BC Kalev/Cramo defeated Nizni Novgorod 82:68 in the VTB league opener and got a sweet victory.
First half of the game was a close neck-to neck battle, Kalev won the first quarter 23:20 but the teams went on to the half-time break 37:37.
Second half started with Kalev being aggressive and making their long-shots and took hold of the game with a 17:3 run which host’s weren’t able to recover until end of the game. Despite a strong team effort, one man stood out – last year’s Polish League MVP Ivan Almeida scored 36(!) points in his VTB debut (10/16 from the field) and added 9 rebounds. Branko Mirkovic scored 11, Kristjan Kangur and Reggie Lynch finished with 7 points (he also had 5 blocks!). Vladimir Dragicevic had 19 points for the hosts.
Last win against Nizni comes from February 2015 when Scott Machado and Frank Elegar led the way to a huge 110:76 win.