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Basket Zaragoza 2002

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CAI Zaragoza
CAI Zaragoza logo
Leagues Liga ACB
Eurocup
Founded 2002
Arena Pabellón José Luis Abós
Arena Capacity 10,744
Location Zaragoza, Spain
Team colors               
President Reynaldo Benito
Head coach Joaquín Ruiz Lorente
Championships 2 LEB championship
1 Copa Príncipe
Website www.basketzaragoza.net
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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Basket Zaragoza 2002 S. A. D., more commonly known as CAI Zaragoza by sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball team based in Zaragoza, Spain, who currently plays in Liga ACB and Eurocup. Their home arena is the Pabellón José Luis Abós.

History

Basket Zaragoza 2002 S. A. D. was founded in 2002 with the aim of giving the city of Zaragoza back to the Spanish basketball elite league, after old CB Zaragoza left the Liga ACB on 1996. It started playing on LEB, after taking the post belonging to CB Coruña.

CAI Zaragoza spent five hard years on LEB league before reaching Liga ACB for the first time. The team had to overcome a relegation playoffs (against CB Ciudad de Huelva) and four consecutive failed promotion playoffs (against CB Granada, CB Murcia and Baloncesto León twice).

Finally, the "red tide" got promoted to Liga ACB but its first participation on it was a total failure. CAI Zaragoza got immediately relegated, after being defeated in the last day by CB Murcia. Nevertheless the team arranged again the highest competition at the first attempt.

Important changes inside the club made the team improve and get healthy. Thanks to these changes, CAI Zaragoza has established on the highest basketball league of Spain.

Players

Current roster

CAI Zaragoza roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG -- Spain Bellas, Tomás 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 28 – (1987-06-24)24 June 1987
F -- Germany Benzing, Robin 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 26 – (1989-05-01)1 May 1989
SG -- United States Diener, Drake 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 33 – (1981-12-19)19 December 1981
PF -- New Zealand Fotu, Isaac 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 21 – (1993-12-18)18 December 1993
G -- United States Henry, Sek 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 28 – (1987-06-28)28 June 1987
PF 89 Serbia Jelovac, Stevan 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 26 – (1989-07-08)8 July 1989
F/C -- United States Kanacević, Halil 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 118 kg (260 lb) 23 – (1991-10-23)23 October 1991
SF -- United States Linhart, Nate 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 97.5 kg (215 lb) 28 – (1986-11-14)14 November 1986
C 25 Netherlands Norel, Henk 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 27 – (1987-09-17)17 September 1987
SF 15 Spain Sastre, Joan 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 23 – (1991-12-10)10 December 1991
SF 19 Spain Tomàs, Pere 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 25 – (1989-09-05)5 September 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 2015-08-27

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Henk Norel
PF Stevan Jelovac Juan José García
SF Robin Benzing Joan Sastre Nate Linhart Pere Tomàs
SG
PG Sek Henry Tomás Bellas

Season by season

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
2002–03 2 LEB 14 Relegation playoffs 12–18 3–2
2003–04 2 LEB 4 Semifinalist 20–14 5–5 Copa Príncipe C
2004–05 2 LEB 6 Quarterfinalist 19–15 0–3 Copa Príncipe SF
2005–06 2 LEB 4 Semifinalist 25–9 5–3
2006–07 2 LEB 3 Semifinalist 21–13 5–3
2007–08 2 LEB 1 Promoted 28–6 Copa Príncipe SF
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 17 Relegated 8–24 Supercopa RU
2009–10 2 LEB 1 Promoted 27–7
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 10 16–18
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 10 16–18
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 3 Semifinalist 21–13 2–4 Quarterfinalist Supercopa SF
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 8 Quarterfinalist 18–16 0–2 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup L32 8–8
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 9 18–16 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup L32 6–10

Honours

Trophies

Individual awards

Copa Príncipe de Asturias MVP

  • Matías Lescano – 2004

Players database

Updated as of the end of the 2014–15 season

Coaches database

Nationality Name Season
Spain José Luis Abós García 2009–2014
Spain Alberto Angulo Espinosa 2008–2009
Spain Alfred Julbe Bosch 2002–2004 & 2005–2006
Spain Jesús Alfonso Mateo Díez 2006–2007
Spain José Luis Oliete Terraz 2002–2003
Spain Óscar Quintana Viar 2004–2005
Spain Joaquín Ruiz Lorente 2014–present
Spain Francisco Segura Gómez 2007–2009
Serbia Ranko Zeravica 2002–2003

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