2016–17 KML season

The 2016–17 Korvpalli Meistriliiga season (also known as the Alexela Korvpalli Meistriliiga for sponsorship reasons) is the 92nd season of top-tier basketball in Estonia. Kalev/Cramo came into the season as defending champions of the 2015–16 season.[1]

Alexela Korvpalli Meistriliiga1
Season2016–17
Teams9
Games played110 (Regular season)
26 (Playoffs)
Dates2 October 2016 – 22 May 2017
TVTV6, Delfi TV
Final positions
Top seedKalev/Cramo
ChampionsKalev/Cramo (9th title)
Runners-upAVIS UTILITAS Rapla
Third placeUniversity of Tartu
Fourth placePort of Pärnu
Awards
MVPNetherlands Thomas van der Mars
Finals MVPBulgaria Branko Mirković
Best DefenderEstonia Mihkel Kirves
Best Young PlayerEstonia Siim-Markus Post
Coach of the YearEstonia Aivar Kuusmaa
Statistical leaders
Points Serbia Đorđe Dželetović 18.31
Rebounds Netherlands Thomas van der Mars 12.32
Assists Estonia Tanel Sokk 5.32
1Sponsored league name, referring to Alexela.

The season began on 2 October 2016 and concluded on 22 May 2017 with Kalev/Cramo defeating AVIS UTILITAS Rapla 4 games to 0 in the finals to win their 9th Estonian Championship.[2]

TeamsEdit

Venues and locationsEdit

Locations of the 2016–17 Korvpalli Meistriliiga teams
Team Home city Arena Capacity
G4S Noorteliiga Tallinn Audentes Sports Centre 1,030
Kalev/Cramo Tallinn Saku Suurhall 7,200
Port of Pärnu Pärnu Pärnu Sports Hall 1,820
AVIS UTILITAS Rapla Rapla Sadolin Sports Hall 818
Rakvere Tarvas/Palmse Metall Rakvere Rakvere Sports Hall 2,747
TLÜ/Kalev Tallinn Audentes Sports Centre 1,030
TTÜ Tallinn TTÜ Sports Hall 1,000
University of Tartu Tartu University of Tartu Sports Hall 1,650
Valga-Valka/Maks & Moorits Valga Valga Sports Hall 561

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
G4S Noorteliiga   Indrek Visnapuu   Karl Robin Jürjens Peak G4S
Kalev/Cramo   Alar Varrak   Gregor Arbet Nike Cramo
Port of Pärnu   Heiko Rannula   Silver Leppik Nike Port of Pärnu
AVIS UTILITAS Rapla   Aivar Kuusmaa   Indrek Kajupank Spalding Avis
Rakvere Tarvas/Palmse Metall   Andres Sõber   Mario Paiste Nike Rakvere
TLÜ/Kalev   Raido Roos   Reimo Tamm Peak City of Tallinn
TTÜ   Rait Käbin   Kiur Akenpärg Erreà Tallinn University of Technology
University of Tartu   Gert Kullamäe   Tanel Sokk Nike University of Tartu
Valga-Valka/Maks & Moorits   Kristaps Zeids   Renato Lindmets SMV Maks & Moorits

Coaching changesEdit

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming coach Date of appointment
Port of Pärnu   Mait Käbin Mutual consent 1 June 2016 Pre-season   Heiko Rannula 1 September 2016
TLÜ/Kalev   Kalle Klandorf Mutual consent 1 January 2017 8th   Raido Roos 1 January 2017[3]
Valga-Valka/Maks & Moorits   Juris Umbraško Sacked 10 February 2017[4] 8th   Kristaps Zeids 10 February 2017

Regular seasonEdit

During the regular season teams will play 4 rounds for 32 games (2 at home and 2 away) with following exceptions:

Double points will be awarded to teams winning those games.[5]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L Pts PCT Qualification
1 Kalev/Cramo 32 29 3 61 .906 Qualification to Playoffs
2 University of Tartu 32 29 3 61 .906
3 AVIS UTILITAS Rapla 32 20 12 52 .625
4 Port of Pärnu 32 17 15 49 .531
5 TTÜ 32 16 16 48 .500
6 Valga-Valka/Maks & Moorits 32 12 20 44 .375
7 TLÜ/Kalev 32 12 20 44 .375
8 Rakvere Tarvas/Palmse Metall 32 9 23 41 .281
9 G4S Noorteliiga 32 0 32 32 .000

Source: Korvpalli Meistriliiga

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away G4S KAL PÄR RAP TAR TLÜ TTÜ UT VAL
G4S Noorteliiga 69–102 69–83 64–81 75–107 62–87 64–71 59–102 75–80
59–112
Kalev/Cramo 86–63
85–75
Port of Pärnu 101–55 62–94 65–59 69–81 73–49 82–79 68–81 86–93
71–74 64–49 87–72 75–84 76–67 62–67 74–90
AVIS UTILITAS Rapla 83–57 82–66 75–62 90–67 79–76 101–91 73–79 87–59
77–80 93–91 92–57 63–70 89–83 65–68 80–78
Rakvere Tarvas/Palmse Metall 83–65 77–107 75–86 61–81 70–80 82–80 77–105 85–86
77–103 70–93 61–91 69–88 65–83 67–91 76–97
TLÜ/Kalev 94–67 64–74 80–88 74–98 61–65 67–68 63–110 76–88
64–88 69–75 76–72 86–87 85–92 67–97 59–84
TTÜ 83–75 84–89 89–71 100–82 94–72 62–82 64–75 98–87
80–108 71–85 85–78 92–86 73–80 54–85 102–77
University of Tartu 88–57 77–76 88–69 96–66 110–64 86–65 94–72 85–69
69–71
Valga-Valka/Maks & Moorits 108–53 73–79 80–91 76–82 89–106 77–74 78–92 67–89
76–83 89–99 70–72 100–70 87–103 66–68 56–82
Source: Korvpalli Meistriliiga
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

PlayoffsEdit

The playoffs began on 10 April and ended on 22 May. The tournament concluded with Kalev/Cramo defeating AVIS UTILITAS Rapla 4 games to 0 in the finals.

BracketEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
  1 Kalev/Cramo 3  
8 Rakvere Tarvas/Palmse Metall 0  
  1 Kalev/Cramo 3  
  4 Port of Pärnu 0  
4 Port of Pärnu 3
  5 TTÜ 0  
    1 Kalev/Cramo 4
  3 AVIS UTILITAS Rapla 0
  2 University of Tartu 3  
7 TLÜ/Kalev 0  
  2 University of Tartu 1 Third place
  3 AVIS UTILITAS Rapla 3  
3 AVIS UTILITAS Rapla 3 2 University of Tartu 3
  6 Valga-Valka/Maks & Moorits 0   4 Port of Pärnu 0

Individual statisticsEdit

Players qualify to this category by having at least 50% games played.

PointsEdit

Rank Name Team Games Points PPG
1   Đorđe Dželetović TLÜ/Kalev 16 293 18.31
2   Joonas Järveläinen TTÜ 28 478 17.07
3   Domagoj Bubalo Port of Pärnu 25 412 16.48
4   Sten Olmre TTÜ 28 439 15.68
5   Thomas van der Mars AVIS UTILITAS Rapla 38 587 15.45

ReboundsEdit

Rank Name Team Games Rebounds RPG
1   Thomas van der Mars AVIS UTILITAS Rapla 38 468 12.32
2   Domagoj Bubalo Port of Pärnu 25 201 8.04
3   Joonas Järveläinen TTÜ 28 219 7.82
4   Madis Soodla G4S Noorteliiga 13 98 7.54
5   Venky Jois University of Tartu 31 228 7.35

AssistsEdit

Rank Name Team Games Assists APG
1   Tanel Sokk University of Tartu 31 165 5.32
2   Sten Sokk Kalev/Cramo 25 108 4.32
3   Norman Käbin Port of Pärnu 20 82 4.10
4   Sten Olmre TTÜ 28 113 4.04
5   Mario Paiste Rakvere Tarvas/Palmse Metall 24 88 3.67

All-Star GameEdit

The 2017 All-Star Game was played on 16 February 2017 in Tallinn at the Saku Suurhall. Team Blue won the game 159–152 (139–136). The MVP of the game was Rain Veideman, who scored 37 points.

16 February 2017 Team White 152–159 Team Blue Tallinn
18:30 Scoring by quarter: 34–32, 34–32, 34–43, 50–52
Pts: Jõesaar 22
Rebs: Paasoja 9
Asts: Saage 8
PIR: van der Mars 28
Boxscore Pts: Veideman 37
Rebs: Gladness 11
Asts: five players 5
PIR: Veideman 41
Arena: Saku Suurhall
Attendance: 4,400
Referees: Rain Peerandi, Madis Allik, Ivo Kitsing

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable PlayerEdit

Finals Most Valuable PlayerEdit

Best DefenderEdit

Best Young PlayerEdit

Coach of the YearEdit

All-KML TeamEdit

Pos Player Team
PG   Branko Mirković Kalev/Cramo
SG   Martin Paasoja AVIS UTILITAS Rapla
SF   Janari Jõesaar University of Tartu
PF   Indrek Kajupank AVIS UTILITAS Rapla
C   Thomas van der Mars AVIS UTILITAS Rapla

Player of the MonthEdit

Month Player Team
October[7]   Sten Olmre TTÜ
November[8]   Thomas van der Mars AVIS UTILITAS Rapla
December[9]   Reinar Hallik Port of Pärnu
January[10]   Đorđe Dželetović TLÜ/Kalev
February[11]   Domagoj Bubalo AVIS UTILITAS Rapla
March[12]   Janari Jõesaar University of Tartu

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Korvpalliliit ja meistriliiga nõukogu panid uueks hooajaks plaanid paika" (in Estonian). Estonian Basketball Association. 23 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Kalev/Cramo krooniti üheksandat korda Eesti meistriks, Raplale esimene hõbemedal" (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 22 May 2017.
  3. ^ "TLÜ/Kalev andis Klandorfi lahkumismängus Kalev/Cramole korraliku lahingu" (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Juris Umbraško sai Valgast hundipassi" (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 10 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Võistlussüsteem" (in Estonian). Estonian Basketball Association. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Eesti aasta parimateks korvpalluriteks valiti Mailis Pokk ja Siim-Sander Vene" (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 1 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Alexela KML-i oktoobrikuu parim mängija on Sten Olmre" (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 4 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Alexela KML-i novembri parimaks valiti Thomas van der Mars" (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 8 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Koduse korvpalliliiga detsembrikuu parimaks valiti Reinar Hallik" (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 6 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Alexela meistriliiga jaanuarikuu parim mängija tiitel läks TLÜ/Kalevisse" (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 3 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Meistriliiga veebruari parimaks tunnistati Domagoj Bubalo" (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 3 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Korvpalli meistriliiga märtsikuu parimaks valiti Janari Jõesaar" (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 7 April 2017.

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