BC Juventus

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BC Juventus
BC Juventus logo
Leagues Lithuanian Basketball League,
Baltic Basketball League
Founded 1999
History Juventus (1999–2004)
Juventus LKSK (2004–2009)
Juventus (2009–present)
Arena Utena's Arena
(capacity: 2000)
Location Utena, Lithuania
Team colors Red, white and black
              
President Lithuania Žydrūnas Urbonas
Head coach Lithuania Dainius Adomaitis
Championships LKBL Champions (2005)
RKL Champions (2007)
BBL Challenge Cup (2011)
Website utenosjuventus.lt
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

BC Juventus is a professional Lithuanian basketball club which currently plays in Lithuanian Basketball League and Baltic Basketball League. BC Juventus basketball club was founded in 1999–2000 season by football player Nerijus Kuzmickas and debuted in the Naujametinis Utenos rajono Mero taurės turnyras (Utena's new year's mayor's cup tournament), the debut season was successful and BC Juventus took bronze in that tournament. Word Juventus means youth. BC Juventus was called "Youth" (Juventus) because of the young, non-professional players in their debut season. In the 2009–2010 season, BC Juventus team debuted in the Lithuania basketball super league LKL and took fourth place as they lost bronze final to Šiauliai. On 15 April 2011, Juventus basketball club was transferred from Baltic Basketball League Challenge Cup to Elite Division.[1]

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

BC Juventus retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure Ceremony Date
8 Lithuania Žydrūnas Urbonas SF, PF 2009–2012 9/29/2012

Current roster[edit]

BC Juventus roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 0 Lithuania Varanauskas, Ovidijus 70001870000000000001.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 700175000000000000075 kg (165 lb) 24 – (1991-02-23)23 February 1991
SG 5 Lithuania Stanionis, Edgaras 70001940000000000001.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) 27 – (1988-02-24)24 February 1988
SF 6 Lithuania Šikšnius, Arvydas 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700194000000000000094 kg (207 lb) 27 – (1987-10-10)10 October 1987
F 12 Lithuania Kulvietis, Saulius 70002040000000000002.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 24 – (1991-02-14)14 February 1991
SG 13 Lithuania Buterlevičius, Simas 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 700194000000000000094 kg (207 lb) 26 – (1989-04-18)18 April 1989
C 14 Lithuania Čepukaitis, Vaidas 70002069999999999992.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002104000000000000104 kg (229 lb) 25 – (1989-05-16)16 May 1989
PG 16 United States Broadus, Rashaun 70001830000000000001.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) 30 – (1984-08-05)5 August 1984
SF 17 Lithuania Davniukas, Jaunius 70001970000000000001.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 19 – (1995-04-30)30 April 1995
PF 19 Lithuania Dabkus, Valdas 70002049999999999992.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002103000000000000103 kg (227 lb) 31 – (1984-03-26)26 March 1984
SG 20 Lithuania Pašakarnys, Arijus 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 17 – (1997-10-01)1 October 1997
C 21 Lithuania Dimša, Egidijus 70002040000000000002.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb) 30 – (1985-04-01)1 April 1985
PF 32 Russia Barinov, Nikita 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 24 – (1991-01-21)21 January 1991
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 2015-02-19

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Significant Events Baltic League Pos. LKF Cup
2003–04 3 LKBL 6
2004–05 3 LKBL 1 Champions
2005–06 3 RKL 3 Bronze medal
2006–07 3 RKL 1 Promoted
2007–08 2 NKL 4 Semifinalist
2008–09 2 NKL 4 Semifinalist Fourth round
2009–10 1 LKL 4 Semifinalist Challenge Cup 5 First round
2010–11 1 LKL 4 Semifinalist Challenge Cup 1 Second round
2011–12 1 LKL 9 Elite Division 11 Second round
2012–13 1 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist Elite Division 9 Second round
2013–14 1 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist Elite Division 13 Second round
2014–15 1 LKL Elite Division

Club history[edit]

2000–2007: foundation and participation in RKL[edit]

„Juventus“ logo used from 2004 to 2009 seasons.
  • Juventus basketball club was founded in 1999 and debuted in Naujametinis Utenos rajono Mero taurės turnyras (Utena's new year's mayor's cup tournament) and took third place. First team roster consisted of other sports players: football players and one handball player. First team captain, which also founded Juventus basketball team was football player Nerijus Kuzmickas (played in Kauno Inkaras team), now Šiauliai football academy, child and teenage coach. In debut Juventus season also played: Egidijus Varnas (Panevėžio Ekranas), Tomas Keraitis, Tomas Karvelis and others.
  • In 2003–2004 season, Juventus basketball team was coached by Rimvydas Vaitkus. Juventus debuted in Lithuania basketball B league and in their debut season, BC Juventus took sixth place.
  • After year, in 2004–2005 season, Juventus basketball team was coached by Mindaugas Kildišius. Juventus basketball team first time in the club history won LKBL championship (same like RKL) and won right to participate in the LKAL championship (same like NKL). But because of various bureaucracy barriers, Juventus basketball team wasn't permitted to debut in the second-tier Lithuania basketball league.
  • During 2005–2006 season, BC Juventus took third place in RKL tournament.
  • After year, in 2006–2007 season Juventus basketball team won RKL championship once again and in transition match to the NKL championship, BC Juventus won against Kauno LKKA-Atletas basketball team. But this wasn't the end for Juventus in the 2006–2007 season as BC Juventus went until third Lithuania basketball federation (LKF) stage and only there, after two unremitting matches lost to Klaipėdos Neptūnas. Same year, team coach Mindaugas Kildišius, was named the best RKL championship coach.

2007–2009: NKL[edit]

  • In 2007–2008 season Utena's basketball team debuted in the NKL championship and won regular season (25 wins and 7 loses), however in the final standings BC Juventus took only fourth place. In the end of 2007, Juventus guard Raimondas Ambrulaitis was named "Lithuania basketball discovery of the year", team coach Mindaugas Kildišius was named the best 2007–2008 NKL season coach.
  • After year, in 2008–2009 season, Juventus basketball team won NKL regular season once again and participated in NKL championship semi-finals. In 2009, Juventus wasn't able to participate in the NKL finals, because of that team coach Mindaugas Kildišius retired from his position. Also because of that, Mindaugas Kildišius assistant Rolandas Urkis coached Juventus basketball team until the end of the season.[2] On 15 June 2009 LKF decided to let Juventus basketball team participate in the Lithuania super basketball league LKL because of the commercial principles.[3] For the permission to participate in the LKL, „Juventus“ basketball team had to pay 350 thousand LTL.[4]

2009–present: LKL[edit]

  • On 20 August 2009 Gintaras Kručkauskas became main Juventus basketball team coach.[5] The 2009–2010 LKL season was the most successful in the club history as Juventus basketball team took fourth place in the LKL championship.[6]
BC Juventus, prior the 2014-15 season.
  • On 7 July 2010 Robertas Giedraitis became main BC Juventus coach.[7]
  • During 2010–2011 season, BC Juventus first time in the club history became Baltic Basketball League Challenge Cup champions.[8] Also BC „Juventus“ made a huge surprise as they eliminated 7-time LKL Bronze streaker Šiauliai in the first round of LKL playoffs (first game: 105:94,[9] second game: 91:81[10]). After eliminating Šiauliai in quarter-final, BC Juventus reached LKL semi finals and met Lithuania basketball powerhouse Žalgiris. On 27 April 2011 BC Juventus lost first game at Kaunas Sports Hall against Žalgiris with result 63–95,[11] the second match took place on 29 April 2011 in Utena. Juventus lost the second game too and had to fight for LKL Bronze against Rūdupis.[12] Juventus lost first Bronze game at Prienai with result 65–79,[13] the second game was unsuccessful for Juventus too as they lost it in their home arena in Utena with result 73–98.[14] The third game took place in Prienai, which Juventus team lost with result 83–84,[15] because of that they lost Bronze series 0–3 against Rūdupis and took fourth place in LKL championship that season.
  • In the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons, Juventus did not accomplish anything notable. After the 2011-2012 season, where Juventus missed the playoffs entirely, Robertas Giedraitis was fired as head coach. After Rytis Vaišvila was hired as head coach, Juventus made the playoffs in 2013, and fought valiantly against BC Lietuvos rytas, though losing the series 0-2.
  • In the 2013-2014 season, Juventus replaced coach Vaišvila with former longtime Žalgiris player, coach and sports director Vitoldas Masalskis. Despite high hopes, the season started poorly, and coach Masalskis was replaced with Virginijus Sirvydis, former longtime player in the LKL. The move helped the team regroup and reach the playoffs, but lost to BC Prienai. The team also played in the BBL Elite division, but didn't make the playoff stage for two straight seasons.

Club name changes[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Mascot[edit]

From 2012 BC Juventus has its own mascot, named Juvis. Juvis is a red color devil, wearing the blue color sneakers and mostly carries the golden fork. The golden fork form reminds horseshoe, symbolizing the Utena city coat of arms.

Previous seasons rosters[edit]

Team roster of 2009–2010 season[edit]

Nr. Name, second name Position Height Weight Date of birth Previous club
10 Lithuania Gintautas Matulis 3 Small Forward 195 cm 095 kg (1986-12-06)December 6, 1986 Lithuania „Juventus“
4 Lithuania Darius Pakamanis 2 Shooting Guard 192 cm 080 kg (1981-09-08)September 8, 1981 Lithuania „Šiauliai“
8 Lithuania Žydrūnas Urbonas 3 Small Forward 198 cm 100 kg (1976-10-04)October 4, 1976 Lithuania „Alytus“
7 Lithuania Audrius Mineikis 4 Power Forward 201 cm 098 kg (1977-07-18)July 18, 1977 Lithuania „Juventus“
11 Lithuania Tomas Jasiulionis 5 Center 208 cm 115 kg (1986-01-11)January 11, 1986 United States St. John's
21 Lithuania Paulius Morkeliūnas 4 Power Forward 201 cm 105 kg (1985-01-22)January 22, 1985 Lithuania „Neptūnas“
22 Lithuania Arūnas Vasiliauskas 4 Power Forward 200 cm 105 kg (1985-03-22)March 22, 1985 Lithuania „Aisčiai“
31 Lithuania Jonas Elvikis 3 Small Forward 195 cm 092 kg (1982-07-09)July 9, 1982 Ukraine „Sumychimprom“
14 Lithuania Šarūnas Vėlius 4 Power Forward 207 cm 102 kg (1983-06-11)June 11, 1983 Lithuania „Kaunas TRIOBET“
5 Georgia (country) Nikoloz Vashakidze 1 Point Guard 192 cm 088 kg (1985-06-14)June 14, 1985 Lithuania „Abro Universitetas“
15 Lithuania Virginijus Praškevičius 5 Center 206 cm 112 kg (1974-03-04)March 4, 1974 Lithuania „Šiauliai“
13 Lithuania Tomas Gaidamavičius 1 Point Guard 192 cm 86 kg (1982-07-19)July 19, 1982 Lithuania „Synthesia“
Coaches
Players which left „Juventus“ during the season

Team roster of 2010–2011 season[edit]

Nr. Name, Second Name Position Height Weight Date of birth Previous club
3 Lithuania Žygimantas Šeštokas 2 Shooting Guard 196 cm 88 kg (1986-03-30)March 30, 1986 Lithuania „Meresta“
5 Lithuania Gediminas Maceina 1 Point Guard 188 cm 88 kg (1984-08-28)August 28, 1984 Lithuania „Techasas“
8 Lithuania Žydrūnas Urbonas 3, 4 Small Forward, Power Forward 198 cm 100 kg (1976-10-04)October 4, 1976 Lithuania „Juventus“
9 Lithuania Marius Pociukonis 1, 2 Point Guard, Shooting Guard 189 cm 80 kg (1982-04-01)April 1, 1982 Romania „Mureš“
10 Lithuania Gintautas Matulis 2, 3 Shooting Guard, Small Forward 195 cm 95 kg (1986-12-06)December 6, 1986 Lithuania „Juventus“
11 Lithuania Vaidas Čepukaitis 4, 5 Power Forward, Center 207 cm 104 kg (1989-05-16)May 16, 1989 Lithuania „Žalgiris-Sabonio mokykla“
12 Lithuania Tomas Markevičius 3 Small Forward 192 cm 86 kg (1985-06-29)June 29, 1985 Lithuania „Juventus KKSC“
14 Lithuania Aurimas Adomaitis 4, 5 Power Forward, Center 203 cm 96 kg (1987-04-05)April 5, 1987 Lithuania „Alytus“
17 Lithuania Jonas Elvikis 2, 3 Shooting Guard, Small Forward 195 cm 92 kg (1982-07-09)July 9, 1982 Lithuania „Juventus“
22 Lithuania Arūnas Vasiliauskas 3, 4 Small Forward, Power Forward 200 cm 105 kg (1985-03-22)March 22, 1985 Lithuania „Juventus“
24 Lithuania Marius Prekevičius 1, 2 Point Guard Shooting Guard 195 cm 90 kg (1984-05-22)May 22, 1984 Lithuania „Šiauliai“
25 Lithuania Aurimas Kieža 3, 4 Small Forward, Power Forward 203 cm 97 kg (1982-10-25)October 25, 1982 Italy „Pallacanestro“
Coaches
Players which left „Juventus“ during the season

Team roster of 2011–2012 season[edit]

Nr. Name, Second Name Position Height Weight Date of birth Previous club
4 Lithuania Aras Bražiūnas 1 Point Guard 190 cm 75 kg (1994-01-16)January 16, 1994 Lithuania „Juventus-KKSC“
5 Lithuania Gediminas Maceina 1 Point Guard 188 cm 83 kg (1984-08-28)August 28, 1984 Lithuania „Techasas“
8 Lithuania Žydrūnas Urbonas 3, 4 Small Forward, Power Forward 198 cm 100 kg (1976-10-04)October 4, 1976 Lithuania „Juventus“
9 Lithuania Tomas Gaidamavičius 1 Point Guard 191 cm 86 kg (1982-07-19)July 19, 1982 Cyprus „Apollon“
10 Lithuania Gintautas Matulis 2, 3 Shooting Guard, Small Forward 195 cm 95 kg (1986-12-06)December 6, 1986 Lithuania „Juventus“
11 Ukraine Roman Gumenyuk 5 Center 220 cm 120 kg (1987-09-19)September 19, 1987 Lithuania „Šiauliai“
12 Lithuania Mantas Vilimas 3 Small Forward 198 cm 90 kg (1989-07-11)July 11, 1989 Lithuania „VPU-Šviesa“
13 Lithuania Darius Pakamanis 2 Small Forward 192 cm 88 kg (1981-09-08)September 8, 1981 Lithuania „Melilla“
15 Lithuania Karolis Petrukonis 5 Center 212 cm 115 kg (1987-05-18)May 18, 1987 Lithuania „Lietuvos rytas“
22 Lithuania Arūnas Vasiliauskas 3 Small Forward 200 cm 100 kg (1985-03-22)March 22, 1985 Lithuania „Aisčiai“
30 Lithuania Žygimantas Šeštokas 2 Shooting Guard 196 cm 88 kg (1986-03-30)March 30, 1986 Lithuania „Meresta“
33 Lithuania Vaidotas Volkus 4 Power Forward 203 cm 95 kg (1985-05-21)May 21, 1985 Lithuania „Techasas“
Coaches

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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