King Sets Record In Kalev Win

Kalev defeated Tsmoki-Minsk at home, 81-73. The Estonians raced to an early lead before Tsmoki mounted a comeback, trimming the deficit to five at halftime and knotting the score at 59-59 entering the 4th quarter. The final period, however, belonged to Rolands Freimanis and Kalev as the home team closed its 2015-16 campaign with a win.

Prior to its final game of the season, Kalev honored veteran guard and team captain Gregor Arbet, who received the League's Top Estonian Player award.

Kalev held the Dragons to a measly two points in the first seven minutes, entering the 2nd quarter with a 23-13 advantage. The momentum began to shift in the second period, however, as Tsmoki put together a 13-4 run spearheaded by Belarusian big man Ivan Maras.

The home team led 44-39 at halftime, but Tsmoki continued to threaten in the second half. Maras and Hilliard terrorized the Kalev defense, helping the visitors even the score at 59-59 after three quarters.

In danger of disappointing the home fans and ending the season on a seven-game skid, Rolands Freimanis rescued Kalev down the stretch. The talented forward knocked down four consecutive 3-pointers to put Tallinn up six. The home team went on to win by eight, snapping its six-game losing streak.

Star Player
Rolands Freimanis. The Estonian sniper nearly matched his personal scoring record in the VTB United League (32 points vs. VEF during the 2014-15 campaign), recording a double-double (31 points and 10 rebounds), including 14 huge points in the final quarter.

Stats of the Game
25 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards: Shawn King had a big part in Kalev's win and smashed the league record set by Josh Boone in December (20 rebounds). Boone, incidentally, set the record in a Kalev uniform before moving to Khimki in January.