Kalev/Cramo's winning ways continue

TALLINN – Kalev/Cramo used a big third quarter run to easily slip past Barons kvartals and take the 90-71 (24-18; 26-26; 22-12; 18-15) victory in what was perhaps one of the most anticipated match-ups of the night.

 

The Estonians’ impressive play helped them to a 2-0 record, leaving Barons kvartals with two losses to their name.

Barons kvartals found themselves on the outside looking in very early on, as their opponents only needed three minutes to build a solid lead – after a three-pointer from Reinar Hallik, the Estonians were already ahead by seven. The Latvians managed to finally close the gap to three points with a minute on the clock, but Gregor Arbet’s buzzer-beater from behind the arc pushed it back to six.

The second quarter was as high-scoring as it gets, as both teams answered got into a long range shooting frenzy. The two teams combined for 10 three-pointers, but this did not make the outcome any clearer, as the score stayed pat.

Kalev/Cramo finally managed to break the game after halftime, as they combined outstanding defense with up a 17-3 start of the quarter to push the margin to 20 points. All the Latvian side managed to do before the final quarter, was to cut the deficit to sixteen.

While a couple of successful trips, allowed Barons kvartals to get back into single-digit range, a 12-0 run for Kalev/Cramo seemed to have put the game to bed.

The leading side managed to keep hold of the double digit lead and ended up taking a 90-71 victory.

Armands Skele was the top gunner for Kalev/Cramo, as he dropped 19 points. Reinar Haalik scored 14, including four three-pointers, while EJ Singler chipped in with 11. Erik Keedus was solid with 10 points.

Ernests Kalve and Jekabs Rozitis were the two top scorers for Barons kvartals, as they both managed to score 15 points apiece, Kaspars Kambala missed most of his shots but was still able to nab 11 points. Kristaps Valters only hit one of his eight long-range attempts and ended the game with 10 points to his name.