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Johnson, Kasemets and Krestinin double the win count for Keila Coolbet




Kevin Johnson, Kristen Kasemets and Denin Krestinin combined for 60 points to inspire Keila Coolbet for a 93-73 win over Basket Brno on Monday, December 18, at the STAREZ Arena Vodova in southern Czechia.


Players of the game

Kevin Anthony Johnson had a big first half in defense and outstanding second half in offense.


A former University of Illinois at Chicago point guard finished the game with 24 points on 10/21 shooting from the field, including 4/7 from the three point line.


Johnson added four assists and a game high four steals.


Kristen Kasemets registered another 20+ game.


Shooting guard had 22 points on 7/8 shooting from the field and a perfect 5/5 from the charity stripe.


Kasemets made all three shots from the three point line.


Denis Krestinin finished with 14 points on 3/4 shooting from the court and 8/10 from the free throw line.


Keila captain added eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.


Greg Lee led Basket Brno with 18 points on 6/9 shooting, including a brilliant 4/4 effort from the three point line.


Penn State standout grabbed 10 rebounds too.


Tomas Zdanavičius also scored 18 points.


A Lithuanian posted five rebounds, three assists and two steals.


Ondrej Šiska and Viktor Pulpan scored 12 and 11 points respectively.



Key stats

A healthy Krestinin, unstoppable Kasemets and strings-pulling Johnson turned Keila into a deadly force.


Keila Coolbet had 16 assists on 19 field goals in the first half.


Krestinin and Kasemets combined for eight forced fouls before the break.


The Estonians shot 55% from the field for a 49-40 advantage at the half.


Brno had its own Lithuanian joker.


Tomas Zdanavicius scored 10 points in five minutes and Brno cut the gap to a single point, 57-56.


Kasemets and Johnson replied with back-to-back three pointers to regain a double digit lead for Keila, 69-58.


Five consecutive points by Kaido Saks extended visitors lead up to 17 points, 76-69, with 08:24 left.


In the end, Keila had 27 assists on 32 field goals.



Game notes

Keila Coolbet improved to 2-2, while Basket Brno dropped to 0-4.


Peep Pahv and his men registered their second ENBL win on the road after an earlier success at Valmiera.


The Estonian team are in a hunt for the playoffs.




ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream




Format

Four best teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs (A1-B4, A2-B3, A3-B2, A4-B1).


The 2024 playoffs – home and away, best-of-two series – will take place from February 1 until March 20.


The 2024 Final Four will take place on April 9-10.



Standings, as of December 18, 2023

Group A

Uniclub Casino Juventus 3-0 (+41)

Bristol Flyers 3-1 (+50)

Bakken Bears Aarhus 2-0 (+41)

Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits 2-0 (+31)

Polski Cukier Start Lublin 1-2 (-12)

Landstede Hammers Zwolle 1-2 (-16)

Spartak Pleven 0-4 (-56)

Svendborg Rabbits 0-3 (-79)



Group B

CSO Voluntari 4-1 (+53)

Royal Liège Basket 3-1 (+35)

Zastal Zielona Gora 3-1 (+21)

Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles 2-2 (+12)

Keila Coolbet 2-2 (-7)

Šiauliai 2-1 (-16)

Basket Brno 0-4 (-41)

Valmiera Glass ViA 0-4 (-57)


Tie-breaker 1: Zielona Gora vs Šiauliai 1-0, +26.

Tie-breaker 2: Šiauliai vs Newcastle 1-0, +2.

Tie-breaker 3: Šiauliai vs Voluntari 1-0, +8.

Tie-breaker 4: Liège vs Zielona Gora 1-0, +23.

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