BC Kalev/Cramo recorded their first lost game of the season against a tough Khmiki 73:80 (27:37).
Estonian top club who got a legendary win in January of 2018 against Khimki, started chasing from the first minutes as the hosts got off to a good start and won the first quarter 12:22. But in the second quarter, Kalev woke up and thanks to super-sub Maksim Salash who scored 4 baskets in a row to cut the deficit down but Khimki finished the first half with two threes to go to the half in a double digit lead.
Despite Georgios Bartzokase’s team holding the reigns in the second half, Kalev managed to climb back and stay in the game multiple times and even cut back the deficit down to 4 points after a basket from Ivan Almeida but that was it.
Khimki had an extraordinary bad shooting day at home (41%), which doesn’t happen a lot, while Kalev managed to shoot a little bit better (46%). The clear difference maker was rebounds – Kalev got crushed in that department 25:39 (offensive rebounds 11:20).
Branko Mirkovic finished the game with 14 points and 7 assists while Chavaughn Lewis and Maksim Salash, who by the way made all of his six shots, finished with 13 points. Landen Lucas had 10 and Janari Jõesaar 8 points.
For Khimki, Alexey Sved finished with “only” 23 points after scoring 34 in the last Euroleague game, Antonio Crocker added 17 points.
Khimki continues at the top of the leaderboard (3-0) with Moscow CSKA who both are undefeated, Kalev has now 1 win and 1 loss.