Latvijas Basketbola līga

The Latvian Basketball League (LBL; Latvian: Latvijas Basketbola līga) also known as the Pafbet LBL for sponsorship reasons,[1] is the national basketball championship in Latvia; composed of 6 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.

Latvian Basketball League
Latvijas Basketbola līga (LBL)
LBL aldaris logo (horizontal).jpg
SportBasketball
Founded1992
No. of teams6
CountryLatvia
ContinentFIBA Europe
Most recent
champion(s)
VEF Riga (8th title)
Most titlesVentspils (10 titles)
TV partner(s)Latvia:
Level on pyramid1st tier
Official websitebasket.lv

Its 6 teams are located in 5 cities; two in Riga, and one in Ventspils, Liepāja, Valmiera, and Ogre. 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.

HistoryEdit

Early YearsEdit

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.

TeamsEdit

Location of teams in 2020–21 Latvian Basketball League
Team Home city Arena
Liepāja Liepāja Liepāja Olympic Center
Latvijas Universitāte Rīga OSC
Ogre Ogre Ogre's Secondary School No.1
Valmiera GLASS VIA Valmiera Vidzeme Olympic Center
VEF Rīga Rīga OSC
Ventspils Ventspils Ventspils Olympic Center

Title holdersEdit

Performance by clubEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Ventspils
10
10
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2018
VEF Rīga
8
4
2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021
Brocēni
8
2
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Barons
2
3
2008, 2010
ASK Riga
1
1
2007
Valmiera
1
0
2016
Bonus
0
4
Skonto
0
3
Metropole
0
1
Liepāja
0
1

The finalsEdit

Year Winner Runner-up Score Finals MVP
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
Ainārs Bagatskis
1999 Brocēni LMT Ventspils
4–2
Edgars Šneps
2000 Ventspils Brocēni LMT
4–3
Aigars Vītols
2001 Ventspils BK LMT
4–1
2002 Ventspils Skonto
4–0
Kristaps Purnis
2003 Ventspils Skonto
4–1
2004 Ventspils Skonto
4–0
Kestutis Sestokas
2005 Ventspils Barons
4–0
Justin Love
2006 Ventspils Barons
4–0
Marijonas Petravičius
Year Winner Runner-up Score Finals MVP
2007 ASK Riga Ventspils
4–2
Sandis Valters
2008 Barons LMT ASK Riga
4–1
Armands Šķēle
2009 Ventspils Barons LMT
4–3
Mareks Jurevičus
2010 Barons LMT VEF Rīga
4–3
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
2011 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–3
Sandis Valters
2012 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–1
Kristaps Janičenoks
2013 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–1
Earl Rowland
2014 Ventspils VEF Rīga
4–1
Jānis Timma
2015 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–2
Mareks Mejeris
2016 Valmiera Ordo VEF Rīga
4–3
Artūrs Bērziņš
2017 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–0
Mareks Mejeris
2018 Ventspils VEF Rīga
4–2
Aigars Šķēle
2019 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–1
Jabril Durham
2020 VEF Rīga Ogre
Play-offs didnt happen due COVID-19
2021 VEF Rīga Ventspils
4–0
Kyle Allman Jr.

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