Haapsalu basketball players won the opponent in the last seconds

Valmo Kriisa. Photo: Tiit Treimann
The captain of the opponents and former Estonian basketball team member Valmo Kriisa scored nine three-pointers. Photo: Tiit Treimann

Today, the fourth home game of the 2nd basketball league took place in the Wiedemann sports building, where strong Viljandi players were against Haapsalu, but thanks to the support of the audience and quick and correct decisions, the Haapsalu players left the victory at home.

In the first quarter of the game, the Haapsalu players took the lead quickly and before five minutes Haapsalu led 9: 0. Also at the end of the first quarter, the home team was in the lead 24:14. Despite a good start, the same offensive game was not shown throughout the game.

The away team Viljandi first took the lead only after just over three minutes had been played in the second half.

The strongest player of the opponents was Valmo Kriisa, 47, who belonged to the Estonian basketball team in 1995-2010, who was on the field for 40 minutes without a break and scored 40 points during the game, of which nine were three-pointers.

The end of the last quarter was a real spectacle for the audience and a challenge for the players, because when there were 14 seconds left to play, Kriisa threw three of the eight meters and took the lead, after which the coach of the home team Jaanus Levkoi took a minute break.

The audience with the biggest home game, including the mayor of Haapsalu, Urmas Sukles, was waiting for a miracle after a minute’s break, which was quickly and wisely played for the home team’s captain Mikk Päeske, who hit three in the final, securing a 79:77 victory.

The next game of the home team will be on November 11 in Rapla, where the players of Rapla basketball school will be the opponents, the next and fifth home games will take place on November 20 in Wiedemann sports building, where the opponents are KK Askus from Hiiumaa. The game starts at 1 p.m.


Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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