Khimki Moscow Region defeated Kalev in Tallinn, 84-77 (17-19, 21-13, 20-21, 26-24).
Kalev: Cedric Simmons (15+10 reb), Demonte Harper (15+9 reb+11 ast), Mark Tollefsen (14), Vitali Liutych (14+5 reb)
Khimki: Jacob Pullen (24), Sergey Monia (16), E.J. Rowland (13+5 reb+7 ast), Markel Brown (12)
Kalev never led in the second half, trailing by as much as 13 midway through the 3rd quarter.
3-point shooting and stingy defense helped the home team mount a comeback. Kalev outscored Khimki 28-16 over 12 minutes to cut the deficit to one, 70-69, on a Mark Tollefsen ‘3’.
With three and a half minutes remaining, the Estonians had a chance for a huge upset, but Moscow Region wouldn’t lose.
First, Sergey Monia drained a ‘3’ to put Khimki up by four, then Jacob Pullen, who finished with a game-high 24, converted four straight free throws to make it a six-point game.
The visitors ultimately made 11 of 12 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Jacob Pullen. He didn’t start, but ended up with 24 points on 7-14 shooting (4-9 from downtown) to go with a 6-6 showing at the line.
Khimki: January 8 at Zenit
Kalev: January 5 at VEF