Kalev/Cramo Clinch Title

19 May 2012
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn, Estonian champions 2012
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn, Estonian champions 2012

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn have captured their third Estonian league title in the last four years after winning all four of their games in the play-off championship against Tartu Ulikool.

Having finished second during the regular season with a 23-5 record behind first-place Tartu (25-3), Kalev/Cramo marched through the post-season unbeaten.

Aivar Kuusimaa's team claimed a 3-0 sweep of Tarvas in the semi-finals and then rolled to 75-63 and 84-66 triumphs in the first two games of the title series at Tartu.

In front of the home fans, Kalev/Cramo trailed by three at half-time of Game 3 but fought back in the second half and won 87-76 in overtime to take a firm grip on the series.

They captured the crown with a 72-65 Game 4 victory, and the players brought out the champagne on the court in the post-game party.

The coach of Tartu, Gert Kullamae, shrugged his shoulders after watching the trophy go to Kalev/Cramo.

"The first two meetings in the final series got out of hand, and with it everything else," he said.

Bamba Fall was sensational at the start and end of the series for the winners.

He poured in 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the opener and finished with 18 points and 19 rebounds in Game 4.

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