U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-C-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kalev/Cramo, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Hito/Johvi (#8, 1-4) with 46-point margin 104-58. Kalev/Cramo is placed at 3rd position in Estonian KML. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Kalev/Cramo will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Elegar as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former Drexel University star has very solid stats this year. Elegar is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.3rpg) and averages impressive 65.0% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Renato Lindmets (200-F-84) of league's second-best Tarvas. Lindmets had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Tarvas to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Tln Kalev (#9, 1-4) 78-49. This victory allowed Tarvas to move up to second position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Lindmets is a newcomer at Tarvas, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206-F) of Tln Kalev (#9). Okoye scored 11 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tln Kalev, leading his team to a 68-61 win against Hito/Johvi (1-4). Tln Kalev can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-4 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Okoye he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Okoye has individually a great season in Estonia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Edgars Cunda (195-G-84) of Valga - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Bamba Fall (217-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 11 points and 13 rebounds 6. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82) of Kalev/Cramo - 24 points and 2 rebounds 8. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82) of Kalev/Cramo - 22 points and 3 rebounds 9. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of Valga - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Marc Campbell (180-G-86) of Tln Kalev - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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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