BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn is the Estonian champion after beating Tartu University 72:65 (30:31) and winning the series 4:0. Kalev/Cramo paved the way to the victory with a 11:2 run in the 4th quarter, giving them 64:54 lead with less than two minutes to play. Tartu fought hard in closing seconds but they couldnt get closer than within 5 points. Tartu led 37:30 with 17 minutes to play but Kalev/Cramo won the next 6 minutes 20:6 (Fall 8, Toome 6) to go up 50:43. TU never took the lead again.
It was the third Estonian title as a coach for former legendary player Aivar Kuusmaa. Kalev/Cramo had won all 14 play-off games in last two seasons (they won 3:0 against Tarvas in semis both last season and this season and repeated last year's 4:0 sweep against TU).
Tartu Ulikool clinch Estonian Cup title - Jan 1, 2012
Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 87:81
Tartu Ulikool celebrated the Estonian Cup title. They overcame their archrivals Kalev/Cramo in the Final. Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. It was a tough battle from starting minutes. The teams were knotted at 21 after ten minutes of action. Tartu Ulikool put their noses in front in the second frame. They earned a narrow 45:41 halftime advantage. Tartu boosted the gap in the third term. They stretched the margin to as many as 7 points 70:63. Kalev/Cramo tried to stay within striking distance throughout the final period but Tartu remained calm and executed the victory at the end. Tanel Kurbas (197-F-88) posted 15 points, while Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) finished with 14 points in the winning effort. Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) answered with 15 points for Kalev/Cramo. Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) had 14 points in the loss.
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