Estonia men's national basketball team

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Estonia
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FIBA ranking T-84[1]
Joined FIBA 1934
1991
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Estonian Basketball Association
Coach Tiit Sokk
Olympic Games
Appearances 1
Medals 0
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 0
Medals 0
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 5
Medals 0
Uniforms
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Team colours
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Team colours
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The Estonia men's national basketball team represents Estonia in international men's basketball and is controlled by the Estonian Basketball Association.

The team first competed internationally in the 1936 Summer Olympics, finishing in 9th place. Estonia has made 5 appearances at the EuroBasket with best results coming from 1937 and 1939, when the team finished in 5th place.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Game between Estonia and Lithuania at EuroBasket 1937

Estonia competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in Berlin, Germany, the first Olympic tournament to hold basketball as an official medal event. Coached by Herbert Niiler, the team won their first round match against France but lost to the United States in the second round and to the Philippines in the third round, leaving Estonia in 9th place.

Estonia participated in the EuroBasket 1937. The team won their first match against Egypt but failed to advance past the group stage after suffering defeats to Lithuania and Italy. Estonia placed 5th in the final rankings after defeating Czechoslovakia and Latvia.[2] The EuroBasket 1939 used a different format from the previous championship, with 8 teams facing off in a round-robin tournament. Estonia finished the tournament with a 4–3 record and another 5th place. Heino Veskila was the scoring leader with 16.7 points per game.[3]

In 1940, Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union and the team was disbanded.

National team restored[edit]

Main articles: EuroBasket 1993 and EuroBasket 2001

After the restoration of independence, the Estonian Basketball Association rejoined FIBA in 1991. The team competed in the FIBA EuroBasket 1993, held in Germany. Coached by Jaak Salumets, the Estonia won their group in the preliminary round, finishing ahead of hosts and eventual champions Germany, Belgium and Slovenia, despite missing star players Martin Müürsepp and Tiit Sokk.[4] Estonia lost to Russia 61–82 in the quarter-finals and finished the championship in 6th place with a 4–5 record.[5]

Estonia participated in the FIBA EuroBasket 2001, held in Turkey. Estonia lost all three preliminary round matches, despite Martin Müürsepp leading the team with 18.3 points per game and finished the championship with a 0–3 record and a disappointing 14th place. Margus Metstak was the team's rebounding leader with 6.0 rebounds per game, while Rauno Pehka and Tanel Tein averaged 2.7 assists per game.[6] After 2001, Estonia failed to qualify for another major basketball tournament for 14 years. The team competed in the FIBA EuroBasket 2011 Division B tournament, winning their group.

EuroBasket 2015[edit]

Main article: EuroBasket 2015

Estonia qualified to the FIBA EuroBasket 2015, with preliminary round matches held in Riga, Latvia. Estonia's first two performances were poor as the team suffered heavy defeats in games against Czech Republic (57–80) and Belgium (55–84). The team, however, bounced back with a 78–71 victory against Ukraine, their first EuroBasket victory since 1993.[7] The next game saw the team defeated by Lithuania 62–64 in a close game. In the final group phase game, Estonia played against Latvia, losing 64–75 and failing to advance to the knockout stage.[8] Estonia finished the championship in 20th place with a 1–4 record. Gregor Arbet was the team's scoring leader with 11.6 points per game, while Siim-Sander Vene averaged 6.4 rebounds and Sten Sokk contributed 4.2 assists per game.

Competitive record[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017 qualification.

Estonia national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
SF Arbet, Gregor (C) 33 – (1983-06-19)19 June 1983 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Kalev/Cramo Estonia
PG Dorbek, Martin 25 – (1991-01-21)21 January 1991 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Kalev/Cramo Estonia
PF Eichfuss, Timo 27 – (1988-11-19)19 November 1988 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Tartu Ülikool/Rock Estonia
PF Hallik, Reinar 32 – (1984-01-05)5 January 1984 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Pärnu Sadam Estonia
SF Järveläinen, Joonas 26 – (1990-08-17)17 August 1990 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Pärnu Sadam Estonia
PF Kajupank, Indrek 28 – (1988-05-15)15 May 1988 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) AVIS Rapla Estonia
SF Keedus, Erik 26 – (1990-04-27)27 April 1990 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Kalev/Cramo Estonia
C Kitsing, Kristjan 25 – (1990-12-11)11 December 1990 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) TTÜ Estonia
SF Kurbas, Tanel 28 – (1988-05-08)8 May 1988 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Tartu Ülikool/Rock Estonia
PG Laane, Rait-Riivo 23 – (1993-05-24)24 May 1993 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) TTÜ Estonia
SG Paasoja, Martin 23 – (1993-01-04)4 January 1993 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) AVIS Rapla Estonia
SG Puidet, Jaan 24 – (1992-01-04)4 January 1992 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Jämtland Basket Sweden
C Raadik, Rain 27 – (1989-05-17)17 May 1989 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Pärnu Sadam Estonia
PF Raadik, Toomas 26 – (1990-08-15)15 August 1990 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) TTÜ Estonia
PG Sokk, Sten-Timmu 27 – (1989-02-14)14 February 1989 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) Kalev/Cramo Estonia
SG Veideman, Rain 24 – (1991-10-01)1 October 1991 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Kalev/Cramo Estonia
SF Vene, Siim-Sander 25 – (1990-11-12)12 November 1990 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Žalgiris Lithuania
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age on
    31 August 2016

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Janar Talts Joosep Toome Reinar Hallik
PF Kristjan Kangur Siim-Sander Vene
SF Gregor Arbet Tanel Kurbas Erik Keedus
SG Rain Veideman Gert Dorbek
PG Sten Sokk Tanel Sokk

Coaches[edit]

Tiit Sokk, the current Estonia coach
Coach Career Competition Result
Estonia Herbert Niiler 1929–1940 1936 Olympic Games 9th
1937 EuroBasket 5th
1939 EuroBasket 5th
Estonia Jaak Salumets 1993–1997 1993 EuroBasket 6th
Netherlands Maarten van Gent 1997–1999
Estonia Üllar Kerde 1999–2001 2001 EuroBasket 14th
Estonia Heino Enden 2001–2004
Estonia Tiit Sokk 2004–2007
Estonia Üllar Kerde 2007–2009
Estonia Tiit Sokk 2009– 2015 EuroBasket 20th

Past rosters[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking for Men". Fiba.Com. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Season 1937". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Season 1939". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Koondised". Estonian Basketball Association. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Season 1993". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Season 2001". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Estonia revel in historic success". eurobasket2015.org. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Latvia battle back to punch Last 16 ticket". eurobasket2015.org. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 

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