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Leagues Korvpalli Meistriliiga
Baltic Basketball League
VTB United League
Founded 1998
History Ehitustööriist
BC Kalev/Cramo
Arena Saku Suurhall

(capacity: 7,200)

Location Tallinn, Estonia
Team colors Blue and White
President Estonia Ivar Valdmaa
Head coach New Zealand Nenad Vučinić

(3) Estonian Championships
(4) Estonian Cups

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BC Kalev/Cramo is a basketball club based in Tallinn, Estonia participating in SEB Korvpalli Meistriliiga, Baltic Basketball League and VTB United League. 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, the name was changed to BC Kalev/Cramo.[3] Kalev/Cramo has won the Estonian title three times (2005, 2006, 2009).





Founded in 1998 under the name Ehitustööriist, the team already entered the Estonian League in its debut season, finishing last in 1999 and 2000 with a combined record of 2-53. 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 all changed in a historical 2004-05 season, as the club's hard work paid off in the most incredible way. 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.[4] 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 legendary shooter Aivar Kuusmaa they added a second KML title by beating Tartu Rock 4-3 in the finals.[4] 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.[4] In BBL Kalev/Cramo reached to play-offs but lost to BK Ventspils.[5] 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.[4] 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.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8] This victory was one of the teams' seven-game winning streak in the regular season.[9] 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.[10] Kalev however took a sweet revenge at the Estonian League finals beating archrivals Tartu Rock with the games 4-2.[11]

Leagues recap

Season KML Cup BBL Europe Coach Roster
1998-99 6th Allan Dorbek Karmo Allikas, Karl-Peeter Dorbek, Rait Keerles, Kristjan Laurits, Erik Lepajõe, Kuldar Lossmann, Jesper Parve, Kristo Reinumäe, Priit Silland, Indrek Suur, Teet Telgma, Ivo Uibukant, Mart Uuehendrik, Kristjan Vanaselja, Veljo Vares
1999-00 7th Allan Dorbek Erik Dorbek, Karl-Peeter Dorbek, Remo Holsmer, Roland H. Jones Jr, Erik Lepajõe, Indrek Läte, Jesper Parve, Kristjan Puusild, Kristo Reinumäe, Priit Silland, Teet Telgma, Ivo Uibukant, Mart Uuehendrik, Kristjan Vanaselja
2000-01 7th Allan Dorbek Gregor Arbet, Cornelius Ausborne, Erik Dorbek, Karl-Peeter Dorbek, Terry Hailey, Rait Keerles, Rait Käbin, Erik Lepajõe, Nikolai Martshenko, Sergei Oleinikov, Jesper Parve, Kristjan Puusild, Kristo Reinumäe, Priit Silland, Oliver Tammsalu, Teet Telgma, Taavi Tuisk, Ivo Uibukant, Martin Viiask
2001-02 6th 11th Allan Dorbek Gregor Arbet, Troy Coleman, Karl-Peeter Dorbek, Tanel Einaste, Tanel Kaljula, Rait Keerles, Rait Käbin, Erik Lepajõe, Erkko Linnas, Heiko Niidas, Kristjan Puusild, Heiki Riives, Vaiko Riives, Raido Ringmets, Kaido Saag, Gert Seinberg, Oliver Tammsalu, Teet Telgma, Teet Tiisvelt, Taavi Tuisk, Reemo Veski
2002-03 7th Last 8 Allan Dorbek Carson Cunningham, Maksim Darski, Tanel Kaljula, Rait Keerles, Aba Koita, Rait Käbin, Erik Lepajõe, Kristjan Makke, Heiko Niidas, Heiki Riives, Vaiko Riives, Raido Ringmets, Kaido Saag, Gert Seinberg, Aleksander Suits, Oliver Tammsalu, Taavi Tuisk, Tõnu Uusmaa, Alar Varrak
2003-04 5th Last 4 Maarten Van Gent Daniel Johnson, Raido Ringmets, Reimo Tamm, Tanel Kaljula, Jesper Parve, Raido Roos, Erik Dorbek, Karl-Peeter Dorbek, Maksim Darski, Kristjan Makke, Rait Keerles, Greg McQuay, Veljo Vares, Tõnu Uusmaa, Aba Koita, Allen Watson
2004-05 Champion Last 8 7th Allan Dorbek Georgi Osatshi, Tanel Kaljula, Veljo Vares, Henri Ausmaa, Martin Uusmaa, Karl-Peeter Dorbek, Kristo Saage, Heiko Niidas, Reimo Tamm, Rait Keerles, Sten Möldre, Tõnu Uusmaa, Victor Gonzalez, Erik Dorbek, Howard Frier, Nathan Mielke
2005-06 Champion Winner 9th FIBA EuroCup Round I Aivar Kuusmaa Turner Battle, Erik Dorbek, Gert Dorbek, Karl-Peeter Dorbek, Howard Frier, Victor Gonzalez, Tanel Kaljula, Rait Keerles, Sten Möldre, Heiko Niidas, Andre Perry, Andre Pärn, Kristo Saage, Reimo Tamm, Joosep Toome, Veljo Vares, James Williams, Ardo Ärmpalu
2006-07 2nd Winner Last 6 FIBA EuroCup Round II Veselin Matić James Allen, Gregor Arbet, Catalin Burlacu, Erik Dorbek, Kendrick Johnson, Tanel Kaljula, Kristjan Kangur, Rait Keerles, Valmo Kriisa, Cornelius McFagdon, Heiko Niidas, Heiko Niidas, Jason Pryor, Travis Reed, Tanel Sokk, Joosep Toome
2007-08 2nd Winner Last 6 ULEB Cup
Regular Season
Veselin Matić Sergo Atuashvili, Howard Frier, Dušan Jelić, Mateo Kedzo, Marlon Parmer, Edward Scott, Tanel Sokk, Martin Viiask, Valmo Kriisa, Igor Jokic, Bojan Pelkic, Vladimir Vuksanovic, Travis Reed, Rait Keerles, Gregor Arbet, Kristjan Kangur, Joosep Toome, Kristo Saage, Nathan Johnson, Martin Müürsepp
2008-09 Champion Winner Last 6 EuroChallenge
Regular Season
Nenad Vučinić Gregor Arbet, Nate Fox, Indrek Kajupank, Kristjan Kangur, Rait Keerles, Valmo Kriisa, Tanel Kurbas, John Linehan, Kevin Lyde, Martin Müürsepp, Josh Pace, Rain Raadik, Tanel Sokk, Viljar Veski
2009-10 Finalist VTB United League
Group Stage
Nenad Vučinić Josh Akognon, Gregor Arbet, Martins Berkis, Aleksandar Boijc, Erik Dorbek, Gert Dorbek, Martin Dorbek, Charron Fisher, Balgoj Janev, Ken Johnson, Indrek Kajupank, Rait Keerles, Tanel Kurbas, Jason Miller, Rain Raadik, Marko Riis, Tanel Sokk, Viljar Veski
Home court Saku Suurhall




BC Kalev/Cramo roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
PG 4 Estonia Dorbek, Martin 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
PG 5 Estonia Sokk, Tanel 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
SG 6 Estonia Dorbek, Gert 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
SF 8 Estonia Kurbas, Tanel 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
G 10 Nigeria Akognon, Josh 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
PF 11 Estonia Kajupank, Indrek 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
SF 12 Estonia Dorbek, Erik 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
G/F 13 Estonia Arbet, Gregor (INJ) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
C 15 Estonia Veski, Viljar 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in)
PG 21 Estonia Riis, Marko 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
G/F 24 United States Fisher, Charron 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
F 25 Estonia Keerles, Rait (C) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
C 32 United States Johnson, Ken 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Estonia Alar Varrak
  • Estonia Märt Mäesalu

  • (C) Team captain
  • (*) Playing only in EuroCup
  • (INJ) Injured

Roster • updated 2009-11-10

Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Bench Inactive
C Ken Johnson Viljar Veski
PF Rait Keerles Indrek Kajupank
SF Charron Fisher Tanel Kurbas Erik Dorbek Gregor Arbet
SG Josh Akognon Gert Dorbek
PG Tanel Sokk Marko Riis Martin Dorbek

Notable Players

For a listing of past rosters, see BC Kalev/Cramo past rosters.
For a listing of past players, see Cat:BC Kalev/Cramo players.

* Signed in Frebruary 2008, released in March 2009. Did not play any games.[12][13]

Head coaches

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.[14] For the next season Kuusmaa was named second coach beside Veselin Matic. 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.[7]

List of head coaches:

External links


  1. ^ "Saku Arena ". Retrieved on 2009-01-22
  2. ^ "Kalevi Spordihall". Retrieved on 2009-01-22 (Estonian)
  3. ^ "Kohmakat nime Ehitustööriist asendab särav BC Kalev". Eesti Päevaleht (2005-07-02). Retrieved on 2008-06-14 (Estonian)
  4. ^ a b c d "Estonian EMKL Play-Offs 2001-2008". Retrieved on 2009-01-24
  5. ^ "Ventspils puts an end to Estonian dreams". SEB BBL Homepage (2007-04-07). Retrieved on 2009-01-22
  6. ^ "Valters just could not miss". SEB BBL Homepage (2008-04-11). Retrieved on 2009-01-22
  7. ^ a b "Vucinic inks in Estonia". Basketball New Zealand (2008-06-05). Retrieved on 2008-06-14
  8. ^ "Kalev/Cramo takes a historic win against Zalgiris". SEB BBL Homepage (2009-02-05). Retrieved on 2009-02-07
  9. ^ "The Incredibles - Kalev/Cramo wins again!". SEB BBL Homepage (2009-01-03). Retrieved on 2009-04-12
  10. ^ "Beard leads Rock to Final Four". SEB BBL Homepage (2009-04-01). Retrieved on 2009-04-12
  11. ^ "Kalev/Cramo celebrate SEB KML triumph". (2009-06-01). Retrieved on 2009-07-16
  12. ^ "Martin Müürsepp mõtleb Eesti meistritiitlist". SPORT.ERR.EE (2008-03-01). Retrieved on 2009-09-14 (Estonian)
  13. ^ "Kalev/Cramo peatas Müürsepaga lepingu". Õhtuleht (2009-03-09). Retrieved on 2009-09-14 (Estonian)
  14. ^ "Hüvasti, korvikütt Kuusmaa! Edu, treener!". Õhtuleht (2005-06-16). Retrieved on 2009-01-22 (Estonian)


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