Kalev/Cramo's three game skid ends in Riga

RIGA – A great second quarter performance opened up the gates for Kalev/Cramo to snap their three game losing streak, while defeating Barons/LDz 89-75 (18-23; 26-14; 26-21; 19-17).


Kalev/Cramo, who had already secured a second place finish a couple weeks ago, ends up with a 7-3 record, just a victory shy of the first spot. Meanwhile, Barons/LDz missed the opportunity to move up a place and finished in the fourth position of Group A.

The home side started the game on a higher note, racing to a 15-6 lead midway through the initial period.  The margin had already reached double-digits, but before the quarter ended, Kalev/Cramo managed to cut the deficit in half and was down by only five points.

Kalev/Cramo cut loose in the second quarter, as they slowly caught up with their opponents and then blasted right past to reach a 7-point lead at halftime.

The lead just grew in the second half and once it reached double-digits, it wasn’t going anywhere. Kalev/Cramo kept a safe distance and found the way to a double-digit victory.

Frank Elegar, Armands Skele and Scott Machado were the leading scorers for the Estonian side with 16 points apiece. Elegar was also incredible under the boards, as he racked up 13 rebounds. Rain Veideman added 11 points to the tally.

For the losing side, Dmitro Gliebov was the top gunner with 17 points. Living legend Kaspars Kambala added 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Pavlo Burenko ended the game with 15 points.