Kalev has already played in a few official games in two tournaments. The Estonians participated in four qualifying games of FIBA Champions League and tumbled out of it after a game against Hungarian Alba. As for the Estonian championship, Kalev defeated Rapla in overtime. The team opens its regular season in the VTB United League with a game against Loko.
Loko hasn’t played in an official game of the season yet. And it would be very interesting to see who Sasa Obradovic is going to rely on after the preseason preparation.
A few games have already shown that Kalev is strong due its starting five, first of all. In four of five games, these were players of the starting five who got the most of points in the team. Forward Janari Joesaar is the leader of Kalev. He averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds in four games of Champions League.
He moved to Tallinn from Tartu where he played so brightly last season that they made a 40-minute video of his highlights.
Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- We face a very experienced team. They know how to play. At their place, it is not a small team. It’s not going to be easy. They are very organized and play good basketball. For us, we still work on our chemistry. There were a lot of ups and downs in our games. We have to stabilize this. I don’t expect an easy game but I expect a right attitude to this game from my players.
Brian Qvale, Center of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- We are excited for the season to officially start. I think we need to be prepared for a tough game but we have been working extremely hard and improving all preseason to get ready for this. Now we need to go out and do our best to win.
Kalev vs. Lokomotiv Kuban is held on October 8th at 5:00 p.m. (Moscow time).
Watch broadcasting on lokobasket.com