Overtime loss leaves Kalev/Cramo last in VTB United League25-03-2013

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Kalev/Cramo finished VTB League season with the overtime loss to Astana 81:85.

Kalev had an excellent first quarter, finishing with the 7-point lead 23:16.  In the second quarter Astana made a 8-0 run and was leading by the halftime 34:35. Beginning of third quarter Kalev showed a little better game than oponent, leading after 4 minutes 48:45. Then again Astana made 9-0 run. By the end of 3rd quarter Kalev was down by 1 point – 56:57.

By the mid- fourth quarter Kalev was already down by 7, but Tanel Sokk and Armands Skele scored  plus Frank Elegar showed power at the boards, and Kalev managed to reach the score 69:70 . 14 seconds till the end of regular time Frank Elegar had 2 freethrows, he managed to make one and game was tied at 70:70. Astana still had a chance to take the game, but jumpshot was missed.

Overtime was a thriller again! Astana got a 5- point lead, Kalev managed to come back into the game with Skele’s three pointer and help from unsportsmenlike foul from Astana side. Game was tied again 79:79. From this point on, score was made only from freethrows on both sides.  Skele had a chance twice to make a jump shot, but he missed both of these.

After sequense of fouls from both side Astana was up 84:81, Ty Abbott had a shot for 3 eight seconds before the end of overtime, he missed this.  Then there was an other foul made and Astana finished with the freethrow the final score to me 81:85.

Bamba Fall had a great game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots, Frank Elegar had 14 points and an impressive 14 rebounds. From the negative side, Kalev only shot 16% from the 3-point line.

Kalev finished VTB United League with 3 wins and 15 losses.

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