Kitsing's three-pointer saves second seed for Tartu

OGRE - Despite an 89-85 Ogre victory, it was the players of Tartu University smiling at the end of the game, as they achieved their goal of losing by less than six points.


Having won the first game 70-64, the Estonians didn't even need a victory today to hang on to the second seed and it was a thriller of a game right until the very last second.

With the whole Playoffs picture already clear, this means the result still has Tartu in the second position with an 8-4 record, as they look to face off against AVIS Utilitas Rapla in the Quarterfinals. Ogre have an identical record, but that one final miss has them battling a much fiercer opponent, Siauliai, who have their last seven games.

Ogre had the game's highest lead in the third quarter, as they powered ahead by 10 points, but that margin was short-lived and with three minutes remaining, the two teams were separated by just one point. While Ogre managed to get ahead by seven, Kristjan Kitsing drained a three-pointer with nine seconds remaining to hand the Estonians the required result.

Tartu relied their on their key players to carry the team in this game, as the starting unit accounted for 79 points, while Ogre's bench had more than half - 45.

Janis Poznaks came close to a double-double with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Roberts Niedra came off the bench for 16 points and 4 blocks, while Gints Antrops added 16 points of his own. Rinalds Sirsnins chipped in with 13, while Marcis Vitols finished the game with 10 points and 7 assists.

Vytenis Cizauskas had a terrific night for Tartu, as he went off for 26 points and 7 assists. Tanel Sokk added 20, while Kristjan Kitsing and Janar Talts ended up with 17 and 13 points, respectively.