BC Kalev/Cramo

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This article is about the basketball club. For the football club, see JK Tallinna Kalev.
Kalev logo
Leagues Korvpalli Meistriliiga
VTB United League
Founded 1998
History Canon ENM
BC Kalev/Cramo
Arena Tallinn Arena
(capacity: 6,000)
Saku Suurhall
(capacity: 7,200)
Location Tallinn, Estonia
Team colors Blue and white
President Estonia Ivar Valdmaa
Head coach Estonia Alar Varrak
Championships 7 Estonian Championships
4 Estonian Cups
Website bckalev.ee
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Home court Saku Suurhall

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[1] and Kalevi Spordihall.[2] 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.[3] Kalev/Cramo has been the most successful team in Estonia in recent years winning the Estonian title four years in a row.



Founded in 1998 under the name Canon ENM,[4] 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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[5] In BBL Kalev/Cramo reached to play-offs but lost to BK Ventspils.[6] 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.[5] 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.[7]


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.[8] 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.[9] This victory was one of the teams' seven-game winning streak in the regular season.[10] 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.[11] Kalev however took a sweet revenge at the Estonian League finals beating archrivals Tartu Rock with the games 4–2.[12]


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.[13] Kalev also added Estonian national teams head coach Tiit Sokk.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17]

Accomplishments per season[edit]

Trophies and awards[edit]


Individual awards[edit]

All-KML First Team

All-KML Defensive Team



Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Kalev/Cramo roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 4 Estonia Olmre, Sten 70001900000000000001.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) 20 – (1995-01-31)31 January 1995
G 6 Estonia Veideman, Rain 70001920000000000001.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 23 – (1991-10-01)1 October 1991
F 7 Ukraine Pecherov, Oleksiy 70002130000000000002.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 7002106000000000000106 kg (234 lb) 29 – (1985-12-08)8 December 1985
G 8 Brazil Machado, Scott 70001850000000000001.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 24 – (1990-06-08)8 June 1990
G 9 Estonia Keedus, Erik 70001970000000000001.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) 25 – (1990-04-27)27 April 1990
G 11 Estonia Dorbek, Martin 70001940000000000001.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 24 – (1991-01-21)21 January 1991
F 12 Estonia Kajupank, Indrek 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 700198000000000000098 kg (216 lb) 26 – (1988-05-15)15 May 1988
G 13 Estonia Arbet, Gregor 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 31 – (1983-06-19)19 June 1983
G 22 Latvia Šķēle, Armands 70001920000000000001.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) 31 – (1983-09-04)4 September 1983
F 25 United States Singler, E. J. 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb) 24 – (1990-06-06)6 June 1990
F 33 Estonia Kitsing, Kristjan 70002049999999999992.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002107000000000000107 kg (236 lb) 24 – (1990-12-11)11 December 1990
F 34 United States Benson, Keith 70002100000000000002.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 7002104000000000000104 kg (229 lb) 26 – (1988-08-13)13 August 1988
C 49 Lithuania Kupšas, Mindaugas 70002170000000000002.17 m (7 ft 1 in) 7002125000000000000125 kg (276 lb) 24 – (1991-04-09)9 April 1991
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: February 28, 2015

Depth Chart[edit]

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[edit]



Notable players[edit]

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.

Note: Signed in February 2008, released in March 2009. Did not play any games.[18][19]

Head coaches[edit]

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.[20] 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.[8] 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.[21]

Name Period Trophies
Estonia Allan Dorbek 1998–2003
Netherlands Maarten van Gent 2003–2004
Estonia Allan Dorbek 2004–2005 2004–05 Estonian League
Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa 2005–2006 2005 Estonian Cup
2005–06 Estonian League
Serbia Veselin Matić 2006–2008 2006 Estonian Cup
2007 Estonian Cup
New Zealand Nenad Vučinić 2008–2010 2008 Estonian Cup
2008–09 Estonian League
Estonia Alar Varrak (interim) 2010
Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa 2010–2012 2010–11 Estonian League
2011–12 Estonian League
Estonia Alar Varrak 2012– 2012–13 Estonian League
2013–14 Estonian League


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  20. ^ "Hüvasti, korvikütt Kuusmaa! Edu, treener!". Õhtuleht (2005-06-16). Retrieved on 2009-01-22 (Estonian)
  21. ^ "Kalev/Cramo ja Aivar Kuusmaa teed läksid lahku". Sport | ERR (2012-11-24). Retrieved on 2013-01-15 (Estonian)

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