BC Sakalai

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BC Sakalai
BC Sakalai logo
Leagues Lithuanian Basketball League
Baltic Basketball League
Founded 1991
Dissolved 2013
Arena Ekinstos laisvalaikio centras
(capacity: 1,000)
Location Vilnius, Lithuania
Team colors Yellow and green
         
President Linas Kvedaravičius
Championships Lithuanian Basketball A League (1994)
Baltic Basketball League Challenge Cup (2009)
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
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Ramūnas Šiškauskas, a Lithuanian basketball star player, started his career with Sakalai.

BC Sakalai was a professional basketball club based in Vilnius, Lithuania, playing in the Lithuanian Basketball League and the Baltic Basketball League. They played their home games at the 1,000-seat Ekinstos laisvalaikio centras.

Sakalai means falcons in Lithuanian language.

Franchise history[edit]

Beginning and LKAL champions (1991–1994)[edit]

BC Sakalai began playing in 1991 at the Lithuanian Basketball A League (LKAL). In 1994, Sakalai managed to win the LKAL Championship and in June 1994, the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) Committee accepted them into the LKL.

LKL debut (1994–1995)[edit]

In their debut season, Sakalai finished in 8th place (17 wins and 23 losses). Their first win was against NECA Kaunas, 100–88. In the playoffs, Sakalai lost the series 0–2 in the first round to [[BC Žalgiris Žalgiris Kaunas]].

LKL, Korać Cup and Saporta Cup (1995–1999)[edit]

In the 1995–96 LKL season, Sakalai finished in 5th place and also competed in the Korać Cup. In the Korać Cup, Sakalai moved up to the Round of 16, where they lost to Croatia Osiguranje Split. The team became a strong playoff team, even finishing in 3rd place in the 1997-98 regular season, though losing both the semifinals and bronze medal series, finishing 4th.

Luck changed the next season, as Sakalai won 3rd place in the 1998–99 LKL season and were invited to the Saporta Cup, where they reached the Round of 16 before losing to Panionios Athens.

LKL and BBL (1999–2008)[edit]

Since 1999, Sakalai have become the second-best team in Vilnius after Lietuvos rytas. In the 1999–2000 LKL season, Sakalai won 4th place, being unable to repeat in 3rd place. In the 2000–01, 2001–02, and 2002–03 LKL seasons, Sakalai finished in 6th, 6th, and 5th places respectively. They also played in the Saporta Cup in the 2000–01 season.

In 2003–04 and 2004–05 LKL seasons, Sakalai were one away from 3rd place, but lost to Šiauliai both times. Also, in 2005, Sakalai competed in the first Baltic Basketball League season, finishing in 6th place. The next three seasons, Sakalai won 5th, 7th, and 7th places respectively.

BBL Challenge Cup winners (2008–2009)[edit]

In 2008, Sakalai continued playing in the Baltic Basketball League Challenge Cup. On April 11, Sakalai won the 2008–09 BBL Challenge Cup, defeating VEF Rīga 84–77. They lost the series 2–1 to Nevėžis Kėdainiai for the opportunity to play in the Elite Division and stayed in the BBL Challenge Cup for the 2009–10 season.

Decline (2009–2013)[edit]

The team's success quickly ran out, and in the next few seasons they plummeted to the bottom in the LKL standings. In 2013, after a very poor season (finishing second to last), the team was ejected from the LKL due to a very poor financial situation. The situation of the team was left uncertain. During the 2013–14 season, it was announced that Sakalai was dissolved.

Season by season[edit]

Simas Jasaitis was one of the BC Sakalai team leaders in 2000–2001 season.
Season League Pos. Significant events Baltic League Pos. LKF Cup European competitions
1993–94 LKAL 1 Promoted
1994–95 LKL 8 Quarterfinalist
1995–96 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist Played Korać Cup
1996–98 LKL
1998–99 LKL 3 Bronze medal Played Saporta Cup
1999–00 LKL 4 Semifinalist Played Saporta Cup
2000–01 LKL 6 Quarterfinalist
2001–02 LKL 6 Quarterfinalist
2002–03 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist
2003–04 LKL 4 Semifinalist
2004–05 LKL 4 Semifinalist Elite Division 6
2005–06 LKL 5 Quarterfinalist Elite Division 8
2006–07 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist Elite Division 13
2007–08 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist Elite Division 17
2008–09 LKL 7 Quarterfinalist Challenge Cup 1 Eighth finalist
2009–10 LKL 9 Challenge Cup 3 Second round
2010–11 LKL 11 Challenge Cup 7 Quarterfinalist
2011–12 LKL 10 Challenge Cup 3 First round
2012–13 LKL 10 - Elite Division 11

Notable players[edit]

Championships[edit]

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