Kalev/Cramo claim Triobet BBL Cup bronze

VALMIERA — The bronze medals of the Triobet BBL Cup 2016 are heading to the Estonian capital Tallinn after Kalev/Cramo took care of business in the third-place game, claiming a 81-67 victory against defending Triobet BBL champions Siauliai at the Vidzeme Olympic Center on Sunday.

 

The Estonian champions were in front for most of the game, but couldn’t get much of a breather with the Lithuanian side, who had lost the Semi-Final to Ventspils by 59 points the night before, hanging around within striking distance and putting on pressure on their opponents.

Heading into the second half, Kalev/Cramo were up 41-37, but an 8-2 run by Siauliai momentarily flipped the scales. However, Mickell Gladness took matters into his own hands and allowed the Estonian side to finish the third quarter leading 62-57.

Alar Varrak’s side increased the margin to double figures (69-57) after scoring seven unanswered points in the first couple of minutes of the final frame, putting the game away for good.

Gladness was the leading scorer for the winners and finished with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, Vitali Liutych had 15 points, while Robert Upshaw and Demonte Harper added 12 points apiece for Kalev/Cramo.

For Siauliai, A.J. West had a game-high 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Asenso Ampim added 14 points.