Eurobasket had the pleasure of speaking with Edgars Cunda (196-G-84, agency: Court Side), currently approaching the midway point of his return to Eastern Europe. Playing for Valga/CKE Inkasso in the Estonian EMKL, he is currently leading the EMKL in both assist and steals.
EU: Edga, how have you found playing in Estonia?
EC: I wanted to come back in Europe.Upportunity was given from Valga team and we made a deal.
EU: What did you know about Estonia before coming this season? What compelled you to play in this market this particular year?
EC: I knew about this league cos this is my home country neighbour. And I have good friend Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) who played in Estonia before so I was informated about league. I came here because we won regular season and play offs in Kazakhstan league so I felt like job is done there and it is new challange for me, specially in point guard position here.
EU: Last season, you won the championship in Kazahkstan with Barsy Atyrau You have had tremendous experiences outside of your home of Latvia, please tell us briefly about them and your reasons for returning to the Baltics this season.
EC: Yes I had interesting experience in Kazakhstan. I learned impotant thinks from coach in Barsy team - Vadim Burakov as well as from other players in the court and besides that. We had a vonderfull colective there and I think that it played very importnat role of our success. I came back to Baltics because as a professional basketball player I have a tendency to push myself for new achievments. So I thought that it would be good step coming back to Europe. So I can see what I capable of here with my new team.
EU: Please outline for us briefly, what has been the path that the team has travelled on this season, and what you see for them in the very near future. We see that you had a rough start to the season. There is a new coach, you are also on a winning streak of sorts. What do u think is on the horizon for in the very near future?
EC: Yes our season start was tuff. Because we came together from different teams and it was hard to feel each other on the floor in begining. The same time other team's main players are playing together for long years. So I think it was the main reason of our bad record. Also we played biggest part of season without 5 position player. But step by step we are improving as a team and as collective. And there is definately one thing that brought us together here - will to win. So I think our wins are infront of us.
EU: With the crucial games looming where do u see valga headed as you prepare for the midseason break? Any key points to improve on for the club? You are only 2 games out of a place in the top 4 teams of the league, with 3 games to play before the holiday break.
EC: I think we have good chances to win one of our last two games. But of course it will not be easy at all. Key point's of our game is that we know each other better now as well as fresh ideas from new coach - Varis Krumins About standings in championship I think what matters the most is the play-offs, so we need to get as much as posible to get better oponent.
EU: It appears that your versatility is posing match-up problesm for for opponents, standing 6'5 or 196cm, you can see over the top of smaller defenders, post up due to your size, & strength, but you are also a good shooter and passer, leading to quite a few double doubles from you this season. Is this going to assist the team as you gear up for the fight for postioning within the EMKL??
EC: Few times I was close to triple double actually.. ha ha ha ;) Of course I will do everything I can to help our team get maximum wins. When I'm on the court I don't think about stats the only thing what I think is to make good decisions in every single situation. So it might be that I don't score to much but give a lot of assists or make good steals and our team win's.. Then I'm really satisfied. Sometimes it might be complitely oposite I score more but have less assists. I'm trying do adjust depending what exact game need's! If I feel that I can use mismatch I do that, if I feel somebody is 'hot' I try to make play's for this player. Also trying to regulate tempo of our team's game. And allways try to go 100% in defence. Only thing what I missing this season is helping guys with offensive rebounds - I like to do that but I can''t do it to much cos I'm point guard here so I allways feel responsibility to be first in defence.
EU: Any thing to share or say to your family in Latvia or fans back in Kazahkstan or Belarus?
EC: I want to say few thing's to young basketball players as well as any young people - never loose faith in your self and work on your weakneses doesn't matter is it on the court or outside basketball court lines. Fallow your dream's by changing things in present and do what ever it takes to come true your dream's. Also I'm sincerely thankfull to my FAMILY my GF- Oksana for support specially in hard moments. Also my friends and all people around me every day who gives me energy to contnue improving and developing as basketball player and as person. And thank's for this nice interview.
WE AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH EDGARS A STRONG FINISH TO THE 1st HALF OF THE SEASON & WE LOOK TO HEAR MORE GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. BEST SWISHES EDGARS!
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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