Latvian U-16 basketball players finish the Baltic Cup with victories in…

first_imgLatvian U16 girls basketball team Photo: LBSThe Latvian U-16 women’s basketball team won all three Baltic Cup games this weekend.On Sunday, the Latvians closed the tournament in Kaunas with a victory 84:58 (21:15, 22:19, 24:12, 17:12) beat their peers from Estonia.As in the games with both Lithuanian teams, the Latvians were superior in the fight against baskets (50-41) and in the accuracy of three-point shots (9/19 – 4/24), as well as often intercepted the ball (18-11) and skillfully used the mistakes of opponents (29 -16).On Sunday, Katrīna Ozola had 19 points and nine rebounds, Luize Sila had 16 points and nine balls under the baskets, Andija Sedliņa had 13 points, but Līva Liniņa had 12 points and ten rebounds.As in the conversation with the Latvian Basketball Union (LBS), Aigars Nerips, the head coach of the Latvian U-16 national team, emphasized that all players, including the leaders, still have a lot of work to do to improve and stabilize their skills.“Several basketball players have good prospects, provided they continue to work. The Lithuanians had divided their players into two approximately equal teams. Both victories did not come easily, but every time we found opportunities to neutralize the opponents’ trumps and take advantage of their weaknesses. By joining forces, Lithuanians will be stronger, but we would not be weaker. In addition, for various reasons, several basketball players stayed at home, who could have helped, ”LBS quotes Neripa.At the beginning of the last match, after a collision, unpleasant injuries came to life and two main basketball players – Raina Tomašicka and Tīna Grausa – could not continue the game.“Others had more playing time, and our dominance was not particularly affected. The organizers of the tournament, this time without consulting the coaches, awarded the prize for the best player of our team to Louise Sila, but the most valuable player of the whole tournament was Raina Tomašickas, who was more diverse this time than before. It is nice to end the summer work cycle with three victories. We have used the difficult time usefully, promoting the progress of the players, ”said Nerips.On Friday, the Latvians won the Lithuanian “white” team with 76:64, but on Saturday with 78:58 they defeated the “green” team of the southern neighbors.Meanwhile, the U-16 men’s team finished the tournament with a success of 77:61 (13:18, 15:10, 25:21, 24:12) played against the Estonians.Latvians prevail in three-pointers (10/32 – 3/23), in the fight for rebounds (50-40), but more mistakes (21-16).Dāvis Ozers scored 19 points, Mārtiņš Zuments 13 points, but Christopher Karlson and Ernest Ločmel had ten points each.The head coach of the Latvian U-16 national team Agris Galvanovskis concludes that there is a feeling of unfinished work, because no real opportunities were used to win the third match.The Lithuanian “green” team did not have bright talents, but everyone worked with great fighting spirit, collecting 23 balls at our basket. We did not lack centimeters, but they were not enough. Overall, we played better than in the winter tournaments, but the results should not be overestimated. Lithuanians, combining all the best forces in one team, would be more powerful, this time the Estonians were not helped by a 210 cm long leader who trains in the “Real” system of Madrid, “LBS quotes Galvanovskis.Galvanovskis emphasizes that Latvia does not lack talent against the background of its opponents, but the rival teams were more fierce and sportier.Many people still want to get the result by playing in “white gloves”, but in modern basketball it does not go through. When conclusions are drawn, the result also appears. As today, when we broke the Estonian resistance in the second half, ”says Galvanovskis.Dans Galdiņš received the award for the best player of the Latvian team.On Friday, Latvia overtook the Lithuanian “white” team with 78:75, but on Saturday with 75:81 it lost to the Lithuanian “green” team.Composition of the Latvian U-16 women’s team for participation in the Baltic Cup in Kaunas:Enija Vīksne, Marta Zariņa, Katrīna Ozola (all – “Riga” / TTP), Madara Liepniece, Elizabete Feierberga, Raina Tomašicka (all – “Riga” / “Center”), Līva Kristiāna Gode, Andija Sedliņa, Tīna Grausa, Luīze Sila (all – RBJSS / “Rīdzene”), Līva Liniņa (“Rīga” / ”Jugla”), Valērija Baranovska (“Daugavpils”).Composition of the Latvian U-16 men’s team for participation in the Baltic Cup in Kaunas:Kristofers Karlsons, Dans Galdiņš, Markuss Mamajs (all – “Rīga” / DSN), Kristofers Krivišs (“Rīga” / ”A.Kraukļa VEF BS”), Markuss Lastiņš (“Ogres BS”), Ernests Ločmelis (“Rīga”) / Basketball class ”), Mārtiņš Zuments (IMSS,“ Rīga ”/” Basketball class ”), Dāvis Dāvids Ozers (“ Valmiera ”-“ Ventspils University College ”), Rūdolfs Rudmiezis (“ Cēsis ”-“ Valmiera ”), Armands Gailišs ( “Ezerzeme”), Frederiks Meinarts (BS “Ķeizars”, “VEF school”, “Rīga” / DSN), Pēteris Pinnis (IMSS – “Salaspils”, “Rīga” / “Centrs”).last_img read more

Moore is too much for opening night Arizona IMCA Mod Tour foes

first_imgBob Moore won the opening night Arizona IMCA Mod Tour main event, and $1,250, Friday at Cocopah Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker)By Mike SpiekerYUMA, Ariz. (Feb. 10) – Bob Moore scored the opening night Arizona IMCA Modified Tour win after a couple spirited battles with Shawn Strand and Hunter Marriott.The first annual tour commenced Friday night at Cocopah Speedway with an outstanding field of 85 Modifieds in attendance. Moore’s victory paid $1,250 and put him on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.After taking the lead away from polesitter Strand, on lap two, Moore opened up a sizeable lead and checked out from the field. As the race advanced, however, Strand’s machine got faster and he was able to reel in and pass Moore to reclaim the lead.The race was slowed at halfway as seven cars tangled in turn one to bring out the caution. When the race resumed, Moore went to the low side of turns one and two to grab the lead away from Strand. Marriott followed suit and rode in Moore’s tire tracks to take the second spot.In the closing laps, lapped traffic allowed Marriott to close the gap between himself and Moore, with only three car lengths separating them at the white flag. Moore carefully maneuvered his way around the slower cars and held off Marriott to secure the win.“I didn’t even know [Marriott] was there,” Moore said after the race, when asked if he felt any pressure from Hunter. “I knew the top was the place to be and I kept inching my way up there throughout the race. You had to be way up there to be fast.”Jason Rogers, who started outside of the front row, took the win in the 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event. Kyle Frederick came home second, followed by polesitter Andrew Altenburg.Mike Tanner found victory lane in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. The Missouri driver started on the pole and topped hometown driver Cory Hemphill.Cory Tharp collected the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers, ahead of Craig Ebers.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Bob Moore; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. Shawn Strand; 4. Lance Mari; 5. Ryan Gaylord; 6. Cody Laney; 7. 
Sean Jerovetz; 8. Lucas Schott; 9. Jimmy Gustin; 10. Jesse Sobbing; 11. Spencer Wilson; 12. Tyler Peterson; 3. Tripp Gaylord; 14. Jeff James; 15. Jacob Hobscheidt; 16. Jesse Williamson; 17. Ryan McDaniel; 18. Jason Wolla
; 19. Chase Allen; 20. Josh McGaha; 21. Collen Winebarger; 22. Austin Kuehl; 23. Troy Gemmill; 24. Bricen James; 25. Jeff Taylor
; 26. Justin Zeitner; 27. 
Nick Decarlo; 28. Bobby Horton; 29. Jeremy Thornton.Stock Cars – 1. Jason Rogers
; 2. Kyle Frederick; 3. Andrew Altenburg; 4. Jody York; 5. 
Race Fisher
; 6. Tony Hill
; 7. Brendon LaBatte; 8. Steven Kihle; 9. George Fronsman; 10. Thomas Daffern; 11. Larry Brigner; 12.  Micheal Mabbitt; 13. Jake Smith
; 14. Joe Haines
; 15. Elijah Zevenbergen; 16. Joe O’Bryan; 17. Manny Baldiviez; 18. Aaron Spangler; 19. Jimmy Davy.Northern SportMods – 1. Mike Tanner; 2. Corey Hemphill; 3. Nick Spainhoward; 4. Kyle Smith; 5. 
Brady Bjella; 6. Corey Clayton; 7. Miles Morris; 8. Joshua Cordova; 9. Clint Clausen; 10. Dennis Gates; 11. Chris Toth
; 12. Kenny Wyman Jr.; 13. James Dupre; 14. Tyler Mecl
; 15. Allen Webb; 16. 
Dale Kunz; 17. Dwayne Melvin; 18. Tate Johnson; 19. Austin Kiefer; 20. Adolfo Noriega; 21. Brandyn Johnson; 22. Brian Roode; 23. Jason George; 24. Mark Madrid; 25. Ron Pegues.Hobby Stocks – 1. Cory Tharp; 2. Craig Ebers; 3. Jason Beshears; 4. Joshua Cordova; 5. Scott Shaw
; 6. Jim Robinson; 7. Tim Clayton; 8. Harvey Quinn.last_img read more