Both BC Rakvere Tarvas and TYCO Rapla put up impressive performance in the 2nd games of semifinal series. BC Tarvas led for the most of the game against TU/Rock, won the first half 50:40 and was up by ten points with a quarter to go. But TU/Rock outscored Tarvas 31:19 in the last quarter and Vallo Allingu blocked the last shot by Brandis Raley-Ross to secure the victory and a 2:0 lead in best-of-five series. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) led the winners with 18 points and 9 rbs, Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) added 15, Rain Veideman (193-G-91) and Egidijus Dimsa 13 points. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) and Maris Laksa (205-F-81, college: Providence) led Tarvas with 22 points but Laksa missed two important free throws in last minute of the game. Raley-Ross added 19+9rb+6ast.
BC Kalev/Cramo was trailing for the whole game against TYCO Rapla but dominated during the decisive minutes. With 14 minutes to go, TYCO led 54:43 but Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) scored 8 points in three minutes to ignite the guests' 11:2 run. Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) made it 58:54 with a last-second shot to end the 3rd quarter but then Kalev/Cramo took the upper hand. Baskets by Gert Dorbek and Gary Wilkinson took the guests ahead 58:59 and since then the game was extremely close until the end. With 3 minutes to go, Tanel Sokk (182-G-85) helped his team to a 6:0 run, scoring two baskets and it was 66:70. A three-pointer by Rait-Riivo Laane made it 71:72 with 45 seconds left. Kalev/Cramo could not make a shot with 24 seconds and TYCO could hold the ball until the end and make a winning shot. Instead, they lost the ball and free throws by Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) increased the gap to 3 points. Rapla still could tie the game but made a shot from under the basket instead of trying a three-pointer and then the time ran out to save 75:73 win for Kalev/Cramo. Elegar was the player of the game for second game in a row with 22+15. Sokk had his season-high 20 points and Ty Abbott 14+8. Raido Ringmets (206-C/F-83) led TYCO with 13 points, Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) added 12 and both Andre Parn (202-F-77) and Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) 11 points. Laane made only 2/15 shots and finished with 9p+6r+6a.
Rapla made 9 more personal fouls and was only 2/20 from the long range but was still only a single shot away from the greatest upset of play-offs.
Tanel Kurbas selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Estonians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88). He led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Estonians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) crushing them 88-68 in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game.
Kurbas was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points in 22 minutes on the court.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (23-9) is placed third in the Basketligan.
It's Kurbas' first season with the team.
This year Kurbas averages: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(107-194), 3FGP: 33.1% and FT: 79.0% in 41 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). Kangur could not help Openjobmetis VA (12-16) to beat Umana Venezia (19-9).
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Openjobmetis VA was defeated 87-81 on the road by the second-ranked Umana Venezia.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Kangur's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 86.2%.
He played for the Estonian national team in 2015.
#3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rain Veideman (192-91, currently plays in Italy). Veideman was the major contributor in a Udine APU's victory against the fifth-ranked F.Kontatto BO (18-12) 82-68 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night.
He scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes.
GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (16-14) is placed ninth in East group.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
The Regular Season already ended.
Veideman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 39.7%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 95.1%(39-41) in seven games.
Ex-Tartu Ulikool/Rock player is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.
#4. Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams GS Larissas (5-23) 88-71 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Laane recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Ethnikos Piraeus (15-13) is placed sixth in the A2.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Laane has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg.
He is also Estonian national team player.
Betoonimeister celebrate Saku I Liiga title - 6 days ago
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Betoonimeister celebrate Saku I liiga title in Estonia. In the Final game they overcame Tartu Kalev/Estiko 77-74 in overtime. In a thrilling game where both teams deserved the title of the League, Betoonimeister needed a final 9-6 push to seal the victory. Martin Rausberg (195-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Heigo Erm (196-F-80) added 13. Andres Zoober (189-G-84) ended up with 12, whilst Mirko Laanisto (199-SF-96) had 10. Artur Liiv (200-C/F-89) finished the game with... [read more]
Betoonimeister celebrate Saku I liiga title in Estonia. In the Final game they overcame Tartu Kalev/Estiko 77-74 in overtime. In a thrilling game where both teams deserved the title of the League, Betoonimeister needed a final 9-6 push to seal the victory. Martin Rausberg (195-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Heigo Erm (196-F-80) added 13. Andres Zoober (189-G-84) ended up with 12, whilst Mirko Laanisto (199-SF-96) had 10. Artur Liiv (200-C/F-89) finished the game with 19 points and 11 boards, while Timo Oja (186-SG-87) brought 14.
Recap of Alexela KML Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - 8 days ago
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Tartu Ulikool - TLU/Kalev 74-56 Tartu Ulikool outgunned TLU/Kalev to sweep the quarterfinal series. Tartu Ulikool dominated on the defensive end, holding TLU/Kalev to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to TLU/Kalev's 28. Tartu Ulikool looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for Ukrainian Maks-Adam Konate (202-91, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory s... [read more]
Tartu Ulikool outgunned TLU/Kalev to sweep the quarterfinal series. Tartu Ulikool dominated on the defensive end, holding TLU/Kalev to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to TLU/Kalev's 28. Tartu Ulikool looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for Ukrainian Maks-Adam Konate (202-91, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Mandell Thomas (188-93, college: Fordham) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (188-84) with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Kaido Saks (207-86, agency: Blacktop Management) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. TLU/Kalev's coach Kalle Klandorf rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Tartu Ulikool: M.Adam Konate 20+9reb+1ast, M.Thomas 18+6reb+2ast, V.Jois 10+8reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 8+2reb+1ast, D.Milka 7+2reb, T.Sokk 5+4reb+13ast TLU/Kalev: R.Tamm 10+5reb+5ast, K.Saks 8+5reb+1ast, M.Jurtom 8+6reb, D.Dzeletovic 8+2reb, S.Laur 7+2reb+1ast, S.Knezevic 6+1reb
Kalev/Cramo advanced into the semifinal stage following a comfortable home win over Tarvas. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. BC Rakvere was better in fourth quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BC Rakvere's 38 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BC Rakvere 51-27 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kalev/Cramo players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a quality performance for American Mark Tollefsen (206-92, college: Arizona) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 6 assists. American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Forward Karl-Johan Lips (198-96) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Tonis Peil (196-93) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for BC Rakvere in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: C.Simmons 15+6reb+1ast, V.Liutych 15+5reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 14+4reb+3ast, M.Tollefsen 13+4reb+6ast, T.Eichfuss 11+5reb+1ast, M.Tass 10+6reb Tarvas: K.Lips 18+9reb+1ast, S.Post 11+4ast, T.Peil 10+5reb+2ast, M.Paiste 9+4reb+3ast, A.Talu 6+3reb, A.Ehte 3+1reb+1ast
Parnu outgunned TTU to reach the next round of playoffs. The game was mostly controlled by Parnu. TTU was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TTU 41-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Parnu players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Saimon Sutt (200-95) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 assists. Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Parnu players scored in double figures. Sten Olmre (192-95) came up with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for TTU in the defeat. TTU's coach Rait Kabin gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Parnu: S.Sutt 21+4reb+5ast, R.Hallik 15+7reb+4ast, D.Bubalo 14+10reb+3ast, E.Seskus 10+3reb+2ast, M.Kirves 9+6reb+4ast, K.Kask 6+3reb TTU: T.Raadik 12+3reb+1ast, J.Jarvelainen 11+6reb, S.Viilup 8+1reb+1ast, S.Olmre 8+5reb+4ast, N.Vujovic 6+1reb+1ast, I.Pajumets 6+3reb
Rapla prevailed against visiting Valga to complete the sweep of the series. Valga was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 50-36 second half run of Rapla. Valga was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Puerto Rican guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. International Martin Paasoja (191-93) accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Latvian Ivars-Rihards Zvigurs (198-95) came up with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Renato Lindments (202-84, college: Westfield St.) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Valga in the defeat. Five Rapla and four Valga players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Rapla: R.Suarez 23+8reb+6ast, M.Paasoja 21+5reb+3ast, S.Kaldre 13+4reb+3ast, O.Metsalu 13+6reb+1ast, T.van der Mars 12+12reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 12+4reb+1ast Valga: I.Rihards Zvigurs 26+8reb+4ast, R.Lindments 15+10reb+2ast, D.Mathieu 10+7reb+2ast, S.Silavs 10+2reb, V.Kriisa 8+1reb+3ast, R.Strupovics 7+3ast
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