Latvijas Basketbola līga

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Latvian Basketball League
Latvijas Basketbola līga (LBL)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017–18 Latvian Basketball League
LBL aldaris logo (horizontal).jpg
Sport Basketball
Founded 1992
No. of teams 9
Country Latvia Latvia
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
Ventspils (10th title)
Most titles Ventspils (10 titles)
TV partner(s)

Latvia:

  • LTV7,
  • Best4Sport TV
  • Sportacentrs TV
Level on pyramid 1st tier
Official website basket.lv

The Latvian Basketball League (LBL; Latvian: Latvijas Basketbola līga) also known as the OlyBet LBL for sponsorship reasons, is the national basketball championship in Latvia; composed of 9 teams. It is considered the biggest basketball league in Latvia. The LBL is a part of Latvian Basketball Association, which is the national governing body of basketball in Latvia.

It's ten teams are located in 8 cities; two in Riga, and one in Ventspils, Liepāja, Valmiera, Jūrmala, Jēkabpils, Ogre and Valka. The LBL season usually runs from September to April. The league was founded in 1992, and its first season was played in the same year.

History

Early Years

The first LBL season was played in 1992. From 1992 to 1999 all championships were won by BK Brocēni, however from 2000 to 2006 BK Ventspils were the champions. In 2007, ASK Rīga stopped BK Ventspils winning streak. BK Ventspils won again in 2009, beating Barons/LMT in a thriller 4–3. Barons would return to the final the following year, this time against VEF Rīga, and win by the same 4–3 margin. The 2011 final again went to 7 games, with VEF Rīga defeating Ventspils.

Teams

Location of teams in 2017–18 Latvian Basketball League
Team Home city Arena
Betsafe/Liepāja Liepāja Liepāja Olympic Center
Jēkabpils Jēkabpils Jēkabpils Sporta nams
Jūrmala/Fēnikss Jūrmala Taurenītis
Latvijas Universitāte Rīga OSC
Ogre Ogre Ogre's Secondary School No.1
Valka/Valga Valga, Estonia Valga Sports Hall
Valmiera Valmiera Vidzeme Olympic Center
VEF Rīga Rīga Arena Riga
Ventspils Ventspils Ventspils Olympic Center

Title holders

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Ventspils
10
8
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2018
Brocēni
8
1
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
VEF Rīga
5
4
2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017
Barons
2
4
2008, 2010
ASK Riga
1
1
2007
Valmiera
1
0
2016
Bonus
0
4
Skonto
0
3
Metropole
0
1
Liepājas Lauvas
0
1

The finals

Year Winner Runner-up Score
1992 Brocēni Parair Bonus
2–0
1993 Brocēni Bonus
3–0
1994 SWH Brocēni Bonus
3–0
1995 SWH Brocēni Bonus
4–3
1996 ASK Brocēni Metropole
4–2
1997 ASK Brocēni LMT Liepājas Baltika
4–0
1998 ASK Brocēni LMT Ventspils
4–1
1999 Brocēni LMT Ventspils
4–2
2000 Ventspils Brocēni LMT
4–3
2001 Ventspils Barons
4–1
2002 Ventspils Skonto
4–0
2003 Ventspils Skonto
4–1
2004 Ventspils Skonto
4–0
2005 Ventspils Barons
4–0
2006 Ventspils Barons
4–0
Year Winner Runner-up Score
2007 ASK Riga Ventspils
4–2
2008 Barons LMT ASK Riga
4–1
2009 Ventspils Barons LMT
4–3
2010 Barons LMT VEF Rīga
4–3
2011 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–3
2012 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–1
2013 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–1
2014 Ventspils VEF Rīga
4–1
2015 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–2
2016 Valmiera Ordo VEF Rīga
4–3
2017 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–0
2018 Ventspils VEF Rīga
4–2

External links

  • Official Website
  • Eurobasket.com League Page
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