Unicaja Malaga comes off a bittersweet season in which the team competed at the highest level in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Led by Marcus Williams and Luka Zoric, Unicaja reached the Top 16 for the eighth consecutive season and managed to finish the phase with a 7-7 record by registering five straight road wins, including against playoff teams Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Anadolu Efes Istanbul. On the other hand, Unicaja missed the Spanish League playoffs for the second consecutive year. With Coach Joan Plaza now taking the reins, Unicaja looks to bounce back and compete in all competitions to please the diehard fans in Malaga, Spain. Unicaja has the structure, organization, fan base and a wonderful arena, all of which are needed to challenge for greatness every season. 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. Mike Ansley missed that shot in Game 4 of the finals and the club would have to wait until 2001 before it could celebrate its first crown. Unicaja, led by Coach Bozidar Maljkovic and star scorer Veljko Mrsic, was finally rewarded by winning the Korac Cup over Hemofarm in the two-game final. Unicaja followed that by reaching the Spanish League finals in 2002 and the Euroleague Top 16 for the first time in 2003, which proved to be the cornerstone of a bright future. In 2005, Unicaja lifted the Spanish King's Cup trophy for its first domestic title behind superstar forward Jorge Garbajosa. And things got even better the next season. Unicaja won the Spanish League championship with Garbajosa and 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 to date by reaching the 2007 Euroleague Final Four in Athens. Even though CSKA stood in its way to success in the semifinal, Unicaja confirmed its status among the European elite. Unicaja advanced to the Spanish King's Cup title game in 2009 before losing in overtime against Tau Ceramica. Unicaja has maintained its place as a European power by advancing to the Top 16 in each of the last two seasons, but failed to make it to the Spanish League playoffs. Now Unicaja looks for a fresh start with Coach Plaza running the show. If Unicaja remains loyal to its tradition, the team will be hungry and competitive at all times, thrilling its fans and going deep in all competitions - which will be the one and only goal for the Spanish powerhouse.
Korac Cup: 2001
Spanish National League: 2005-06
Spanish National Cup: 2005