Painful, very painful17-02-2017

nizni

Despite Rain Veideman and Demonte Harper scoring 22 points and winning the rebounding battle Kalev/Cramo was not able to beat BC Nižni Novgorod, going home with a narrow 87:91 (44:49) loss.

Two and a half minutes before the end Kalev was down by 11 but a run led by Simmons, who scored three times, was not enough for the win. Siim-Sander Vene had 13 points for Nižni and led his team to their fifth win in 15 games. Kalev now has won 4 out of their 16 games. Home games continue on sunday when Kalev will host Krasnojarsk Jenissey led by ex-Kalev Frank Elegar. Making the play-offs is still mathematically possible but hard fought losses will not be the key to there.

After a tight start in the first quarter, Kalev led 18:15 but when Siim-Sander Vene entered the game, he led his team to a 15:6 run! The second quarter was controlled by the hosts who got a lot of easy baskets in pick and roll situations, fortunately for the hosts, DeAndre Kane, of Nižnis leaders was having a bad day which helped Kalev to stay in the game. With a Demonte Harper buzzer beating half-court shot Kalev went to the half-time down by 5.

The fourth quarter started great for the visitors who stretched the lead to 14 but despite giving their all to come back in the final minutes, the lead was just too big for Kalev who weren’t great behind the arc, making only 13 of 37 while turning the ball over more 16-10.

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