Depressing loss at Minsk12-01-2016

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BC Kalev/Cramo’s visit to Minsk was a disappointment for a second year in a row. When last season in spring, Kalev lost with 1 point in a game which basicallyt decided their play-off faith, then this year the game was utterly dismal ending in a big  77:100 (44:49) loss. Kalev now has 4 wins and 10 losses in VTB which puts them next to last place in front of Tbilisi Vita. Tsmoki Minsk continues their season with 6 wins and 9 losses which holds their chances of play-offs.

Sten Sokk and Rain Veideman both had 15, Arbet and Freimanis 12 while Josh Boone had 9 points and 10 rebounds. Mario Delaš debuted in VTB for Kalev with 4 points. Kalev managed to make 43% of their shots while opponents took full advantage of home-court and shot a very good 58%. Tsmoki also managed to win the rebounding battle 28:35. The keys to success were Tsmoki’s threes, which they managed to make 11 out 22 (50%), Branko Mirkovic was the game’s top scorer with 19 points.

Kalev started the game good by going ahead 10:3 but Tsmoki climbed back and won the first quarter 25:24, the tight game continued in the second quarter but the home team managed to make the lead bigger point by point – After Garret Stutz and Anthony Hilliard scored, the hosts led at halftime 44:49. Veideman and Arbet both scored from the deep to start the third quarter and got back to one point but when the score was 53:52, Kalev managed to miss 6 shots while turning the ball over way too often and resulting in a 14:0 run for Minsk. During the final seconds of third quarter, Justin Gray made a three and Kalev was down by 20 which basically decided the game.

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