Bilbao Basket

Club Basket Bilbao Berri S.A.D.,[1] commonly known as Bilbao Basket (pronounced [bilˈβao basˈket]) and as RETAbet Bilbao Basket for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in Bilbao, Spain. The team plays in the LEB Oro. Their home arena is the Bilbao Arena.

RETAbet Bilbao Basket
RETAbet Bilbao Basket logo
Nickname Hombres de negro
(Men in Black)
Leagues LEB Oro
Founded 7 March 2000
History Club Basket Bilbao Berri
(2000–present)
Arena Bilbao Arena
Capacity 10,014
Location Bilbao, Spain
Team colors Black, Silver
         
Main sponsor RETAbet
President Koldo Mauraza
Head coach Álex Mumbrú
Retired numbers 1 (14)
Website Official website
Uniforms

History

The club was founded in 2000 replacing the former city clubs: Cajabilbao and SD Patronato. After four seasons between LEB and LEB 2, Bilbao promoted to Liga ACB in 2004 by winning by 3–1 to Baloncesto León in the LEB semifinals.

Bilbao spent ten seasons in the top tier of the Spanish basketball becoming finalist of the league in the 2010–11 season, where it lost in the finals to FC Barcelona by 3–0. In 2012, Bilbao played the EuroLeague and it was eliminated in the quarterfinals by CSKA Moscow, who won the series by 3–1.

The best era of the club finished in 2013, when it lost the 2013 Eurocup Final at Charleroi against Lokomotiv Kuban.

On 17 July 2014, the ACB excluded Bilbao Basket from the Liga ACB due to its financial trouble,[2] but on August 8, the Association was forced to retire the exclusion and finally Bilbao Basket remained in the Spanish top league.[3]

The club played four more seasons in Liga ACB until their relegation on 13 May 2018, after losing against Baskonia the Basque derby by 74–78.

Sponsorship naming

Bilbao Basket has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:

  • Lagun Aro Bilbao Basket: 2004–07
  • iurbentia Bilbao Basket: 2007–09
  • Bizkaia Bilbao Basket: 2009–11
  • Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket: 2011–2012[4]
  • Uxúe Bilbao Basket: 2012–2013[5]
  • Dominion Bilbao Basket: 2015–2016[6]
  • RETAbet Bilbao Basket: 2016–present[7]

Logos

Bilbaobasket

Non-commercial logo since 2009

Iurbentia Bilbao

2007–2009

Dominion Bilbao Basket

2015–2016

Home arenas

Players

Retired numbers

Bilbao Basket retired numbers
No. Nat. Player Position Tenure
14 Spain Javi Salgado PG 2001–2010, 2016–present

Current roster

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

RETAbet Bilbao Basket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SG United States Brown, Jaylon 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 24 – 11 September 1994
PF Spain Cruz, Iván 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 26 – 24 October 1991
C United States Lammers, Ben 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 22 – 12 November 1995
C Denmark Larsen, Kevin 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 25 – 17 July 1993
SF Spain Martínez, Edu 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 28 – 5 May 1990
SF Lithuania Matulionis, Osvaldas 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 27 – 19 August 1991
SF Spain Mendikote, Unai 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 19 – 30 March 1999
SG Spain Rigo, Tomeu 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 21 – 5 May 1997
PG 14 Spain Salgado, Javi (C) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 38 – 6 August 1980
PG Austria Schreiner, Thomas 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 31 – 3 February 1987
PF Lithuania Sinica, Justas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 33 – 31 May 1985
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Kevin Larsen Ben Lammers
PF Justas Sinica Iván Cruz
SF Osvaldas Matulionis Edu Martínez Unai Mendikote
SG Jaylon Brown Tomeu Rigo
PG Thomas Schreiner Javi Salgado

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

Coaches

Season by season

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
2000–01 3 LEB 2 13th 13–20
2001–02 3 LEB 2 1st 31–8 Copa LEB 2 C
2002–03 2 LEB 6th 21–14 Copa Príncipe RU
2003–04 2 LEB 1st 29–14 Copa Príncipe SF
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 14th 12–22
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 15th 13–21
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 10th 15–19
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 7th 21–15 Semifinalist Supercopa RU
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 8th 15–19 2 Eurocup SF 11–3
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 9th 16–18 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup 3rd 13–5
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 2nd 26–17 Quarterfinalist
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 6th 19–17 Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague QF 10–10
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 7th 20–17 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup RU 13–4
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 14th 12–22 Supercopa SF 2 Eurocup L32 8–8
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 5th 21–18 Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 10th 16–18 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup L32 11–5
2016–17 1 Liga ACB 10th 14–18 2 EuroCup RS 3–5
2017–18 1 Liga ACB 17th 8–26 2 EuroCup RS 2–8

Trophies and awards

Trophies

Individual awards

All-ACB First Team

EuroCup MVP

All-EuroCup First Team

All-EuroCup Second Team

EuroCup Coach of the Year

Notable players

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

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Played at least three seasons for the club.
  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Matches against NBA teams

6 October 2013
Bilbao Basket 104–106 Philadelphia 76ers
Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Attendance: 13,538

Rivalry

Bilbao Basket has a strong rivalry with Saski Baskonia. Their games together are called the Basque basketball derby.

References

  1. ^ "Relación de SAD — Portal del Consejo Superior de Deportes" (in Spanish). Consejo Superior de Deportes. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Bilbao Basket no completa el proceso de inscripción para la Liga Endesa 14-15" (in Spanish). ACB.com. July 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "Comunicado Oficial de la ACB" (in Spanish). ACB.com. August 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "El Gescrap Bizkaia ya es una realidad" (in Spanish). ACB.com. November 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Nace el Uxúe Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. December 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Dominion, nuevo patrocinador principal del Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. March 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Nace RETAbet Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 27 October 2016.

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