BC Lietkabelis

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Lietkabelis Panevėžys
Lietkabelis Panevėžys logo
Leagues Lithuanian Basketball League
Eurocup
Founded 1964
History Lietkabelis
1964–1996
Kalnapilis
1996–2000
Preventa-Malsena
2000–2002
Malsena
2002–2003
Aukštaitija
2003–2004
Panevėžys
2004–2007
Techasas
2007–2012
Lietkabelis
2012–present
Arena Cido Arena
Arena Capacity 5,656
Location Panevėžys, Lithuania
Team colors Burgundy, white, pale gold
              
President Alvydas Bieliauskas
Head coach Kazys Maksvytis
Championships
Website kklietkabelis.lt
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
Away

BC Lietkabelis (Lithuanian: Krepšinio klubas Lietkabelis) is a Lithuanian professional basketball team based in Panevėžys, Lithuania, participating in the Lithuanian Basketball League and the Baltic Basketball League. BC Techasas had many financial problems at the 2011–2012 season start, they even boycotted a LKF Cup game.[1] Because of that Darius Gaudiešius sold the basketball club to Algirdas Kriščiūnas, Antanas Kazys Liorentas and Kazimieras Antanynas.[2] Due to the club owner changes, club got back his legendary name Lietkabelis.[3]

History[edit]

2012–2016 logo

Early years[edit]

Basketball club Lietkabelis history begins in 1964. The club’s name was not changing for straight 32 years. The home-court games were played in Aukštaitija Sports Palace, which was opened in 1965. The construction of the palace was initiated by V. Variakojis. Most of the team‘s players contributed with their own hands in the palace's construction process. At that period, the team was represented by such sports masters, like: S. Atraškevičius, J. Balakauskas, A. Butkūnas, V. Juchnevičius, E. Kuodys, A. Matačiūnas, R. Petrauskas, R. Sargūnas, V. Stalilionis, J. Zičkus, E. Žurauskas, V. Variakojis and others. Until the establishment of the Lithuanian Basketball League in 1993, Lietkabelis was among the country’s strongest basketball teams. During these times, Panevėžys club, trained by R. Sargūnas and V. Paškauskas from 1964 to 1996, became Lithuania’s champions twice (1985, 1988), won third place three times (1983, 1984 and 1991) and qualified into the Lithuania’s Cup competition finals two times (1985, 1986). Other performances are as follows: 1964, 1965, 1968 and 1989 – 5th places, 1966 and 1969 – 6th places, 1970, 1971, 1980, 1986 and 1993 – 7th places, 1973 and 1977 – 11-12 places, 1975 – 11th place, 1976 – 9-10 places, 1979 – 9th place, 1981 – 8th place and 1982, 1987, 1990, 1992 – 4th places.

1978–1986: playing in USSR Division I[edit]

From 1978 to 1986, Lietkabelis represented Lithuania in USSR I division tournament (second-tier competition in the Soviet Union). In more than three decades, many notable basketball persons played for the Panevėžys’ team: Algimantas Baziukas, Algirdas Brazys, Raimundas Čivilis, V. Dambrauskas, A. Kairys, M. Karnišovas, Jonas Kazlauskas, Algirdas Kriščiūnas, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Vitoldas Masalskis, O. Moisejenka, Gintaras Leonavičius, Rolandas Penikas, Algimantas Pavilonis, A. Šidlauskas and others. Notable boarding sports school members, who later been a part of the Lithuania national basketball team, trained their skills in Lietkabelis. Such players are: Gintaras Einikis, Dainius Adomaitis, Alvydas Pazdrazdis, Romanas Brazdauskis, Gvidonas Markevičius and others. The team long-time was coached by V. Stankevičius, a Lietkabelis factory director. The factory was team’s main sponsor.

1993: Creating the Lithuanian Basketball League[edit]

Dainius Šalenga as a Lietkabelis member in 2015.

In 1993, basketball club Lietkabelis was one of the eight Lithuanian Basketball League founders. From 1996, after three decades, Lietkabelis factory left basketball world. The team’s names were changing constantly: Kalnapilis (1996-1999), Sema (1999-2000), Panevėžys (2000-2001 ir 2004-2007), Preventa-Malsena (2001-2003), Aukštaitija (2003-2004) and Techasas (2007-2012). From January 2012, club’s name was reverted to the legendary one – Lietkabelis. In 20 LKL seasons the team’s jersey was worn by such notable Lithuanian basketball players: Gintaras Bačianskas (19,7 points per game in LKL), Gintaras Kadžiulis, Kęstutis Kemzūra, Mindaugas Lukauskis, Paulius Staškūnas, Žydrūnas Urbonas and others. In 1999-2000 season, Panevėžys team (named Sema at that time) participated in international tournament – FIBA Korać Cup for the first time after the country’s independence. In 2004-2005 season and from 2007 to 2012, Panevėžys team participated in Baltic Basketball League’s second division (renamed to BBL Challenge Cup in 2007). They also played in the BBL Elite Division from 2005 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2014. During ten years in this league, the team achieved first place twice in the BBL Challenge Cup (in 2005 as Panevėžys and in 2012 as Lietkabelis), they also won bronze medals twice as well (in 2008 and 2011 as Techasas). They won the BBL Elite Division, they won the bronze medals in 2016. In the LKL, the highest the team achieved was the quaterfinals, though they did come close in 2007 to reaching the semifinals, losing a very tough series to BC Šiauliai 1:2. In 2016, they also had a tough series against BC Lietuvos rytas, fighting hard in a losing sweep, though only lost the two away games in Vilnius 74:79 and 78:83.

In October 2008, the brand-new Cido Arena was opened in Panevėžys, which has 5656 seats for the basketball spectators. It became new Panevėžys basketball team home-hourt, replacing the Aukštaitija Sports Palace after 43 years.[4]

2015–present: participating in European competitions[edit]

On July 29, 2015, the club was invited to join the FIBA Europe Cup tournament, which is the alternative version of the 2nd tier European tournament Eurocup, organized by FIBA.[5] Although, just before the dawning ceremony, it was announced that 56 teams would participate instead of 64 and Lietkabelis was not one of these.[6]

On July 21, 2016, Lietkabelis was invited to play in the 2016–17 EuroCup season. The club previously registered again in the FIBA Europe Cup.[7] Following it, the team signed notable veterans: Mindaugas Lukauskis, Kšyštof Lavrinovič and Darjuš Lavrinovič who formed the core of the team.[8] The positive preseason resulted in record sales of over 700 season tickets just on the sales opening day.[9] The LKL season began historically by defeating Žalgiris Kaunas 90–86 for the first time after 16 years.[10] On January 30, Lietkabelis defeated Žalgiris once again, 79:77 at home thanks to a last second shot by Lorenzo Williams. Lietkabelis also defeated BC Lietuvos rytas 93:85 and 86:77 at home, becoming the first team to defeat both Žalgiris and Lietuvos rytas twice at home in the regular season. In the 2017 King Mindaugas cup, Lietkabelis made all the way to the finals, losing 63:84 to Žalgiris in a match that Lietkabelis fought hard until the 4th quater, when Žalgiris made a final run. Lietkabelis also won the season series against another favorite, BC Neptūnas, and finished in 3rd place in the standings for the first time in club history.

On October 12, 2016, Donatas Tarolis buzzer-beater guaranteed Lietkabelis first 89–88 Eurocup victory in the history of the club against KK MZT Skopje.[11] Lietkabelis continued their success in Zagreb, defeating the Croatian champions KK Cedevita 80–76. Another remarkable play was performed by Donatas Tarolis, whose put-back slam secured the victory with just 13 seconds remaining.[12] On November 23, the record of attendance was achieved, with 4427 spectators during the second game versus Cedevita, though Lietkabelis lost a tough rematch 68:69.[13] Lietkabelis qualified to the Eurocup Top16, with a 3-5 record in the group stage with another win against MZT Skopje, though lost both games to the top teams in the group - CB Gran Canaria and BC Nizhny Novgorod. Lietkabelis played in Group F against former tournament champion BC Khimki, and german giants FC Bayern München and ratiopharm Ulm. While Lietkabelis didn't manage to defeat Khimki and Bayern, they won both games against a powerful ratiopharm Ulm team, and finished the Eurocup Top16 phase with a repectable 2-4 record.

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

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BC Lietkabelis roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G/F 1 Australia Madgen, Ben 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 32 – (1985-02-07)7 February 1985
PF 3 Lithuania Tarolis, Donatas 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 22 – (1994-04-30)30 April 1994
PG 5 United States Williams, Lorenzo 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 32 – (1984-11-08)8 November 1984
SG 6 Lithuania Rinkūnas, Tadas 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 26 – (1991-03-30)30 March 1991
C 7 Lithuania Lavrinovič, Darjuš 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 37 – (1979-11-01)1 November 1979
G/F 8 Lithuania Lukauskis, Mindaugas 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 37 – (1979-05-19)19 May 1979
SG 9 Lithuania Leonavičius, Gintaras 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 33 – (1983-10-29)29 October 1983
PG 10 Lithuania Janavičius, Žygimantas 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 28 – (1989-02-20)20 February 1989
PF 12 Lithuania Lavrinovič, Kšyštof 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 116 kg (256 lb) 37 – (1979-11-01)1 November 1979
C 21 Lithuania Galdikas, Simas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 30 – (1987-01-03)3 January 1987
SG 23 United States Moore, Ramone 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 27 – (1989-05-27)27 May 1989
PF 50 Lithuania Skučas, Žygimantas 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 25 – (1992-03-18)18 March 1992
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 23 April 2016


Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve
C Darjuš Lavrinovič Simas Galdikas
PF Kšyštof Lavrinovič Donatas Tarolis
SF Mindaugas Lukauskis Žygimantas Skučas Ramone Moore
SG Ben Madgen Gintaras Leonavičius Tadas Rinkūnas
PG Žygimantas Janavičius Lorenzo Williams

Club achievements[edit]

Evaldas Žabas was named LKL All-Star in 2015.
Jurica Žuža previously played for Panathinaikos before joining Lietkabelis.
Egidijus Dimša was one of Lietkabelis team leaders in 2015.
Season League Pos. Significant Events Baltic League Pos. LKF Cup European Competitions
1993–94 LKL 9
1994–95 LKL 9
1995–96 LKL 10
1996–97 LKL 9
1997–98 LKL 10
1998–99 LKL 6 Quarterfinalist
1999–00 LKL 6 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup group stage
2000–01 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist
2001–02 LKL 9
2002–03 LKL 9
2003–04 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist
2004–05 LKL 8 Quarterfinalist Challenge Cup 1
2005–06 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist Elite Division 11
2006–07 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist Challenge Cup 11
2007–08 LKL 9 Challenge Cup 4
2008–09 LKL 9 Challenge Cup 7 Eight finalist
2009–10 LKL 6 Quarterfinalist Challenge Cup 3
2010–11 LKL 6 Quarterfinalist Challenge Cup 3 Second round
2011–12 LKL 11 Challenge Cup 1 Withdrew
2012–13 LKL 9 Top 16 Quarterfinalist
2013–14 LKL 9 Top 16 Fourth round
2014–15 LKL 8 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist
2015–16 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist Third place Quarterfinalist
2016–17 LKL 2 EuroCup

Notable players[edit]

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 an individual award.
  • A Lithuanian player who has played for the Lithuanian national basketball team.
  • A foreign international player who has significantly contributed into the results of the club.
  • A Lithuanian player who has significantly contributed into the results of the club.

References[edit]

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