Parnu's late rush not enough to down Pyrinto

PARNU ­– After a thrilling third quarter comeback, Parnu nearly came to upset Pyrinto in the first matchup of Group A on Wednesday evening. The Estonian club rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit just to fall short 74-70 (24-12; 18-15; 13-30; 19-13).


Pyrinto were on the upper end from the initial minutes, as the first six points of the game, which quickly turned into a double digit lead not even halfway through the first quarter.

We saw the margin reach 16 points in the second quarter, before the home side answered with a 7-0 run to cut into single-digits. However, Pyrinto managed to play out the final minutes of the half strong and improved their lead to fifteen – 42-27.

It took only six minutes for the tables to turn. What seemed to become a blow-out loss soon turned into a nail-biting thriller of a game, as Parnu had already converted on six three-pointers in the second half and were back in the game. The scoreboard already blasted a 57-55 lead for the home team.

The fourth quarter was nip and tuck, as neither team managed to run ahead more then by four points. With a minute remaining and the score tied, Antero Lehto nailed down a clutch three-pointer, which gave Pyrinto some breathing room. They made good of their free-throws and came out on top – 74-70.

Damon Williams was the leading scorer and rebounder for Pyrinto, as he had 15 and 10. Asenso Ampim and Kevin Parrom contributed 13 points, while Antero Lehto chipped in with 11.

Silver Leppik and Sandis Silavs were the main guns for Parnu, as they scored respectively 21 and 20 points. Renato Lindmets was also in double-digits with 11 points.