ASK Riga

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ASK Riga
ASK Riga logo
Leagues LBL
Baltic League
ULEB Eurocup
Founded 1929 (2005)
Dissolved 2009
Arena Arena Riga
(capacity: 12,500)
Location Riga, Latvia
Team colors White with Yellow-Gold stripes and Carolina Blue
President Jānis Birks
Head coach Donaldas Kairys
Championships Latvian Championships: 1
Soviet League Championships: 3
Euroleague Championships: 3
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ASK Rīga is a former professional basketball club based in Riga, Latvia. "ASK" stands for "Armijas Sporta Klubs" (in English: Army Sports Club).


ASK, which stands for Army Sports Club, was the first European Cup winner in 1958 and managed to defend its title in 1959 and 1960. Only Split (1989–91) has been able to win three consecutive continental crowns since then. ASK won Academic Sofia in the 1958 and 1959 Euroleague two-way finals, and did the same with Dynamo Tblisi the following season. Gomelsky soon joined CSKA, which became the team to beat in Russian basketball, but Riga stayed competitive in the Soviet League until the early 1990s.

Years of obscurity followed, even though Riga was always represented by teams like BK Skonto, Barons/LMT or VEF Riga. BK Riga was re-founded in 2004 and it got back the name of ASK Riga on March 23, 2006, supported by the Riga City Council, the National Army Forces and some powerful sponsors, as well as the brand new Arena Riga, with room for 12,500 fans. The team made it to both the Baltic League and the FIBA EuroCup quarterfinals, but the best was yet to come. The arrival of Torraye Braggs happened to be the key piece in a roster already featuring Sandis Valters, Raitis Grafs, Curtis Millage, A.J. Bramlett and Sandis Buškevics. ASK won the best-of-seven Latvian League finals 4-2 and started a new era, breaking BK Ventspils's seven-year dynasty. ASK hosted the ULEB Cup opening game last season, but a plague of injuries did not allow the team to reach the elimination rounds. This season ASK finished fourth in the Baltic League and won the bronze medals in the Latvian League. 2008/2009 was the last season of ASK Riga.



Soviet League

  • Winners (3): 1954-55, 1956–57, 1957–58

Latvian League

  • Winners (1): 2006-07



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