TLU Kalev snap cold streak against TTU

TALLINN – Baltic Basketball League (BBL) action started early this week, as two Tallinn-based teams, TTU and TLU Kalev matched up in the Group B derby. TLU Kalev, the hosts of this match, came out on top after a dominating fourth quarter that secured them the 72-54 (14-16; 18-15; 15-12; 25-11) victory.

 

The hosts finally got their first victory this season and snapped a 3-game cold streak. Meanwhile, for TTU, this was the first loss in two matches.

Although TLU Kalev scored the opening points in the game, the first quarter was slightly more successful for their opponents, as they closed the 4-point gap and jumped ahead by a basket themselves. After a neck-to-neck first quarter, the visitors were ahead by two – 12-14.

We witnessed a lot of the same in the second quarter, except that this time it was the home side that finished ahead with a single-point lead.

TLU Kalev finally managed to create a tangible lead after the break, as they went on to a 9-0 run and halfway through the quarter were ahead by eight points. However, by the end of the quarter, TTU had already closed down on them and cut the margin in half.

Everything was put into places in the final quarter, when the home side ran off to another run that finally allowed them to amass their first double-digit lead. With 30 seconds on the clock, 11 points separated the two teams, but seven quick points pushed it to a 72-54 victory.

Throughout the game Thomas Droney was a headache for the opposing coach, as the big man scored 18 points, tore down 15 rebounds and dished out 6 assists. Robertas Grabauskas contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Reimo Tamm ended the game with 16 points to his name.

For the losing side, Joonas Jarvelainen was the go-to guy, as he picked up team-high 13 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Arnold and Kristjan Makke ended the game with 10 apiece.