FIBA Europe Cup
|Founded||1984 (as Šiaulių Kelininkas)
1994 (as Šiaulių Šiauliai)
|Team colors||Yellow, Black
|Head coach||Antanas Sireika|
|Championships||3 Baltic Basketball League
9 Lithuanian Basketball League
BC Šiauliai (Lithuanian: Krepšinio klubas Šiauliai) is the professional basketball club of Šiauliai, Lithuania. The club competes in the Lithuanian Basketball League and Baltic Basketball League. It has won the 3rd place award (behind Lithuanian basketball giants Lietuvos Rytas and Žalgiris) in the LKL a record 9 times.
- 1 History
- 2 Players
- 3 Depth chart
- 4 History
- 5 League attendances
- 6 Head coaches
- 7 Club players records
- 8 Notable players
- 9 References
- 10 External links
BC Kelininkas (1982–1994)
The team was formed in 1984 and participated in the second-tier Lithuanian league. Following Tauras Šiauliai club bankrupt, BC Kelininkas became city's primary basketball club. During the 1994–95 season in LKAL, BC Kelininkas played his last season under this name. BC Kelininkas, led by Antanas Sireika, Robertas Giedraitis, Donatas Slanina and Mindaugas Žukauskas, finished with the 18–2 regular season record and advanced into the playoffs. There they successfully completed two stages by overcoming Banga Kaunas and SAVY Vilnius. Though, later they were defeated by Vilnius LPA twice. Then BC Kelininkas, due to the sponsorship reasons, was renamed to BC Šiauliai.
First victories and titles (1994–2003)
In June, 1994 Adomas Klimavičius and Šiaulių plentas company chief engineer Algimantas Mikšys participated in the LKL board meeting, where they presented filmed material about Šiauliai city infrastructure, budget, team roster and coaches. Then the board members voted: ten members from thirteen voted for BC Šiauliai request acceptance to join LKL. The team successfully joined LKL and was coached by Antanas Sireika.
After two loses to Lavera Kaunas and Statyba Vilnius, BC Šiauliai returned home. During the first game in Tauras Sports Hall, BC Šiauliai achieved club's first victory in LKL versus NECA Kaunas 93–75. Oleg Bulancev scored 25 points, Mindaugas Žukauskas – 18 points, Arvydas Tamkevičius added 17 points back then.
Following successful debut season in LKL, where they finished 4th, the club achieved the right to participate in the 1995–96 FIBA Korać Cup tournament. The sorcery told that their first opponent will be Śląsk Wrocław from Poland. BC Šiauliai showed extraordinary fighting efficiency in the second half and defeated the Polish team 100–88, thanks to the solid 24-points performance by Giedrius Pečiulionis.
BC Šiauliai won the 32th Lithuanian men's basketball cup. The team joined the tournament in the third stage where they defeated Olimpas Plungė twice. The final four took place in Šiauliai. In the semi-final BC Šiauliai overcome BC Šilutė 83–68 and in the final, after a spirited battle, they won versus Statyba Vilnius 96–88.
On April 1, 1996, Mindaugas Žukauskas has performed an record appearance, when BC Šiauliai met the regular season winners Atletas Kaunas in the LKL quarter-final. Žukauskas led his hometown team to the 91–86 victory by scoring 45 points (11 two-pointers, 5 three-pointers and 8 free-throws). This astonishing performance remains unimproved until the nowadays.
The 1998 LKF Cup Final Four was hosted in Šiauliai and the team was willing to defend their last season' golden title at any costs. Though, they were overshadowed by the newly formed Lietuvos rytas-Statyba Vilnius 65–72.
During the 1999–00 LKL season, BC Šiauliai won their first-ever LKL bronze medals by reaching the 3–1 revenge versus Sakalai Vilnius, who crushed their bronze dreams previous season. First series game, which BC Šiauliai unexpectedly won 77–62 in Vilnius, is regarded as crucial. The series ended 3–1.
Another record performance happened on March 3, 2001 when Giedrius Pečiulionis realized 11 three-pointers from 16 versus BC Panevėžys. Totally, Pečiulionis scored 41 points that night and led BC Šiauliai to the excellent 107–69 triumph. This performance was just 2 three-pointers behind from the LKL record of 13 three-pointers held by Joey Vickery since 1996, and is the second result in the whole LKL history. Third result of 10 three-pointers per one game is also held by Giedrius Pečiulionis since 1998.
During the 2000–01 season, BC Šiauliai achieved the LKL all-time scoring record of 143 points versus BC Suvalkija in Marijampolė. Totally, BC Šiauliai players realized 49 two-pointers with the stunning 86% accuracy and 39 free-throws. In the same season BC Šiauliai won their second consecutive LKL bronze medals, winning series 3–1 versus Alita Alytus. The final victorious 62–97 match was played in Alytus.
BC Šiauliai failed to extend their bronze medals streak this time, losing the LKL bronze series 2–3 in 2002 and 1–3 in 2003 to Alita Alytus. Although, that was just an silence before the true storm.
True LKL bronze domination (2004–2010)
Next season they totally won 3 bronze medals in three different competitions. First of all, BC Šiauliai participated in the FIBA Europe cup Final Four, held in Moscow. They were crushed 94–57 by Lokomotiv Rostov in the semi-final, though they successfully rehabilitated next day with the 86–71 victory over EURAS Ekaterinburg and were decorated with the season' first bronze medals. Secondly, they continued their solid season in Baltic Basketball League, reaching the semi-final. They failed to overcome the legendary Lithuanian club Žalgiris Kaunas there, losing 89–61, but were able to defeat BK Ventspils 97–87 and won their second bronze medals that season. Astonishing season ended with the 3–1 series triumph over Sakalai Vilnius during the LKL bronze final, winning the club's fourth LKL bronze medals.
In the 2005–06 season, BC Šiauliai once again won BBL bronze medals, defeating Nevėžis Kėdainiai 76–59. That day the team was led by Tadas Klimavičius (12 points, 15 rebounds) and Artūras Jomantas (20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and steals). The team also won their fifth LKL bronze medals after sweeping Nevėžis Kėdainiai 3–0. All the series victories were achieved with the average of 15.7 points.
During the 2006–07 season, the club won their sixth bronze medals, defeating Neptūnas Klaipėda 3–0 as well. Though, this time two away games were won respectively by only two and three points.
Before the 2007–08 season, BC Šiauliai club moved to their newly built 5,700 seats Šiauliai Arena. First official game there was played on September 28, 2007 versus Aisčiai-Atletas, winning it 73–61. That season they won the LKF Cup bronze medals for the first time, losing to the Euroleague participant Lietuvos rytas Vilnius only 66–71 in the semi-final, but confidently defeating Neptūnas Klaipėda 111–92 for the bronze. The final four was held in Šiauliai. BC Šiauliai also won their seventh LKL bronze medals, after smashing BC Alytus 3–0. The team has shown impressive sports form with 95.7 points per game in the series.
In the 2008–09 season BC Šiauliai won their second LKF Cup bronze medals. In the semi-final they once again lost to Lietuvos rytas Vilnius 94–66, but overcome Aisčiai Kaunas team, which was led by Donatas Motiejūnas, to win the bronze 97–89. Records times returned for BC Šiauliai when Andrius Šležas participated in the 2009 LKL Three-point Shootout contest. During the tournament semi-final, he accurately made 27 of 30 three-pointers and achieved the tournament record, which is unimproved until the nowadays. Although, Šležas never won the title, despite competing in the contest three times. In the spring of 2009, they qualified for the LKL bronze final once again. BC Šiauliai won first two series games after OT with identical result of 101–93. Though, Neptūnas did not gave up after first two exhausting games and won two consecutive games as well: 90–95 and 78–75. BC Šiauliai secured their bronze title in the fifth series game, defeating Neptūnas 80–73, and winning their eighth victorious LKL bronze medals series 3–2.
BC Šiauliai firmly expanded their bronze medals collection in the 2009–10 season. As year before, they began with the LKF Cup bronze, winning versus Nevėžis Kėdainiai 76–79. Derrick Low (23 points, 6 assists) and Deividas Gailius (21 points) led BC Šiauliai to the close victory back then. Derrick Low also participated in the 2010 LKL Three-point Shootout contest, winning first such title for the club. In the tournament final he scored 22 points and outperformed Adas Juškevičius who scored 21. BC Šiauliai won another thriller 84–83 in the BBL bronze final versus BK Ventspils after Vytautas Šarakauskas buzzer-beater. The referees counted it in, however BK Ventspils submitted a protest by telling that it was made after time. BBL accepted their protest and decided to rematch the game on Sunday. Though, BK Ventspils club did not showed up in the game and technically lost it 20–0. BC Šiauliai players were awarded with the club's third BBL bronze medals set. They also captured their season' third bronze medals in the LKL bronze final by defeating Juventus Utena in the third series game 87–67, winning the series 3–0. It was the club's seventh straight LKL bronze medals set. Following the outstanding season ending, team leader Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who averaged 16.7 points and 6 rebounds per game in LKL, signed with the legendary Žalgiris Kaunas.
Tough times (2011–2013)
After seven solid seasons, BC Šiauliai had difficult times during the next three. Edvinas Ruzgas won the 2011 LKL Three-point Shootout contest, however it was the only title BC Šiauliai received that season. The club achieved only 7th spot in the BBL that season. Furthermore, they also surprisingly lost the LKL quarter-final to Juventus Utena and did not qualified into the Eurocup, staying without the European competitions for the first time after nine consecutive seasons.
BC Šiauliai returned to the BBL bronze final during the 2011–12 BBL season, but they were defeated by VEF Rīga there. The team finished 3rd during the 2011–12 LKL regular season and advanced into the LKL bronze final, though they were crushed 3–1 there by Rūdupis Prienai.
The 2012–13 season was another dark spot for the BC Šiauliai club history. Firstly, they were eliminated in the quarter-final of BBL by BK Ventspils due to the unfavorable points ratio as they lost the second series game 80–87 and the first game was won only by 3 points (81–78). It was the club's all-time worst performance in BBL. In the 2012–13 LKL regular season they finished only 6th and were defeated by BC Prienai once again, this time – at the quarter-final 2–0.
BBL champions (2013–2016)
Following the three completely dry seasons, BC Šiauliai started expanding their trophies collection again. First of all, Travis Leslie won the 2014 LKL Slam Dunk Contest by performing tremendous dunks. He also led Šiauliai to the 2013–14 Baltic Basketball League title and was named MVP twice: in the regular season and in the finals. Despite that, BC Šiauliai were eliminated in the LKL quarter-final again by the future finalist Neptūnas Klaipėda. Travis Leslie joined Lietuvos rytas Vilnius after this season and won the LKL Slam Dunk Contest again by dunking over Mercedes-Benz and Grigorij Khizhnyak. BC Šiauliai retained their BBL title by defeating BK Ventspils in the finals 2–0 during the following season. Second game, which was won 88–80, required OT. Gintaras Leonavičius was named MVP of the tournament. BC Šiauliai also recovered their LKF Cup bronze title that season. However, the 2014–15 LKL season playoffs ended early for them, after being eliminated in the quarter-final for the third straight season, this time – by Lietuvos rytas Vilnius 3–0. Following the end of the season, two BC Šiauliai players: Rokas Giedraitis and Julius Jucikas joined Rytas.
On July 29, 2015, the club was invited to join the 2015–16 FIBA Europe Cup tournament, which is the alternative version of the 2nd tier European tournament Eurocup, organized by FIBA. Though, the team did not advanced into the second stage of the FIBA Europe Cup due to the unfavorable points difference. On April 6, 2016, the team won their third BBL title in a row. In the LKL, the club lost a tough series to future finalist BC Neptūnas 1:3, despite strong efforts from the returning Rokas Giedraitis, who was loaned to the team by Lietuvos rytas.
The 2016–2017 season, however, became one of the worst nightmares in club history. Coach Petrauskas left the team, and was replaced by longtime former player and assistant coach Vaidas Pauliukėnas. The team also left the BBL, but participated in the BBL Cup tournament (finishing 4th). Due to poor financial situation, many players left the club, resulting in the team plummeting to the bottom of the LKL, and in the 2016–17 FIBA Europe Cup, where Šiauliai lost all 6 games. Longtime president Adomas Klimavičius resigned, and was replaced by former player Mindaugas Žukauskas. Financial problems and scandals plagued the team. Despite some improvement by the end of the season, in large part due to great performances by Martynas Echodas, Šiauliai still finished in last place in the LKL - the team's worst season in history.
BC Šiauliai has three retired numbers of players who had significant influence in the team's results previously.
|BC Šiauliai retired numbers|
|5||Mindaugas Žukauskas||SF, PF||1995–97, 2009–12|
|HC||Antanas Sireika||Head coach||1995-02, 2008–12|
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|BC Šiauliai roster|
|C||Vladislav Korenyuk||Martynas Echodas||Gytis Neimantas|
|PF||Tomas Lekūnas||Rytis Pipiras|
|SF||Donatas Sabeckis||Arvydas Čepulis|
|PG||Paul Hill JR||Žydrūnas Kelys||Mantvydas Žukauskas|
|Season||League||Pos.||Regional competitions||LKF Cup||European Competitions|
|1995–96||LKL||8th||3 Korać Cup||R32|
|1996–97||LKL||4th||3 Korać Cup||PR|
|1997–98||LKL||7th||Runner-up||3 Korać Cup||R32|
|1998–99||LKL||4th||3 Korać Cup||R16|
|1999–00||LKL||3rd||3 Korać Cup||R32|
|2002–03||LKL||4th||3 FIBA Champions' Cup||QR|
|2003–04||LKL||3rd||4 FIBA Europe Cup||QR|
|2004–05||LKL||3rd||BBL Elite Division||3rd||4 FIBA Europe Cup||CS|
|2005–06||LKL||3rd||BBL Elite Division||3rd||3 FIBA EuroCup||RS|
|2006–07||LKL||3rd||BBL Elite Division||4th||Fourth qualified||3 FIBA EuroCup||L16|
|2007–08||LKL||3rd||BBL Elite Division||5th||Third qualified||2 ULEB Cup||RS|
|2008–09||LKL||3rd||BBL Elite Division||5th||Third qualified||3 EuroChallenge||RS|
|2009–10||LKL||3rd||BBL Elite Division||3rd||Third qualified||2 Eurocup||RS|
|2010–11||LKL||5th||BBL Elite Division||7th||Quarterfinalist||2 Eurocup||RS|
|2011–12||LKL||4th||BBL Elite Division||4th||Third round|
|2013–14||LKL||6th||BBL Champion||Fifth round|
|2014–15||LKL||7th||BBL Champion||Third place||3 EuroChallenge||RS|
|2015–16||LKL||8th||BBL Champion||Quarterfinalist||3 FIBA Europe Cup||RS|
|2016–17||LKL||10th||4 FIBA Europe Cup||RS|
|Antanas Sireika||13||1994–2003, 2009–2012||385||297||0||682||56.45%|
|Vaidas Pauliukėnas||1||2016-17||6||30||0||36||16,66 %|
- Last updated: 2017-06-19.
Club players records
- Last updated: 2015-08-14.
To appear in this section a player must be either:
- A player who has played at least 3 seasons (if foreign player) or 5 seasons (if Lithuanian player) for the club.
- A player who has won individual award.
- A Lithuanian player who has played for the Lithuanian national basketball team.
- A foreign international player who had significantly contributed into the results of the club.
- A Lithuanian player who had significantly contributed into the results of the club.
- "1993-94m – Paskutinieji Šiaulių "Kelininko" metai LKAL". GeltonaJuoda.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "A.Klimavičiaus ir A.Sireikos interviu prieš "Šiaulių" debiutą LKL (1994 m.)". YouTube.com. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "1994-95m – BC Šiauliai". GeltonaJuoda.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai - NECA (1994-10-07)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "BC SIAULIAI – ZEPTER IDEA (06.09.1995)". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "BC "Šiauliai" - Vilniaus "Statyba" (1995-1996 m. Lietuvos "Sporto" taurės finalas, II kėl.)". YouTube.com. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai - Atletas (1996-04-01)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "BC "Šiauliai" - Kauno "Atletas" (1996-04-01)". YouTube.com. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Sakalai - Šiauliai (2000-05-03)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai - Panevėžys (2001-03-03)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Žaidėjų statistika". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Suvalkija - Šiauliai (2001-03-31)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Alita - Šiauliai (2001-05-23)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai (2001–2002)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai (2002–2003)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai - Sakalai". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiaulių "Šiauliai" bronzą iškovojo tik po pratęsimo". Eurobasket.lt. Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Lokomotiv Rostov – BC Siauliai (16.02.2005)". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "EURAS – BC Siauliai (17.02.2005)". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Game: Siauliai 97 – 87 Ventspils (2005-04-16)". BBL.net. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Baltijos vyrų krepšinio lyga. Šiauliai - Ventspils (complete match video)". LRT.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai (2004–2005 season)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiaulių "Šiauliai" iškovojo LKL bronzą ir teisę žaisti ULEB taurės varžybose". Sekunde.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
- "Game: Siauliai 76 - 59 Nevezis Kedainiai". BBL.net. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- ""Šiauliai" trečiąkart iš eilės laimėjo LKL bronzą". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai (2005–2006 season)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Panaikinę 19 taškų deficitą, "Šiauliai" iškovojo LKL bronzą". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai (2006–2007 season)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai - Aisčiai-Atletas (2007-09-28)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- ""Šiaulių" krepšininkai septintą kartą iškovojo LKL bronzą". alfa.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai (2007–2008 season)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- Kazbaras, Edmantas. ""Lietuvos rytas" užtikrintai žengė į finalą (foto, komentarai)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- ""Šiauliai" po dramatiškos kovos įveikė "Aisčius" (video, foto)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- Lukauskis, Domas. "Mūšyje dėl bronzos prireikė pratęsimo (komentarai)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- Lukauskis, Domas. ""Neptūnas" vėl suklupo po pratęsimo (komentarai)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- Lukauskis, Domas. ""Neptūnas" išvykoje parklupdė "Šiaulius" (komentaras)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- Lukauskis, Domas. "Mažajame finale reikės penktų rungtynių (komentarai)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- Lukauskis, Domas. ""Šiauliai" apgynė trečią vietą (komentarai)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "LKF taurės bronza keliauja į Šiaulius (2 video, foto, komentarai, statistika)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "LKL "Žvaigždžių dienos" snaiperių konkursą laimėjo "Šiaulių" gynėjas D.Low (komentaras)". Delfi.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- Tamulionis, Aurimas. ""Ventspils" neatvyko į varžybas, "Šiauliams" be kovos atiteko BBL bronza (nuotraukos)". 24sek.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- ""Šiauliai" sutriuškino Utenos "Juventus" ir iškovojo LKL bronzą (nuotraukos)". lrytas.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai (2009–2010 season)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "LKL "Snaiperio" konkursą laimėjo E. Ruzgas". tv3.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai (2011–2012 season)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "Šiauliai (2012–2013 season)". LKL.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "LKL "Oro karalius" – "Šiaulių" legionierius Leslie (foto, komentaras)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- Zajarskas, Vaidotas. ""Šiauliai" pirmą kartą klubo istorijoje iškovojo BBL taurę (video, komentarai)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "Lietuvos Rytas nabs Travis Leslie". Eurocupbasketball.com. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- Miklovas, Jonas. ""Mercedes" ir Chižniaką peršokęs Leslie – dar kartą LKL "Oro karalius" (video, komentarai)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "Pratęsimą laimėję "Šiauliai" – BBL čempionai". Delfi.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "Antrą kvėpavimą įgavę "Šiauliai" laimėjo LKF taurės bronzą". lrytas.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- ""Lietuvos rytas" lengviausiu keliu pateko į LKL pusfinalį". Delfi.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "Vienas "Šiaulių" lyderių Rokas Giedraitis po sezono persikels į "Lietuvos rytą"". 24sek.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "J.Jucikas palieka "Šiaulius" ir keliasi į "Lietuvos rytą"". Eurobasket.lt. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "FIBA Europos taurės dalyvių sąraše – penki Lietuvos klubai". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
- "„Šiauliai“ per kėlinį tapo BBL čempionais". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
- Retired players jerseys are shown in this interview video (at ~3:24 and ~4:41)
- "Šiauliai | Lietuvos krepšinio lyga". LKL.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- "SIAULIAI". BBL.net. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- "SIAULIAI". www.eurocupbasketball.com. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- "Treneriai". GeltonaJuoda.lt. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- "Žaidėjų rekordai". GeltonaJuoda.lt. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
- "Žaidėjai". GeltonaJuoda.lt. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- Official website of BC Šiauliai (Lithuanian)
- BC Šiauliai LKL.lt (Lithuanian)
- GeltonaJuoda.lt - the official BC Šiauliai history website (Lithuanian)
- BC Šiauliai BBL.net (English)
- BC Šiauliai EuroCupBasketball.com (English)