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Čavars perfect in the paint, Polski Cukier Start Lublin advance


Klāvs Čavars did not missed from the field and scored 19 points to lead Polski Cukier Start Lublin to a 80-73 road win over Kalev/Cramo on Monday, January 23, at the Kalevi Spordihall in Tallinn, Estonia.



Players of the game

Polski Cukier Start Lublin front court did a heavy lifting on Monday night.


Klāvs Čavars led all scorers with 19 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.


Latvian center grabbed seven rebounds, dished out two assists and stole the ball twice.


Cleveland Melvin worked hard at both ends of the court.


DePaul standout registered 13 points and a game high three blocks.


Rim protector also made 2-of-2 three point shots.


Troy Barnies had another good night from the deep as he went 2-of-4 from the three point land.


Maine star scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field.


Dayshon Hassan “Scoochie” Smith posted a double-double.


A former Dayton Flyer had 14 points and 10 assists.


Alterique Gilbert shined for Kalev/Cramo.


A former UConn Husky scored 18 points, including a 6-of-6 effort from the free throw line.


Zigmārs Raimo contributed with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field.


Hawaii big man had five rebounds, three assists and two steals.


Hugo Toom played with great efficiency enroute to 11 points.


He scored 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line.

Key stats

Polski Cukier Start Lublin outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 25-10 in the first half.


The Polish team led by as much as 14 points, 37-23, with 04:38 left until the break.

Kalev/Cramo went on a 1-10 run to cut the gap to five points, 38-33.


The hosts connected 1-of-14 three point shots during the first 20 minutes.


Kalev/Cramo players were more aggressive in the paint after the break and forced seven fouls in the third quarter.


They made 9-of-11 free throws for a 57-58 lead before the final 10 minutes.


Kalev Cramo tried luck one more time from the three point line but went 1-of-7 in the fourth quarter.

Start Lublin replied with a 4-of-7 barrage during the last 10 minutes.

Melvin, Barnies, Mateusz Dziemba and Pelczar Bartlomiej hit one three pointer each as Lublin outscored Kalev 23-15 in the fourth quarter.

Game notes

Kalev/Cramo has a very packed schedule in January 2023 – similar to the NBA.

Estonian team will play 10 games in 22 days, starting from January 4.

Kalev/Cramo has a 1-2 record in the Group K of FIBA Europe Cup.


Heiko Rannula`s team despite a 2-4 record in the ENBL hasn`t lost theoretical chances.

They need Sigal Prishtina win over Šiauliai by 6-14 points on Tuesday to live another day.


TalTech may help too.

SCHEDULE (local time only)

Monday, January 23, Tallinn, Kalevi Spordihall (GMT+3h)

BC Kalev/Cramo 73–80 Polski Cukier Start Lublin

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224037/


Tuesday, January 24, Tallinn, TalTech Spordihoone (GMT+3h)

16:00 Šiauliai – KB Sigal Prishtina

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224026/


19:00 TalTech Optibet – BC Zielona Gora

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224027/

Tuesday, January 24, Valmiera (GMT+3h)

19:00 Valmiera Glass ViA – Brno Basket

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2227827/


Wednesday, January 25, Tallinn, TalTech Spordihoone (GMT+3h)

13:00 BC Zielona Gora – Šiauliai

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224025/

18:00 BK Sigal Prishtina – Tal Tech Optibet

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224024/

Wednesday, January 25, Ness Ziona (GMT+3h)

18:00 Ironi Ness Ziona – BC Wolves

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224028/

STANDINGS, as of January 23, 2023

Group A

Budivelnyk Kyiv 4-0 (+56) Qualified

Polski Cukier Start Lublin 4-1 (+44) Qualified

Kalev/Cramo 2-4 (+19)

Zastal Zielona Gora 2-2 (-14)

Šiauliai 2-1 (+5)

KB Sigal Prishtina 1-3 (-40)

TalTech Optibet 0-4 (-70)


Tie-breaker: Kalev/Cramo 1-1, +6; Sigal Prishtina 1-1, +3; Zastal Zielona Gora 1-1, -9.

STANDINGS, as of January 23, 2023

Group B

Stal Ostrow 4-1 (+63)

King Szczecin 4-0 (+32)

Tartu University 2-3 (+8)

Trefl Sopot 3-2 (+25)

Ironi Ness Ziona 2-2 (+3)

BC Wolves 2-1 (+28)

Basket Brno 0-4 (-46)

Valmiera Glass VIA 0-4 (-113)


Tie-breaker (1): Ironi Ness Ziona 1-0, +8; Trefl Sopot 0-1, -8.

Tie-breaker (2): Trefl Sopot 1-0, +4; Tartu 0-1, -4.

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