One of the fastest rising teams in Baltic basketball gets ready to make its ULEB Cup debut, as Tallinna BC Kalev/Cramo arrives in the competition with a competitive roster, representing a basketball country with great tradition. Founded in 1998, the club cannot be mistaken with Kalev Tallinn, a seven-time Estonian League champion that also won the last-ever Soviet Union league in 1991 and was a perennial squad in European competitions throughout the nineties. Kalev/Cramo may not have its tradition, but has become the team to beat in Estonia these days. Founded in 1998 under the name Ehitustooriist, the team already entered the Estonian League in its debut season, finishing last in 1999 and 2000 with a combined record of 2-53. That did not stop the club, that had the goal of developing young talent to create one of the top Baltic teams. Ehitustooriist struggled in the Estonian League for three more years between 2001 and 2003, but went a step higher in the 2004-05 season, finishing fifth overall with a respectable 13-20 record. It all changed in a historical 2004-05 season, as the club's hard work paid off in the most incredible way. Coached by legendary shooter Aivar Kuusmaa and with players like James Williams, Howard Frier, Gert Dorbek or Rait Keerles, Ehitustooriist won its first Estonian League title by downing TU/Rock in a thrilling seven-game finals that went down to the final play. A 69-68 win for enough for Kalev to lift the trophy. The club soon changed its name to BC Kalev/Cramo and added a second Estonian League title in 2006, as well as making its European competitions debut in the FIBA EuroCup. Last season, Kalev inked Travis Reed, Valmo Kriisa or Tanel Sokk. The club reached the FIBA EuroCup second round and returned to the Estonian finals, losing 4-2 against TU/Rock. Kalev rises its level by joining the ULEB Cup, ready to go what it takes to become even more competitive.
|Estonian National Championship
2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09
|Estonian National Cup