Tallinna Kalev survive in overtime

TALLINN – Despite wasting an 18-point lead, Tallinna Kalev survived the fourth quarter comeback by Tyco Rapla and outlasted the visitors 88-86 in overtime to start the new Baltic Basketball League (BBL) season with a win.


Behind a 9-2 run to start the game, Tallinna Kalev took control of the game, taking a double-digit lead at 17-7 midway through the quarter before extending the advantage to 29-15 by the end of the period.

The story didn’t change much in the second quarter as the home side maintained a solid 48-35 advantage at the end of the half.

Having trailed by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, Rapla came back storming with a 9-0 run to start the final period to cut it down to a 60-63 deficit.

Tallinna Kalev maintained a slight edge for the time being, but it wasn’t long before Oliver Metsalu gave Rapla the lead at 73-71 with a successful lay-up.

Four points in a row by Martin Dorbek had given the visitors a 77-74 lead, but Reimo Tamm’s game-tying three-pointer brought the teams level with 38 seconds left and forced an overtime.

Rapla started the extra period slightly better, establishing a four point lead. However, the hosts proved to be more clutch in the end.

With the score at 86-82 and 56 seconds left to play, Roland Prii hit a three-pointer and Renato Lindmets scored a lay-up, while Mario Paiste sealed the win with a free-throw.

Kaido Saks led the winners with a game-high 20 points and registering five blocked shots, while Reimo Tamm added 17 points for Tallinna Kalev.

Rapla’s forward Martin Dorbek was the leading scorer for the losing side with 17 points and 10 rebounds, as Andre Parn collected 15 points and 7 boards.