Great win in EuroCup21-11-2013

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BC Kalev/Cramo achieved one of its best wins in recent years, when on Wednesday evening Banvit Bandirma (Turkey) was defeated in a EuroCup game 75:72.

Kalev’s best performer was Tanel Sokk, who made several important baskets at the end of the game, he scored total 15 points. Vlad Moldoveanu and Frank Elegar added 11, Rain Veideman 9, Armands Skele and Indrek Kajupank 8 points. For Banvit Earl Rowland and Sammy Meija had accordingly 20 and 17 points.
Kalev lost rebounding 32:34, and committed more fouls (20:17), but shooting % was excellent – 2-point shots 50 % and 3-poiners 42 %.
Banvit has shown great performances this season – in Turkish league that have defeated such great teams as Tofas, Türk Telekom and Euroleague team Galatasaray. In EuroCup they have dominated over VEF and Skopje, and of course first game against Kalev/Cramo – Banvit won by 26. According to eurobasket.com Banvit holds solid 7th place in European clubs rating – right after Barca and CSKA!
Banvit started out good; they were leading 6.2, 10:6 and 13:9. On the 8th minute mark Frank Elegar’s dunk started Kalev’s run 6:0. First quarter ended with the tie score 17:17.
In the second quarter interesting game continued- Sokk and Veideman hit 3-pointers and Kalev was up 29:25. Rowland replied with 2 three-pointers to put Banvit up 33:34. Then it was Indrek Kajupank’s turn – he scored twice and Kalev won first half 40.38.
Third quarter, which sadly has been unfortunate for Estonian clubs, was this time successful. In the second half of the 3rd quarter Kalev made 14:4 run and won the third quarter with Vlad Moldoveanu’s last second 3-pointer – 60:49.
Fourth quarter Banvit tried to come back to the game. And they did – Chuch Davis, Sammy Mejia and Earl Rowland had taken the initiative and 3 minutes till the end of 4 th quarter Kalev was only up by 2 – 70:68.
Then it was again Tanel Sokk, who overplayed Banvit’s defense and drove to the basket , Kalev was up by 4. David minimized Kalev’s lead to 1-point 73:72. Banvit fouled, but Rain Veidemann made both of his free-throws. Last possession belonged to Banvit, Rowland didn’t make his 3-pointer and Kalev took the rebound. Final score 75:72 to Kalev/Cramo.
Kalev/Cramo and Skopje have 1 win, Banvit and VEF each have 3 wins, Maccabi 4 and Unics has won all 6 games.
Tanel Sokk: „So far we haven’t been very successful in winning tie games. I’m glad we did tonight. This win was much needed and waited. This was probably one of the best wins in recent years. Feels good to beat Turkish silver medalist and current leader! We could’ve had few more wins, but on the other hand, we only lost badly to same Banvit in the beginning of EuroCup season. In all other games we have stayed in the game. I would like to say good words about my teammates- everybody always comes in ready to play for a win. We have not let tough losses get to us mentally.
Alar Varrak: „ Today we played as a team, everybody contributed. Plus extra good game from Tanel. Today we finally pulled it through – played well all 40 minutes. However there was few critical moments, but luckily we were strong enough today, not to let these influence our game.
Banvit’s head coach Dimitrios Itoudise said that his team was mentally not ready to play the game. „We got a good win in local league against Galastasary and we weren’t 100% in the game tonight. Kalev wanted this game more than we did, and they deserved to win. Now we have to focus on defending our home court in next games in EuroCup.

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