TalTech Basketball

TalTech Basketball is the basketball team of Tallinn University of Technology based in Tallinn, Estonia. The team plays in the Latvian–Estonian Basketball League. Their home arena is the TalTech Sports Hall.

TalTech
TalTech logo
LeaguesLatvian–Estonian Basketball League
Founded1951; 70 years ago (1951)
History
List
    • TPI
      (1951–1989)
    • TTÜ
      (1989–2010)
    • TTÜ/Kalev
      (2010–2011)
    • TTÜ
      (2011–2017)
    • TalTech
      (2018–)
ArenaTalTech Sports Hall
Capacity1,000[1]
LocationTallinn, Estonia
Team colorsRed, White
   
Head coachKris Killing
Team captainTanel Sokk
Championships8 Estonian Championships
7 Estonian Cups
Websitettu.ee/sport/korvpall

The team has won 8 Estonian Championships and 7 Estonian Cups.

HistoryEdit

The game of basketball was first introduced to the Tallinn Tehnikum (predecessor of the Tallinn University of Technology) in 1928. The team's first game was played on 4 February 1928, in the NMKÜ Sports Hall, with Tallinn Tehnikum beating the visiting University of Tartu team 21–19.[2] Tallinn University of Technology basketball team first played in the top tier Estonian Championship in 1951. Coached by Jaroslav Dudkin, the team emerged as a major force in Estonian basketball in the 1960s. Led by Tõnno Lepmets and Priit Tomson, the team won 6 consecutive Estonian Championships from 1961 to 1966. In 1982, Dudkin retired and was replaced as head coach by August Sokk. In 1984 and 1985, the team led by Tiit Sokk and Margus Metstak won two more Estonian Championship titles.[2] TTÜ began to struggle in the early 1990s as new professional basketball clubs joined the league and following the 1993–94 season, the university team was relegated from the Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML).

From 1999 to 2002, TTÜ sponsored the KML team TTÜ-A. Le Coq (former BC Tallinn) and from 2002 to 2004, TTÜ/A. Le Coq (former BC Hotronic).[3] TTÜ/A. Le Coq won the Estonian Cup in 2003. In 2004, TTÜ/A. Le Coq folded and TTÜ continued in the I Liiga.[4]

TTÜ returned to the KML in 2006 and finished the 2006–07 season in ninth place. In 2008, TTÜ reached the Estonian Cup final, but were defeated by Kalev/Cramo 90–61. The team finished the 2008–09 regular season in third place. In the playoffs, TTÜ swept Rakvere Tarvas in the quarterfinals and faced Kalev/Cramo in the semifinals, losing the series 0–3. TTÜ defeated Valga in the third place games. In 2011, the team merged with Tallinna Kalev and became TTÜ/Kalev. TTÜ/Kalev finished the 2010–11 season in third place, being eliminated by University of Tartu in the semifinals and beating Rakvere Tarvas in the third place games. The unified team dissolved after the 2010–11 season and both clubs continued separately.[5] TTÜ have won the International Students Basketball League three times, in 2013, 2016 and 2017. In September 2018, the university adopted TalTech as the new short name.

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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TalTech roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SG 4   Puidet, Jaan 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 29 – (1992-01-04)4 January 1992
SF 6   Metsalu, Oliver 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 27 – (1993-12-04)4 December 1993
PG 7   Sokk, Tanel (C) 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 36 – (1985-01-20)20 January 1985
SF 9   Keedus, Erik 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 31 – (1990-04-27)27 April 1990
C 12   Allemann, Georg 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 20 – (2001-03-11)11 March 2001
PF 14   Kangur, Kristjan 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 38 – (1982-10-23)23 October 1982
C 13   Matute Perner, Karl Andres 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 20 – (2001-03-06)6 March 2001
PF 18   Kajupank, Indrek 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 33 – (1988-05-15)15 May 1988
C 20   Tammet, Rait 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 24 – (1997-01-14)14 January 1997
PF 21   Parve, Martin Otto 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 22 – (1998-12-09)9 December 1998
SG 31   Aniste, Janar 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 21 – (2000-05-11)11 May 2000
SF 33   Reinart, Ken Martti 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 18 – (2003-02-10)10 February 2003
PG 34   Lepp, Jaan Erik 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 21 – (2000-04-23)23 April 2000
SG 35   Küttis, Ralf 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 73 kg (161 lb) 19 – (2002-05-11)11 May 2002
PG 43   Schmalz, Eric 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 21 – (1999-09-12)12 September 1999
SG 44   Viilup, Sander 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 24 – (1997-02-24)24 February 1997
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 21 September 2020

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Kristjan Kangur Karl Andres Matute Perner Georg Allemann
PF Indrek Kajupank Rait Tammet Otto Martin Parve
SF Erik Keedus Oliver Metsalu Ken Martti Reinart
SG Jaan Puidet Sander Viilup Janar Aniste Ralf Küttis
PG Tanel Sokk Eric Schmalz Jaan Erik Lepp

CoachesEdit

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Estonian Cup Regional competitions
2006–07 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 9 4–32 Round of 32
2007–08 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 10 6–30 First round
2008–09 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 3 Third place 17–11 4–4 Runner-up BBL Challenge Cup QF 11–11
2009–10 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 3 Fourth place 20–8 4–6 Third place BBL Challenge Cup 4th 6–6
2010–11 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 3 Third place 25–7 5–5 Fourth place Baltic Basketball League RS 6–18
2011–12 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 5 Quarterfinalist 12–16 1–3 Fourth place BBL Challenge Cup QF 3–9
2012–13 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 4 Quarterfinalist 16–16 0–3 Quarterfinalist Baltic Basketball League RS 2–8
2013–14 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 4 Quarterfinalist 16–16 1–3 Quarterfinalist
2014–15 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 7 Quarterfinalist 12–20 0–3 Fourth place Baltic Basketball League RS 4–8
2015–16 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 7 Quarterfinalist 11–21 0–3 Fourth place Baltic Basketball League RS 2–10
2016–17 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 5 Quarterfinalist 16–16 0–3 Quarterfinalist Baltic Basketball League T16 5–9
2017–18 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 7 6–20 Baltic Basketball League RS 3–9
2018–19 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 2 Fourth place 16–12 0–6 Latvian–Estonian Basketball League QF 17–13

Trophies and awardsEdit

TrophiesEdit

Estonian Championship

  • Winners (8): 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1983–84, 1984–85

Estonian Cup

  • Winners (7): 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970

Individual awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli spordihoone" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  2. ^ a b "Lühipilk ajalukku" (in Estonian). Tallinn University of Technology.
  3. ^ "A.Le Coq, TTÜ ja Hotronic: toetajad liitusid, tiimid mitte" (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 28 May 2002.
  4. ^ "Hüvasti, TTÜ/A.Le Coq" (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 7 May 2004.
  5. ^ "Ajalugu" (in Estonian). Tallinn Kalev.

External linksEdit