BC Pieno žvaigždės

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Pieno žvaigždės Pasvalys
Pieno žvaigždės Pasvalys logo
Nickname Pienininkai (Milkmen)
Leagues Lithuanian Basketball League,
Baltic Basketball League
Founded 2003
Arena Pieno žvaigždės Arena
Arena Capacity 1,200
Location Pasvalys, Lithuania
Team colors Navy, Yellow, White
President Eugenijus Budreika
Head coach Ramūnas Cvirka
Championships 1 LKAL
Website www.bcpienozvaigzdes.lt
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BC Pieno žvaigždės (Lithuanian: Krepšinio klubas Pieno žvaigždės) is a professional basketball club from Pasvalys, Lithuania which currently plays in the LKL league. The club name comes from the main sponsor Pieno žvaigždės.


In 2003, the club debuted in the LKAL league and took fourth place (regular season: 19-15). The 2003–2004 LKAL season was more successful for Pieno žvaigždės as they won the regular season (regular season: 39-13). During the 2006–2007 season, Pieno žvaigždės played in the new second Lithuania basketball league, NKL, and took fifth place (regular season: 22-22). In their second NKL season, BC Pieno žvaigždės took only eight place (regular season: 17-15). The 2008–2009 season was more successful and Pieno žvaigždės took sixth place (regular season: 23-13). The 2009–2010 NKL season was one of the most successful in the club history as BC Pieno žvaigždės took third place in NKL (regular season: 21-9).

Derrick Caracter, one of the team's leaders in the 2013–14 season.
Since 2011 Pieno žvaigždės plays in the newly built arena.

However this was not the end, as BC Pieno žvaigždės ended their 2010–2011 NKL regular season with 41:1 win/lose ratio (lost to Pakruojo Meresta by 1 point). On 16/17 April 2011, BC Pieno žvaigždės participated in NKL final four and became NKL champions.[1] Also they got their chance to enter Lithuania super basketball league LKL, because of that, Pieno žvaigždės played three transition matches against Naglis (loser goes to NKL and the winner is automatically transferred to Lithuania super basketball league LKL). On 26 April 2011, Pieno žvaigždės lost their first transition match against Naglis in Palanga.[2] On 29 April 2011 however, Pieno žvaigždės won the second game of the transition series in Pasvalys.[3] The perfect BC „Pieno žvaigždės“ season finished very unsuccessfully as they lost the third transition series game against Naglis by only one point with result 68:69.[4] Because of that, Pieno žvaigždės had to stay in NKL.

On 14 July 2011, Pieno žvaigždės merged with LKL participant Perlas, so they participated in premier Lithuania basketball league LKL. The main team coach was former Perlas coach Roberts Štelmahers.[5] Pieno Žvaigždės debuted in the LKL league on 7 October 2011 against Techasas, they won the match with result 84:56.[6]

In 2011–2012 season Pieno žvaigždės participated in LKF Cup tournament. They eliminated Šiauliai in last round of playoffs and advanced to final four, which took place in Kaunas.[7] The semi-final was against Rūdupis, which, after very tight game Pieno žvaigždės won with result 68:67.[8]

However, the team was no match for Žalgiris Kaunas, losing 62:99. Over the next two seasons, the team played solidly in both the LKL and BBL comptetitions, reaching the quarterfinals each time, also reaching the LKF Cup finals in 2013, though losing to BC Prienai.

In the 2014–15 LKL season, Pieno žvaigždės were just one step away from defeating Juventus in the quarter-finals, losing the fifth series game by 8 points.[9] Juventus later played in the LKL bronze final and surprisingly defeated Euroleague participant BC Neptūnas there.[10]

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 ULEB Eurocup, organized by FIBA.[11] University of Florida standout Dennis Mavin and Khimik star Ramone Moore strengthened the team roster in the summer of 2015.[12][13] The team advanced into the second stage of the FIBA Europe Cup by clinching the second place in the group and surprisingly leaving the last season's Polish champions and Euroleague participants Turów Zgorzelec shocked.[14] They were eliminated in the second stage, with KK Cibona and Energia Târgu Jiu advancing.

Current roster[edit]

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BC Pieno žvaigždės roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 1 United States Low, Derrick 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 31 – (1986-03-21)21 March 1986
G/F 5 Lithuania Tamulis, Justas 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 22 – (1994-07-12)12 July 1994
F 6 Lithuania Dilys, Vilmantas 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 29 – (1987-10-06)6 October 1987
PG 7 Lithuania Babkauskas, Karolis 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 70 kg (154 lb) 26 – (1991-03-18)18 March 1991
SG 9 Lithuania Fiodorovas, Ignas 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 21 – (1996-03-01)1 March 1996
G/F 10 Lithuania Babrauskas, Steponas 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 32 – (1984-06-20)20 June 1984
SF 11 Lithuania Petrikonis, Paulius 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 19 – (1998-03-11)11 March 1998
F 12 Lithuania Dimša, Egidijus 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 31 – (1985-04-01)1 April 1985
SF 13 Lithuania Olisevičius, Osvaldas 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 24 – (1993-01-10)10 January 1993
PF 18 Ukraine Agafonov, Andriy 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 30 – (1986-05-07)7 May 1986
PF 21 Russia Balashov, Nikita 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 25 – (1991-06-19)19 June 1991
G 31 United States Balentine, D.J. 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 23 – (1993-07-21)21 July 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: November 21, 2015

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Andriy Agafonov Egidijus Dimša
PF Nikita Balashov Vilmantas Dilys
SF Steponas Babrauskas Osvaldas Olisevičius Paulius Petrikonis
SG Justas Tamulis D.J.Balentine Ignas Fiodorovas
PG Derrick Low Karolis Babkauskas

Season by season[edit]

  • 2003-2004 season: 4th LKAL (reg. season: 19-15)
  • 2004-2005 season: 5th (reg. season: 39-13)
  • 2005-2006 season: -
  • 2006-2007 season: 5th NKL (reg. season: 22-22)
  • 2007-2008 season: 8th NKL (reg. season: 17-15)
  • 2008-2009 season: 6th NKL (reg. season: 23-13)
  • 2009-2010 season: 3rd NKL (reg. season: 21-9)
  • 2010-2011 season: 1st NKL (reg. season: 41-1, lost promotion playoffs)
Season Tier League Pos. Significant Events Baltic League Pos. LKF Cup
2003–04 2 LKAL 4
2004–05 2 LKAL 5
2005–06 Did not enter any competition
2006–07 2 NKL 5
2007–08 2 NKL 8
2008–09 2 NKL 8 Quarterfinalist
2009–10 2 NKL 6 Quarterfinalist
2010–11 2 NKL 1 Lost promotion playoffs
2011–12 1 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist Elite Division 9 Runner-up
2012–13 1 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Runner-up
2013–14 1 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Sixth round
2014–15 1 LKL 4 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist

Notable players[edit]


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