BK Ventspils

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BK Ventspils
BK Ventspils logo
LeaguesLatvian–Estonian Basketball League
Champions League
Founded1994
HistoryBK Ventspils
1994–present
ArenaVentspils Olympic Center
Capacity3,085
LocationVentspils, Latvia
Team colorsYellow and Blue
         
PresidentAivars Lembergs
Head coachRoberts Štelmahers
Championships10 Latvian Championships
1 BBL Championships
Websitebkventspils.lv
Uniforms

BK Ventspils is a professional basketball club that is located in Ventspils, Latvia. The club competes in the Latvian Basketball League (LBL), the Baltic Basketball League (BBL) and the Champions League.

History[edit]

BK Ventspils was founded in 1994. In first years Ventspils proved themselves as relevant part of Latvian basketball, but major step came in 1997 when Ventspils Olympic Center was built. At that time Ventspils started to play in international competitions playing in 1997–98 edition of FIBA Korać Cup, which was followed by playing in FIBA Saporta Cup. Meanwhile, in the Latvian League Ventspils reached finals in both 1998 and 1999, but in 2000 they won their first domestic title and then went on to win seven consecutive from 2000 to 2006. The team won its eight Latvian League championship in 2009.[1]

During that championship run Ventspils also had great performances in European competitions. In the 2002–03 season Ventspils reached FIBA Champions Cup Final Four, where they finished third. In the 2003–04 season Ventspils debuted in the ULEB Cup competition, making eighthfinals. In the 2004–05 ULEB Cup season, Ventspils reached new heights and missed semifinals after, losing by one point in two game series against Hemofarm. Before the 2009–10 season, Ventspils participated in the EuroLeague Qualifying round, becoming the first Latvian team to do so.

Ventspils has been a team for many players to establish themselves on the European stage, such as Mire Chatman, Marijonas Petravičius, Jānis Blūms, Brent Wright, and others, who later had successful careers at the EuroLeague level.

In 2013, BK Ventspils became the first Latvian club to have won the Baltic Basketball League, after winning the first leg by a score of 69:91,[2] and losing the second, by a score of just 70:73,[3] in the finals against Prienai, from Lithuania. In the following season, BK Ventspils won their first Latvian League title since 2009, becoming the champions of the 2014 Latvian Basketball League campaign.

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Winners (10): 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2018
Runners-up (7): 1998, 1999, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Bronze (4): 1996, 2008, 2010, 2016
Winners (1): 2013
Runners-up (0):
Bronze (1): 2007
Bronze (1): 2003

Season by season[edit]

Season League Pos. Baltic League Pos. European competitions
1993–94 LBL 7th
1994–95 LBL 6th
1995–96 LBL 3rd
1996–97 LBL 4th
1997–98 LBL 2nd 3 Korać Cup R16
1998–99 LBL 2nd 2 Saporta Cup R16
1999–00 LBL 1st 2 Saporta Cup R32
2000–01 LBL 1st
2001–02 LBL 1st
2002–03 LBL 1st 3 FIBA Champions' Cup 3rd
2003–04 LBL 1st 2 ULEB Cup T16
2004–05 LBL 1st Elite Division 4th 2 ULEB Cup QF
2005–06 LBL 1st Elite Division 5th 2 ULEB Cup T16
2006–07 LBL 2nd Elite Division 3rd 2 ULEB Cup T16
2007–08 LBL 3rd Elite Division 6th 2 ULEB Cup T32
2008–09 LBL 1st Elite Division 7th 3 EuroChallenge RS
2009–10 LBL 3rd Elite Division 4th 1 Euroleague QR1
2 Eurocup RS
2010–11 LBL 2nd Elite Division 4th 3 EuroChallenge QF
2011–12 LBL 2nd Elite Division 6th 2 Eurocup QR
3 EuroChallenge QF
2012–13 LBL 2nd Champion 3 EuroChallenge L16
2013–14 LBL 1st Quarterfinalist 3 EuroChallenge L16
2014–15 LBL 2nd Runner-up 2 Eurocup RS
2015–16 LBL 3rd 3 FIBA Europe Cup R16
2016–17 LBL 2nd 3 Champions League POQ
2017–18 LBL 1st 3 Champions League RS
4 FIBA Europe Cup R16

Roster[edit]

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

BK Ventspils roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 1 United States Aaron Johnson 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 30 – (1988-10-27)27 October 1988
G 3 Latvia Artūrs Grīnbergs 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 22 – (1996-08-19)19 August 1996
PG 7 Latvia Ingus Jakovičs 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 25 – (1993-04-18)18 April 1993
SG 8 Latvia Jānis Antrops 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 27 – (1991-02-28)28 February 1991
G 9 Latvia Rihards Lomažs 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 22 – (1996-04-13)13 April 1996
F 13 Latvia Māris Gulbis (C) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 33 – (1985-10-04)4 October 1985
C 16 Latvia Lauris Blaus 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 28 – (1990-02-16)16 February 1990
PF 17 Latvia Roberts Freimanis 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 27 – (1991-07-03)3 July 1991
SG 18 Latvia Mareks Jurevičus 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 33 – (1985-01-17)17 January 1985
C 21 United States Jonathan Arledge 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 27 – (1991-09-21)21 September 1991
F/C 23 Guinea Ousmane Drame 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 26 – (1991-12-09)9 December 1991
SG 25 United States Anthony Beane 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 24 – (1994-05-06)6 May 1994
C 30 Latvia Ronalds Zaķis 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 31 – (1987-07-08)8 July 1987
SF 31 Latvia Jānis Bērziņš 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 25 – (1993-05-04)4 May 1993
SG 35 Latvia Kristaps Ķilips 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 17 – (2001-03-20)20 March 2001
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: October 24, 2018

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