Baltic Basketball League
|History||2006 – present|
|Team colors||Yellow and blue
|Head coach||Andres Sõber|
|Championships||1 Estonian Cup|
BC Rakvere Tarvas is an Estonian professional basketball club, based in Rakvere which is participating in Korvpalli Meistriliiga, Baltic Basketball League and EuroChallenge. The club has not won an Estonian championship title.
Founded in 2006 BC Rakvere Tarvas replaced the former team based in the same town, Rakvere Palliklubi, which had had financial problems during its existence, including bankruptcy in 2004 (then KK Rakvere). Estonian basketball coach Andres Sõber, who had conducted the previous team and also Tallinna Kalev, created the team and named it after the Tarvas statue, which is symbol of the town. (The ancient name of Rakvere was Tarvanpää, literally "Head of an aurochs"). The new team consisted mainly of the former team's players with some additions from abroad and eventually finished in 6h place.
The following season was a rough year for BC Rakvere Tarvas, as they failed to play well and were lack of consistency. Legionaries stayed with the team for a very short period and the team were unable to get decent signings. They finished 9th in the table and had to play relegation games against Esiliiga (second tier of Estonian basketball pyramid) winners KK Hito and won comfortably 93:55. For the 2008-09 season Andres Sõber did not bring any foreign additions, as he was able to form a decent team with local players only, including Kristo Saage who had not find his game with BC Kalev/Cramo. Tarvas finished sixth with ten wins in 28 games.
2009-10 was a breakthrough season for BC Rakvere Tarvas as they managed to keep their key players with the team and make good signings. Young talent Rain Veideman was brought from bottom-finished Kuremaa SK, Valmo Kriisa and Rain Raadik who were released by BC Kalev/Cramo, Richard Anderson and Reinar Hallik from Valga/CKE Inkasso and eventually Martin Müürsepp, the first and so far only Estonian to play in the NBA, agreed to help his first coach. The composition of very different players surprised Estonian basketball scene, as they led the league from mid-October until March. In the play-offs they beat TTÜ KK 4-3 and in the finals they lost 2-4 to Tartu Rock, despite leading the series 2-0 after away games. For the 2010-11 season, BC Rakvere Tarvas changed most of its squad. It was also the first season when BC Rakvere Tarvas decided to take part in the Baltic Basketball League Challenge Cup. With 2-6 record they were dropped out from group stages, but they achieved another great result with Estonian Basketball Cup silver medals. In the play-offs they were beaten with overall score of 1-5, finishing the season in the expected 4th place.
Since 2011 the team has relied on their signings who have been playing for the team since the 2009-10 season triumph. Foreign signings have since then been from Latvia, who have represented their country in EuroBasket, for instance Kaspars Cipruss, Raimonds Vaikulis, Rinalds Sirsniņš, Juris Umbraško and Ivars Timermanis. They are not the first Latvians to play professional basketball in Rakvere, in early 2000s Igors Melniks and Edmunds Valeiko also played in then-called KK Rakvere. Valeiko also played for BC Kalev in the European competition. For the 2011-12 season BC Rakvere Tarvas reached the finals of BBL Challenge Cup, but lost there to BC Lietkabelis. In the domestic competition Tarvas won their second medal as the team finished 3rd in Korvpalli Meistriliiga. The team will also compete in the European competition for the first time, facing Turkish club Tofaş S.K. in the preliminary round. Rakvere Tarvas became Estonian Basketball Cup holders, when they defeated TYCO Rapla in the final with the score of 81:64. On the road, they beat defending Estonian champions BC Kalev/Cramo in the semi-final.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
Rakvere Tarvas roster
- Final positions in Baltic Basketball League are cumulative, since there used to be two tiers until 2011-12 season.
Honours and awards
- BBL Cup: 2012
- Estonian Cup: 2012
- Rain Veideman – 2010
- Andres Sõber – 2010
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- Relegation play-off at basket.ee Retrieved on 2012-04-02 (Estonian)
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- 2010-11 Standings at bbl.net Retrieved on 2012-04-02
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- "Veel üks Läti tippkorvpallur Eestisse - Tarvas täieneb Raimonds Vaikulisega!". Õhtuleht (2011-01-31). Retrieved on 2012-03-16 (Estonian)
- Arike, Ville. "Rakvere Tarva treeningutega ühines veel üks Läti ekskoondislane". Delfi (2012-01-02). Retrieved on 2012-03-16 (Estonian)
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- PRONKSID KÄES! Tarvas alistas piimameistrid ka teistkordselt Õhtuleht. 7 May 2012. Retrieved on 30 May 2012. (Estonian)
- "Tarvas kohtub eurosarjas türklastega, Tartul vastased idast, läänest ja lõunast". Õhtuleht (2012-07-06). Retrieved on 2012-08-10 (Estonian)
- "Rakvere edge Rapla to clinch Estonian Cup title". Eurobasket.com (2012-12-22). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
- Arike, Ville. "Tarvas tegi seda jälle!". Õhtuleht (2012-12-22). Retrieved on 2012-12-22 (Estonian)