San Sebastián Gipuzkoa BC

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Nickname GBC
Leagues LEB Oro
Founded 2001
History Gipuzkoa BC
San Sebastián Gipuzkoa BC
Arena José Antonio Gasca
Arena Capacity 2,500
Location San Sebastián, Spain
Team colors Navy Blue, Blue
President Nekane Arzallus
Head coach Porfirio Fisac
Website Official website
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San Sebastián Gipuzkoa Basket Club, S.A.D., also known as GBC by sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in San Sebastián, Spain. The team plays in the LEB Oro. Their home arena is Polideportivo Municipal José Antonio Gasca.


San Sebastián Gipuzkoa BC started competing in LEB 2, third tier. After a first season where the club finished in 11th position out of sixteen teams, it ceased in activity until 2004, when it came back to LEB 2.

In the 2004–05 LEB 2 season, despite finishing in the second position of the regular season, Gipuzkoa BC was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the promotion playoffs by Ciudad de La Laguna. After this come back to competition, Gipuzkoa BC bought the place in Liga LEB, second tier, to CB Ciudad de Algeciras.

Bruesa GBC only needed one season in LEB to achieve promotion Liga ACB. The team finished the regular season in the sixth position but performed a perfect playoff (7–0) to win the league.[1]

The 2006–07 ACB season was not good for the club and could not remain in the league after only winning eight of the 34 games. Porfirio Fisac finished his era in the club after two consecutive promotions.

Despite this failure, Bruesa GBC, this time with Pablo Laso as coach, obtained again the promotion after beating Tenerife Rural in the final game by 81–76 in Cáceres.[2]

The second era in Liga ACB was much better, and the club had not too much problems to remain in the league. The 2011–12 season, just after Pablo Laso signed with Real Madrid, would be the best one in the history of the club, qualifying for the first time to play the Copa del Rey, where the team was defeated in the quarterfinals by Caja Laboral, and the playoffs, not being able to beat Valencia Basket.

A drastic cut in the public subvention to the club, forced Gipuzkoa to resign to play in the Eurocup Basketball.[3] From 2012 to 2016 the club decreased its performances and was relegated to LEB Oro in three of the following four seasons, but remained in the league due to the not ability of the second-tier teams to fulfill the requirements to join the ACB League.

In July 2016, after its third relegation and only winning seven games of the 2015–16 season, the board of directors agreed to register GBC in the LEB Oro, thus rejecting the invitation to play again in Liga ACB.[4] With this decision, GBC came back to its old pavilion Polideportivo Municipal José Antonio Gasca, instead of playing again at Illumbe bullring.

Sponsorship naming[edit]

San Sebastián Gipuzkoa BC has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:

  • Datac GBC: 2001–02
  • Bruesa GBC: 2004–09
  • Lagun Aro GBC: 2009–13
  • GBC: 2015–present


Home arenas[edit]


Current roster[edit] GBC roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Age
PF 5 United States Carlson, Michael Kaz 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 25 – (1991-06-17)17 June 1991
SF 10 Spain Lasa, Lander 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 29 – (1988-01-16)16 January 1988
C 12 Senegal Ndoye, Abdoulaye 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 21 – (1995-08-23)23 August 1995
SG 1 Senegal Niang, Thierno 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 27 – (1990-03-08)8 March 1990
SG 7 Spain Oroz, Xabier 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 21 – (1996-01-19)19 January 1996
SF 11 Spain Pardina, Joan 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 23 – (1993-11-18)18 November 1993
SF 9 Spain Pino, Sergi 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 29 – (1987-07-03)3 July 1987
SG 25 Norway Skouen, Nikolas 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 27 – (1990-01-29)29 January 1990
C 2 Lithuania Šležas, Tautvydas 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 26 – (1990-03-31)31 March 1990
PG 6 Spain Úriz, Ricardo 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 36 – (1980-07-30)30 July 1980
Head coach
  • Spain Porfirio Fisac
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain Jon Txakartegi
  • Spain Lolo Encinas

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 8 October 2016


Porfirio Fisac achieved the first promotion of the club to Liga ACB.
  • Aitor Uriondo: 2001–02
  • Porfirio Fisac: 2004–07
  • Pablo Laso: 2007–11
  • Sito Alonso: 2011–14
  • Jaume Ponsarnau: 2014–15
  • Porfirio Fisac: 2015–present

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Copa del Rey Other cups
2001–02 3 LEB 2 11 13–17
2002–04 Did not enter any competition
2004–05 3 LEB 2 5 Quarterfinalist[N 1] 21–9 2–3 Copa LEB 2 SF
2005–06 2 LEB 1 Promoted 19–15 7–0
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 18 Relegated 8–26
2007–08 2 LEB Oro 2 Promoted 24–10 4–0 Copa Príncipe SF
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 12 11–21
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 14 13–21
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 14 12–22
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 5 Quarterfinalist 19–15 1–2 Quarterfinalist
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 17 Relegated[N 2] 8–26
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 10 16–18
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 17 Relegated[N 3] 10–24
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 18 Relegated 7–27

Trophies and awards[edit]


Individual awards[edit]

ACB Most Valuable Player

All-ACB Team

ACB Best Young Player Award

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Played at least one season for the club.
  • Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official match in the NBA at any time.


  1. ^ Bought the LEB berth to CB Ciudad de Algeciras.
  2. ^ Remained in ACB after Ford Burgos and Lucentum Alicante didn't give the requirements for joining the league.
  3. ^ Remained in ACB after Ford Burgos and Club Ourense Baloncesto didn't give the requirements for joining the league.


  1. ^ "Bruesa GBC temporada 2005/06 – Un 0 – 7 que vale un ascenso" (in Spanish). 14 January 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "El Bruesa vuelve a la ACB un año después" (in Spanish). Marca. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Renuncia a jugar la Eurocup" (in Spanish). Gara. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Diputación de Gipuzkoa y GBC sellan acuerdo para que juegue en LEB Oro" (in Spanish). 14 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 

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