VTB United League
|Team colors||Blue and white
|Head coach||Alar Varrak|
|Championships||7 Estonian Championships
4 Estonian Cups
BC Kalev/Cramo is a professional basketball club based in Tallinn, Estonia participating in Korvpalli Meistriliiga, VTB United League and BBL. Kalev/Cramo plays their home games at Saku Suurhall and Kalevi Spordihall. The club was previously known under the name Ehitustööriist, but after winning the Estonian title in 2005, the name was changed to BC Kalev/Cramo. Kalev/Cramo has been the most successful team in Estonia in recent years winning the Estonian title four years in a row.
- 1 History
- 2 Accomplishments per season
- 3 Trophies and awards
- 4 Players
- 5 Notable players
- 6 Head coaches
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Founded in 1998 under the name Canon ENM, the team already entered the Estonian League in its debut season, finishing last with no victories to their name. In 1999 the name was changed to Ehitustööriist and the team only managed to get 2 wins in the domestic league. Despite of the hard start the team had a firm goal of developing young talent to create one of the top Baltic teams. Ehitustööriist struggled in the Estonian League for three more years between 2001 and 2003, but went a step higher in the 2003–04 season under the Dutch coach Maarten van Gent, finishing fifth overall with a respectable 13–20 record.
It the 2004–05 season, under the coaching of Allan Dorbek, Ehitustööriist won its first Estonian League title by downing Tartu Ülikool/Rock in a thrilling seven-game finals that went down to the final play. A 69–68 win was enough for Kalev to lift the trophy. Kalev also participated in the first season of the Baltic Basketball League finishing eight among ten teams. Soon after that the team changed its name to BC Kalev/Cramo and coached by Aivar Kuusmaa they added a second KML title by beating Tartu Rock 4–3 in the finals. The team also made its European debut by competing in the FIBA EuroCup, but with little success.
2006–07 season started under the new head coach Veselin Matic. Under the Serb's coaching Kalev made it to Round II in EuroCup, but lost to Tartu in the Estonian finals with the games 4–2. In BBL Kalev/Cramo reached to play-offs but lost to BK Ventspils. In 2007–08 Kalev was playing in ULEB Cup, where they managed to get wins over Panionios Forthnet and Adecco ASVEL Villeurbanne. Unfortunately star player Travis Reed could not play in the Estonian League finals and Tartu Rock defeated Kalev 4–0. In BBL the team again played in the play-offs but did not reach the final-four due to a defeat against Latvian squad ASK Riga.
On June 2, 2008, team president Ivar Valdmaa announced that the new head coach for 2008–09 season will be the New Zealand national basketball team head coach Nenad Vučinić. The team started well under the new coach winning the fourth Estonian Cup in a row. Kalev also performed well in the Baltic League. On the 5th of February 2009 Kalev/Cramo defeated BC Žalgiris in the Baltic League and became the first Estonian basketball team in 15 years to defeat the world-famous Lithuanian powerhouse. This victory was one of the teams' seven-game winning streak in the regular season. Kalev/Cramo finished third in the regular season but failed to reach the Final Four due to a defeat in the play-offs against Tartu Rock with Tanoka Beard hitting the decisive long-range three-pointer at the buzzer. Kalev however took a sweet revenge at the Estonian League finals beating archrivals Tartu Rock with the games 4–2.
The season was a disappointment to Kalev/Cramo, the team struggled throughout the year. They tried out many players, but could not find their game. As a result, Nenad Vučinić left in the beginning on January and Alar Varrak took over the coaching. Kalev also added Estonian national teams head coach Tiit Sokk. Kalev did not reach the play-offs of the Baltic Basketball League and finished third in KML, losing against Tartu Rock in semifinals. The team also participated in the first season of VTB United League but finished with no victories in Group B against PBC CSKA Moscow, Žalgiris Kaunas and Azovmash Mariupol.
For the 2010-11 season the team brought back Aivar Kuusmaa as the head coach and as a result Kalev became the Estonian champion for the fourth time. They smashed Tartu Rock with the games 4-0 to lift the trophy. Other results were more mediocre: Kalev finished the Baltic League in 7th place and was left last in their group in the VTB United League. The teams' only win in the United League came at home against Asseco Prokom Gdynia.
Accomplishments per season
Trophies and awards
- Estonian Championships: 7
- 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Estonian Cups: 4
- 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
- Tanel Sokk – 2012, 2013
- James Williams – 2006
- Kristjan Kangur – 2009
- Armands Šķēle – 2011
- Vlad Moldoveanu – 2014
- Aivar Kuusmaa – 2006, 2011, 2012
- Alar Varrak – 2013, 2014
- Allan Dorbek – 2005
- Veselin Matić – 2007
- Nenad Vučinić – 2009
- Travis Reed – 2007
- Kristjan Kangur – 2007, 2008, 2009
- Gregor Arbet – 2011, 2012
- Tanel Sokk – 2012, 2013
- Frank Elegar – 2013, 2014
- Howard Frier – 2005
- Víctor González – 2005
- Rait Keerles – 2006
- Valmo Kriisa – 2007
- Travis Reed – 2007
- John Linehan – 2009
- Nate Fox – 2009
- Charron Fisher – 2010
- Armands Šķēle – 2011
- Bamba Fall – 2013
- Rain Veideman – 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Keith Benson||Mindaugas Kupšas|
|PF||Kristjan Kitsing||Erik Keedus|
|SF||Gregor Arbet||E. J. Singler||Indrek Kajupank|
|SG||Armands Šķēle||Rain Veideman|
|PG||Scott Machado||Martin Dorbek||Sten Olmre|
Squad Changes for the 2014–15 season
- Martin Dorbek (from TYCO Rapla)
- Erik Keedus (from TTÜ KK)
- Sten Olmre (from Audentes)
- Armands Šķēle (from Gamateks Pamukkale Üniversitesi)
- Mindaugas Kupšas (on loan from Žalgiris)
- Scott Machado (from ASVEL Basket)
- E. J. Singler (from Idaho Stampede)
- Keith Benson (from Neptūnas Klaipėda)
- Reinar Hallik (on loan to Rakvere Tarvas)
- Kristjan Makke (to TTÜ KK)
- Kristo Mangelsoo (Retired)
- Tanel Sokk (to Tartu Ülikool/Rock)
- Rolands Freimanis (to UNICS Kazan)
- Ty Abbott (to Fulgor Libertas Forlì)
- Curtis Millage (to U BT Cluj-Napoca)
- Bamba Fall (to VEF Rīga)
- Vlad Moldoveanu (to Turów Zgorzelec)
- Frank Elegar (to Emporio Armani Milano)
- To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Played at least one season for the club.
- Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
- Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
- To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career.
- For a listing of past rosters, see BC Kalev/Cramo past rosters.
- For a listing of past players, see Category:BC Kalev/Cramo players.
Kalev's first and longest serving head coach is Allan Dorbek. Together with his long-time assistant Maarten van Gent (head coach in 2003–04 season) they brought the team to an international level. As a result of their hard work, Kalev won its first Estonian title in 2005 under the name Ehitustööriist. In 2006, together with a new name and management, the team introduced former top basketballer Aivar Kuusmaa as the new head coach. For the next season Kuusmaa was named second coach beside Veselin Matić. The Serb coached Kalev/Cramo for two seasons winning two Estonian cups, but no domestic championships. In summer of 2008 the team signed a two-year contract with New Zealander Nenad Vučinić. Vučinić won the 2008–09 Estonian Cup and national championship with the team and led Kalev to the third place in the BBL regular season. 2009–10 season was not so good and Vučinić was replaced by Alar Varrak in early January 2010. In summer 2010 Kalev brought back Aivar Kuusmaa as the head coach and the team won their fourth and fifth Estonian championship during the next two seasons. The 2012–13 season started off with bad results and Kuusmaa resigned in November 2012, Alar Varrak once again took over as head coach.
|Maarten van Gent||2003–2004||–|
|Allan Dorbek||2004–2005||2004–05 Estonian League|
|Aivar Kuusmaa||2005–2006||2005 Estonian Cup
2005–06 Estonian League
|Veselin Matić||2006–2008||2006 Estonian Cup
2007 Estonian Cup
|Nenad Vučinić||2008–2010||2008 Estonian Cup
2008–09 Estonian League
|Alar Varrak (interim)||2010||–|
|Aivar Kuusmaa||2010–2012||2010–11 Estonian League
2011–12 Estonian League
|Alar Varrak||2012–||2012–13 Estonian League
2013–14 Estonian League
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- "Valters just could not miss". SEB BBL Homepage (2008-04-11). Retrieved on 2009-01-22
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- "Tall Blacks coach Vucinic finds new club". stuff.co.nz (2010-01-07). Retrieved on 2010-04-08
- "BC Kalev/Cramo abitreeneriks saab Tiit Sokk". Eesti Päevaleht (2010-01-21). Retrieved on 2010-04-08 (Estonian)
- "Group B – Team standings". VTB United League. Retrieved on 2010-04-08
- "BC Kalev/Cramo is Estonian champion!" Eurobasket.com (2011-05-14). Retrieved on 2011-05-29
- "Game: Kalev 77 - 70 Asseco Prokom" VTB United League (2011-01-12). Retrieved on 2011-06-30
- "Martin Müürsepp mõtleb Eesti meistritiitlist". SPORT.ERR.EE (2008-03-01). Retrieved on 2009-09-14 (Estonian)
- "Kalev/Cramo peatas Müürsepaga lepingu". Õhtuleht (2009-03-09). Retrieved on 2009-09-14 (Estonian)
- "Hüvasti, korvikütt Kuusmaa! Edu, treener!". Õhtuleht (2005-06-16). Retrieved on 2009-01-22 (Estonian)
- "Kalev/Cramo ja Aivar Kuusmaa teed läksid lahku". Sport | ERR (2012-11-24). Retrieved on 2013-01-15 (Estonian)
- Official Website (Estonian) (English)
- BC Kalev/Cramo @ Eurobasket.com
- Official KML league page (Estonian)
- Official Baltic League Page