Tartu race back to win at home

TARTU – In a game full of ups and downs, Tartu Rock managed to outlast Juventus and jumped ahead in the bronze final series. The Estonians were down double digits but managed to overcome the deficit and celebrated a 72-63 (15-24; 15-15; 27-13; 15-11) victory.


The visitors came out hot and firing with all cylinders and quickly mounted a big lead. Not even midway past the opening frame, Juventus already had an 11-point advantage. They managed keep the tempo up and entered the second quarter up by 9.

The second part of the first half, unlike the first, was much closer and the two teams traded possession for possession. The margin after two quarters stayed the same – 9 points.

The game turned upside-down in the third quarter, as Rock drained basket after basket and a 14-0 run entitled them to a 5-point advantage after the third frame.

The margin grew even more at the start of the final period, as the Estonians tipped the quarter off with another 7 consecutive points. Nevertheless, Juventus did not lay they arms down just yet and responded with a 7-0 run of their own. The sudden drama was toned down by Tanel Kurbas’ long-range bomb.

Tartu had an 8-point advantage with a minute remaining on the clock and Juventus’ priorities switched to just trimming down the margin as much as possible. However, even that task failed, as the Lithuanians kept missing out on great opportunities. They now face a 9-point deficit in the uphill battle at home.

Janar Talts was the clear MVP of the game, as he tallied an impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Joosep Toome added 14 points, while Tanel Kurbas and Augustas Peciukevicius finished the game with 10 points apiece.

Rashaun Broadus was a nuisance for Tartu’s defense, as he used his supreme quickness to pile up 19 points. Vaidas Cepukaitis added 12 points and 9 rebounds to the mix, while Egidijus Dimsa ended the game with 11 points. Arvydas Siksnius was also in double-digit scoring with 10 points in his account.