Tartu books tickets to Quarterfinals with second win

TARTU – It‘s Quarterfinals moods in Tartu already, as University of Tartu just booked a ticket to the next round with yet another dominating win against Barsy. The Estonians kept their opponents on lockdown, and easily won 74-45.


Defense was the key for Tartu en route to their 29-point victory, as they allowed just 14 points in the first half, while scoring at will on the other end.

The Estonians ran off early and never looked back: a 15-point lead after the first quarter turned into a 32-point advantage at the halftime break.

Keeping in mind that University of Tartu put the first game to bed leading by 34 points, that was already a 66-point advantage for the Estonians with 20 minutes of basketball remaining.

Having said that, it was apparent that the end of the game would merely be a formality. While the margin didn't grow, Barsy couldn't manage to end the game full of pride, as they finished the game down 29 points.

Mandell Thomas and Dominykas Milka were the top players for the victorious side, as they contributed 17 and 15 points, respectively. Milka was also strong under the boards, as he tabbed 13 rebounds.


Tartu head coach Gert Kullamäe: "Not much new to say compared to yesterday - we had a good start to the game and that is always good to go with. We also had a solid foundation from yesterday, so that gave us confidence. All in all, I'm quite happy with our games these last few days, very happy that everyone remained uninjured and we'll start looking towards the next round now."

Barsy head coach Boyan Salatyc: "These games were a great experience for us and I’m very happy with what we got. We learned a lot and now have a good place to continue from. We’re already looking towards our next game, the Kazakhstan championship, and will use what we learned here. Very satisfied with this experience."