What a game! What a loss...


BC Kalev/Cramo managed to overcome an extraordinary draught and climb back from a 13 point deficit to take the game to over-time in front of the supporting home crowd but it wasn’t enough as Stefan Jelovac had a monster game with 49 points which stands for a VTB scoring record also. Kalev lost at overtime 97:103 (34:42; 84:84) and fell to the 12th place in the standings.

Isaiah Briscoe was the leading scorer for the hosting team but with 21 points but did not have the best day as he went 6 for 20 from the field and 6 for 13 from the free-throw line. Branko Mirkovic added 17 and Sten Sokk 13 points. For the visiting ide Stefan Jelovac was unstoppable and managed to take over Keith Langfords scoring record (42 points) and finished with an unbelievable stat-line  –  49 points, 14/22 from the field including 6/10 from behind the arc and 15/17 from the free-throw line. Ivan Strebkov who shined in the crucial moments finished with 17 points.

After an equal first quarter (16:17) Kalev managed to show on of their worst basketball so far – missing easy shots, turning the ball over, getting blocked and so on and found themselves in a 21:34 deficit. But thanks to a solid performance in the final minutes of the first half the teams went into the break 34:42.

At the start of the third quarter Kalev managed to cut the deficit down to three points but Jelovaca got hot and scored seven straight points for Nizni and the chase continued. After three crazy threes from Sten Sokk, Kalev/Cramo took a 66:64 lead in the fourth quarter but Nižni did not surrender and Strebkov tied the score 73:73  and 56 seconds left Komolov gave a 3 point lead to the visitors but Briscoe answered right back with a three to tie the score. Nižni got the line after a foul by Sokk and took back a two point lead but Keedus made a three in the next play to put the hosts back up by 1, crazy game! With 22 seconds left on the clock, Jelovac managed to get to the line again and give the visitors a one point lead. Briscoe drove to the basket and earned two free-throws with 12 seconds left and down by one but missed the first and made the second. After a time out from Nizni, they advanced the ball and had 12 seconds to run the clock out and try to win the game but after a steal by Mirkovic Kalev had the opportunity to steal the game! Unfortunately a bad decision shot from Mirkovic was blocked and we went to overtime – 84:84.

In overtime – Kalev ran out of enery as Sokk and Keedus had fouled out. Jelovac sank another three, two baskets from Strebkov and one from Odum gave the visitors a 94:88 lead with 2:22 to go, after Briscoe made another three, Kalev had a shot but couldn’t capitalize and the visitors went home with a valuable win.