|History||1994 - Present|
|Team colors||Red, Dark Blue and White
|President||Stefano Verzoletto (Chairman)|
|Head coach||Luca Bechi|
Pallacanestro Biella (otherwise known as Angelico Biella in domestic competition and Lauretana Biella in European competition, both for sponsorship reasons) is a professional basketball club based in Biella, Italy that plays in the Italian League. Their home arena is BiellaForum. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.
The current team was formed in 1994 from the union of two clubs of the city, Biella Basket Club and Amici del Basket Biella. It is distinct from the Libertas Biella team which was playing in Serie A in the 60s. Coach of the new team was Federico Danna, who had already coached Auxilium Torino in Serie A in the 80s.
The team started his history in Serie B2, but quickly moved his way up on upper divisions of the Italian League: in 1996 the team won the Serie B2 championship and was promoted in Serie B1; in 1998 the team made his way to the second tier of the Italian League, Serie A2, by winning a promotion playoff. In 2001 the team won the League with a still standing record of 30 victories and 6 losses and was promoted to Serie A.
In 7 years in Serie A, the team has made the playoffs 3 times, and has been known for his smart signing of many promising players despite a tiny budget: among them Joseph Blair, Matteo Soragna, Luca Garri, current OKC Thunder player Thabo Sefolosha and current Pistons player Jonas Jerebko.
|Angelico Biella roster|
In the past, due to sponsorship deals, it has also been known as:
- Fila Biella (1998-01)
- Lauretana Biella (2001-05). For the 2009–10 season,
- Lauretana Biella (2009-10) Eurocup
- Lega A Basket page on history of Pallacanestro Biella. (Italian)
- "Lauretana con Biella" (Press release) (in Italian). Pallacanestro Biella. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
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