Avtodor Tested In Tallinn

Avtodor defeated Kalev on the road, 86-75. A few days removed from scoring 135 points in FInland, Saratov struggled at times against the Estonians' aggressive defense. Slowed down on offense, Avtodor still managed to hold off Kalev, pulling away in the final minutes for the team's 10th consecutive win.

Saratov traveled to Tallinn with two objectives: extend the winning streak to 10 and keep the pressure on Khimki for 5th place. Kalev, meanwhile, had little interest in starting off a three-game homestand with a loss.

Avtodor got busy early, seeking an early lead. The 1st quarter featured an explosive shootout between Kalev's Gregor Arbet and Saratov sniper Travis Peterson. Arbet held his own against Peterson, but the home team began to fade once the visiting trio of Paul Stoll, Jeremy Chappell and Reggie Williams got going. The score at halftime favored Avtodor by 10, 45-35.

Initially, little changed in the second half. Kalev dug in its heels on defense, looking to slow down Avtodor's powerful offense. But the strategy eventually bore fruit. Saratov's American quartet began to tire and Kalev took advantage, ripping off a 16-7 run in the 4th quarter to cut the deficit to four with three minutes to play.

Williams, Chappell and Artem Zabelin had a response ready, however, answering with a 7-0 run to regain a double-digit lead and decide the outcome.

Star Player
Jeremy Chappell. The American stepped up big-time in the 4th quarter, knocking down a '3' in the final minutes with Avtodor clinging to a six-point lead. He finished with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

Stat of the Game
70 - number of points scored by Avtodor's American quartet of Peterson, Chappell, Williams and Stoll.