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BC Donetsk
BC Donetsk logo
Nicknames Tigers
Leagues Ukrainian Basketball Super League,
EuroChallenge,
VTB United League
Founded 2006
History 2006-Present
Arena SH "Druzhba" (4700 seats)
Location Donetsk, Ukraine
Team colors Orange and Black
President Sergei Dyadechko
Head coach Ramūnas Butautas
Championships 1 Ukrainian Higher League (2007/2008) The Second league in Ukraine
1 Ukrainian First League (2006/2007) The third league in Ukraine
Website
Uniforms
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Home jersey
Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
Team colours
Away

BC Donetsk is a Ukrainian professional basketball club, based in Donetsk. The mascot of the team is a tiger, which also appears on their symbol, and "tigers" is also the nickname of the team.

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History

At the times of Soviet Union there was one professional basketball team in Donetsk. It was called “Shakhtyor” and it had a reputation of a strong-will cup fighter. After Ukraine gained its independence, “miners” once took 2nd and once 3rd place in the National Championship and played 24 games in Euro cups.

In 2006 a new club was found to continue basketball traditions of the Donbass capital, it was named BC "Donetsk". Initiator and the founder of a new club was Valery Plekhanov, who also became its coach, and started playing in the Ukrainian first league, which is the third highest league in Ukraine. At their first season (2006-07) there the team finished first with an amazing record of 34 wins in 34 games, and was promoted to the Ukrainian higher league, which is the second highest league in Ukraine. At that season (2007-08) the team won 53 out of 56 games, one of the leaders of the team Konstantin Galenkin was announced The Best Centre Forward of the tournament. So BC "Donetsk" first in its history was promoted to the Ukrainian Basketball Super League. At the same season the team finally found a sponsor: Sergei Dyadechko, who also became the president of the club.[1] Even though just promoted, the team received a wild card to play in the EuroChallenge 2008-09.[2] The person who helped BC "Donetsk" to get its wild card was Sergei Bubka.[3]

Just before the start of new 2008/09 season a new coach was invited to lead a team – Olympic Champion Igors Miglinieks. Also to reinforce the team before new season some famous legionaries and candidates for the national teams of Ukraine, Belarus and Puerto-Rico appeared in BC "Donetsk".

The team has set very ambitious goals to achieve: to become a prize winner of the Ukrainian Basketball Super League already in the first year of taking part in this competition and to show a good game in its début in EuroChallenge .

The mascot of the team is a Tiger.

Squad

BC Donetsk roster
Players Coaches
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Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
SF 14 United States Tucker, P.J. 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
SF 19 Serbia Aleksic, Milutin 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb)
PG - United States Perry, Marque 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
SG - United Kingdom Ukraine Drozdov, Artur 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
SF - United States Marsch, Ricardo 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
PG 23 Ukraine Zabirchenko, Dmytro 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
C - Croatia Sundov, Bruno 2.20 m (7 ft 3 in)
SG 11 Ukraine Kryvych, Rostyslav 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 97 kg (214 lb)
PF 33 United States Owens, Chris 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 111 kg (245 lb)
PG - Lithuania Mažutis, Andrius 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
SG - Bosnia and Herzegovina Ikonić, Goran 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
C - Ukraine Ivshyn, Maksym 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
C - Ukraine Osnach, Oleksandr 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (*) Playing only in Euroleague
  • (INJ) Injured

Roster • updated 2009-02-02

References

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