BC Kalev/Cramo’s home game in VTB league against one of the probable outsider BC Parma offered a lot of tension for the fans in the second half but unfortunately not a first win – 74:76 (30:42).
Cedric Simmons had 17 points and 9 rebunds, Janari Jõesaar had 16 points and 4 boards while also making two clutch threes in the final minutes to give Kalev a chance to win, Bojan Subotic added 13 points and 9 rebounds while Branko Mirkovic finished with 12 points (4/14) but also 5 turnovers. For the winners, who’s squad before the game could be thought as mediocre, all of the 11 players who played scored! Frank Gaines lead the way with 14 points. In most of the team stat categories it was a tight race, while Kalev managed to get 6 points less from the line and missed 7 two point shots more than Parma. We lost the offensive rebunds 11:14 and had a better shooting night behind the arc (12/31 vs 6/25).
The most painful moments of the game were in the second quarter – when Parma had a 18:4 run in 7 minutes to take a commanding 22:37 lead. Four turnovers and 1 of 10 from the field during that period…
Coming into the second half, the team was reborn. Jõesaare made a three, Simmons had a “Shaq-like” dunk which inspired the home team to go on a 16:0 run and take a 49:47 lead. The opponents regained the lead in the third and were leading 51:56 but thanks to two made threes from Mirkovic, Kalev had a 57:56 lead going into the fourth.
It was a tight game in the fourth until Ivan Uhhov made a three and Parma got a 68:61 lead. Thanks to threes from Sokk and Jõesaar (2x) the score was tied 70:70 one and a half minute to go. When less known Nikolai Žmako made a three (previously this season 0/7) gave Parma a great lead. Thanks to not having 5 fouls, the visitors played great tactically in the end until Uhhov missed a free-throw 10 seconds before the end and gave Kalev a chance to tie or win but Mirkovic’s shot was short. Kalev is now 0-3 as is VEF and Astana.
Week from now we will visit Avtodor who right now has a loss against CSKA and win against Jenissey.