BC Kalev/Cramo couldn’t serve up a second surprise in VTB. Lokomotiv Kuban was well prepared for the game and gave little to no chance for Kalev to threaten them, taking a comfortable 26 point win at home – 92:84 (33:45). Kalev/Cramo now has 3 wins and 9 losses which gives them the 11th place right now but the 7th spot Minsk has only 1 more win.
After another powerful start from the visiting Kalev, they managed to win the first quarter 21:19 thanks to four made three point shots and very nice defense in the first four minutes of the game (held Kuban to only 2 points).
Until the ending minutes of the first half Kalev was in it but the tempo was too much as the hosts managed to push the pace and take a comfortable 33:45 lead going into the second half thanks to a 8:0 run in the final minutes of the first half. Second half started quite equally until Erik Keedus managed to get ejected after a second unsportsmanlike foul after which Kalev collapsed and was not able to come back.
Kalev made 31 fouls against opponents 20 which concluded for 30 points from the line for the hosting Lokomotive against our 7 points. Even though the turnovers were 10 – 18 (us having more), Kuban managed to score 26 points from our turnovers (!) against our 3 points.
Isaiah Briscoe, who was back after his hand injury finished with 17 points while having the teams worst +/- rating with -31. Mirkovic, Sokk and Jõesaar added 9 and van der Mars 7 points. Cedric Simmons had an off day and could not find the basket and ended with 0 points.
A brilliant game for Dmitri Kulagin from Lokomotive who made 7/8 shots from the field and finished with 23 points. Mardy Collins added 14 and Frank Elegar 12 points.
On saturday, Kalev/Cramo will travel 5000 km to Krasnojarsk to face Jenissey in a very important game.