2011-12 Draw Profile: Unicaja
Unicaja
2010-11 Results
Euroleague
Regular Season:
5-5
Top 16:
1-5
Spanish League:
Quarterfinalist
Coming off a season that featured ups and downs, Unicaja enters a new Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign recharged and aiming high. Unicaja matched its minimum goals in the 2010-11 season - reaching the Euroleague Top 16 and the Spanish League playoffs - but did not come close to winning any title. The year Unicaja hopes to bounce back and compete at the highest level to please its thousands of diehard fans in Malaga, Spain. Unicaja has all it takes to challenge for greatness year after year in terms of structure, organization, fan base and a great arena. Founded in 1977 as Club Baloncesto Caja de Ronda, it wasn't until 1992 - when it merged with cross-town rival Maristas - that it started to challenge for bigger goals. Everything clicked in 1995 when Unicaja came within a shot of winning its first Spanish League title, but the club would have to wait until 2001 before it could celebrate its first title. Its ambition was finally rewarded by winning the Korac Cup. Unicaja reached the Spanish League finals in 2002 and made it to the Euroleague Top 16 for the first time in 2003, setting the basis for an even better future. In 2005, Unicaja lifted the Spanish King's Cup trophy for its first domestic title behind an outstanding Jorge Garbajosa. And the club did even better in 2006. Unicaja won its Euroleague regular season group and lifted its only Spanish League championship trophy to date with home-grown talents Berni Rodriguez and Carlos Cabezas among those leading the way for head coach Sergio Scariolo. A year later Unicaja marked its greatest continental success so far by reaching the 2007 Euroleague Final Four in Athens, but CSKA stood on its way to success in the semifinal. Unicaja advanced to the Spanish King's Cup title game in 2009 before losing in overtime against Tau Ceramica. A beacon of consistency, Unicaja has become a regular in both the Euroleague Top 16 and the Spanish League playoffs. In fact, despite switching out coaching great Aito Garcia Reneses midseason for former assistant Chus Mateo, star center Joel Freeland helped Unicaja register its sixth straight appearance in the Top 16 and its 12th in a row in the Spanish playoffs. Now Mateo starts his first full season at the Unicaja helm and is eager to lead Unicaja deep in all competitions with the aim to challenge for titles and thrill its fans all season long.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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