Barsy shock Tartu in hostile territory

TARTU - It came as a shock to many, when visiting Barsy Atyrau claimed victory against last season's medalists BC Tartu. The Kazakhs built their lead up slowly throughout the game and ended on top 88-79, getting their campaign going victoriously.


The game went back and forth for the first two quarters, although it seemed that the Estonians had the upper hand early on. Tartu started the first quarter 13-7 for a nice early lead, but that didn't last long - the visitors quickly raced back and finally got in front in the second quarter.

From then on, it was a seesaw affair, with the lead changing hands numerous times throughout the period.

The third quarter was where it got busy for the Kazakhstan side. They forced several turnovers and used those for some easy baskets, quickly advancing their lead to double-digits.

The home side managed to cut the deficit to just three point with a minute on the clock, but Barsy had no wasted possessions in the last 60 seconds and ended up winning by nine.

The visitors were powered by the duo of Nikolay Bazhin and Nened Milosevic, who had 20 points apiece. Dmitrii Ezhov chipped in with another 17 points, while Konstantin Glazyrin and Pavel Ilin had respectively 14 and 13 points.

For the other side, Steven Cook and Janar Talts were the two top scorers, contributing 16 points each. Tanel Sokk added 13 points, Kristjan Kitsing helped out with 12, whereas Robin Kivi ended the game with 11.