Avtodor Russia defeated Kalev Estonia on the road, 113-102 (25-20, 20-18, 30-28, 38-26).
Kalev: Ivan Almeida (21 + 8 reb), Branko Mirkovic (21 + 5 ast), Janari Joesaar (20 + 9 reb)
Avtodor: Perrin Buford (30 + 8 reb + 3 stl), Trae Golden (24 + 11 ast), Artem Zabelin (18 + 5 reb), Tre McLean (16), McKenzie Moore (14 + ast)
Avtodor scored in triple digits for the second straight game, storming to a 113-102 win in the Estonian capital on Saturday.
Perrin Buford led the way with 30 points, eight rebounds and a 38 efficiency rating, while Trae Golden added a double-double (24 points, 11 assists) in the romp over Kalev.
Donaldas Kairys’ men had three men score over 20 points (Almeida, Mirkovic, Joesaar), but surrendered a staggering 71% shooting to Avtodor inside the arc en route to a third-consecutive loss.
The visitors outscored Kalev in each quarter, extending a seven-point lead at halftime to as much as 19 early in the 4th quarter.
After pounding Enisey by 15 a week ago, Saratov has put up ridiculous numbers on offense in back-to-back games and sits at 2-1. Kalev drops to 1-3.
74 – Avtodor and Kalev combined to set a new VTB United League record for points in a quarter, scoring 74 in a wild finish in Tallinn.
Kalev head coach Donaldas Kairys: “We didn’t control the game on defense or offense. The offense looked more like streetball and Avtodor’s players are better one-on-one than us. I think that was the main reason for the loss.”
Avtodor head coach Sergei Mokhin: “I think we played well today on both ends of the floor. We played with heart and were able to win. On defense, we tried not to focus only on Ivan Almeida, since Kalev has a lot of good players, including Branko Mirkovic and the frontcourt.”