CSKA turned out to be too strong02-11-2015

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BC Kalev/Cramo went to visit Euroleague powerhouse Moscow CSKA in VTB United League and lost big 67:100 (42:46). It gives a little bit hope that the game was tight after 25 minutes, but then CSKA went their own way until the end of the game.

Brandis Raley-Ross had 18 points but 17 of them came in the first half. Rolands Freimanis had 11, Arbet 8 and Sokk 8 points and 8 assists. Best rebounder in VTB so far Josh Boone had 10 boards.

CSKA was missing Nando De Colo, but was led by Cory Higgins who scored game high 20 points, every player in CSKA scored today. Kalev/Cramo committed 18 turnovers to their opponents 7, they also lost the rebounding battle 28:38,  got only 4 points from free-throws comparing to 18 for CSKA. One bright spot was outside shooting, where we they made 11 out of 25 three-pointers.

Kalev/Cramo continues the season in the middle tabel with 2 wins and 3 losses, CSKA has 4 wins and 1 loss. Next VTB game will be again in Moscow but this time against Khimki, but before that they face Lukoil Academic in FIBA Europe Cup.

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