Den Bosch Basketball

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New Heroes
New Heroes logo
LeaguesDutch Basketball League
Founded18 October 1952; 66 years ago (1952-10-18)
ArenaMaaspoort Sports and Events
Location's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Team colorsRed, White, Blue
PresidentBob van Oosterhout
Head coachIvica Skelin
OwnershipBob van Oosterhout
2017–18 positionDBL, 5th
Championships16 Dutch Championships
7 Dutch Cups
2 Dutch Supercup
1 Ricoh Cup
1 Haarlem Basketball Week
Retired numbers1 (12)

Den Bosch Basketball, for sponsorship reasons named New Heroes Basketball, is a Dutch professional basketball club based in 's-Hertogenbosch.[1] The team currently plays in the Dutch Basketball League (DBL), the top basketball division in the Netherlands. Founded as EBBC in 1951, the club would have several sponsored names the following decades.

Den Bosch has won a record sixteen Dutch championships as well as seven NBB Cups. The team has also been a regular at international competitions. Den Bosch plays their home games at the Maaspoort Sports & Events, which has a capacity of 2,700 people.[2] The original name of the club is Eerste Bossche Basketball Club, shortly EBBC.


On October 18, 1952, EBBC was founded by Cees Vossen, Tom van der Leur, Hans van Oorschot and Frans van de Wiel. In 1962, Den Bosch played in the top division Eredivisie for the first time, but not very successful. Subsequently the team relegated again.

Decades later, in June 2005, Den Bosch merged with EiffelTowers Nijmegen to form EiffelTowers Den Bosch. Following the merger the club had one of the largest budgets in the Netherlands, and with that they were able to attract high quality players. In their first season they had immediate success by winning the Dutch League title. The year after that (2006–07) EiffelTowers The Bosch would win the title again after a clean sweep against the Matrixx Magixx, after losing only four games in the regular season. The two following years, Den Bosch reached the finals, but lost twice to Amsterdam.

In 2012, EiffelTowers won its fifteenth Dutch championship, after beating ZZ Leiden 1–4 in a best-of-seven-series.

After 13 years playing as the EiffelTowers, the club changed its name to SPM Shoeters in 2013. Along with the name change the club changed the team colors to black, after playing in red since 2000. In the 2014–15 season, Shoeters won its sixteenth DBL championship after Donar was beaten 4–1 in the Finals. The team also performed excellent in the EuroChallenge that season, reaching the Top 16. Star of the season for Den Bosch was Brandyn Curry, who was named DBL Playoffs MVP.

After the 2015–16 season, it was revealed that Shoeters was dealing with serious financial problems which had the team on the edge of bankruptcy.[3] In October 2016, the team was bought by a sports marketing enterprise led by Bob van Oosterhout and the club was saved. Following, the team found a new main sponsor and was named New Heroes Basketball.[4]

Sponsorship names[edit]

Due to sponsorship reasons, EBBC has known a lot of names over the years:

  • 1952–74 EBBC
  • 1974–77 Sperry Remington EBBC
  • 1977–78 Falcon Jeans EBBC
  • 1978–80 EBBC
  • 1980–91 Nashua EBBC
  • 1991–92 Pro-Specs EBBC
  • 1992–95 Canoe Jeans EBBC
  • 1995–96 America Today EBBC
  • 1996–97 Libertel EBBC
  • 1997–99 Libertel Dolphins EBBC
  • 1999–03 Canoe Jeans EBBC
  • 2003–05 Tulip EBBC
  • 2005–13 EiffelTowers Den Bosch
  • 2013–16 SPM Shoeters Den Bosch[5]
  • 2016 Shooters Den Bosch
  • 2016–present New Heroes Basketball[6]


Den Bosch Basketball logos
2009–2013 2013–2016 2017–present
EiffelTowers DB Logo.jpg SPM Shoeters logo.png New Heroes DB logo.png



Dutch League (record)[7]

  • Winners (16): 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2014–15

Dutch Cup (record)[7]

Dutch SuperCup[8]

Ricoh Cup[9]

  • Winners (1): 2000


FIBA Saporta Cup[9]


FIBA Intercontinental Cup[9]

  • Runners-up (1): 1982


Haarlem Basketball Week[9]

  • Winners (1): 2006


Retired numbers[edit]

Den Bosch Basketball retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure Retirement date
12 Netherlands Kees Akerboom Jr. Guard 2001–2004, 2006–2018 23 September 2018[10]

Current roster[edit]

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

New Heroes roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name
F 7 Netherlands Wessels, Stefan
G/F 9 Netherlands van den Elzen, Stan
C 14 Netherlands Oudendag, Nick
PG 2 Netherlands Bouwknecht, Maarten
C 11 Netherlands Aarts, Roel
G 1 United Kingdom van Oostrum, Devon
G 42 United States Taylor, Vernon
F 24 United States Williams, Jonathon
G 73 United States Sherrill, Keshun
F 10 Netherlands Thelissen, Norbert
SG 28 Netherlands Voorn, Jessey
G United States Graham, Torian
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Netherlands Jeroen van Vugt

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 25 September 2018

Notable players[edit]

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

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Dutch Cup European competitions
1996–97 1 DBL 1st 2 Saporta Cup RS
1997–98 1 DBL 4th 2 Saporta Cup RS
1998–99 1 DBL 4th
1999–00 1 DBL 5th Winner
2000–01 1 DBL 3rd
2001–02 1 DBL 6th Winner
2002–03 1 DBL 5th
2003–04 1 DBL 2nd
2004–05 1 DBL 5th
2005–06 1 DBL 1st Eighthfinalist 4 EuroCup Challenge T16
2006–07 1 DBL 1st Eighthfinalist 2 ULEB Cup RS
2007–08 1 DBL 2nd Winner 2 ULEB Cup RS
2008–09 1 DBL 2nd Winner 3 EuroChallenge T16
2009–10 1 DBL 5th Quarterfinalist 3 EuroChallenge RS
2010–11 1 DBL 3rd Semifinalist
2011–12 1 DBL 1st Quarterfinalist
2012–13 1 DBL 3rd Winner
2013–14 1 DBL 2nd Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge RS
2014–15 1 DBL 1st Runners-up 3 EuroChallenge T16
2015–16 1 DBL 4th Champions
2016–17 1 DBL 4th Eighthfinalist
2017–18 1 DBL 5th Semifinalist
2018–19 1 DBL 4 FIBA Europe Cup RS

List of head coaches[edit]

Coach From To Honours
Netherlands Don Beck 2009 2010
Austria Raoul Korner 2010 2013 1 Dutch Basketball League, 1 NBB Cup
Netherlands Sam Jones 2013 2016 1 Dutch Basketball League, 1 NBB Cup, 1 Dutch Basketball Supercup
Netherlands Sander van der Holst 2016 2017
Croatia Silvano Poropat 2017 August 2018


  1. ^ "Dukes Unlimited Den Bosch basketball, News, Roster, Rumors, Stats, Awards, Transactions, Details". Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  2. ^ Zaal en ruimtes
  3. ^ Faillissement SPM Shoeters dreigt, basketbalclub Den Bosch heeft grote geldschulden
  4. ^ New Heroes nieuwe hoofdsponsor
  5. ^ "EiffelTowers vanaf komend seizoen SPM Shoeters". Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ a b "Landskampioenen, bekerwinnaars en competitiewinnaars" (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Super Cup" (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d Erelijst
  10. ^ "Den Bosch zwaait Akerboom uit". Eredivisie basketbal Nederland, (in Dutch). 23 September 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.

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