Prienai squeeze past TLU Kalev in OT

TALLINN – Prienai came out victorious after an overtime drama in Tallinn, beating TLU Kalev 86-82 (18-12; 10-22; 20-25; 27-16; 11-7) to guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs.

 

Prienai finished the regular season in fourth place with a 5-7 record, while TLU ended up with a single victory in twelve outings.

The game was full of ups and downs for both teams and Prienai were the first ones to jump ahead, leading by six after the initial ten minutes. The tables soon turned in the second quarter though, as TLU Kalev tied the game up and then managed to grasp a small lead.

The Estonian side’s lead just grew in the second half and reached 11 before the final quarter. However, Prienai were not ready to give up just yet and came storming back with three consecutive three-pointers.

While the home side had control of a two point lead with 15 seconds on the clock, Paulius Ivanauskas hit a game-tying lay-up with the clock burning down.

The game might have gone to second overtime was it not for TLU Kalev’s multiple turnovers in crunch time. Prienai made good of their free-throws and celebrated a much-needed victory.

Domantas Seskus was impressive for the winners with 21 points, while Giedrius Staniulis, who also had 11 rebounds, and Arnas Labuckas chipped in with 17 points apiece. Dominykas Milka ended the game with 10 points.

On the other side of the court, it was Thomas Connor Droney leading the offense. He had 25 points, including three of three long range shots. Maduabum Chukwudiebere added 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Reimo Tamm and Robertas Grabauskas scored 14. The latter also added 10 rebounds to the total.