Farewell to 2022: Tartu Ulikool Maks&Moorits dominate on the second floor
Tartu Ulikool Maks&Moorits players made 68% of two point field goals against Valmiera Glass VIA and posted a 110-79 win in the third highest scoring game in league`s history on Thursday, December 29, at the Tartu Ulikooli Spordihoone in southern Estonia.
Players of the game
Two Tartu players registered double-doubles.
Tomaš Pavelka had 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
Slovak center grabbed 10 rebounds.
Brandon Johnson scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
A Chicago born power forward almost replicated Pavelka and grabbed 10 rebounds too.
Young American played for Western Michigan (2016-2020) and finished his collegiate career on a high note, representing a Big Ten team Minnesota.
Jalan McCloud led the hosts with 17 points.
A Texas Southern and East Tennessee State point guard registered three steals.
Andrii Voinalovych scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the court.
Ukrainian power forward did it in less than 12 minutes.
Justin Ryan McCall led all scorers with 24 points.
Valmiera starting forward added 10 rebounds to register a well earned double-double.
A former California State University at Bakersfield player had one steal as well.
McCall`s sister Erica McCall recently played for Spanish champion Perfumerias Avenida while oldest sister Devanna Bonner is a WNBA veteran.
Tervell Beck had 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-4 effort from the deep.
A former University of Nevada at Lasvegas (2017-2019) and Kent State (2019-2022) small forward averages 18,5 points in the ENBL.
Valters Vēveris chipped in with 12 points.
Tartu Ulikool Maks&Moorits outrebounded Valmiera 32-11 in the first half.
The hosts grabbed 12 offensive rebounds alone compared to seven defensive boards for Oskars Virsis team.
Pavelka, Johnson and Voinalovych scored 26 points until the break.
Tartu bench outscored Valmiera 42-16.
Nikolajs Mazurs team earned a 22 point lead at the half 59-37.
Rotations reflected the score – all 12 Tartu players played at least 10 minutes each.
Tartu signed young Estonian sharpshooter Leemet Böckler until the end of the season.
Nikolajs Mazurs team improved to 2-1 and will fight for a play-off spot in 2023.
Tartu Ulikooli spordihoone features a state-of-art gym, providing a satisfying experience for every visitor.
The student city and the 2024 European Capital of Culture will host a Euroleague champion Jeffery Taylor and BC Wolves on January 9.
Valmiera played without a clutch boy Niks Salenieks, recently injured Lithuanian Tadas Vaičiūnas and Australian center Deng Matur Gak.
Oskars Virsis team played back-to-back games.
Highest scoring game:
211 points, Šiauliai 104-107 Brno, 83-83 double OT (December 28, 2021)
192 points, Trefl Sopot 92-100 Ironi Ness Ziona (December 1, 2022)
189 points, Tartu 110-79 Valmiera (December 29, 2022)
186 points, Valmiera 78-108 Trefl Sopot (December 28, 2022)
Most points scored:
Anwil 116 February 9, 2022, Anwil 116-55 Liepāja
Tartu 110 December 29, 2022, Tartu 110-79 Valmiera
Sopot 108 December 28, 2022, Valmiera 78-108 Sopot
Brno 107 OT2 December 28, 2021, Šiauliai 104-107 Brno
Šiauliai 104 OT2 December 28, 2021, Šiauliai 104-107 Brno
Thursday, December 29, Tartu
Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits 110–79 Valmiera Glass ViA
STANDINGS, as of December 29, 2022
King Szczecin 4-0 (+32)
Ironi Ness Ziona 2-2 (+3)
Trefl Sopot 2-2 (+22)
Tartu University 2-1 (+29)
Stal Ostrow 2-1 (+21)
Basket Brno 0-4 (-46)
Valmiera Glass VIA 0-2 (-61)
BC Wolves 0-0
Tie-breaker: Ironi Ness Ziona 1-0, +8; Trefl Sopot 0-1, -8.