shots during the game. It was a great shooting night for Rudupis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) replied with 15 points and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ventspils. Kalev/Cramo meanwhile clinched bronze medals of the Baltic League 2012/2013. The Estonian side needed a confident 73:58 in the second game for the third place. Barons kvartals won the first game 79:71, but could not win the series. Barons kvartals even started with 21-15 lead after the first quarter and had 14-point deficit. The second and the last quarters however fully belonged to Kalev/Cramo that managed to win by 15 points.
Round 1 of Finals. Ventspils close on the title - Apr 2, 2013
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Rudupis - Ventspils 69-91
Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Prienai. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Rudupis was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils shot 64.7 percent from the field. Ventspils outrebounded Rudupis 28-16 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 73 [read more]
Ventspils made a huge step towards the crown after they knocked down Rudupis in Prienai. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Rudupis was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils shot 64.7 percent from the field. Ventspils outrebounded Rudupis 28-16 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 73.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) answered with 15 points and guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) added 13 points in the effort for Rudupis. Top scorers: Rudupis: G.Orelikas 15+1reb, A.Milaknis 13+2reb, A.Valeika 9+1reb+2ast, A.Labuckas 9+2reb+1ast, S.Vene 8+2reb+1ast, P.Ivanauskas 6+3reb+2ast Ventspils: F.Campbell 23+8reb+5ast, D.Sims 15+2reb+1ast, A.Berzins 12+3reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 12+5reb+2ast, J.Timma 10+4reb+2ast, S.Valters 7+1reb
Barons/Kvartals celebrated the win in the consolation final series opener. The teams will now clash in Estonia later in the week. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-71. American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian Deividas Dulkys (198-88, college: Florida St.) chipped in 17 points. Four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: B.Fall 21+10reb, F.Elegar 13+6reb+3ast, T.Abbott 11+5reb+4ast, G.Dorbek 8+1reb+4ast, T.Sokk 7+3reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 7+2reb Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 19+1reb, D.Dulkys 17+4reb+2ast, T.Cain 14+9reb+1ast, A.Brunins 11+7reb+2ast, J.Diggs 8+3reb+8ast, J.Rozitis 7+5reb
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