San Sebastián Gipuzkoa BC

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Nickname GBC
Leagues Liga ACB
Founded 2001
History Gipuzkoa BC
San Sebastián Gipuzkoa BC
Arena San Sebastián Arena
Arena Capacity 11,000
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 Liga ACB. Their home arena is San Sebastián Arena.


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. In its third season at LEB Oro, it achieved a third promotion to the top tier after ending as league champions.

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]

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

Gipuzkoa Basket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F/C 1 United States Agbalese, Danny 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 27 – (1990-03-14)14 March 1990
PG 3 Canada Chery, Kenny 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 25 – (1992-01-24)24 January 1992
PF 88 United Kingdom Clark, Daniel 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 29 – (1988-09-16)16 September 1988
PF United States Fakuade, Michael 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 28 – (1989-02-18)18 February 1989
C 64 Netherlands Norel, Henk 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 30 – (1987-09-17)17 September 1987
SG 7 Spain Oroz, Xabier 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 21 – (1996-01-19)19 January 1996
SF 11 Spain Pardina, Joan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 23 – (1993-11-18)18 November 1993
PG 5 Spain Pérez, Dani 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 27 – (1990-02-28)28 February 1990
SF 10 Spain Salvó, Miquel 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 22 – (1994-11-03)3 November 1994
F 44 United States Swing, Jordan 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 26 – (1990-12-31)31 December 1990
SG Argentina Van Lacke, Fede 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 37 – (1980-06-26)26 June 1980
Head coach
  • Spain Porfirio Fisac
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain Lolo Encinas

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: September 13, 2017

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C Henk Norel Danny Agbalese
PF Daniel Clark Michael Fakuade
SF Joan Pardina Miquel Salvó
SG Jordan Swing Xabier Oroz
PG Dani Pérez Kenny Chery

Source: ACB
Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non-FIBA Europe player


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. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups
2001–02 3 LEB 2 11th 13–17
2002–04 Did not enter any competition
2004–05 3 LEB 2 5th[a] 23–12 Copa LEB 2 SF
2005–06 2 LEB 1st 26–15
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 18th 8–26
2007–08 2 LEB Oro 2nd 28–10 Copa Príncipe SF
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 12th 11–21
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 14th 13–21
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 14th 12–22
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 5th 20–17 Quarterfinalist
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 17th[b] 8–26
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 10th 16–18
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 17th[c] 10–24
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 18th 7–27
2016–17 2 LEB Oro 1st 25–9
2017–18 1 Liga ACB
  1. ^ Bought the LEB berth to Algeciras Cepsa.
  2. ^ Remained in ACB after Ford Burgos (Tizona) did not give the requirements for joining the league.
  3. ^ Remained in ACB after Ford Burgos did not give the requirements for joining the league.

Trophies and awards[edit]


Individual awards[edit]

ACB Most Valuable Player

All-ACB Team

ACB Best Young Player Award

Notable players[edit]

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


  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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