Rakvere Tarvas/Palmse Metall
The curse of Astana has been broken01-11-2016
BC Kalev/Cramo was finally home! In their first home game in Saku Suurhall Kalev was fired up and had a great game defeating Astana 84:67 (40:37) a perfect start at home in front of the fans. In the last five years, BC Kalev/Cramo has lost all 8 of their games against them. The hosts decided the game with a 11:0 run in the start of the fourth quarter.
Kalev had 15 turnovers against opponents 4 (!) but was able to shoot a lot better than the visitors (field goals 49%-43% and behind the arc 52%-5%). Mark Tollefsen finished with 17 points of which 15 came in the first half, Gregor Arbet added 14 and Sten Sokk 12. Gladness was a force down low with 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Kalev also managed to keep the offensive rebounding of Astana under control, they only got 10 offensive boards today (season average 15,25). Ian Miller started great for Astana and had 16 points in the first half, but slowed down in the second and finished with 20 points, Ousman Krubally from Gambia had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Kalev was also good in the rebounding department winning that battle 34:31. With the injury of Upshaw, Kalev only got 22 points from the paint against Astanas 40. A great stat today was bench points – the bench squad was on fire scoring 43 points, a season-high.
With two wins from 4 games Kalev/Cramo will now face Nizni Novgorod, a team that is surprisingly winless in VTB after 4 games. Estonian Siim-Sander Vene also plays for Nizni.