Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
Roster
No.PlayerCountryPos.HeightBorn
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES Italy Forward 2.03 1979
10 COOK, OMAR United States of America Guard 1.86 1982
10 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR United States of America Guard 1.85 1985
11 BJELICA, MILKO Montenegro Forward 2.07 1984
12 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU Spain Center 2.12 1983
16 CABEZAS, CARLOS Spain Guard 1.86 1980
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO Spain Guard 1.98 1984
21 PLEISS, TIBOR Germany Center 2.18 1989
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS France Guard 1.89 1989
24 JELINEK, DAVID Czech Republic Guard 1.95 1990
24 OLESON, BRAD United States of America Guard 1.91 1983
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ Poland Center 2.10 1985
42 CALBARRO, UNAI Spain Forward 2.05 1989
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA Serbia Forward 2.09 1988
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN France Guard 1.95 1987
 Head Coach    
  IVANOVIC, DUSKO Montenegro    
  TABAK, ZAN Croatia    

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Thomas Heurtel, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria was the first team to win in the 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, defeating Neptunas Klaipeda 88-69 last Wednesday to lead Group B. Laboral won all four quarters and its best player on the floor was playmaker Thomas Heurtel, who set new career-highs in assists (10) and steals (4) against Neptunas to go with 13 points in 33 minutes. Heurtel has kept improving every year and comes off a fantastic summer with the French national team, with whom he played a major role to help Les Bleus to a bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Back in Vitoria for his fourth consecutive Euroleague season with Laboral, Heurtel knows it is always a challenge to face the best point guards in Europe, as he told Javier Gancedo of Euroleague.net in this interview. "I believe that the Euroleague is the best competition in Europe, at the highest level and getting better every year," Heurtel said. "It is always challenging to have a good Euroleague season, personally and as a team."

Club info
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria enters the 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague eager to fight for big goals – as its trademark motto "Baskonia Character" suggests. Vitoria comes off an up-and-down 2013-14 Euroleague season in which it registered prestigious road wins against Panathinaikos Athens, FC Barcelona and eventual champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, but a seven-game losing streak early in the Top 16 prevented it from making it to the playoffs. Vitoria reached the Spanish League playoffs and the Copa del Rey tournament, but walked away without any titles for the fourth consecutive season. As such, Vitoria will be as hungry and ambitious as ever this season to improve on its latest results and add to its rich history. Saski Baskonia was founded in 1959 and started playing in Spain's first division in the 1970s. The club's first trophy did not come until 1995, when Velimir Perasovic led the team to the Spanish Copa del Rey. Vitoria also reached the Saporta Cup finals in 1994 and 1995 and finally lifted that trophy in 1996 by downing PAOK Thessaloniki 88-81 behind 31 points from Ramon Rivas. The club, then called Tau Ceramica, reached its first Spanish League finals in 1998 and added a second Copa del Rey title in 1999. The turn of the century led to instant success in the newborn Euroleague. Elmer Bennett and Victor Alexander led Tau to the 2000-01 Euroleague playoff finals before losing to Kinder Bologna in a do-or-die Game 5. In 2002, with Dejan Tomasevic as its new superstar, Tau won the Copa del Rey and its first Spanish League title. Luis Scola led Tau to two more Copa del Rey titles in 2004 and 2006 and the team did very well in the Euroleague too. Tau reached the Final Four during four consecutive seasons, from 2005 through 2008. In 2005, Tau upset favored host CSKA Moscow in the semifinals, but couldn't overcome defending champ Maccabi in the championship game. It proved to be the team’s last Euroleague final, as Maccabi, Panathinaikos and CSKA stopped Tau in the semifinals from 2006 to 2008. The club bounced back to win its second Spanish League title in 2008 by downing Barcelona in the finals behind an outstanding Pete Mickeal. Tau added another Copa del Rey in 2009 before changing its name to Caja Laboral – which became Laboral Kutxa late in the 2012-13 season. In 2010, Laboral conquered a third Spanish League title by sweeping Regal FC Barcelona on a memorable series-winning three-point play by Fernando San Emeterio. There have not been any more titles since that, but the fact that Fernando Buesa Arena was expanded to 15,504 seats and the many initiatives the club continues to put into practice show that Vitoria is moving in the right direction. Euroleague playoffs appearances in 2011 and 2013 – losing against Maccabi and CSKA Moscow, respectively – prove that Vitoria is still a top, competitive club in the competition. All the expectations are for the team to be fully reloaded and ready to fight in the 2014-15 season, backed by thousands of faithful, committed fans.
Trophy Case
Saporta Cup: 1995-96
Spanish National League: 2001-02, 2007-08, 2009-10
Spanish National Cup: 1995, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009
Supercopa ACB: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
President Jose Antonio Querejeta
Address Fernando Buesa Arena Ctra. Zurbano S/N 01013 Vitoria - Spain
Arena FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
Ctra. Zurbano s/n, 01013 Vitoria
Tel. +34 945 273 400
Fax +34 945 274 789