Pyrinto debut with a win

Photo: Timo Kiviranta

TAMPERE – In the first ever Baltic Basketball League (BBL) game in Finland, Pyrinto sliced through the visiting Tallinn Kalev and marked its debut in the league with a 75-54 victory on Sunday.


The team from Tampere was the last to begin the regular season, but the season-opener proved successful for the hosts, while the Estonians dropped to a 1-1 record following the defeat.

After an early tussle for the lead, Pyrinto jumped ahead by double digits already in the middle of the first period. The lead soon reached 15 points, when Topias Palmi nailed a jumper to make it 24-9 in the beginning of the second quarter.

Although Tallinn Kalev had managed cut the deficit to single digits before the half, the Finnish team restored it just in time for the break, leading 32-22 after 20 minutes of play.

Illimar Pilk was doing his best to keep the visitors in the game, but a couple of three-pointers by Kelvin Lewis gave Pyrinto a comfortable 14-point lead, which Tallinn Kalev could not overcome.

Lewis led the  winners with a game-high 21 points, after collecting all of his points from beyond the arc, as he made 7-of-13 three-pointers.

Topias Palmi had 16 points, while Antero Lehto finished with 12 points. Pyrinto’s big man Annti Nikkila scored only two points, but finished with 16 rebounds.

For the Estonians, Illimar Pilk had 14 points, while Kaido Saks and Reimo Tamm chipped in with 13 points each, adding eight and seven rebounds respectively.