FIBA Europe Cup
VTB United League
|Team colors||Blue, White
|Head coach||Alar Varrak|
|Championships||8 Estonian Championships
5 Estonian Cups
BC Kalev/Cramo is a professional basketball club based in Tallinn, Estonia. They play in the Korvpalli Meistriliiga and internationally in the FIBA Europe Cup and the regional VTB United League. Their home arena is the Saku Suurhall.
- 1 History
- 2 Sponsorship naming
- 3 Home arenas
- 4 Players
- 5 Coaches
- 6 Season by season
- 7 Trophies and awards
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early years (1998–2005)
Founded in 1998, the club started out as Canon ENM. Coached by Allan Dorbek the team joined first tier Korvpalli Meistriliiga for the 1998–99 season. The club's first season was a disappointment, as the team finished in last place without winning a single game. In 1999, the team was renamed Ehitustööriist. The team's results improved slowly as Ehitustööriist finished the league in 7th place for four consecutive seasons. In 2003, the club merged with Audentes and became Ehitustööriist/Audentes, while the former Estonia national basketball team coach Maarten van Gent was hired as head coach. The team finished the 2003–04 season in 5th place. After the season, Ehitustööriist/Audentes dissolved and both clubs continued separately.
In 2004, Ehitustööriist moved to the new 7,200-seat Saku Suurhall. The team finished the 2004–05 regular season with a 12–4 record and dominant in the playoffs. In the KML Finals, they faced Tartu Ülikool/Rock. Ehitustööriist won the series and the team's first Estonian Championship 4 games to 3. Howard Frier was named Most Valuable Player of the season. The team also competed in the regional Baltic Basketball League for the first time, finishing in 7th place with a 8–10 record.
BC Kalev/Cramo (2005–present)
Coming off their first Estonian Championship, Ehitustööriist leased the trademark "Kalev" from AS Kalev and became BC Kalev/Cramo. Allan Dorbek was replaced as head coach by former Estonia national team shooting guard Aivar Kuusmaa for the 2005–06 season. On 2 October 2005, the team won their first Estonian Cup, defeating Tartu Ülikool/Rock 70–64 in the final. Kalev/Cramo also made their debut in Europe, entering the 2005–06 season of the FIBA EuroCup but failed to advance past the group stage with just one victory in 6 games. In the KML, Kalev/Cramo finished the regular season in first place with a 21–3 record and reached the finals in the playoffs. Led by Rait Keerles and James Williams, the team defended their title, defeating Tartu Ülikool/Rock 4 games to 3, winning the deciding seventh game 69–68. Williams was named KML Finals MVP and Kuusmaa won the Coach of the Year award. Despite that, Kuusmaa was replaced by Veselin Matić for the 2006–07 season.
The team won their second Estonian Cup in 2006, but was unable to defend the title. Kalev/Cramo reached the finals but lost the series 2–4 to Tartu Ülikool/Rock. Despite losing in the finals, Valmo Kriisa won the Estonian Player of the Year award, while Travis Reed was named KML and BBL MVP and Matić won the Coach of the Year award. Kalev/Cramo saw limited success in Europe, reaching the second round in the 2006–07 FIBA EuroCup and competing in the European second tier 2007–08 ULEB Cup, but a record of 3–7 wasn't enough to advance past the group stage. The team won another Estonian Cup in 2007 and reached the KML Finals in the 2007–08 season, but were swept by Tartu Ülikool/Rock.
In 2008, New Zealand national basketball team coach Nenad Vučinić replaced Matić as head coach. Kalev/Cramo won their fourth consecutive Estonian Cup in 2008. The team finished the 2008–09 regular season in second place. In the semifinals, Kalev/Cramo easily dispatched TTÜ in three games to reach the KML Finals. In the Finals, the team defeated Tartu Ülikool/Rock 4 games to 2 and captured their third title. Forward Kristjan Kangur was named the KML Finals MVP and the Estonian Player of the Year. In 2009, the team joined the newly established VTB United League. In December 2009, Vučinić left Kalev/Cramo. The team struggled in the 2009–10 season and finished the regular season in fourth place with a 19–9 record under the former assistant coach Alar Varrak. The team lost in the semifinals to Tartu Ülikool/Rock but won the bronze medals in the third place games, winning the series in two games against TTÜ.
In July 2010, Aivar Kuusmaa returned to Kalev/Cramo. Led by Gregor Arbet and Armands Šķēle, the team finished the 2010–11 regular season in first place. In the playoffs, Kalev/Cramo swept Rakvere Tarvas in the semifinals 3–0 and Tartu Ülikool/Rock in the finals 4–0. Šķēle was named Finals MVP and Kuusmaa won his second Coach of the Year award. Led by star players Gregor Arbet, Bamba Fall and Tanel Sokk, Kalev/Cramo defended their title in the 2011–12 season, defeating Tartu Ülikool in the KML Finals in a four-game sweep. Sokk was named Finals MVP and Kuusmaa once again won the Coach of the Year award.
Kalev/Cramo struggled early in the 2012–13 season and after a 69–95 defeat to Rakvere Tarvas on 22 November 2012, Kuusmaa was sacked, with assistant coach Alar Varrak taking over the coaching reins. Despite the poor start, Kalev/Cramo finished the regular season in first place and swept the playoffs. Kalev/Cramo won 6th Estonian Championship as Tanel Sokk claimed his second straight KML Finals MVP award. Alar Varrak was named Coach of the Year. The team also placed third in the 2012–13 Baltic Basketball League. With star players Gregor Arbet and Frank Elegar and the additions of Vlad Moldoveanu and Rain Veideman, the team's success continued in the 2013–14 season. Kalev/Cramo once again finished the regular season in first place and was undefeated in the playoffs. Kalev/Cramo won their fourth consecutive Estonian Championship, while Moldoveanu was named KML Finals MVP and Varrak won his second Coach of the Year award. The team finished the 2014–15 regular season in second place. Kalev/Cramo swept TTÜ in the quarterfinals and TYCO Rapla in the semifinals. In the Finals, Kalev/Cramo once again faced Tartu Ülikool/Rock, but lost the series 1–4. On 20 December 2015, Kalev/Cramo won their fifth Estonian Cup, defeating Tartu Ülikool/Rock 73–55 in the final. Kalev/Cramo finished the 2015–16 season regular season in first place and undefeated. The team extended their winning streak in the quarter- and semifinals. In the KML Finals, the team faced Tartu Ülikool/Rock and won the series 4 games to 1, the single loss being the team's only defeat in the season. Rolands Freimanis was named Finals MVP.
Kalev/Cramo has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:
- Canon ENM: 1998–1999
- Ehitustööriist: 1999–2001
- Ehitustööriist/Kalev: 2001–2003
- Ehitustööriist/Audentes: 2003–2004
- Ehitustööriist: 2004–2005
- BC Kalev/Cramo: 2005–present
- Kalev Sports Hall (1998–2002)
- Valtu Sports Hall (2002–2003)
- Audentes Sports Center (2003–2004)
- Saku Suurhall (2004–present)
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Robert Upshaw||Mickell Gladness|
|PF||Erik Keedus||Mark Tollefsen|
|SF||Gregor Arbet||Janar Soo||Vitali Liutych|
|SG||Rain Veideman||Demonte Harper||Silver Jurno|
|PG||Sten Sokk||Martin Dorbek||Alexander Gavrilov|
Squad Changes for the 2016–2017 Season
- Vitali Liutych (from Tsmoki-Minsk)
- Alexander Gavrilov (on loan from CSKA Moscow)
- Mickell Gladness (from San Lorenzo de Almagro)
- Demonte Harper (from Czarni Słupsk)
- Mark Tollefsen (from Arizona Wildcats)
- Robert Upshaw (from Los Angeles D-Fenders)
- Mario Delaš (to Orlandina Basket)
- Sten Olmre (to TTÜ)
- Rolands Freimanis (to Uşak Sportif)
- Shawn King
- Sharaud Curry
Season by season
|Season||Tier||Division||Pos.||Postseason||RS||PO||Estonian Cup||VTB United League||Baltic Basketball League||European competitions|
|2004–05||1||KML||2||Champion||14–4||9–3||Quarterfinalist||–||–||–||Baltic Basketball League||7th||8–10||–||–||–|
|2005–06||1||KML||1||Champion||21–3||7–3||Champion||–||–||–||Baltic Basketball League||9th||15–17||3 EuroCup||RS||1–5|
|2006–07||1||KML||2||Runner-up||31–5||7–4||Champion||–||–||–||Baltic Basketball League||QF||17–13||3 EuroCup||T16||2–8|
|2007–08||1||KML||2||Runner-up||33–3||5–4||Champion||–||–||–||Baltic Basketball League||QF||8–14||2 ULEB Cup||RS||3–7|
|2008–09||1||KML||2||Champion||23–5||7–2||Champion||–||–||–||Baltic Basketball League||QF||13–8||3 EuroChallenge||RS||2–4|
|2009–10||1||KML||4||Third place||19–9||6–4||Runner-up||VTB United League||RS||0–6||Baltic Basketball League||7th||7–11||–||–||–|
|2010–11||1||KML||1||Champion||29–3||7–0||Third place||VTB United League||RS||1–9||Baltic Basketball League||9th||12–10||–||–||–|
|2011–12||1||KML||2||Champion||23–5||7–0||Runner-up||VTB United League||RS||2–14||Baltic Basketball League||QF||13–10||–||–||–|
|2012–13||1||KML||1||Champion||28–4||10–0||Third place||VTB United League||RS||3–15||Baltic Basketball League||3rd||14–6||–||–||–|
|2013–14||1||KML||2||Champion||29–2||10–0||Runner-up||VTB United League||RS||2–16||–||–||–||2 Eurocup||RS||3–7|
|2014–15||1||KML||2||Runner-up||26–6||7–4||Third place||VTB United League||9th||13–17||Baltic Basketball League||T16||8–4||–||–||–|
|2015–16||1||KML||1||Champion||32–0||10–1||Champion||VTB United League||14th||8–22||–||–||–||3 Europe Cup||RS||0–6|
|2016–17||1||KML||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||VTB United League||N/A||N/A||Baltic Basketball League||N/A||N/A||–||–||–|
Trophies and awards
- Winners (8): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
- Runners-up (3): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2014–15
- Winners (5): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015
- Runners-up (3): 2009, 2011, 2013
- "Klubist" (in Estonian). BC Kalev.
- "Kalev on surnud? Elagu Kalev!" (in Estonian). Delfi. 30 June 2005.
- "BC KALEV THRASH PAOK FOR FIRST VICTORY". FIBA Europe. 29 November 2005.
- "AMETLIK: Kalev/Cramo lõpetas Kuusmaaga koostöö, peatreenerina jätkab Varrak" (in Estonian). Delfi. 24 November 2012.
- "Kalev/Cramo kindlustas meistritiitli koguni 27-punktise võiduga!" (in Estonian). Delfi. 27 May 2016.
- "Kalev/Cramo purustas Tartu Rocki ja tuli Eesti meistriks" (in Estonian). Postimees. 27 May 2016.