Rapla KK, also known as Avis Utilitas Rapla for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in Rapla, Estonia. The team plays in the Latvian–Estonian Basketball League. Their home arena is the Sadolin Sports Hall.
|Avis Utilitas Rapla|
|Leagues||Latvian–Estonian Basketball League|
|Arena||Sadolin Sports Hall|
|Team colors||Red, White|
|Head coach||Toomas Annuk|
In 1996, Korvpalliklubi Rapla (Basketball Club Rapla) was founded as a division of the Rapla Sports School. Rapla Korvpallikool (Rapla Basketball School) was formed in 2004.
In 2010, Rapla moved to the new Sadolin Sports Hall and were promoted to the top-tier Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML). Coached by Indrek Ruut, they finished the 2010–11 regular season in sixth place and reached the playoffs, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by TTÜ/Kalev, losing the series 1 game to 3. In 2011, Rapla joined the Challenge Cup competition of the regional Baltic Basketball League (BBL) for the 2011–12 season, but failed to advance past the group stage. In 2012, Rapla reached the Estonian Cup final, but lost to Rakvere Tarvas 64–81.
In 2014, Aivar Kuusmaa was hired as head coach. The team finished the 2014–15 regular season in third place. In the 2015 KML Playoffs, Rapla defeated Valga in the quarterfinals, but lost to Kalev and finished third after beating Rakvere Tarvas 2 games to 1 in the third place games. Rapla finished third again in the 2015–16. The team finished the 2016–17 regular season in third place with Thomas van der Mars being named Most Valuable Player (MVP). In the 2017 KML Playoffs, Rapla defeated Valga 3 games to 0 in the quarterfinals and University of Tartu 3 games to 1 in the semifinals, reaching the finals for the first time in their history, but lost the series to Kalev 0 games to 4.
The team has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:
- Piimameister Otto/Rapla: 2010–2012
- TYCO Rapla: 2012–2015
- AVIS Rapla: 2015–2017
- AVIS UTILITAS Rapla: 2017–present
- Alu Sports Hall (2009–2010)
- Sadolin Sports Hall (2010–present)
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Avis Utilitas Rapla roster|
Updated: 16 January 2019
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Hunter Mickelson||Ronald Delph||Wadly Mompremier|
|PF||Indrek Kajupank||Ervīns Jonāts|
|SG||Rain Veideman||Sven Kaldre||Marek Ruut||Markus Ruubel|
|PG||Dominique Hawkins||Gregor Ilves|
Season by seasonEdit
|Season||Tier||Division||Pos.||W–L||Estonian Cup||Baltic Basketball League|
|2011–12||1||Korvpalli Meistriliiga||4th||17–19||Quarterfinalist||BBL Challenge Cup||RS||2–8|
|2012–13||1||Korvpalli Meistriliiga||4th||18–19||Runners-up||Baltic Basketball League||RS||1–9|
|2013–14||1||Korvpalli Meistriliiga||7th||10–23||Quarterfinalist||Baltic Basketball League||RS||3–9|
|2014–15||1||Korvpalli Meistriliiga||3rd||23–14||Quarterfinalist||Baltic Basketball League||T16||3–7|
|2015–16||1||Korvpalli Meistriliiga||3rd||24–16||Round of 16||Baltic Basketball League||T16||8–6|
|2016–17||1||Korvpalli Meistriliiga||2nd||23–15||Quarterfinalist||Baltic Basketball League||T16||8–6|
|2017–18||1||Korvpalli Meistriliiga||3rd||21–17||Baltic Basketball League||QF||5–7|
Trophies and awardsEdit
- Runners-up (1): 2016–17
- Runners-up (1): 2012
- Official website (in Estonian)