Great battle against Unics ends in a painful defeat

Kalev/Cramo stood up against a powerful Russian klub Kazan Unics but had to admit a narrow defeat at the end – 74:76.

After a tight first quarter the home team took the initiative and won the first half 44:36. In the third quarter the hosts managed to grow the lead to nine points and it seemed like the game was slipping away for the Estonian side but thanks to a nice run in the final minutes of the quarter Kalev climbed back and Unics had the smallest lead possible going into the fourth – one point.

Kalev started the final quarter brilliantly – baskets by Lewis, Jõesaar and Mirkovic gave the visitors a 67:62 lead with five minutes to go but Kazan had enough power left to fight. Led b y coach Dimitrios Priftis, Unics tied up the score 71:71 with one minute to go and Jamar Smith scored a go ahead three to give the hosts a lead. With around twenty seconds left, the score was 73:75 and a controversial call by the referees meant that Unics regained posession of the ball in a crucial moment – kalev had the chance to win but Martin Dorbek missed a hard buzzer beater shot.

Chavaughn Lewis finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, Jõesaar had 13, Kitsing 11 and Mirkovic 8 points. VTB debut by Tony Wroten ended with 10 minutes and 7 points. Kalev missed their captain Kristjan Kangur due to injury. Jamar Smith had 21 and Pierria Henry 10 points for Unics.

Unics has 11 wins and 2 losses and are on the second place while Kalev has 6 wins and 8 losses which gives them the eight spot.