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.
|Leagues||Latvian–Estonian Basketball League|
|Arena||TalTech Sports Hall|
|Team colors||Red, White|
|Head coach||Kris Killing|
|Team captain||Tanel Sokk|
|Championships||8 Estonian Championships|
7 Estonian Cups
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. 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. 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). TTÜ/A. Le Coq won the Estonian Cup in 2003. In 2004, TTÜ/A. Le Coq folded and TTÜ continued in the I Liiga.
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. 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.
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Updated: 21 September 2020
|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|
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|
|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
- Winners (8): 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1983–84, 1984–85
- Winners (7): 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970
- "Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli spordihoone" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
- "Lühipilk ajalukku" (in Estonian). Tallinn University of Technology.
- "A.Le Coq, TTÜ ja Hotronic: toetajad liitusid, tiimid mitte" (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 28 May 2002.
- "Hüvasti, TTÜ/A.Le Coq" (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 7 May 2004.
- "Ajalugu" (in Estonian). Tallinn Kalev.