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 Švyturio Arena
Arena Capacity 6000
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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Away jersey
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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. Neptūnas became a constant playoff contestant in the LKL, even reaching the semifinal stage on a few occasions, though mostly never going past the quaterfinals.

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. Despite poor results in the VTB League, where they finished with a dismal 3-15 record, Neptūnas recoverd in the LKL, thanks to very solid play from leader Deividas Gailius, finishing 3rd and winning the bronze medals for the first time in club history, in a competitve series against BC Prienai, winning 3:2.

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 prestigious Euroleague as a LKL vice-champion for the 2014-15 season.[14]

2014–15 season[edit]

Before debut in Euroleague, Neptūnas recalled former team leader Deividas Gailius. Multiple LKL champion Donatas Zavackas and UBL champion Michailas Anisimovas was signed as well. Though Anisimovas left the team shortly afterward without debuting in Euroleague due to the military crisis in Ukraine. On October 15, 2014, Neptūnas played his first Euroleague game against the Laboral Kutxa, which they lost with result 69:88 despite playing more than two quarters point-to-point.[15] On October 23, 2014, Neptūnas achieved club's first Euroleague victory against KK Crvena zvezda with result 83:81 after the Valdas Vasylius winning shot 3 seconds away from the over-time.[16] This was first Euroleague's game played in the Neptūnas home-court. On October 31, 2014, Neptūnas lost third Euroleague game only after OT with result 81:85 against one of the strongest tournament team, two times Euroleague champion over past three years Olympiacos Piraeus.[17] Despite being competitive and tightly holding the chances of qualifying into the TOP16 stage, Neptūnas failed to accomplish this achievement in their debut Euroleague season, totally winning 4 games of 10 and taking the 5th place in the group. It was just one step from the TOP16's qualifier Galatasaray, which also finished with 4-10 record. As a result, Neptūnas was transferred to Eurocup Last 32 stage. The Eurocup was just a terrible place for Neptūnas. There they won only once against Paris-Levallois Basket, suffered five defeats and took the last place in the group. Promising season in international competitions was finished with a painful accord.

On February 20-22, Neptūnas participated in 2015 LKF Cup. They surprisingly lost quater-finals game to Šiauliai 71–73 and ended the appearance in competition early.[18]

Neptūnas recovered in the LKL, playing very solidly, even splitting the season series with Žalgiris. They defeated the Lithuanian powerhouse twice in two weeks: 67–65 in Klaipeda[19] and 90–86 in Kaunas.[20] Deividas Gailius led Neptūnas during these two games.

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

On May 22, 2014 Neptūnas retired first two numbers.[21]

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 eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

BC Neptūnas roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 7 Lithuania Mažeika, Martynas (C) 70001920000000000001.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 30 – (1985-01-29)29 January 1985
PG 8 Lithuania Girdžiūnas, Mindaugas 70001890000000000001.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) 26 – (1989-01-20)20 January 1989
SF 9 Lithuania Nacius, Raidas 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 23 – (1991-12-30)30 December 1991
F 10 Lithuania Sinica, Justas 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) 29 – (1985-05-31)31 May 1985
PF 12 Lithuania Dimša, Egidijus 70002040000000000002.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 29 – (1985-04-01)1 April 1985
G/F 13 Lithuania Gailius, Deividas 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) 26 – (1988-04-26)26 April 1988
F/C 15 Lithuania Šarakauskas, Vytautas 70002040000000000002.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002108000000000000108 kg (238 lb) 33 – (1982-02-08)8 February 1982
C 21 Lithuania Galdikas, Simas 70002049999999999992.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002118000000000000118 kg (260 lb) 28 – (1987-01-03)3 January 1987
PG 22 United States Shakur, Mustafa 70001910000000000001.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) 30 – (1984-08-18)18 August 1984
F 41 Lithuania Zavackas, Donatas 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002109000000000000109 kg (240 lb) 34 – (1980-04-23)23 April 1980
F 42 Lithuania Vasylius, Valdas 70002020000000000002.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002102000000000000102 kg (225 lb) 31 – (1983-09-03)3 September 1983
G/F 51 Lithuania Butkevičius, Arnas 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) 22 – (1992-10-22)22 October 1992
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Athletic trainer(s)
Physiotherapist(s)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: September 8, 2014


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 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)
United States C Keith Benson (from BC Tsmoki-Minsk)

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)
Lithuania C Michailas Anisimovas (BC Budivelnyk)

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player


30 Lithuania SG Laurynas Bieliauskas (to BC Žalgiris 2)

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 5 Quaterfinalist BBL Elite Division 5
2005–06 LKL 6 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. [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neptūnas will compete in VTB United League (Lithuanian)
  2. ^ O.Kurauskas: We're not preparing to be group outsiders that's for sure (Lithuanian)
  3. ^ CSKA won against Neptūnas after a tense game (Lithuanian)
  4. ^ Game: Neptūnas 81 - 73 Zalgiris (2014-01-27) (Lithuanian)
  5. ^ Game: Zalgiris 79 - 88 Neptūnas (2014-04-07) (Lithuanian)
  6. ^ Vėl „TonyBet“ pražudęs M.Mažeika su „Neptūnu“ – LKL finale (Lithuanian)
  7. ^ LKL finalo serijoje intrigos niekas nesitiki: „Neptūnas“ gali laimėti mūšį, bet tikrai ne karą dėl aukso (Lithuanian)
  8. ^ Game: Neptūnas 71 - 59 Zalgiris (2014-05-22) (Lithuanian)
  9. ^ Game: Zalgiris 92 - 83 Neptūnas (2014-05-26) (Lithuanian)
  10. ^ Game: Neptūnas 75 - 82 Zalgiris (2014-05-28) (Lithuanian)
  11. ^ Game: Zalgiris 88 - 72 Neptūnas (2014-05-31) (Lithuanian)
  12. ^ Game: Neptūnas 87 - 86 Zalgiris (2014-06-03) (Lithuanian)
  13. ^ Game: Zalgiris 90 - 70 Neptūnas (2014-06-06) (Lithuanian)
  14. ^ Klaipėdos „Neptūnas“ priimtas į Eurolygą (Lithuanian)
  15. ^ Debiutinėse Eurolygos rungtynėse „Neptūnas“ nerado taikiklio (video, statistika) (Lithuanian)
  16. ^ Vasyliaus metimas atnešė istorinę pergalę „Neptūnui“ (Lithuanian)
  17. ^ Spanoulio nesulaikęs „Neptūnas“ per pratęsimą nusileido „Olympiakos“ (video, foto, komentarai) (Lithuanian)
  18. ^ „Šiauliai“ sensacingai žengė į LKF taurės pusfinalį (2 video, foto, komentarai, statistika) (Lithuanian)
  19. ^ „Neptūnas“ nutraukė įspūdingą „Žalgirio“ pergalių seriją (4 video, statistika)
  20. ^ „Neptūnas“ antrą kartą per dvi savaites nugalėjo „Žalgirį“ (3 video, foto, komentarai, statistika) (Lithuanian)
  21. ^ „Neptūnas“ į arenos palubes iškėlė Macijausko ir Žukausko marškinėlius (Lithuanian)
  22. ^ Neptūnas won LKL bronze for the first time in the history (Lithuanian)
  23. ^ Neptūnas closely working with director of V.Knašius Basketball School (Lithuanian)

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