TLU Kalev hold off Port of Parnu at home

TALLINN – The all-Estonian clash in Tallinn between TLU Kalev and Port of Parnu was a nail-biter for everyone involved, but it was the hosts who prevailed, picking up a 72-66 victory in front of the home crowd at the Kalev Sports Hall.


TLU Kalev climbed to fourth spot in Group A standings after improving to a 4-5, while Port of Parnu, now 1-7, lost another close game and remain at the bottom of the ladder together in a tie with Barons/LDz.

The guests from Parnu began the game better and led by a couple of points throughout most of the opening quarter. However, after increasing the gap to 22-16 in the second period, allowed TLU Kalev to take control of the game, with the hosts finishing the half up 30-29.

The nip-and-tuck battle continued after the break as well and this time Port of Parnu found themselves by a single point before the final quarter, as Paulius Petrilevicius converted one of two from the stripe right before the end of the period.

After starting the final frame with four unanswered points, the visitors had upped their advantage to 53-48, but it all went downhill from there, with Johnny Berhanemeskel-led TLU Kalev coming from behind to take the win down the stretch.

Berhanemeskel finished the game with a team-high 23 points, Reimo Tamm scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, with no other players scoring in double figures for TLU Kalev.

Meanwhile, Andrew Warren had another big performance for Port of Parnu, scoring 25 points, with Petrilevicius adding 14 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in a losing effort.