Tartu zone no problem for BM Stal Ostrow shooters
BM Stal Ostrow posted the fourth win in five games after a 84-65 success against Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits on Tuesday, January 10, at the Tartu Ulikooli Spordihoone in southern Estonia.
Players of the game
Joshua "Josh" Perkins was`t far from the triple-double.
BM Stal Ostrow starting point guard had 21 points, 10 asissts and six rebounds.
A former Gonzaga Bulldog was extremely effective in offense.
Perkins made 6-of-8 field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 from the deep, and went 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Jakub Garbacz also was hot from the three point line, as he made 4-of-7 attempts.
Guard finished the game with 14 points, four rebounds and one steal.
Ojārs Siliņš followed with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.
Latvian international showed his usual mastery in defense – he had two steals and one blocked shot.
There were two Siliņš in action tonight – Ojārs oldest brother Andrejs worked as a live commentator at the BC Wolves and Valmiera game.
Adonis Thomas (University of Memphis) chipped in with 11 points.
Four Tartu players finished in double figures.
Jalan McCloud led the Estonian team with 12 points.
Texas Southern and East Tennessee State star added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
McCloud forced five fouls too.
Andrii Voinalovych had 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
Mart Rosenthal and Brandon Johnson had 10 points each.
Tartu had a poor first half, by shooting 34% from the field (12-of-35), especially from the three point line (2-of-15).
BM Stal Ostrow starters outscored the hosts 34-18 for a 42-29 lead at the half.
Stalowka`s transition game extended the lead up to 25 points 61-36.
Nikolajs Mazurs switched to zone defense and it worked for a while.
McCloud and Johnson took the leading roles in Tartu`s offense to cut the gap to 12 points 63-51 with 00:55 left in the third quarter.
Perkins received an unsportsmanlike foul but regained his composure after that.
Three three-pointers by Garbacz and Perkins renewed a 17 point lead for the Polish club, 76-59.
Tartu never contested the game from the deep (three pointers 9/29 vs 5/26).
BM Ostrow Stal played its third game in four days and posted the third win.
Andrzej Urban`s team improved to 4-1 and is close to sealing a spot in the play-offs.
Tartu dropped to 2-3 but maintained chances to qualify.
SCHEDULE (local time only)
Monday, January 9, Tartu (GMT+3h)
Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits 77–79 BC Wolves
Monday, January 9, Valmiera (GMT+3h)
Valmiera Glass ViA 71–94 BM Stal Ostrow
Tuesday, January 10, Tartu
BM Stal Ostrow 84–65 Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits
Tuesday, January 10, Valmiera
BC Wolves 89–60 Valmiera Glass ViA
Wednesday, January 11, Lublin (GMT+2h)
19:00 Polski Cukier Start Lublin – Šiauliai
STANDINGS, as of January 10, 2023
Budivelnyk Kyiv 4-0 (+56) Qualified
Kalev/Cramo 2-3 (+26)
Zastal Zielona Gora 2-2 (-14)
Polski Cukier Start Lublin 2-1 (+29)
Šiauliai 2-0 (+13)
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 10, 2023
Stal Ostrow 4-1 (+63)
King Szczecin 4-0 (+32)
Tartu University 2-3 (+8)
Ironi Ness Ziona 2-2 (+3)
Trefl Sopot 2-2 (+22)
BC Wolves 2-0 (+31)
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.