TLU Kalev denied by lower-seeded Liepaja/Triobet

TALLINN – A lackluster second half sent TLU Kalev to the edge of the cliff, as they lost 75-92 against Liepaja/Triobet and will now face a 17-point deficit going into the second leg. It will be even more of an uphill battle, as they will have to do that in a hostile environment in Liepaja.

 

The first half of the game was competitive, to say the least. With multiple lead changes swinging the lead back and forth, we were hoping for an exciting finish to the battle.

The Estonians were actually ahead after 10 minutes, and were still very much in the game at half-time, trailing by just three points. However, they crashed and burned after the break, perhaps caused by tired legs.

With great contributions from the bench, Liepaja/Triobet quickly piled on their lead and improved their positions with a terrific third period. They added another five points in the closing quarter to collect the 17-point victory.

For Liepaja, Roberts Krastins scored 24 points, while Arturs Ausejs added another 20. Rihards Berzins chipped in with a cool 17 points, as Ingars Aizpurs ended up scoring 10.

Kristo Saage was terrific for TLU Kalev and despite his near-triple-double, the Estonians were unable to put up a fight. Saage attempted 17 three-pointers, making just 5, totaling 23 points, but also contributed 9 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Dorde Dzeletovic was also solid, as he had 17 points and 11 rebounds.