BC Kalev/Cramo held their rare favourite status well in VTB as they defeated the last place team Krasnojarsk Jenissey 97:88 (51:45). Fifth win in 18 games for Kalev, which didn’t help them rise at the standings but gave them the same amount of wins as the eight seed Parma. On Monday Kalev will host Avtodor in a crucial game in the play-off race.
Kalev/Cramo started off roughly as Jenissey led the first four minutes but thanks to baskets by Dorbek and Subotic Kalev gained a 24:20 lead in the first quarter. After a baset from ex-Kalev Vitaly Liutych the visitors had their last lead of the game until Mirkovic made a three and brought the lead right back to the hosts.
Kalev kept on going in the second quarter, growing the lead to 11 points and despite letting the visitors cut down the deficit to 6 points in the half, Kalev came out of the break strong – going on a 10:1 run in the third. The lead grew to 22 points when things started happening, Jenissey fought back hard and got a 16:0 (!) run to get the game back to single digits but the hosts managed to re-group and hold on to the lead.
Bojan Subotic finished with a career night in VTB as he had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Isaiah Briscoe added 18, Mirkovic 17, a solid double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for van der Mars and 11 points from Dorbek. Kalev had better shooting percentages in all the categories and dominated the rebounds (44:30) but struggled with turnovers as their 11 turnovers gave the opposing side 18 points.