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  • Christmas Cup 2015 ‒ almost 400 young basketball players!

      December 28th – 30th  international youth basketball tournament „Christmas Cup 2015“ took place in Kaunas city. Almost 400 young basketball players came to Kaunas to find out what is the strongest in ther age group, to meet old and new friends. 

        The organizers of event – sport events’ agency „Tstar“ and „Tornado“ BS received a lot of foreign teams wishes to participate. In three age groups (2005, 2004 and 2001) competed 28 teams from Latvia, Finland, Slovenia, Belarus, Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania. 21 of these teams – guest from foreign countries.


    The winners of group 2001 – KK „Paulus“ (Estonia)

    12 teams competed in group 2001. Organizers grouped all in four sub-groups of three teams. After the first day of tournament, two strongest teams from each sub-group went to playoffs and others competed for 9th – 12th places in round system. The last day, after overtime gold won KK “Paulus” from Estonia (coach Žilvinas Strazdas). Minsk “Tsmoki” lost only one game – final, so had to settle for second place. Kauno KM “Aisčiai” (Lituania) won third place and left Ogres BS (Latvia) without any awards.


    MVP of Group 2001
    1. Kauno KM „Aisčiai“ (LTU) – Tadas Urbonas
    2. Ogres BS (LAT) – Martins Rocens
    3. KK „Paulus“ (EST) – Mihkel Kersalu
    4. KK „Paulus“ (EST) – Johannes Kirsipuu
    5. Tsmoki, Minsk (BLR) – Nikita Matsal

    The head coach of team TJ Sokol Pražsky was pleased with great tournament: „Our team didn‘t lost any games in Czech Republic recently. The majority of games we win more then 20 or 30 points, so this tournament and suffered defeats was very good lesson for our players. Hope, now they’ll understand that there is still a room to improvement. We all were pleased with great organization and high quality of refereeing“.

    Final results of group 2001
    1. KK „Paulus“ Estonia
    2. Tsmoki, Minsk Belarus
    3. Kauno KM „Aisčiai“ Lithuania
    4. BS Ogre Latvia
    5. TJ Sokol Pražsky Czech Republic
    6. V. Knašiaus KM Lithuania
    7. Krvavec Slovenia
    8. SPK Bialystok Poland
    9. Tornado KM – „Sostena“ Lithuania
    10. MUKS Piaseczno Poland
    11. Valmiera BSS Latvia
    12. Sigulda SS Latvia

    The winners of three points shoot contest

    The winners of group 2004 – Tornado KM – „Envija“ (Lithuania)

    Eight teams competed in group 2004. Tornado KM – “Envija” (coach Donatas Mikulevičius) suffered only one defeat and won the first place. Silver medals went to Valmiera BSS (coach Roberts Zeile) and bonze went to team from Klaipėda – V. Knašiaus KM (coach Mindaugas Bugys).

    MVP of Group 2004
    1. Tornado KM – “Envija“ (LTU) – Paulius Murauskas
    2. Tornado KM – “Envija“ (LTU) – Šarūnas Morkevičius
    3. Valmiera BBS (LAT) – Roberts Veveris
    4. Raseinių KKSC (LTU) – Augustinas Bražas
    5. V. Knašiaus KM (LTU) – Mantas Mockevičius

    The winners of three points shoot contest
    Raseinių KKSC (LTU) – Nojus Vaivada
    Valmiera BSS (LAT) – Oskars Eglite

    Final results of group 2004
    1. Tornado KM – „Envija“ Lithuania
    2. Valmiera BSS Latvia
    3. V. Knašiaus KM Lithuania
    4. Raseinių KKSC Lithuania
    5. Basketball Virus Germany
    6. A. Kraukla VEF Latvia
    7. BS Riga Jugla Latvia
    8. Krvavec Slovenia


    The winners of group 2005 – Tornado KM – (Lithuania)

    Also eight teams competed in the youngest players group. After very tense final game, team Tornado KM (coach Šarūnas Zablockis) won gold medals. Second place went to Panevėžo KKSC (coach Aurimas Puodžiūnas). Bronze medals won Latvian players – Marupes SC (coach Rolands Rullis).

    MVP of Group 2005
    1. „Tornado“ KM (LTU) – Edvinas Bublys
    2. Panevėžio KKSC (LTU) – Arnas Strikulys
    3. Marupe SC (LAT) – Renars Sondors
    4. V. Knašiaus KM (LTU) – Karolis Stepanovas
    5. Tsmoki, Minsk (BLR) – Dmitryj Zakharenkov

    The winners of three points shoot contest
    Marupe SC (LAT) – Renars Sondors
    PuHu Junior (FIN) – Matias Mantere

    Final results of group 2005
    Vieta Komanda Šalis
    1 Tornado KM Lithuania
    2 Panevėžio KKSC Lithuania
    3 Marupes SC Latvia
    4 V. Knašiaus KM Lithuania
    5 Tsmoki, Minsk Belarus
    6 BS Ogre Latvia
    7 PuHu Juniors Finland
    8 Krvavec Slovenia

    Participants of „Christmas Cup 2015“enjoyed a high level tournament, which brings together different countries and different styles of basketball, allowed to meet and talk with colleagues from all over Europe, visit Kaunas “Žalgiris” Euroleague game and feel the spirit of Lithuanian basketball.

    Photogalleries of tournament at facebook KM Tornado