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Last piece in the Final 4 puzle: decisive game for Voluntari and Tartu

The fourth ticket to the 2024 ENBL Final Four will be booked on Tuesday, March 26, as CSO Voluntari host Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits at the Sala Gabriela Szabo. The hosts need to win by eight points in order to advance.

Series history: CSO Voluntari will face Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits for the first time.

Voluntari are 3-0 in the ENBL home games.

Tartu are 1-2 in the ENBL road games.

Voluntari have a 6-2 record after a 76-83 loss on the road, while Tartu are 5-3.

Tartu advanced to the Final Four in 2022.

Voluntari are eyeing their first Final Four.

Key matchup: Trevon Allen averages 17.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists for Voluntari.

Idaho Vandal shoots 42.9% from the two point line and 45.6% from the three point line (26/57).

Mart Rosenthal averages 12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists for Tartu.

Point guard shoots 41.4% from the two point line and 29.5% from the three point line.

National championships: Voluntari are 8-8 at the Liga Nationala and occupy the fourth place.

EuroCup quarterfinalist Cluj-Napoca leads the table with a 16-0 record, followed by Oradea (13-3) and Pitesti (9-7).

Voluntari split the home games against Sibiu (77-72) and Oradea (87-95) on March 17 and 20.

Ainars Bagatskis team rebounded with a 93-74 away win at the port city of Constanta.

Tartu are 19-11 at the Pafbet Estonia and Latvia league.

Gundars Vētra men finished the regular season in the fifth place.

They have 19 wins in 30 games.

Kalev/Cramo won the regular season with a 29-1 record and will meet eighth placed Parnu (15-15) in the playoffs.

Prometey are second with a 25-4 record and one game left to play before their series with Ogre (17-13).

Third placed VEF Rīga (24-6) will face a tournament newcomer Rīgas Zeļļi (18-12).

Tartu will travel to Ventspils on March 29.

Know your referees

Crew chief: Angel Ivanov (Bulgaria) – have been officiating in Bulgaria first division for men from 2013, FIBA referee from 2019, have worked at the FIBA Europe Cup.

Umpire 1: Marius Ciulin (Romania) – FIBA referee from 2003; has worked at EuroBasket (four times), EuroBasket Women (four times), EuroLeague Women Final 4 (twice), Basketball Champions league Final 4. One of the top FIBA referees.

Umpire 2: Ivo Kitsing (Estonia) – have been officiating from 2007, first top league game on November 14, 2014 (BBL), FIBA referee from 2023.

Observer: Oskars Lucis (Latvia).

ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream


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