Pyrinto use OT to sneak past Parnu

TAMPERE – An overtime was required to settle everything between Pyrinto and Parnu, as the hosts rallied late in regulation to steal away the 92-87 (20-27; 15-17; 22-21; 22-14; 13-8) victory in Group A.


The Finns won their second game in a row and improved to a 4-5 record. Parnu, on the other hand dropped to 1-5 with the loss.

Pyrinto found themselves behind from the initial moments and were already down by seven points after the first ten minutes. The margin only grew before the break, as the Estonians managed to push it to 9.

However, Pyrinto's revival began in the second half as they slowly came creeping back. Although 8 points still separated the two sides before the last period, the Finns were finally showing signs of life.

Just halfway through the quarter, the game was already tied, but Parnu shot back ahead by five. However, a couple of bad turnovers cost the visitors the lead and allowed the hosts to extend the game for another five minutes.

In the overtime, Pyrinto had a bit more luck and used free-throws to cement their lead.

Tyrone Kent was once again impressive for Pyrinto, as he tallied 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Damon Williams chipped in with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Alex Vaenerberg added 12 points, while Topias Palmi ended the game with 11 points.

On the other bench, the scoring was a bit more spread out. Sandis Silavs led the way with 19 points, while Silver Leppik added 18 points. Rannar Raap and Renato Lindmets had respectively 15 and 14 points, while Ronaldas Rutkauskas was a beast among the boards with 13 points and 17 rebounds.