Perlas (basketball club)

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BC Perlas-MRU
BC Perlas-MRU logo
Leagues Nacionalinė krepšinio lyga
Founded 2003
History BC Perlas
(2003-2011)
BC Perlas-MRU
(2011-2012)
BC Vilnius-MRU
(2012-2013)
BC Perlas-MRU
(2013-present)
Arena MRU sports hall, Ateities g. 20, Vilnius (MRU)
Location Vilnius, Lithuania
Team colors Black, Red and White
              
President Lithuania Vytenis Tupčiauskas
Head coach Lithuania Arvydas Gronskis
Championships None
Website Official website
Uniforms
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Home
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Away jersey
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BC Perlas, also known as BC Perlas-MRU because of its affiliation with Mykolas Romeris University, is a professional basketball club based in Vilnius, Lithuania, currently competing in the Nacionalinė krepšinio lyga. BC Perlas is a daughter club of the Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.

Vilnius Perlas-MRU club founded in 2003. Over the decade, the team has changed a lot of names. Since the 2004-2005 season it constantly figured "Perlas" name. After the 2012-2013 season, the team has become a "Vilnius-MRU" and recovered the 2014-2015 season, "Perlas-MRU" name.[1] Developed young prospects the team became a springboard to professional career for former's Lietuvos Rytas players, Eimantas Bendžius, Dovydas Redikas and BC Žalgiris former player Mindaugas Kuzminskas. Undoubtedly, the capital's best-known alumnus - Toronto Raptors and the Lithuania men's national basketball team center Jonas Valančiūnas.

For the first time, in the second-largest Lithuanian basketball league (NKL), "Perlas-MRU" qualify for the playoff 2006-2007 season. An ambitious and young team in 2009 went on a commercial basis to emulate the LKL. During two seasons in the league "Perlas-MRU" ranked respectively finished regular season in 8th and 7th places. On 14 July 2011, the club merged with NKL champions „Pieno Žvaigždės“, with many players signing with BC Pieno žvaigždės as a result.[2]

In 2011-2012 season after returning to the NKL, "Perlas-MRU" did not qualify for the playoffs. 2012-2013 season the capital team results were much better. Vilnius team in the regular season ranked 12th place (14/20), but the Round of 16 2:1 eliminated the fifth ranking which was to Sūduva-Mantinga. In the quarterfinals, "Perlas-MRU" met with Jonavos "Triobet". These teams confrontation took three matches and a thriller of 2:1 and won the final four NKL allowed Jonava team.

2013-2014 season, Vilnius residents allowed back into the NKL playoff round. Round of 16 Mindaugas Sakalauskas players 3:0 broke Klaipedos Nafta-Universitetas and the quarterfinals to three victories in 2:3 admitted Joniškio "Delikatesas" advantage.[3]

Players[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

BC Perlas-MRU roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SG 2 Lithuania Normantas, Margiris 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 20 – (1996-10-27)27 October 1996
PG 5 Lithuania Galeckas, Tomas 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 22 – (1994-06-28)28 June 1994
SF 7 Lithuania Dieninis, Mykolas 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 20 – (1997-01-27)27 January 1997
PF 8 Lithuania Pipiras, Domantas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 25 – (1991-12-08)8 December 1991
SF 9 Lithuania Kvedaravičius, Lukas 2.0 m (6 ft 7 in) 74 kg (163 lb) 19 – (1997-09-29)29 September 1997
SF 10 Lithuania Pipiras, Tautvydas 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 23 – (1993-08-21)21 August 1993
PF 13 Lithuania Brazauskas, Gytis 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 21 – (1995-07-12)12 July 1995
C 14 Belarus Massalski, Yauhen 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 17 – (1999-03-25)25 March 1999
PG 20 Lithuania Pilauskas, Aistis 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 18 – (1998-04-08)8 April 1998
SG 21 Lithuania Beručka, Arnas 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 20 – (1997-03-17)17 March 1997
C 35 Lithuania Daunys, Rimantas 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 19 – (1997-05-18)18 May 1997
PF 51 Lithuania Sugintas, Remigijus 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 29 – (1987-05-15)15 May 1987
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 2016-04-18

Notable players[edit]

History[edit]

Season League Pos. Significant Events Baltic League Pos. LKF Cup
2009–10 LKL 8 Quarterfinalist Challenge Cup 3 Quarterfinalist
2010–11 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist Elite Division 11 First round
2014–15 NKL 1 Quarterfinalist

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