Saski Baskonia

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Kirolbet Baskonia
Kirolbet Baskonia logo
Leagues Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Founded 26 December 1959; 58 years ago (1959-12-26)
(3 December 1952; 65 years ago (1952-12-03))[1]
History
Arena Fernando Buesa Arena
Capacity 15,504
Location Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Team colors Red, Blue, White
              
President José Antonio Querejeta
Head coach Pedro Martínez
Team captain Tornike Shengelia
Championships 3 Spanish Championships
6 Spanish Cups
4 Spanish Supercups
1 Saporta Cup
Website baskonia.com

Club Deportivo Saski-Baskonia, S.A.D.,[2] commonly known as Saski Baskonia (pronounced [s̺as̺ki bas̺konia]) and as Kirolbet Baskonia for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball team that is based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague.

Historically, Baskonia has been a successful team in Spain, winning three ACB championships, six Spanish Cups and four Spanish Supercups. On the European level, Baskonia is one of the most important teams as it is present in the EuroLeague since 2000–01 season. Baskonia has been runners-up of the EuroLeague twice, in 2001 and 2005.

History[edit]

Early years (1959–1994)[edit]

The club was founded in 1959[3] as the basketball section of Club Deportivo Vasconia. It first played at Spain's highest level (Liga Nacional) in 1972, and emerged as a major force in Spanish basketball in the 1990s.

First trophies (1995–2008)[edit]

Baskonia's first trophy of any kind came in 1995, the Spanish King's Cup, when Pablo Laso and Velimir Perasović led the team to an historical win. The club was already making noise internationally too, reaching the FIBA Saporta Cup final in both 1994 and 1995. When it hosted the same title game in 1996, Baskonia pleased its many fans by downing PAOK behind 31 points from Ramón Rivas. Baskonia made its first Spanish Championship playoff final in 1998 and added a second Spanish King's Cup title in 1999.

They then found quick success in the newly reborn EuroLeague. With a deep roster featuring Elmer Bennett, Saulius Štombergas, Victor Alexander, Fabricio Oberto and a young Luis Scola, Baskonia reached the 2001 EuroLeague Finals, before losing to Kinder Bologna in the fifth and final game on the road. With winning momentum and the additions of Dejan Tomašević and Andrés Nocioni, Baskonia celebrated the next season with another Spanish King's Cup trophy and its first Spanish League title ever. Baskonia snatched two more Spanish King's Cups, in 2004 and 2006, as Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni played decisive roles, and success followed the team in the EuroLeague. Baskonia's arrival to its first EuroLeague Final Four in 2005 couldn’t have been louder, as the team upset favored host CSKA Moscow in the semifinals, but couldn’t overcome defending champ Maccabi in the title game.

Back home, Baskonia again reached the Spanish League finals, only to lose in dramatic fashion. Baskonia returned to the EuroLeague Final Four in 2006, but once again Maccabi stood in its way, this time in the semifinal. The team also made it to the Spanish League finals, but was swept there. The next season, Baskonia won its EuroLeague regular season and Top 16 groups before sweeping Olympiacos in the Quarterfinal Playoffs, as Scola became the EuroLeague Basketball's top all-time scorer at that time. Nonetheless, eventual champion Panathinaikos downed Baskonia in the semifinals and once home again in Spain, Baskonia lost in the playoff semifinals.

Through outstanding scouting and shrewd management, Baskonia built a squad that went to four straight EuroLeague Final Fours. Baskonia advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, losing to Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv in the 2005 final, and 2006 semifinals, to Panathinaikos in the 2007 semifinals, and to CSKA Moscow in the 2008 semifinals.

Modern era (2009–present)[edit]

In the 2009–10 season, Baskonia won the Spanish Liga ACB championship after sweeping Regal FC Barcelona in the league's finals, 3–0.

In 2016, Baskonia returned the EuroLeague Final Four for the first time in eight years, as the club made it to the 2016 Final Four. Here the team was defeated after overtime in the semi-final by Fenerbahçe.[4] In the third place game, Baskonia lost to Russian side Lokomotiv Kuban.

In the following two season, the team was eliminated in the EuroLeague playoffs. In the 2016–17 season, the EuroLeague adopted a new league-style format in which a round-robin season of sixteen teams was played. Baskonia was one of the ten teams with A-licences who were guaranteed of playing in the EuroLeague. In the first season in the new format, Baskonia was eliminated in the quarter-finals by CSKA Moscow, 0–3. In the 2017–18 season, the club was defeated by Fenerbahçe, losing the quarter-final series 1–3.

Sponsorship naming[edit]

The club was often referred to for years as Tau Cerámica, a Spanish brand name of ceramics manufacturer TAULELL, which name sponsored the club from 1987–2009. Originally, TAULELL used another of its brand names, Taugrés, as the name of the team, before changing the name to Tau Cerámica in 1997.[5] Tau, Taugrés and Tau Vitoria were also frequently used to refer to the team. Baskonia, Saski Baskonia, and Saski Baskonia, S.A.D. refer to the name of the actual sports club itself. In 2009, the Spanish credit union Caja Laboral became the new name sponsor of the club[6] and increased the amount of money that the name sponsor contributes to the sports club's budget. In 2016, Laboral Kutxa end its sponsorship naming to Baskonia.[7]

Baskonia has received diverse sponsorship names along the years:[8][9]

  • Caja Álava (1983–1987)
  • Taugrés (1987–1997) / Tau Cerámica (1997–2009)
  • Caja Laboral / Laboral Kutxa (2009–2016)
  • Kirolbet (2018–present)[10]

Arena[edit]

Fernando Buesa Arena (formerly known as Araba Arena), before its latest expansion.

Since 1991, Baskonia has played its home games at the Fernando Buesa Arena, which has a seating capacity of 15,504[11] people for basketball games. The arena was originally called the Pabellón Araba, from 1991 to 2000. The arena was extensively renovated and expanded in the year 2012.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

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

Kirolbet Baskonia roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
C 12 Spain Diop, Ilimane 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 23 – (1995-04-04)4 April 1995
SF 29 Argentina Garino, Patricio 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 25 – (1993-05-17)17 May 1993
PG 15 Uruguay Granger, Jayson 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 29 – (1989-09-15)15 September 1989
SG 32 United States Hilliard, Darrun 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 25 – (1993-04-13)13 April 1993
PG 9 Brazil Huertas, Marcelo 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 35 – (1983-05-25)25 May 1983
SG 11 Georgia (country) Janning, Matt 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 30 – (1988-06-22)22 June 1988
PF 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Penava, Ajdin 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 21 – (1997-03-11)11 March 1997
C 17 France Poirier, Vincent 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 24 – (1993-10-17)17 October 1993
SF 8 Lithuania Sedekerskis, Tadas 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 20 – (1998-01-17)17 January 1998
PF 23 Georgia (country) Shengelia, Tornike (C) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 27 – (1991-10-05)5 October 1991
SF 31 Denmark Shields, Shavon 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 24 – (1994-06-05)5 June 1994
PG 3 Argentina Vildoza, Luca 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 23 – (1995-08-11)11 August 1995
C 7 Germany Voigtmann, Johannes 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 26 – (1992-09-30)30 September 1992
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: September 5, 2018

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Vincent Poirier Ilimane Diop
PF Tornike Shengelia Johannes Voigtmann Ajdin Penava
SF Shavon Shields Patricio Garino Tadas Sedekerskis
SG Matt Janning Darrun Hilliard
PG Jayson Granger Marcelo Huertas Luca Vildoza

Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non–FIBA Europe player

Head coaches[edit]

Source: baskonistas.com

Logos[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1959 Foundation of Club Deportivo Vasconia
1959–60 4 Provincial 2nd
1960–61 4 Provincial 2nd
1961–62 4 Provincial 1st
1962–63 4 Provincial 2nd
1963–64 4 Provincial 1st
1964–65 4 Provincial 2nd
1965–66 4 Provincial 1st
1966–67 4 Provincial 2nd
1967–68 4 Provincial 1st
1968–69 4 Provincial 1st
1969–70 3 3ª División 1st 10–5
1970–71 2 2ª División 2nd 20–4
1971–72 2 2ª División 1st 21–3
1972–73 1 1ª División 10th 12–18 Semifinalist
1973–74 1 1ª División 8th 12–16
1974–75 1 1ª División 8th 8–14 Quarterfinalist
1975–76 1 1ª División 8th 14–18
1976–77 1 1ª División 10th 8–14 First Round
1977–78 1 1ª División 10th 7–1–14 First Round
1978–79 1 1ª División 8th 9–13 Semifinalist
1979–80 1 1ª División 11th 5–2–15 Round of 16
1980–81 1 1ª División 14th 6–20 Round of 16
1981–82 2 1ª División B 2nd 19–1–6
1982–83 1 1ª División 13th 3–3–20 Round of 16
1983–84 1 Liga ACB 9th 9–22 Round of 16
1984–85 1 Liga ACB 10th 8–22 Copa Asociación C
1985–86 1 Liga ACB 9th 16–14 Copa Príncipe QF 3 Korać Cup R2 0–1–1
1986–87 1 Liga ACB 8th 15–18 Copa Príncipe R16
1987–88 1 Liga ACB 8th 19–14 Copa Príncipe R16
1988 Converting in Saski-Baskonia S.A.D.
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 7th 21–17 Round of 16
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 7th 23–15 Quarterfinalist
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 4th 26–16 Quarterfinalist
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 4th 30–15 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup QF 6–6
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 11th 19–14 Third position 3 Korać Cup GS 6–4
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 11th 17–15 Runner-up 2 European Cup RU 11–4
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 5th 24–17 Champion 2 European Cup RU 12–3
1995–96 1 Liga ACB 8th 22–19 2 European Cup C 13–1–3
1996–97 1 Liga ACB 5th 21–17 3 Korać Cup R16 8–2
1997–98 1 Liga ACB 2nd 34–10 Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup R32 5–3
1998–99 1 Liga ACB 5th 25–13 Champion 1 Euroleague GS 4–6
1999–00 1 Liga ACB 4th 25–18 Quarterfinalist 2 Saporta Cup R16 9–5
2000–01 1 Liga ACB 3rd 32–11 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RU 15–7
2001–02 1 Liga ACB 1st 33–12 Champion 1 Euroleague T16 13–7
2002–03 1 Liga ACB 6th 20–19 Runner-up 1 Euroleague T16 11–9
2003–04 1 Liga ACB 3rd 32–10 Champion 1 Euroleague T16 13–7
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 2nd 36–11 Semifinalist Supercopa 4th 1 Euroleague RU 13–11
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 2nd 31–13 Champion Supercopa C 1 Euroleague 3rd 18–7
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 3rd 31–11 Semifinalist Supercopa C 1 Euroleague 4th 20–4
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 1st 29–13 Runner-up Supercopa C 1 Euroleague 4th 16–9
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 2nd 33–8 Champion Supercopa C 1 Euroleague QF 14–7
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 1st 35–9 Semifinalist Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague QF 11–9
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 4th 25–14 Semifinalist Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague QF 10–10
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 3rd 27–14 Semifinalist Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague RS 5–5
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 5th 26–11 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague QF 13–15
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 6th 19–17 Quarterfinalist Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague T16 11–13
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 6th 20–17 Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague T16 11–13
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 4th 27–14 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague 4th 18–11
2016–17 1 Liga ACB 3rd 26–13 Semifinalist Supercopa SF 1 EuroLeague QF 17–16
2017–18 1 Liga ACB 2nd 31–13 Quarterfinalist 1 EuroLeague QF 17–17
2018–19 1 Liga ACB Supercopa RU 1 EuroLeague

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (3): 2001–02, 2007–08, 2009–10
Runners-up (4): 1997–98, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09
Winners (6): 1995, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009
Runners-up (3): 1994, 2003, 2008
Winners (4): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.
Runners-up (2): 2011, 2018
Winners (1): 1985
  • 2nd Division
Winners (1): 1971–72
Winners (2): 2011, 2012

European competitions[edit]

Runners-up (2): 2000–01, 2004–05
3rd place (1): 2005–06
4th place (3): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2015–16
Final Four (5): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016
Winners (1): 1995–96 MVP Ramón Rivas
Runners-up (2): 1993–94, 1994–95

Individual awards[edit]

All-EuroLeague First Team

All-EuroLeague Second Team

All-ACB First Team

All-ACB Second Team

Notable players[edit]

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

Matches against NBA teams[edit]

14 October 2010
Memphis Grizzlies United States 110–105 Spain Caja Laboral
16 October 2010
San Antonio Spurs United States 108–85 Spain Caja Laboral

Baskonia B[edit]

Baskonia B is the reserve team of Baskonia. The team currently plays in the LEB Plata, third tier of Spanish basketball after requesting a place in the Spanish 3rd-tier level LEB Plata for the 2017–18 season.[12]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Lo que se olvidó en Vasconia". Proyecto 75ers. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Relación de SAD — Portal del Consejo Superior de Deportes" (in Spanish). Consejo Superior de Deportes. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  3. ^ "History – Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Bogdanovic's late heroics put Fenerbahce in final". Euroleague. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Taulell S.A. y Saski Baskonia S.A.D. han decidido de mutuo acuerdo dar por terminada la relación de patrocinio del equipo de baloncesto TAU Cerámica" (in Spanish). baskonia.com. 23 July 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Caja Laboral, nuevo Patrocinador Principal del Baskonia" (in Spanish). baskonia.com. 24 July 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Laboral Kutxa and Saski Baskonia end their main sponsorhip agreement". baskonia.com. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Los patrocinadores del Baskonia a lo largo de la historia del club (1969–2016)" (in Spanish). baskonistas.com. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  9. ^ "De Embutidos Celedón a Laboral Kutxa" (in Spanish). elcorreo.com. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  10. ^ "KIROLBET, new Baskonia's title sponsor". Saski Baskonia. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  11. ^ SPORTS COMPETITIONS: Maximum capacity for sports events leaving the court free 15504. Archived 2016-11-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Baskonia tendrá un equipo en LEB Plata". Saski Baskonia (in Spanish). 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.

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