Eliminated from the FIBA Europe Cup in the Round of 32, the Estonian side did not mess around with one of the less successful teams of the Regular Season and will head into the second game against Barsy with a 28-point advantage.
The hosts started the game strong and took and ran away to a double-digit lead already in the opening quarter, up 24-12 at the end of the first period. The lopsided play continued and TU/Rock increased their advantage to 53-33 by the halftime break.
Although Barsy managed to steady the ship in the second half and stopped the gap from skyrocketing further, there was little to be happy about, as the outcome of the tie was more or less decided even before the second game.
Brian Harper led the winners with 24 points and five rebounds, Gert Dorbek scored 20 points, grabbed six boards and dished out five assists, while Janar Talts added a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.
For Barsy, Mikhail Yevstigneev had a team-high 23 points, Ryan Cook scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Dmitriy Gavrilov chipped in with 15 points and eight boards.
The second leg of the tie will also be played in Estonia in a couple of days on Wednesday, February 10.