Pyrinto too strong for Dolphins

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TAMPERE – In an all-Scandinavian match-up in Group A, the Finnish side Pyrinto Tampere maintained an unbeaten record in the Baltic Basketball League (BBL) after taking a 78-65 victory against the visiting Norrkoping Dolphins on Tuesday evening.


The hosts improved to a 3-0 mark and are one of only two teams yet to suffer the taste of defeat this season, while Dolphins are in shared second position in the group standings with a 2-2 record, alongside three other teams.

Although Pyrinto got off to a quick start by scoring the first eight points of the game, the Swedish guests recovered in an instant and even finished the first quarter ahead 16-14.

The game stayed close until the fourth period, with the home side tying things up at 31-31 at the half before taking a three-point edge heading into the final 10 minutes of play.

Having started the quarter with a 52-49 lead, Pyrinto increased the lead to double digits after a 9-0 run, led by the 19-year-old prospect Topias Palmi, who scored five points in a row to set off the spurt.

With just over a minute remaining, Kelvin Lewis capped off another quick 5-0 stretch with a free-throw to extend the gap to a game-high 18 points, as the hosts registered their third victory in a row.

Pyrinto’s leading scorer Antero Lehto had 20 points and five assists, Kelvin Lewis collected 15 points, while Topias Palmi was efficient on the court, scoring 13 points in 16 minutes of action.

Pierre Hampton had a team-high 19 points for Dolphins, as Edgars Jeromanovs and Jan Tomanec finished with 12 and 10 points respectively.