Liepaja/Triobet not bothered by TLU

LIEPAJA – TLU Kalev didn’t have much going for them tonight, as they faced a second defeat at the hands of Liepaja/Triobet, losing the game 73-86, thus ending their short run in the Triobet BBL. They had lost the first leg of the series by 17 and needed a big turnaround to extend their season.


It looked as if it was going to turn into a nail-biter in the first quarter, as neither side was willing to give up any ground, and TLU still hoping to turn their luck around. However, a single-point advantage after ten minutes, wasn't quite the turnaround they needed.

However, all the hopes the Estonians might still have had were totally shattered in the second quarter, as Liepaja rose to a series-clinching run. Up by 9 at halftime, they already held a combined 28 point advantage.

The visitors struggled in the second half as well and the margin just rose. Time was running out and it turned out to become another great victory for Liepaja/Triobet.

Artjoms Butenkovs was the top performer of the game, scoring 23 points and tearing down 9 rebounds. Arturs Ausejs also found ways to the basket pretty easily, as he added 21 points, while Malcolm Griffin took care of the playmaking, accounting for 13 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds.

For TLU Kalev, Stefan Knezevic dropped 15 points and eight rebounds, Kaido Saks chipped in with 14, while both Dorde Dzeletovic and Reimo Tamm had 13 points. Kristo Saage ended the night with 10 points to his name.