TLU squeak past Nevezis for first win

TALLINN – TLU Kalev finally managed to secure their first victory, as a third-quarter surge helped them defeat Group A rivals Nevezis 82-74.

 

The Estonian team was very solid in the opening minutes and already looked at a ten point advantage halfway through the first quarter.

The double-digit lead didn’t stand for long, though, as Nevezis cut the deficit to just four by the end of the quarter. By halftime, the tables had turned and it was now the Lithuanians with the 4-point advantage.

It was once again TLU Kalev in the driver’s seat after the halftime break, as they erased the deficit and with the help of a 19-2 run, rushed to a double-digit lead.

The Estonians managed to keep hold of the lead and were still up ahead by ten with less than two minutes remaining. However, a couple of bad turnovers helped Nevezis get back in the game and with 45 seconds to go, it was just a five-point margin.

While the Lithuanians had a chance to cut even deeper into the deficit, their long-range shot was no good and TLU Kalev celebrated their first victory.

Johnny Berhanemeskel was impressive with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the victors, while Zachary Atkinson chupped in with 16 points and 8 boards. Kaido Saks and Reimo Tamm finished the game with 12 points each.

Vaidotas Volkus was the top scorer for Nevezis, as he tallied 21 points and 7 rebounds. Darius Gvezdauskas added 18 points to the tally, while Mindaugas Kupsas secured a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Saah Nimley finished the game with 10 points to his name.