BC Neptūnas

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BC Neptūnas
BC Neptūnas logo
Leagues LKL
Euroleague
Founded 1962
History Klaipėdos Maistas
1962–1964
Klaipėdos Neptūnas
1964–present
Arena Švyturys Arena
Arena Capacity 5,880
Location Klaipėda, Lithuania
Team colors Blue, White, Gold.
              
President Valentinas Greičiūnas
Team manager Osvaldas Kurauskas
Head coach Kazys Maksvytis
Retired numbers 2 (7, 11)
Website bcneptunas.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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Alternate jersey
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Alternate

BC Neptūnas (Lithuanian: Krepšinio Klubas Neptūnas) is a basketball club from Klaipėda, Lithuania participating in Lithuanian Basketball League and internationally in the Euroleague. It was founded in 1962 under name BC Maistas (English: Food) and in 1964, BC Maistas's name was changed to BC Neptūnas. The club carries the name of the Roman sea god Neptune.

History[edit]

In 1966 Neptūnas won the Žalgiris friendship championship and next year with the same roster became runner-ups.

BC Neptūnas classic logo

Since 1970 there have been many changes in the team, coaches and players left team and they been changed with new team members, so the team didn't achieved better results. On 1975 Klaipėda's community decided to change team from its foundations which base was people form Klaipėda and Samogitia region, which also finished studies in Vilnius and Kaunas cities. There was young and perspective players, whose energy helped to reach better results in two years period. Which includes 3rd Place in Lithuanian Spartakiada; in 1981 and 1982 they became runner-ups of newspaper "Sport" championship, and also in 1983 they became champions of Soviet Union Professional Union championship.

However in 1988 fortune left the team and the team relegated from Lithuanian Top league. After two years when Lithuanian Basketball League was, formed they were invited to join the league as one of eight best teams in Lithuania. However at the beginning team couldn't show good results, but notable progress was felt throughout the years.

2012–13 season[edit]

The 2012 is a memorable year for Neptūnas as they were invited to VTB United League, despite the fact that they only took 6th place in LKL the previous season.[1] Club director Osvaldas Kurauskas said that they're not going to be group outsiders and that they will raise club budget for the next season.[2] Neptūnas debuted in VTB United League on October 7, 2012 against CSKA Moscow. Despite powerful opponent Neptūnas won two quarters by one point (23:22, 14:13), however it wasn't enough to win the game as Neptūnas lost with result 72:83.[3] After the season in VTB United League, they were last in a group however they were invited to continue playing in this league for another season.

2013–14 season[edit]

The 2013-14 season is not less memorable for Neptūnas. During the regular season, Neptūnas several times defeated LKL champion and constant Euroleague participant Kaunas Žalgiris with results 81:73 at Švyturys Arena[4] and 79:88 at Žalgiris Arena.[5] In the regular LKL season Neptūnas took third place and met Šiauliai in the quarterfinals, which they eliminated with series result of 2-1, Neptūnas also won semifinals against Prienai TonyBet with result 2-0 and qualified to the LKL finals for the first time in the club history.[6] In the finals Neptūnas met previously defeated Žalgiris. Despite two former victories during the regular season, basketball experts showed wide skepticism in chances of Neptūnas winning any games there.[7] Nevertheless, the militant Neptūnas showed that they may fight against Žalgiris and won first LKL final series game with result 71:59 in crammed Švyturys Arena,[8] however then Neptūnas lost three games to Žalgiris and almost lost all the chances of winning the series.[9][10][11] In spite of that, Neptūnas did not give up and won fifth series game with result 87:86,[12] however they failed to do that again in sixth series game and after being crushed 90:70, lost the LKL final series with result 4-2.[13] Despite sufficiently successful LKL season, Neptūnas had tough times in international competitions. In the second-tier European league Eurocup Neptūnas won four games of ten and after taking fifth place of sixth in the group did not qualified into the second stage. Neptūnas also participated in VTB United League, however there, after winning five of eighteen games, Neptūnas did not qualified into the playoffs and took eight place of ten in the group. Following best LKL season in club history, on June 25, 2014 Neptūnas was invited to join Euroleague as a LKL vice-champion for the 2014-15 season.[14]

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

On May 22, 2014 Neptūnas retired first two numbers.[15]

Klaipėda Neptūnas retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure Ceremony Date
11 Lithuania Eurelijus Žukauskas C 1994–1997 5/22/2014
7 Lithuania Arvydas Macijauskas SG 1997–1999 5/22/2014

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

BC Neptūnas roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 7 Lithuania Mažeika, Martynas (C) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 29 – (1985-01-29)January 29, 1985
PG 8 Lithuania Girdžiūnas, Mindaugas 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 25 – (1989-01-20)January 20, 1989
SF 9 Lithuania Nacius, Raidas 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 22 – (1991-12-30)December 30, 1991
F 10 Lithuania Sinica, Justas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 29 – (1985-05-31)May 31, 1985
PF 12 Lithuania Dimša, Egidijus 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 29 – (1985-04-01)April 1, 1985
G/F 13 Lithuania Gailius, Deividas 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 26 – (1988-04-26)April 26, 1988
C 14 Lithuania Anisimovas, Michailas 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) 120 kg (265 lb) 29 – (1984-10-11)October 11, 1984
F/C 15 Lithuania Šarakauskas, Vytautas Injured 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 32 – (1982-02-08)February 8, 1982
C 21 Lithuania Galdikas, Simas 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 118 kg (260 lb) 27 – (1987-01-03)January 3, 1987
PG 22 United States Shakur, Mustafa 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 30 – (1984-08-18)August 18, 1984
SG 30 Lithuania Bieliauskas, Laurynas 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 71 kg (157 lb) 17 – (1997-03-02)March 2, 1997
F 41 Lithuania Zavackas, Donatas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 34 – (1980-04-23)April 23, 1980
F 42 Lithuania Vasylius, Valdas 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 31 – (1983-09-03)September 3, 1983
G/F 51 Lithuania Butkevičius, Arnas 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 21 – (1992-10-22)October 22, 1992
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
Physiotherapist(s)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: September 8, 2014


Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Masio Kasun Egidijus Dimša Simas Galdikas Vytautas Šarakauskas
PF Valdas Vasylius Donatas Zavackas
SF Deividas Gailius Justas Sinica Raidas Nacius
SG Martynas Mažeika Arnas Butkevičius Laurynas Bieliauskas
PG Mustafa Shakur Mindaugas Girdžiūnas

Squad changes for the 2014/15 season[edit]

In[edit]

No. Position Player


Lithuania PF Donatas Zavackas (from Guerino Vanoli Basket)
Lithuania SF Deividas Gailius (from KK Union Olimpija)
Lithuania C Michailas Anisimovas (from BC Budivelnyk)
Lithuania PF Egidijus Dimša (from BC Pieno žvaigždės)
Lithuania SG Laurynas Bieliauskas (from Neringos Kuršiai)
Lithuania SF Raidas Nacius (from LCC International University)
United States PG Mustafa Shakur (from Tadamon Zouk)

Out[edit]

No. Position Player


Lithuania SG Marius Runkauskas (CSU Asesoft Ploiești)
Lithuania SF Edgaras Ulanovas (Kauno Žalgiris)
Lithuania PG Arvydas Eitutavičius (WTK Anwil Włocławek)
Lithuania SF Rolandas Jakštas (Cáceres Ciudad del Baloncesto)
United States PG Tyrone Brazelton (STB Le Havre)

Club achievements[edit]

Season League Pos. Significant Events Regional competitions Pos. LKF Cup European competitions
1993–94 LKL 10
1994–95 LKL 10
1995–96 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist
1996–97 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist
1997–98 LKL 9
1998–99 LKL 8 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup R32
1999–00 LKL 8 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup GS
2000–01 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist
2001–02 LKL 8 Quarterfinalist
2002–03 LKL 6 Quarterfinalist
2003–04 LKL 10 4 FIBA Europe Cup QF
2004–05 LKL 4 Semifinalist BBL Elite Division 5
2005–06 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist BBL Elite Division 10
2006–07 LKL 4 Semifinalist BBL Elite Division 12
2007–08 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist BBL Elite Division 16 Fourth qualified
2008–09 LKL 4 Semifinalist BBL Challenge Cup 6 Eighth finalist
2009–10 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist BBL Challenge Cup 4 Quarterfinalist
2010–11 LKL 8 Quarterfinalist BBL Challenge Cup 4 Fourth qualified
2011–12 LKL 6 Quarterfinalist BBL Challenge Cup 6 Second round
2012–13 LKL 3 Bronze medal VTB League 10 Fifth round
2013–14 LKL 2 Runner-up VTB League 8 Fifth round 2 Eurocup RS

LKL playoffs[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Tomas Delininkaitis a World Championship Bronze medalist started his career in Neptūnas.

Former coaches[edit]

Team management[edit]

Board president

Flag of Lithuania.svg Eugenijus Gentvilas

Board members

Flag of Lithuania.svg Rimantas Taraškevičius Flag of Lithuania.svg Arnoldas Šileika Flag of Lithuania.svg Antanas Gricius Flag of Lithuania.svg Edmondas Dargis Flag of Lithuania.svg Valentinas Greičiũnas Flag of Lithuania.svg Jonas Dumašius Flag of Lithuania.svg Algimantas Pavilionis

Club director

Flag of Lithuania.svg Osvaldas Kurauskas

Statistical leaders[edit]

All time points per game in all tournaments (PPG)[edit]

Position Player Seasons Games Points Total Points Per Game
1
Martynas Mažeika
9
317
3934
12.41
2
Valdas Vasylius
3
152
2176
14.32
3
Vaidotas Pridotkas
8
253
2077
8.21
4
Svajūnas Airošius
5
167
1972
9.68
5
Artūras Jakubauskas
3
112
1830
16.34
6
Audrius Mineikis
7
181
1752
11.80
7
Eurelijus Žukauskas
4
146
1629
11.16
8
Deividas Gailius
3
125
1556
12.45
9
Marius Runkauskas
4
154
1507
9.79
10
Simas Galdikas
5
186
1403
7.54

Youth Academy[edit]

Neptūnas closely works with V.Knašius Basketball School as a ladder for youth to professional basketball. Players such as Arvydas Macijauskas, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Tomas Delininkaitis, and many players of current Neptūnas roster were attending V.Knašius Basketball School. One current player of V.Knašius Basketball School Laurynas Bieliauskas already plays for the Neptūnas' main team. [17]

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