Kalev/Cramo were facing a similar outcome as PAOK mateco, after losing their first game in the last second in Strasbourg, and playing a close one against Tofas Bursa. But Silas Melson and his teammates made sure that the Estonian champions picked up their first ever win in this competition, outlasting their hosts 81-77.
“You know that Tofas Bursa are a good organization, that’s why winning here is a great feeling,” Melson said. He put up 24 points off the bench, doing so in just 26 minutes of action, shooting 9-of-14 from the field.
JeQuan Lewis had 17 and 5 assists, including a massive three-pointer that kept Tofas at bay late in the game, and Davion Berry had three triples en route to 10 points for coach Roberts Stelmahers.
Tofas did have a chance to tie or take the lead with 20 seconds to play in the game, but Pako Cruz turned the ball over, allowing the visitors to seal the deal from the free throw line. Cruz had 17 points, Berk Ugurlu scored 16, Tomislav Zubcic and Emre Tanisan added 10 each, but Tofas and Kalev/Cramo are now tied at 1-1, with the difference that the Turkish team played two games at home, while Estonians were on the road two times.
Text by BCL