Estonian basketball endures second loss in two days to Finland

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The Estonian men's national basketball team lost their second test match in as many days 67:75 to Finland at Kisakallio.

Estonia was able to start the match well, taking a 18:15 lead into the second quarter behind a strong showing from the team's young players.

Finland was able to take control of the game in the second quarter, opening up a five-point lead which Estonia equalised by the end of the quarter and the teams headed to halftime tied at 34.

The third quarter started well for Finland as they headed out to a 13-point lead about halfway through the period and headed into the final period up 12, 59:47.

Estonia tried their best to turn the game in the final period, bringing the Finns' lead down to four but a rally by Estonia's northern neighbor was enough to put them ahead by 10 with two and a half minutes remaining in the deciding period. The final result of the match is a loss for Estonia 67:75.

Kerr Kriisa, hero of Estonia's victory over Lithuania on July 24, scored a team-high 14 points, Kregor Hermet added 13 points. Finnish high-point man Elias Valtonen also had 14 points.

Estonia lost the first of the two test matches against Finland on Wednesday 76:97.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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