|Tanel Kurbas had a joint team-high 15 points for Tartu Rock|
Tartu Rock have kept their chances of advancing out of EuroChallenge Group C alive, improving their record to 3-2 with a resounding 83-60 victory over BC Zepter Vienna.
On account of recording their first European victory last week, BC Zepter Vienna still held a slim hope of going to the Last 16.
But their hopes were quickly put to rest as Tartu raced out to a 23-11 lead behind five early points from Vilmantas Dilys which had the hosts up 8-0.
With three minutes passed, Florian Trmal finally had the guests on the score-sheet but remarkably Vienna would never come any closer to taking the lead as Gert Dorbek responded from outside the arc to put the buffer back above six.
Dorbek had his sniper sight locked in, going on to finish as one of three Tartu players with 13 points, the other two being Janar Talts and Victor Simpson. However, Augustas Peciukevicius and Tanel Kurbas led the way with 15 each.
With the foundations torn out from underneath Vienna, Tartu could be forgiven for losing their way offensively in the final frame as the Austrians outscored them 18-13 to bring what had been a 32-point deficit midway through the quarter previous to a slightly more respectable 23 when the final buzzer sounded out.
Veteran Predrag Miletic was a shining light for the guests with 17 points.
Zepter Vienna Head Coach Darko Russo
"We played with seven or eight players and it was our 18th game since the beginning of October. We have been struggling with fatigue and injuries and haven't had good practices. We tried to represent the team today as well as we could, but Tartu played an excellent game. They are the favourite of the group - to beat Kings by 30, Ventspils in Latvia by 20 and now us - they are a strong team."
Zepter Vienna Player Benedikt Danek
"We lost the game in the first half. In the second half we tried to come back from 20 points down, but the difference from the first half was too big. At home we played more confidently, but today they surprised us and played very hard."
Tartu University Rock Head coach Gert Kullamäe
"We managed to get in front in the beginning and from there the lead widened and widened. In the end I tried to give minutes to everybody. Our team has a lot of new players and it is logical that it takes time to learn each other. Right now it is important that everybody stays healthy and this good winning feeling remains. But certainly our focus is on next Tuesday's game against Södertälje. If we make a mistake there, all these wins count for nothing."
Tartu University Rock Player Gert Dorbek
"We have been playing very well in the last month and the team is really coming together. The team atmosphere is great and every win gives us more confidence. When everybody is playing in a good rhythm it is much more easier to play and to win."