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rusher
09-08-2006, 09:18 PM
So- LBL will look like that next year continuing the tradition thet every year LBL has another playing format

1. BK Ventspils (SEB-BBL)
2. Barons/LU (SEB-BBL)
3. ASK Rīga (SEB-BBL)
5. Valmiera-Lāčplēša alus (SEB-BBL)
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4. Bumerangs/Gulbene/ASK
6. Liepājas lauvas
7. Cēsis
8. LU/Barons/Rīdzene
9. ASK/Juniors
10. I.O.S./Jūrmala
11. Falco/Ķeizarmežs
12. LSPA/VEF
13. Ventspils augstskola
14. Zemgale (Jelgava)
15. Roja
16. Līvāni


4th to16th teams will play their games from September to the New Year while BBL teams will play in the Baltic league. After that 4 best LBL tournament teams join BBL teams and form 8 team 1st division, other 8 teams form 2nd division. Results from the 1st stage are not counted. 6 best teams from the 1st division then play in the latvian play-offs, worst team from 2nd division fall to ABL and the winner of the ABL final-series gets the place in LBL.

Top Latvian NT players in LBL next year

1.Aigars Vītols (BK Ventspils) 19 000 euro per month

Ventspils got him back from ACB's Fuenlabrada. Other latvian teams also wanted him but Ventspils offer was the most generous.

2.Armands Šķēle (BK Barons/LU) 17 000 euro per month

Barons wanted him so badly that gived 70 000 to Anwil for his transfer. He is the most expensive Barons player ever. In two years he'll earn 400 000 euro playing for Barons. Maybe he is not the man who will win the games by himself but spectators and teenage fans love him cause he likes to play 1 on 1 and to dunk the ball.

3.Uvis Helmanis (BK Ventspils) 14200 euro per month

Last year he played for Bamberg. Ventspils club says that he'll earn as much as he earned there.One word: experience

4.Raitis Grafs (ASK/Riga) 12000 euro per month

Many people think he's overpaid. Maybe he is- we'll see this season. ASK Riga got him from BK Ventspils

5.Sandis Valters (ASK/Riga) 10000 euro per month

Last year he earned a little less. This year ASK was forced to pay him more cause they didn't wanted to lose him

6. Mārtiņš Skirmants (Barons/LU) 5500 euro per month

He went to Barons from BK Ventspils. He will earn the same amount of money this season.



Some latvian club's games:

BARONS

In Panevezys tournament

Barons- Sakalai 63:67 (Gulbis 20, Rich 12)
Barons- Nevezis 74:81 (Maceina 13, Rich 12, Gulbis 11, Jeromanovs 10, Kosuškins 10, Bērziņš 9, Zonbergs 4, Kravčenko 3, Čunda 2.)
Barons- Panevezys 55:53
Barons- BK Ventspils 60:76 (Shannon 21, Love 14, Jelica 13+9R, Vairogs 11+11R. - Gulbis 14+8R, Bērziņš 13+9 R, Marshall 11)
BK "Ventspils" - "Barons/LU" 76:60 (20:11, 17:12, 23:22, 16:15)
BK "Ventspils": Shannon 21+5A, Love 14+5R, Jelica 13+9R, Vairogs 11+11R, Ļaksa 7, Gabrāns 6, Veselovs 4, Strēlnieks.
Ventspils - Barons 75:94 (16:23, 19:25, 21:18, 19:28) (Vairogs 23, Shannon 18, Jelica 15, Love 9, Gabrāns 4, Veselovs 4, Ļaksa 2 - Gulbis 25+10R, Maceina 17, Bērziņš 17, Marshall 14, Kravčenko 9, Kosuškins 8, Jeromanovs 2, Čunda 2.)
Panevezys - Barons 64:67 (Maceina 17+8 R+5 A, Rich 16+6 R, Marshall 14+5 R, Bērziņš 11+7 R, Gulbis 3, Kravčenko 3,Jeromanovs 3, Kosuškins.)
Atletas - Barons 72:75 (Marshall 20, Kosuškins 20, Bērziņš 13,Maceina 6, Gulbis 5, Rich 4, Čunda 4, Kravčenko 3.)


Still they aren't at full strenght- only at the last game against the Ventspils we saw Marshall playing, Rich is ill, Skirmants injured and Šķēle with NT. They don't look good now but they will be better- as we see last game.

Goal: 1st place in LBL, TOP 6 BBL

BK VENTSPILS

In Gulbene training camp

BK Ventspils - Gulbene/Bumerangs/ASK 107:77 (Shannon 27, Veselovs 23, Vairogs 23+10R)
BK Ventspils - Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus 85:84 (Ļaksa 21, Shannon 16, Vairogs 14+6R - Amolins 15, Bambis 14+9R, Rekis 10)
BK Ventspils - Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus 98:91
Barons- BK Ventspils 60:76
Ventspils - Barons 75:94 (16:23, 19:25, 21:18, 19:28)

They look strong as they should. New center Jelica plays with the team. They don't have Vītols and Helmanis at the moment but they were better than Barons for sure.

Goal: 1st place in BBL, 3rd in the BBL

ASK RIGA

In Siauliai training camp

ASK Riga - ''Eisbaren'' Bremerhaven 57:71 (Babrauskas 15, Viļums 10, Andriukaitis 9)

Cup in Siauliai

ASK Riga – "Ural Great'' Kazan 85:82 (Millage 19, Babrauskas 18+8R Andriukaitis 14, Viļums 12, Bramlett 9)
ASK Rīga – Siauliai 85:92 (24:22; 29:26; 17:21; 15:23)
(M.Andriukaitis 21p; R.Billups 21p; A.Bramlett 12p, 10R, 4A - A.Čapulis 18p, T.Klimavicus 13 p)
ASK/Rīga -Sumychimprom 89:74



Well, their preparation has only just started and thay have won and lost the game. And they won ''Ural Great''. Only thing I can say: their foreigners really are doing good job. They have new player and he did well in his first game.Millage didn't play in the 3rd game against Siauliai. Siauliai won the cup, ASK second.

Goal: nr.1 in LBL, TOP 6 BBL

VALMIERA/ LĀČPLĒŠA ALUS

In Gulbene training camp

BK Ventspils - Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus 85:84
BK Ventspils - Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus 98:91
Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus - Liepājas Lauvas 80:59 (Amoliņš 23+9R, Gabrāns 11+6R+5A, Andžejevskis 11, Berķis 9, Jansons 8,Šlesers 6, Rēķis, Čavars 4, Bambis 2+7R - Pusaudzis 13, Ansons 10+13R, Citskovskis 10+6R)
Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus - Liepājas Lauvas 74:79


In Remarks Cup

Valmiera/Lāčplēša Alus - OZAA 98:77 (28:21,29:19,26:18,15:18)(Jansons 23+7R,Rēķis 22+5R,Andžejevskis 17,Bergmanis 8,Bambis 6+3R,Amoliņš 6,Čavars 5+3R,Berķis 4+3A,Gabrāns 3+6A,Šlesers 3+3R,Lediņš)
Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus - Cēsis/Remarks 85:78 (Jansons 22+14R,Berķis 13+3R,Andžejevskis 12+3R+1B,Rēķis 10+9R,Šlesers 9+4R,Amoliņš 9,Gabrāns 8+4R+6A,Lediņš 2 - Umbraško 18+5R,Pūce 14,Višņevičs 13+8R.)
Valmiera/Lāčplēša Alus - BK Tartu FAUSTO 90:70
Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus - Bumerangs/Gulbene/ASK 98:66
This team will be weaker than the time that was last year. But they will fight. First trophy won- Remarks cup beating Cēsis, Tartu and OZAA.

BUMERANGS/GULBENE/ASK


BK Ventspils - Gulbene/Bumerangs/ASK 107:77
Liepājas ''Lauvas'' - Gulbene/Bumerangs/ASK 89:77
Liepājas ''Lauvas'' - Gulbene/Bumerangs/ASK 77:73
Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus - Bumerangs/Gulbene/ASK 98:66

They seem to be even weaker than they were last year.



Goal: realistically 3rd or 4th spot in LBL

LIEPĀJAS LAUVAS

In Gulbene training camp

Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus - Liepājas Lauvas 80:59 (Amoliņš 23+9R, Gabrāns 11+6R+5A, Andžejevskis 11, Berķis 9, Jansons 8,Šlesers 6, Rēķis, Čavars 4, Bambis 2+7R - Pusaudzis 13, Ansons 10+13R, Citskovskis 10+6R)
Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus - Liepājas Lauvas 74:79
Liepājas ''Lauvas'' - Gulbene/Bumerangs/ASK 89:77
Liepājas ''Lauvas'' - Gulbene/Bumerangs/ASK 77:73
New team on the base of old Līvu Alus. They will not fight for high goals- too unexperienced and not many good players. I think they'll be happy if they go to the play-offs.But it seems to me that theuy are searching for foreign players and will be stronger at the start of the season.

VENTSPILS AUGSTSKOLA

In Tallin training camp

Ventspils Augstskola - Pirita BM 76:78 (Rudzājs 21, Zeltiņš 20, Kanbergs 12, Assers 10, Gubāts 6, Kiršteins 3, Bučs 2, Logins 2, Auns 0, Dukāts 0.)
Ventspils Augstskola - BC Kalev/Cramo 82:84 (Rudzājs 13, Zeltiņš 13, Gubāts 9, Logins 6, Assers 6, Virsis 3, Bučs 2, Kanbergs 2, Dukāts 2,)
Ventspils augstskola - Akademija-MRU Vilnius 70:77 (Zakis 17,Engelis 15,Assers 11,Zeltins 8,Rudzajs 8,Virsis 5,Auns 3,Logins 2,A.Strelis 1,K.Gubats,Kirsteins)
Ventspils augstskola - Akademija-MRU Vilnius 76:72 (Engelis 23,Rudzajs 18,Zakis 12,Zeltins 11,Dukats 5,Assers 5,A.Strelis 2,Kirsteins,Auns,K.Gubats,Logins,Virsis)

They played good with Kalev- only cause 6 NT players weren't in that team and they foght well against Pirita. Possible future stars but not this year. They'll be lucky and happy if they can earn the place in the LBL's 1st division

CĒSIS/REMARKS

In Remarks Cup

Cēsis/Remarks - BK Tartu FAUSTO 88:114
Valmiera Lāčplēša Alus - Cēsis/Remarks 85:78
Cēsis/Remarks - OZAA 104:91

I think the first game was very terrible but other two seems to be ok. This isn't the kind of club to expect great things coming.

ASK/JUNIORS

ASK/Juniors - Zemgale 104:75
Pozņaks-21,Mamatsašvili- 21 punktam
ASK/Juniors - LSPA/VEF 95:57Rozītis M. 16

Potential- one of the leaders in 1st round of LBL

LSPA/VEF

ASK/Juniors - LSPA/VEF 95:57

Nothing special yet. Allmost -40 against Juniors is quite a surprise but it seems they will be weak.

ZEMGALE

ASK/Juniors - Zemgale 104:75

Also one of the outsiders

Zalgirinis
09-09-2006, 06:29 PM
Big job you made in this thread. Respect!

Also good to see some best players returning to your country. Will raise BBL level as well.

Endym
09-09-2006, 08:35 PM
Cēsis/Remarks - BK Tartu FAUSTO 88:114

Weak result but noone knows how serious club like FAUSTO is
Fausto is probably slightly weaker than Pirita last year. They have Ärmpalu at center, Dumbliauskas at 4, Vares at 3, Macernis at 2 and Saage at 1. Far from BBL level, but decent team.

Kalev played today in Finland and lost. But their foreigners haven´t arrived yet and 5 main players are with NT. So basicly 8 top player (5 nt + 3 foreigners) are missing at the moment.

rusher
09-09-2006, 11:46 PM
Fausto is probably slightly weaker than Pirita last year. They have Ärmpalu at center, Dumbliauskas at 4, Vares at 3, Macernis at 2 and Saage at 1. Far from BBL level, but decent team.

Kalev played today in Finland and lost. But their foreigners haven´t arrived yet and 5 main players are with NT. So basicly 8 top player (5 nt + 3 foreigners) are missing at the moment.

Thanks- we couldn't get any information cause club's site is in estonian language. One person who lives in Tallin said that they have Armpalu and Dumbliauskas but he thought that about Armpalu can't be true cause he should be playing in the better club.
Anyway it's weird that Cēsis lost -24. They were pretty good last year in LBL and Ventspils Augstskola played wery tough game against Pirita in Estonia.