Pallacanestro Biella

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Pallacanestro Biella
Pallacanestro Biella logo
Leagues Serie A2 Gold
Founded 1994
History 1994 - Present
Arena BiellaForum
Arena Capacity 5,707
Location Biella, Italy
Team colors Red, Dark Blue, White
President Stefano Verzoletto
Head coach Luca Bechi
Website Official Website
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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 Serie A2 Gold (Italian Second Division). 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.

In the 2014–15 season Biella would participate in the EuroChallenge, which was special because the team was still playing in the second division LNP Gold.


Angelico Biella roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F/C 4 Slovenia Jurak, Goran 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002112000000000000112 kg (247 lb)
F 5 Italy Minessi, Nicola 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 700189000000000000089 kg (196 lb)
G 6 United States Coleman, Aubrey 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb)
F 7 Italy Soragna, Matteo 70001980000000000001.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb)
PG 9 Italy Laganà, Marco 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb)
F 10 Spain Miralles, Albert 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002108000000000000108 kg (238 lb)
F 11 Italy Lombardi, Eric 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb)
PG 13 Italy Rossi, Francesco 70001850000000000001.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
F 14 Italy De Vico, Niccolò 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 700194000000000000094 kg (207 lb)
F 15 Greece Chrysikopoulos, Linos 70002049999999999992.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb)
F 16 Sweden Magarity, William 70002069999999999992.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
F/C 17 Italy Sassi, Stefano 70002020000000000002.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb)
PG 18 Italy Chessa, Massimo 70001880000000000001.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 700180000000000000080 kg (176 lb)
PF 20 Serbia Dragićević, Tadija 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002107000000000000107 kg (236 lb)
F 45 Italy Tavernari, Jonathan 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700199000000000000099 kg (218 lb)
SG Serbia Jaramaz, Nemanja 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb)
Head coach
  • Italy Massimo Cancellieri
Assistant coach(es)
  • Italy Francesco Viola
  • Italy Massimo Galli

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 2011-02-15

Notable players[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

Sponsorship names[edit]

In the past, due to sponsorship deals, it has also been known as:[1]

  • Fila Biella (1998–01)
  • Lauretana Biella (2001–05)
  • Lauretana Biella (2009–10) Eurocup[2]
  • Bonprix Biella (2014–15) EuroChallenge


  1. ^ Lega A Basket page on history of Pallacanestro Biella. (Italian)
  2. ^ "Lauretana con Biella" (Press release) (in Italian). Pallacanestro Biella. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 

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