OT thriller ends up being taken by TLU

OGRE - An overtime drama highlighted Wednesday night, as Tallinna Kalev/TLU managed a surprising, 83-81, victory against Ogre, improving their record to 6-4.


You could tell early on that this game would come down to the wire. The two sides started off swinging back and forth, but a couple of long-range shots allowed TLU to jump out ahead by five points after the first period.

The intensity just grew from there on, as neither side managed to sustain any sort of momentum, despite the visitors managing to keep their noses ahead by a couple of baskets.

The second half was just as balanced as the first - the lead changed hands time after time, and with a minute to go, TLU held a one-point lead. Reimo Tamm added another two points to the margin, but Marcis Vitols cold-heartedly responded with a three-pointer to tie the game up for Ogre. Neither side could use the final 30 seconds to pull the game their way and the game went to overtime.

The final minutes of OT were nerve-wrecking, with not-too-many made shots. With a minute to go in overtime, Janis Poznaks had the chance to tie the game, but missed his free-throw. In the following possession, Ogre turned the ball over and had to resort to fouling, where the visitors were cold-blooded.

Reimo Tamm led TLU in scoring with 18 points, as Martin Jurtom chipped in with a dozen. Kriisto Saage and Dorde Dzeletovic ended the night with 11 points to their respective names.

Roberts Niedra came off the bench to drop 16 points for Ogre, while Rihards Zebergs added 12. Marcis  Vitols had 11 points, while Gints Antrops and Guntis Sipolins finished the game with 10 points each, as Antrops also added 11 rebounds.