TTU win Estonian derby against Valga

TALLINN – The Estonian derby between TTU and Valga Maks ja Moorits was decided only in the final quarter, as TTU celebrated a 80-67 (20-15; 15-24; 22-17; 23-11) home victory on Friday evening.

 

The game kicked off slowly, as both teams struggled to find a basket – nearly halfway through the quarter the score was tied at six. A 7-0 run at the end pushed TTU ahead and allowed the home side to finish the quarter in front by five.

The visitors came fighting back in the second quarter and after a 12-2 run, were already ahead. Maks ja Moorits stayed ahead for the rest of the quarter and entered halftime with a 39-35 advantage.

The two sides went back and forth in the third quarter but Joonas Jarvelainen’s juicy dunk put TTU back ahead in the final minute.

TTU took care of business early on in the fourth quarter, as they opened up the last quarter with a 14-0 run. The game was all settled, as Valga Maks ja Moorits’ runs were all rebuffed and the home side celebrated an 80-67 victory.

For the winning side, Kiur Akenparg was the leading scorer, as he tallied 23 points. Joonas Jarvelainen chipped in with 22 points and 7 rebounds, while Andrew Arnold and Kristjan Makke ended the game with respectively 11 and 10 points.

Jurijs Aleksejevs scored 26 points and collected 8 rebounds for Valga. Viljar Veski was the only other player in double digits with 11 points.