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Livonia night: Tartu hosts Pleven, Newcastle at Valmiera

Graphic: Mārtiņš Zaļūksnis

November schedule starts with four matches in two days. Tuesday, November 7 offer two games in Estonia and Latvia – Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits will host Spartak Pleven, while Valmiera Glass/Vidzemes Augstskola are facing the Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles.

Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits vs Spartak Pleven

Series history: Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits and Spartak Pleven will face each other for the first time.

Key matchup: Märt Rosenthal is shining for Tartu.

A 24 years old shooting guard averages 19.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

Nikolay Stoyanov leads Spartak Pleven with 13.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

National championships: Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits occypy the fourth place with a 6-2 record at the Pafbet Estonia and Latvia league.

Gundars Vētra men have posted six consecutive victories over Rīgas Zeļļi, VEF Rīga, Ogre, University of Latvia, Tallinn Kalev/SNABB and Valmiera.

Fun fact: Gundars Vētra holds an NBA record in most three pointers made – without a miss (3/3).

One more fun fact: Sting will perform at the Tartu Song Festival grounds on June 10, 2024.

Spartak Pleven improved to 3-2 in the Bulgarian top flight.

Pleven trail to Chernomorets Burgas, Balkan Botevgrad and two teams from capital Sofia – CSKA and Levski.

Know your referees

Crew chief: Mihkel Manniste (Estonia) – FIBA referee from 2017, Basketball Champions league referee from 2020, has worked at the EuroBasket 2022.

Umpire 1: Serafim Petrov (Bulgaria) – Bulgaria top league from 2018, FIBA referee from 2021; has worked at the 2022 FIBA U16 championship Division B final in Sofia.

Umpire 2: Ivo Kitsing (Estonia) – FIBA referee from 2023, has debuted at the Estonian league final on May 24, 2018.

Observer: Oskars Lucis (Latvia).

ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream

Valmiera Glass ViA vs Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles

Series history: Valmiera Glass ViA and Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles will face each other for the first time.

Key matchup: Guntis Sīpoliņš leads Valmiera in minutes played (34:14) and will celebrate his 30th birthday on November 10.

Experienced power forward averages 12.3 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Tajh Green (Benedict College) is a top rebounder for the Newcastle Eagles with 7.9 boards per game.

Forward averages 12.2 points in 26.2 minutes of play.

National championships: Valmiera Glass ViA is 2-7 at the Pafbet Estonia and Latvia league.

Oskars Virsis men have lost last four games against Kalev/Cramo, a 10x time Latvian champion Ventspils, Ogre and Tartu.

Ogre (team Shrek, anyone?) recently posted one of the most memorable wins, defeating Eurocup team Prometey on the road.

Newcastle Eagles are 3-7 at the British Basketball league.

Marc Steutel`s men posted their first European win on October 31, defeating Basket Brno at the Vertu Motors arena.

They suffered a 88-111 defeat at the hands of Leicester Riders four days later.

Know your referees

Crew chief: Oskars Lucis (Latvia) – FIBA referee from 2003, Euroleague referee 2007-2016.

Umpire 1: David Griffin (United Kingdom) – a British Basketball league referee from 2019.

Umpire 2: Elvis Binders-Čoders (Latvia) – FIBA referee from 2021, referee at the Pafbet Estonia and Latvia league.

Observer: Mareks Voļskis (Latvia).

ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream


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