Pieno Zvaigzdes nip Kalev/Cramo

PASVALYS – Pieno Zvaigzdes used a late fourth quarter run to snatch an 84-77 (19-16, 22-23, 22-23, 21-15) home victory against Kalev/Cramo and climb atop the Group A standings with a 7-2 record.

 

It was a nip-and-tuck affair right from the start, as neither side managed to establish a sizeable advantage. Although the hosts had jumped out to a 12-6 lead after Alex Oriakhi’s basket, Kalev/Cramo managed to slice the deficit in half at the end of the first period, trailing 16-19.

The game continued going back and forth, with the teams exchanging leads on a regular basis. Having won both the second and third quarters by a single point, the Estonian side entered the fourth quarter down only by one point at 62-63.

Rolands Freimanis got on a roll for Kalev/Cramo at the start of the final frame, scoring 13 points in a row for the Estonian team, allowing the visitors to jump out to a 75-70 edge four minutes into the game.

However, Pieno Zvaigzdes finished the game on a 14-2 run, retaking the lead and rather effortlessly seeing it out behind a superb effort by Laimonas Kisielius, who collected a game-high 24 points.

Alex Oriakhi and Tauras Jogela, who added 10 rebounds, collected 13 and 11 points respectively for Pieno Zvaigzdes.

Lithuanian big man Mindaugas Kupsas finished with a team-high 18 points and nine boards, while Rolands Freimanis chipped in with 17 points and seven rebounds.