Kataja Basket Club

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Kataja
Kataja logo
Leagues Korisliiga
Basketball Champions League
Founded 1949; 68 years ago (1949)
Arena Joensuu Areena
Arena Capacity 2,500
Location Joensuu, Finland
Team colors Blue and White
         
Championships 2 Finnish Leagues
3 Finnish Cups
Retired numbers 1 (11)
Website katajabasket.fi
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
Away


Kataja Basket Club is a professional basketball club of sports club Kataja from Joensuu, Finland. The team plays in the Korisliiga, the highest tier of Finnish basketball. In 2015, Kataja won its first national championship, after it beat Bisons Loimaa 3–2 in the Finnish Finals.

History[edit]

The basketball activity of the club started in 1955. In 1961, the team started playing in the Joensuu Sports Hall. The team started in provincial competitions, but quickly promoted to the national level in the 1960s. From 1976 till 1980, the team played continuously in the highest Finnish division. In the 2001–02 season, the taem won its first trophy when it won the Finnish Cup. In 2015, the first championship of Kataja was realized after a 3–2 Finals series win against Bisons Loimaa. In the 2012–13 season, Kataja started participating in European competitions when it entered the EuroChallenge. The team immediately reached the quarterfinals of the competition, and has played in Europe every season since.[1]

Achievements[edit]

Champions (2): 2014–15, 2016–17
Champions (3): 2002, 2011, 2012

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Kataja Basket Club retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure
11 Finland Eero Oksava G 1963–1980

Current roster[edit]

As of 13 September 2016.[2]
Kataja Basket Club roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
G 0 Canada Mullings, Daniel 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
G 1 Finland Seppala, Ilari 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
PF 3 Finland Makalainen, Vesa 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
SF 4 Finland Niemi, Jesse 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
PF 7 Finland Perttu, Atte 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
F/C 8 Finland Huolila, Tommi 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
PG 9 Finland Rannikko, Teemu (C) 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
G/F 22 United States Wesley, Byron 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
PF 24 United States King, Joey 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
G 40 Finland Lasaroff, Johannes 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Head coach
  • United States Greg Gibson

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured


Notable players[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Domestic competitions Finnish Cup European competitions
Tier League Pos. Tier League Result
2010–11 1 Korisliiga 2nd Champion
2011–12 1 Korisliiga 2nd Champion
2012–13 1 Korisliiga 3rd
3
EuroChallenge
QF
2013–14 1 Korisliiga 2nd N/A
3
EuroChallenge
RS
2014–15 1 Korisliiga 1st
3
EuroChallenge
RS
2015–16 1 Korisliiga 5th
3
FIBA Europe Cup
R32
2016–17 1 Korisliiga 1st
3
Champions League
RS
2017–18 1 Korisliiga
3
Champions League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kataja Basket Club History". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Joukkue". Katajabasket.fi. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

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