Margus Metstak

Margus Metstak (born June 16, 1961) is a retired Estonian professional basketball player who played mostly at the center position.[1]

Margus Metstak
Margus Metstak korvpallur 99.jpg
Margus Metstak (1999)
Personal information
Born (1961-06-16) June 16, 1961 (age 60)
Kallavere, Estonia
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
Playing career1979–2007
PositionCenter
Career history
1981–1989TPI
1989–1991Kalev
1991–1992Namika Lahti
1992–1993Amicale
1993–1994Speyer
1994–1995Paderborn Baskets
1995–1996Kalev
1996–2001Tallinna Ülikoolid-A. Le Coq
2001–2002Czarni Słupsk
2002–2003TTÜ/A. Le Coq
2003–2007BC Tallinna Kalev
Career highlights and awards

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Margus Metstak started his career at the age of 18 with Tallinn Pedagogical Institute for whom he played in Estonian SSR Championships until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. However, he improved and went on to play professionally for Soviet Union top-flight team Kalev Tallinn. In 1982, only his second year as a professional, the team reached the semi-finals of the Soviet Basketball Cup and took the bronze medal.

Soviet championEdit

The biggest breakthrough came in 1991, when Kalev won the Soviet Union Basketball League and became the last official champions of the collapsed empire (in fact, there was a league functioning with the same association the following year, but with only clubs from Commonwealth of Independent States competing). Kalev won the regular season with 18–4 record. In quarter-finals they beat ASK Kyiv 2–0 (90:75, 100:91) and went on to play in the semi-finals against Latvian BK VEF Rīga. The Latvian team won the first game 94–87, but Kalev managed to win two games in a row (107:90, 113:96) and the series overall 2–1. In the finals Estonians won both games against BC Spartak Saint Petersburg and won the first and last Soviet championship for Kalev.[2]

Foreign clubsEdit

Metstak played briefly for Korisliiga team NMKY Lahti in late 1990, before returning to Estonia in January 1991. Following the big triumph, he went back to Finland for a season, before making a brief move to Luxembourg's team Amicale Basket. After being one of the main figures of Estonia national basketball team's successful EuroBasket 1993 in Germany, Margus Metstak received offers to play in Basketball Bundesliga for TSV Speyer and Paderborn Baskets, respectively. For the 2001–2002 season, at the age of 40, he earned his last contract from abroad, joining Polish side Czarni Słupsk.[3]

Last yearsEdit

After the spell with the Polish team, the then 41-year-old center moved to TTÜ/A. Le Coq. Metstak played the last few years of his career with his hometown club, BC Pirita, as a semi-professional.[4] He has been working as a coach for TTÜ/Kalev and re-established BC Tallinna Kalev.

National teamEdit

Metstak's national career started in 1981, when he represented Estonian SSR national team. In 1991, when Estonia regained their independence from Soviet Union, he was a regular center for the Estonia national basketball team.

1993 European ChampionshipsEdit

Margus Metstak was on the squad for both the EuroBasket 1993 and EuroBasket 2001 competitions, the only times Estonia has qualified for that tournament. In 1993, the Estonian team surprised all of Europe, winning group D ahead of eventual European champion Germany and strong ex-Yugoslavian side Slovenia. In the knock-out stages they lost to Russia, beat Bosnia and Herzegovina and were beaten in the 5th-place game by Spain. This meant that Estonia would not qualify to the 1994 FIBA World Championship.

2001 European ChampionshipsEdit

In 2001, 40-year-old Metstak scored 8.3 points and took 6 rebounds per game, when Estonia finished in the disappointing last place.[5] Margus Metstak is to date the oldest basketballer to play at the EuroBasket.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Margus Metstak at basket.ee
  2. ^ Paju, Tarmo. "Salumets:'Hea töö oli!'". Õhtuleht. (2001-05-05). Retrieved on 2012-04-11 (in Estonian)
  3. ^ Margus Metstak at ESBL
  4. ^ Paju, Tarmo. "Hämmastav Metstak ei leia endas midagi hämmastavat". Õhtuleht. (2007-02-05). Retrieved on 2012-04-11 (in Estonian)
  5. ^ Margus Metstak at FIBAeurope.com
  6. ^ Kalvet, Madis. "Metstaki ajalooline saavutus EMil on Euroopas unustatud". Postimees. (2009-09-18). Retrieved on 2012-04 (in Estonian)

External linksEdit

BooksEdit

  • Lään, Vello; Ibrus, Märt (2006). Eesti korvpall portreed. Eesti Korvpalliliit. pp. 289–297. ISBN 9949-406-68-4.