Tallinna Kalev win nail-biter against Tarvas

Photo: Martin Dremljuga

TALLINN ‒ A day after defeating one of Group A front-runners Dolphins, Tarvas slumped to a 73-75 defeat in the hands of Tallinna Kalev, who improved to a 3-5 mark following the win.

The club from the Estonian capital came out of the gates red-hot, as they ran away to an early 11-2 advantage in the first five minutes of the game.


Although Tarvas responded with an 9-0 run to tie it all at 11-11, Tallinna Kalev shot ahead once again, finishing the period with a double-digit lead at 25-15.

However, things turned around dramatically in the second quarter, with the Rakvere club turning things around and ending the first half with a 43-37 edge after winning the period by 16 points.

In a game full of ups-and-downs, the third quarter saw Tallinn Kalev take the initiative once again, overtaking Tarvas for a 60-59 lead before the final period.

With 3:51 played in the final period, Kristo Saage nailed a three-pointer to send the side from Rakvere in front again, but it was the last time the visitors had the lead.

Reimo Tamm scored five points in a row against his former team and Ilimar Pilk added a basket as well to make it 73-67 with 2:21 left in the game.

Although Mihkel Kurg had cut Tarvas’ deficit to two points with 36 seconds remaining and Mario Paiste missed both free-throws, Kristo Saage’s long-range shot missed, giving Tallinna Kalev an important win.

Asenso Ampim had a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners, Reimo Tamm collected 18 points and drew eight fouls, while Raido Ross added 13 points.

For Tarvas, Kristo Saage finished the evening with 21 points, Giedrius Gustas scored 14 points, with no other players reaching double digits on the visitors’ roster.