Europe Cup starts with a narrow defeat30-10-2015


BC Kalev/Cramo started their european season in newly formed FIBA Europe Cup with a hard-fought loss against Rishon LeZion Maccabi with  81:92 (41:46) .

Josh Boone had a big game for Kalev with 18 points and 7 rebounds, Brandis Raley-Ross had arguably his best game of the season with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Gregor Arbet added 16 points.

Maccabi was on fire from the field scoring 59% of their shots while only turning the ball over 6 times. NBA and Euroleague experienced Chris Wright was tonights top scorer with 25 points, Mark Lyons added 20, Avi Ben-Chimol 17 and Darryl Monroe flirted with a triple-double scoring 12 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing 8 assists.

Five and a half minutes before the end Kalev/Cramo outscored their opponents 8:2 and took the lead 80:75. But the Israeli club did not hesitate, they fought back and took a three point lead with an and-1 from Chris Wright while 1:28 remaining. After Sokk turned the ball over Avi Ben-Chimol scored and 26 seconds before the end 35 year-old Tony Younger finished the game with a three point shot.

Viis ja pool minutit enne lõppu ühepunktilises kaotusseisus olles tegi Kalev/Cramo 8:2 vahespurdi ja rebis ette 80:75. Paraku tulid vastased Mark Lyonsi korvidest järele ning Chris Wrighti 2+1 viis nad 1:28 enne mängu lõppu kolme punktiga ette. Sten Soku pallikaotusele järgnes korv Avi Ben-Chimolilt ja 26 sekundit enne lõppu otsustas mängu saatuse 35-aastase Tony Youngeri tabav kaugvise.

Europe Cup will continue for Kalev/Cramo on november 4th when they visit Sofia Lukoil Academic who lost in their opening round against Jenissei 75:68. Before that game, Kalev/Cramo will face European powerhouse CSKA on the first of november in Moscow.

Coach Varrak admitted after the game that it was again defense which let them down. ” Opponents made 66% of their shots in the paint which shows that we should have played zone but unfortunately we haven’t had time to practice it at all. When last year we got a few priceless win with our defense then this year we have won with good offence. Gregor managed to neutralize Dawson but the two big players decided the game with Ben-Chimol who had a great game.”

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