TU/Rock return to BBL in winning fashion

TARTU – After a very long break, BBL basketball returned to Tartu University Sports Hall, as the home side TU/Rock made their season debut with an impressive 100-68 (17-17; 31-15; 27-14; 25-22) victory over Prienai.


The Estonians now have a 32-point advantage before the return match in Prienai.

While the game started off as close as it gets, as the score was tied at 17 after the first quarter, TU/Rock cut loose early in the second quarter. The Estonians drained seven three-pointers in just over five minutes and ended the half up by 16.

The Estonian storm didn’t end there, however. A 10-1 run, sparked by Janar Talts pushed their lead to 25 with just a couple minutes burned in the third period. A couple minutes later, Prienai had another drought, allowing Tartu another 9-0 run. The game had already gotten out of hand come fourth quarter, as the Lithuanians faced a 29-point deficit.

While it was already all said and done, TU/Rock put the final nails in the coffin with four more three-pointers to close out the game. The Tartu side converted on 13 long-range shots in total.

Janar Talts was a pain in the neck for Prienai, as he scored 20 points, had 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead TU/Rock in all three categories. Valmo Kriisa added 15 points, while Timo Eichfuss and Tanel Kurbas ended the game with 14 each. Joosep Toome and Tanel Sokk finished the contest with respectively 11 and 9 points.

Dominykas Milka was Prienai’s top scorer with 16 points. Gediminas Maceina and Arnas Labuckas added 11 apiece, while Paulius Ivanauskas had 9 points.