Tartu dominant in Play-offs opener

The first game of the Triobet BBL Play-offs brought little-to-no drama, as the top seeded University of Tartu coasted to an incredibly easy victory in their Eighth-finals series against Barsy Atyrau, 83-49.


Leading from end to end, it was nothing close to a nail-biter for the Estonian side. As a matter of fact, the game was pretty much settled before Barsy even scored a basket. Tartu opened the game going on a 17-0 run to send the Kazakhs to a knock down.

Nevertheless, you could bet Barsy were reminiscing about how they were down by just 14 at the end of the first quarter, as things continued to get worse as the game progressed. By halftime, the margin was already 22 points, and the victor was clear as day.

The teams were still playing for the final result and once again, the halftime margin looked like a good memory comparing to what it turned into after the break. University of Tartu waved away any thoughts of complacency and advanced their lead to 34 points before the final buzzer.

The Estonians will look to close out the series early, as the two clubs face off again tomorrow.

Barsy head coach Boyan Salatyc: "What made the difference today was that they are a more experienced team, having played the league finals last year as well. We have 3-4 players in our roster who know this level, so when the game started, there was a lot of confusion and Tartu took good advantage of that. We know what we're up against tomorrow."

Tartu head coach Gert Kullamäe: "A good game from our side. We took initiative right from the start and held it all the way through the game. We have a good foundation for tomorrow, hope to solidify our advantage and obviously move forward into the next round."