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adebisi
09-26-2008, 07:54 AM
Tournament will be held in Arena Riga, Latvia, on the 27 - 28th of September.
Semifinals:
Žalgiris - Lietuvos Rytas
Barons - Tartu Rock
Lietuvos Rytas will play without Nielsen, Petravičius, Lukauskis (all were playing in OG and haven't joined the team yet), Eidson (he's in US at the moment, his wife is giving a birth) and Jomantas (injured, yesterday had a succsesful shoulder surgery), while Žalgiris will miss injured Kalnietis. Greens are big favourites here.
TopSport:
Žalgiris 1.30 - 3.20 Lietuvos Rytas :rolleyes:
Barons 1.40 - 2.53 Tartu Rock
Editing: 4.20 in Triobet already :P~

cikladols
09-26-2008, 09:00 AM
I guess new BBL season will be very interesting! Žalgiris - favorite number 1, but Rytas, ASK, Barons will fight for second place. Also estonian teams are stronger than last year.

Demarr
09-26-2008, 11:11 AM
Rock will go to Riga without Tein, Allingu and Sanikidze.
They haven't had any pre-season friendlies so their form is highly questionable.

The roster for Presidents Cup:

Gert Kullamäe, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Marek Doronin, Silver Leppik, Janar Talts, Asko Paade, Kristo Aab, Tanoka Beard, Sten-Timmu Sokk, Timo Eichfuss & Kristjan Kitsing.

Miškinis
09-26-2008, 11:16 AM
I'm really looking forward to see this tournament. It's going to be interesting to see who will win it. I'm surely expecting some surprises, especially from Barons. Anyway, go greens!

to Demarr:

Tanoka Beard! ex-Žalgiris player??

Demarr
09-26-2008, 11:37 AM
to Demarr:

Tanoka Beard! ex-Žalgiris player??

Yes, thats the guy. He had a surgery in the summer so he isn't in his best shape yet.

cikladols
09-26-2008, 11:38 AM
Rock will go to Riga without Tein, Allingu and Sanikidze.
They haven't had any pre-season friendlies so their form is highly questionable.

The roster for Presidents Cup:

Gert Kullamäe, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Marek Doronin, Silver Leppik, Janar Talts, Asko Paade, Kristo Aab, Tanoka Beard, Sten-Timmu Sokk, Timo Eichfuss & Kristjan Kitsing.

What about Viktor Sanikidze? Is he under contract?

Demarr
09-26-2008, 11:43 AM
What about Viktor Sanikidze?

He isn't even in Estonia yet, so he won't play.
I'm not sure but I think he is still waiting for a visa in Georgia.

Mindozas
09-26-2008, 02:46 PM
Don't wanna underestimate other teams, but it will be quite big surprise for me if Zalgiris won't win it. Especialy when Rytas will play without 5 main players

My guess for semis:

Zalgiris - L.rytas 75/25
Barons - Rock 65/35

Miškinis
09-27-2008, 08:15 AM
Žalgiris will play only with 8 players :eek: M.Brown is out.

Mindozas
09-27-2008, 08:45 AM
Žalgiris will play only with 8 players :eek: M.Brown is out.

Yup. Brown is ill. Moreover, without him we are left with only 2 guards: W.Deane and youngster Z.Janavicius. From one side it's good that Janavicius will get decent minutes on the floor, but damn it's so pity, that Zalgiris can't even have a normal practising sessions for a while now... Let's hope that everything will be ok as soon as possible, cause it's only a month left till EL's start

Basket_
09-27-2008, 09:47 AM
Žalgiris - Lietuvos rytas should be broadcasted here (http://www.lrt.lt/archyvas/?channel=234940&section=5&quality=low).

Migelitas
09-27-2008, 02:40 PM
Žalgiris will play only with 8 players :eek: M.Brown is out.

Brown is playing, but was is wrong with Žalgiris today? :eek: 33:53 HT.

Straight forward
09-27-2008, 02:42 PM
Žalgiris seems not motivated and tired while Rytas hits every shot tonight. Grigas should trust more on Janavičius while Dean is pathetic tonight.

Sss
09-27-2008, 02:59 PM
Rytas is much more prepared. I am not speaking about the motivation, but about tactics and so on. They saw some videos from Gomeslky cup, had time to analyse and did really good job in preparing defence and offence. While Zalgiris seems to be "jazik w tumane" :D .

Migelitas
09-27-2008, 03:33 PM
well, in the end Žalgiris showed somre motivation, but it wasn't enough.
73:86 F

Straight forward
09-27-2008, 03:56 PM
Dean is lacking accuracy. He's a good player but missed too much of open or good shots. I hope it's only a question of time when he'll start to hit these. Janavičius needs to work on his shot while his play making skils seems pretty nice to me and his penatration is great. I hope Grigas won't forget him as soon as new guard and Kalnietis will come. Generally, it was a bad day for Žalgiris.

As for Rytas, i didn't expect that this team will look so good. Anisimov will get his chance this season and he looks realy good. Zavackas looks confident, i have to say that he has some chances to play in NT next two years. Milisavljevic seems like a great shooter and knows how to play pick and roll but i'm not impressed by his passing skils at all. Ball movement is preety pure while he's a PG. Gecevičius is my favorite players from this team whithout competition. These killing shots and ability to take advantage from almost every possibility can't be unimprerssive. In other hand, he needs to improve his driving abilities, cause he may dissapear from the game completely without good PG. Sinica seems very prospective as well, but he needs to be more agressive. While Babrauskas seems like disapointment to me. Depsite few shots from 3, he's almost pathetic. Maybe, it's just a bad night.

adebisi
09-28-2008, 09:46 AM
Rytas' highlights: http://rapidshare.com/files/149044172/bbl_presidents_cup_semi_LR-Z_rytasbasket.lt_.wmv.html
Congrats with a great win :) 4.2... bookies are crying :D

pablonis
09-28-2008, 11:23 AM
I guess new BBL season will be very interesting! Žalgiris - favorite number 1, but Rytas, ASK, Barons will fight for second place. Also estonian teams are stronger than last year.

Good luck with that... ;)

Whatever you wish would be reality, Rytas/Zalgiris will once again take first two places without that much of a competition.

Richey666
09-28-2008, 11:55 AM
I guess new BBL season will be very interesting! Žalgiris - favorite number 1, but Rytas, ASK, Barons will fight for second place. Also estonian teams are stronger than last year.

Kalev/Cramo is definitely WEAKER than last year, we don't even have a decent center and management has been a disaster. I wouldnt actually expect too much of Tartu neither, Beard is old already, Sanikidze is kind of wild card, if he is terrific, than Rock may have a final four chance, but I wouldn't bet on it. When it comes to budgets, I would say the difference between Latvian and Estonian top clubs has increased.

rusher
09-28-2008, 01:40 PM
Zalgiris - Rock watch on Sopcast channel sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/59585

Later the final Rytas - Barons probably too

It's a test translation so it might not work but still...

rusher
09-28-2008, 02:17 PM
Whatever you wish would be reality, Rytas/Zalgiris will once again take first two places without that much of a competition.
I'm afraid you speak wise words friend... It's the quality of Latvian basketball and the shorage of money our clubs have... If the quality of LV basketball would be higher, our locals would be better. If we had more money, our foreigners would be better. We don't have anyone of these points...

Miškinis
09-28-2008, 02:25 PM
Zalgiris - Rock watch on Sopcast channel sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/59585

Later the final Rytas - Barons probably too

It's a test translation so it might not work but still...

All I can see is a blank screen :(

rusher
09-28-2008, 02:58 PM
All I can see is a blank screen :(
try in options to open with VLC player, worked for me

Miškinis
09-28-2008, 03:06 PM
try in options to open with VLC player, worked for me

THANKS!! now it works!