BC Neptūnas

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BC Neptūnas
BC Neptūnas logo
Leagues LKL
VTB United League
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
         
President Valentinas Greičiūnas
Team manager Osvaldas Kurauskas
Head coach Kazys Maksvytis
Retired numbers 2 (7, 11)
Website bcneptunas.lt
Uniforms
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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 VTB United League and 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
SG 7 Lithuania Mažeika, Martynas (C) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 29 – (1985-01-29)January 29, 1985
G 8 Lithuania Girdžiūnas, Mindaugas 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 25 – (1989-01-20)January 20, 1989
SF 10 Lithuania Sinica, Justas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 29 – (1985-05-31)May 31, 1985
F 12 Lithuania Jakštas, Rolandas 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 21 – (1992-09-28)September 28, 1992
PG 13 Lithuania Eitutavičius, Arvydas 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 31 – (1982-09-18)September 18, 1982
PG 14 United States Brazelton, Tyrone 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 28 – (1986-03-30)March 30, 1986
F/C 15 Lithuania Šarakauskas, Vytautas 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 32 – (1982-02-08)February 8, 1982
F/C 21 Lithuania Galdikas, Simas 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 118 kg (260 lb) 27 – (1987-01-03)January 3, 1987
SG 22 Lithuania Runkauskas, Marius 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 28 – (1986-05-20)May 20, 1986
G/F 31 Lithuania Ulanovas, Edgaras 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 22 – (1992-01-07)January 7, 1992
F 42 Lithuania Vasylius, Valdas 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 30 – (1983-09-03)September 3, 1983
SF 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)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: May 19, 2014


Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Injured
C Vytautas Šarakauskas Simas Galdikas
PF Valdas Vasylius Rolandas Jakštas
SF Edgaras Ulanovas Justas Sinica Arnas Butkevičius
SG Martynas Mažeika Marius Runkauskas
PG Tyrone Brazelton Mindaugas Girdžiūnas Arvydas Eitutavičius

Squad changes for the 2012/13 season[edit]

In[edit]

No. Position Player


Lithuania PG Mindaugas Girdžiūnas (from BC Nevėžis)
Lithuania PG Arvydas Eitutavičius (from WTK Anwil Włocławek)
Lithuania SF Edgaras Ulanovas (from BC Žalgiris)
United States PF Andrew Smith (from Butler)
Lithuania PF Rolandas Jakštas (from BC Nevėžis)
Lithuania SF Justas Sinica (from BC Pieno žvaigždės)
United States PG Tyrone Brazelton (from BC Tsmoki-Minsk)

Out[edit]

No. Position Player


United States SF David McClure (BC Šiauliai)
United States PF Andrew Smith
Lithuania SF Deividas Gailius (KK Union Olimpija)
Lithuania PF Laurynas Mikalauskas (Rakvere Tarvas)
Lithuania PG Evaldas Dainys
United States PG Rashaun Broadus
Lithuania PG Giedrius Gustas (Rakvere Tarvas)

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

References[edit]

External links[edit]