|Janis Strelnieks was BK Ventspils' second leading scorer at 9.8 points per game, also dishing out 3.8 assists |
BK Ventspils have said good-bye to their captain, national team point guard Janis Strelnieks, and welcomed former Barons Riga playmaker Todd Abernethy back to Latvia.
The 22-year-old Strelnieks, who averaged 9.8 points and 3.8 assists in Ventspils' four games (including a Eurocup Qualifying Round tie defeat to Azovmash), has moved to the Russian PBL's Spartak Saint Petersburg.
"I've been here (at Ventspils) a long time," Strelnieks said, "and though now I'm going to another team, that doesn't mean that I'll forget Ventspils and cut all the links.
"I will definitely follow the team in the standings.
"Who knows, maybe someday even going to play in Ventspils."
Coach Gundars Vetra is likely to have a new face in the line-up, then, when the team hosts BC Nizhny Novgorod in the EuroChallenge this week.
The club has signed former Barons Riga guard Todd Abernethy.
The 27-year-old Abernethy is no stranger to the country, or the EuroChallenge.
He was on the books of Estonians Tartu Rock for the 2009-10 campaign and averaged 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds in the EuroChallenge.
Ventspils will be without center Sam Willard after the 23-year-old power forward sprained his ankle at the weekend.
The Baltic club is 1-1 in EuroChallenge Group D following last week's victory over Atomerömü SE.
Hungarians Romp; Czechs Bounce Opponents
Szolnoki Olaj will go into their European encounter this week in Hungary against Keravnos on the back of a 109-80 victory over PVSK Pannon.
The victory was the club's sixth in seven games.
Obie Trotter was in fine fettle, pouring in 26 points, handing out eight assists and grabbing four rebounds for the winners.
BK Prostejov and BK Pardubice clinched wins in the Czech Mattoni NBL.
Prostejov prevailed, 94-88, over Levice and Pardubice rolled to a 75-52 victory over Opava.
Belgium, Cyprus, Sweden and Ukraine
Antwerp Giants reminded everyone of their quality by beating Eurocup side Dexia Mons-Hainaut, 67-55.
Afrobasket MVP Salah Mejri of Tunisia had a monster game for the Giants, scoring 16 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking four shots.
Okapi Aalstar fell 77-76 at Liege.
In Cyprus, ETHA Engomi lost 75-66 to APOEL while in Sweden, Norrköping Dolphins came up short in a battle for first place against Boras.
Boras used a strong first quarter when they outscored the Dolphins 28-19 as a launch pad for victory.
BC Goverla downed Halychyna, 80-75, in Ukraine, with Kevin Tiggs scoring 26 points.