Tartu cause upset in Siauliai to claim Bronze

SIAULIAI – Another intense battle between Siauliai and Tartu University was once again decided in the final minutes. Having lost the first game by two points, the Estonians managed to regroup, lead for most of the game and take home Bronze with an 78-70 victory.


Tartu got ahead with some hot shooting early on, running off to a 12-3 start. Carl Engstrom and Janar Talts were doing business in the block, as they combined for 16 points in the first quarter alone and had Tartu leading by ten heading into the second period.

Siauliai picked up from a poor start and finally got things going, reducing the margin to seven in the next segment and creeping up from behind to tie the game up in the third.

Janar Talts used his smarts to make his way for easy baskets under the rim, as he spearheaded Tartu’s efforts and gave back the lead to the Estonians.

For Tartu, Janar Talts did the heavy lifting, finishing the game with 22 points. Steven Cook had 16, while Carl Engstrom ended up with 14. Vytenis Cizauskas had 10, as Kristjan Kitsing and Julius Kazakauskas added 8 each.

Nick Zeisloft was huge for Siauliai in the second half, finishing the game with 17 points. Having led the way for Siauliai in the first half, Donatas Sabeckis and Arminas Urbutis had 14 and 12points, respectively. Laurynas Birutis had a quiet game, as he ended up with 10 points.