Forward Janis Berzins (202-F-93, agency: Players Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Valmiera, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. The 19-year old player recorded a triple-double of 26 points addeding also 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team crushed Barons kvartals (15-9) with 21-point margin 99-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Valmiera to take over top position in the Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Valmiera has a very solid 15-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Berzins had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Valmiera's top player in his first season with the team. Janis Berzins has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.9ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.3rpg) and averages impressive 56.4% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Keith Chamberlain (204-F/C-87) of Jelgava. Chamberlain had a very good evening with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Jelgava lost that game 88-96 to the higher-ranked Jekabpils (#2, 15-9). Jelgava managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-12 record. Chamberlain is a newcomer at Jelgava and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third on the list of top players last round was Polish center Michal Hlebowicki (204-C-76) of league's second-best Jekabpils. Hlebowicki scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Jekabpils, leading his team to a 96-88 win against the lower-ranked Jelgava (#6, 10-12). Jekabpils needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 9 lost games. Hlebowicki has a great season in Latvia. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.6rpg (9th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Aleksey Adediran (204-C-82) of Liepaja - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) of Barons kvartals - 30 points and 3 rebounds 6. Janis Kaufmanis (186-G-89) of Valmiera - 30 points 7. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) of Jekabpils - 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) of Jelgava - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) of VEF Riga - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists 10. Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen 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)
Davis Bertans selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - May 23, 2013
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Latvians who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international small forward Davis Bertans (210-92). He led Partizan to a victory over the sixth-ranked Metalac in the Serbian A League in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Latvians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Davis Bertans (210-92, currently plays in Serbia). He led Partizan to a victory over the sixth-ranked Metalac (3-10) crushing them 88-62 in the Serbian A League in Sunday night's game.
Bertans was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court.
BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (11-2) is placed first in Superliga group.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
It's Bertans' first season with the team.
Bertans has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 67.3%(35-52) and FT: 76.7% in the 12 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in Estonia). Skele contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked TU/Rock (28-4) 81-69 in the Estonian KML last Friday.
He recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (28-4) is placed first in the KML.
It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row.
This season Skele averages: 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 37.5%.
He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.
#3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. Kuksiks could not help Budivelnyk (28-11) to beat Azovmash (25-14).
He scored 6 points in 23 minutes.
The league leader Budivelnyk lost 73-77 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Azovmash.
This year Kuksiks' overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 42.4% and FT: 78.6% in the 16 games.
He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.
#4. Forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help Ploiesti (23-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Timermanis' good performance Ploiesti was defeated 91-81 on the road by the much lower-ranked Targu Mures (#11).
He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Timermanis' total stats this season are: 9.1ppg and 2.9rpg.
He used to play for the Latvian national team
back in 2007.
#5. Former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Palencia Baloncesto (15-11) in their last game. Despite Porzingis' good performance Palencia Baloncesto lost 76-81 in Alicante to the higher-ranked (#3) Meridiano.
He scored 14 points, had 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 34 minutes.
This year Porzingis' total stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3spg in the 20 games.
He used to play for the Latvian national team
five years ago.
#6. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szolnok (8-2) in their game against Atomeromu (6-4) in the Hungarian A Division. Kalve did not beat the league record on Friday evening.
He recorded only 2 points.
The sixth-placed Szolnok was defeated 95-82 in Paks by the second-ranked Atomeromu in the Places 1-6 group.
They ended the series of seven consecutive victories.
Kalve has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 4.5rpg.
He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team three years ago.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Latvian passport:
#1. Experienced Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, agency: Ronsport, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Hod Hasharon (18-8) in their last game. Despite Gandel's good performance Hod Hasharon lost 119-125 on the road to the leading Ironi Nes-Ziona.
He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 36 minutes.
This year Gandel has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in the 21 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.
VEF Riga - Ventspils 74-72 (2-1)
VEF Riga takes LBL Finals lead at 2-1. Ventspils were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of VEF Riga, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) who led his team to a victory with 18 points [read more]
VEF Riga takes LBL Finals lead at 2-1. Ventspils were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of VEF Riga, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ventspils. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: VEF Riga: K.Janicenoks 18+1reb+2ast, E.Rowland 14+1reb+3ast, D.Zavackas 12+6reb+1ast, W.Daniels 11+1reb+1ast, G.Jahovics 8+2reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 7+9reb+4ast Ventspils: F.Campbell 27+10reb+4ast, J.Timma 12+6reb+1ast, M.Laksa 10+3reb+2ast, A.Vairogs 7, S.Valters 4+4reb+4ast, M.Meiers 4+3reb
VTB League: Khimky secure the Semifinal berth - May 19, 2013
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VEF Riga - Khimky 60:82
Khimky secure the Semifinal berth in VTB League as they swept the series against VEF Riga. The Russian side posted an 82:60 win in Game 3 and sent Latvian side out of the Play-offs.
The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds [read more]
VEF Riga - Khimky 60:82
Khimky secure the Semifinal berth in VTB League as they swept the series against VEF Riga. The Russian side posted an 82:60 win in Game 3 and sent Latvian side out of the Play-offs. The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by VEF Riga's players. It was an exceptional evening for James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) came up with 6 points and 11 rebounds. Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for VEF Riga in the defeat.
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