Kalev/Cramo hold back Parnu's comeback

PARNU – Kalev/Cramo proved too strong for Parnu in the clash between two Estonian sides. The visitors started off strong, stayed ahead for most of the game and kept their record clean with the 80-70 (22-15; 20-16; 17-23; 21-16) victory.

 

Kalev/Cramo now hold a 3-0 record, while Parnu have lost both of their games.

From the initial minutes it seemed that the visitors have brought more energy into the game and the scored proved it. With six minutes played, the visitors were a couple of heads in front, as they looked at a nine point lead.

While Parnu started the quarter with a seven point deficit, a couple of successful outings helped them shrink the lead to just four. However, Armands Skele scored five points in the last half minute of the half and the lead was pushed to double-digits – 42-31.

Clearly, the game had yet to be decided and Silver Leppik came out firing after halftime. With the help of his teammates, he trimmed the margin to just three in just a minute. Halfway through the third quarter, Parnu finally managed to jump ahead, as a 10-0 run gave them a three point advantage. The lead was soon wasted and Kalev/Cramo once again were in front by five.

The visitors quickly piled up a 10 point lead in the starting minutes of the final quarter, but a couple of three-pointers closed the gap to just two – 68-66. Kalev/Cramo then picked up the intensity on defense and used it to amass a double-digit lead right before the horn.

Mindaugas Kupsas was impressive for the visiting side, as he scored 19 points, while tearing down 8 rebounds and recording 3 blocks and 3 assists. Armands Skele contributed 17 while EJ Singler, who got only two of his ten three-pointers to fall, and Martin Dorbek finished the game with respectively 14 and 13 points. Dorbek also accounted for 8 assists.

As far as the losing side goes, Ronaldas Rutkauskas scored 18 points and added 7 rebounds. Sandis Silavs and Rannar Raap ended the game with 12 points each.