Pallacanestro Biella

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Pallacanestro Biella
Pallacanestro Biella logo
Leagues LNP Gold
EuroChallenge
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
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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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 Italian League. Their home arena is BiellaForum. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

History[edit]

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.

Roster[edit]

Angelico Biella roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F/C 4 Slovenia Jurak, Goran 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 112 kg (247 lb)
F 5 Italy Minessi, Nicola 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 89 kg (196 lb)
G 6 United States Coleman, Aubrey 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb)
F 7 Italy Soragna, Matteo 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
PG 9 Italy Laganà, Marco 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
F 10 Spain Miralles, Albert 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 108 kg (238 lb)
F 11 Italy Lombardi, Eric 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
PG 13 Italy Rossi, Francesco 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
F 14 Italy De Vico, Niccolò 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb)
F 15 Greece Chrysikopoulos, Linos 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
F 16 Sweden Magarity, William 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
F/C 17 Italy Sassi, Stefano 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
PG 18 Italy Chessa, Massimo 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
PF 20 Serbia Dragićević, Tadija 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb)
F 45 Italy Tavernari, Jonathan 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 99 kg (218 lb)
SG Serbia Jaramaz, Nemanja 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
Head coach
  • Italy Massimo Cancellieri
Assistant coach(es)
  • Italy Francesco Viola
  • Italy Massimo Galli

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
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). For the 2009–10 season,
  • Lauretana Biella (2009-10) Eurocup[2]

References[edit]

  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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