Arka Gdynia returns to the EuroCup for the first time in 14 years. It played nine consecutive seasons in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, which says plenty about its consistency both at home and in Europe, but it has not taken part in any European club competition since 2013. The club opened its doors in 1995 as Trefl Sopot and within five seasons had climbed to the top level in Poland and claimed its first title, the 2000 Polish Cup. A year later a second Cup arrived and the team reached the Korac Cup quarterfinals in its debut European campaign. In 2002, Prokom Trefl Sopot reached the Polish League finals for the first time and in 2003 it matched that result while also getting all the way to the FIBA Europe Champions Cup title game, where it lost 84-83 against Aris Thessaloniki. Prokom made its ULEB Cup debut in the 2003-04 season and advanced to the elimination rounds before going out to eventual champ Hapoel Jerusalem. Then the team focused on the Polish League and finally disposed of Slask Wroclaw in the finals to win the championship. From then, Prokom was the undisputed king of Polish basketball for nine seasons. The club did not need much time to prove itself a worthy EuroLeague competitor as it reached the Top 16 in its first, third and fifth Euroleague seasons. Prokom moved 10 kilometers north to Gdynia in 2008. In the 2009-10 season, led by David Logan, Qyntel Woods and Daniel Ewing, Prokom made history, grinding through the Top 16 and into the playoffs for the first and only time. Prokom took a game off of eventual finalist Olympiacos Piraeus before bowing out. The expectations were ripe for another run in the 2010-11 season, but Prokom came up short in too many close games – going 2-6 in games decided by 7 points or less – and bowed out of the EuroLeague by the end of the regular season. The team remained competitive in the Polish League, winning every title from 2004 to 2012. Prokom was stopped in the 2013 Polish League quarterfinals, which was the end of its great run. The team fell back and did not come close to another the Polish League title, hitting rock-bottom in the 2016-17 season with a 10-22 record. Last season, Gdynia finished the regular season with a 17-15 record and despite missing the playoffs, showed it is on its way up again. Expect Gdynia to keep growing as it makes an effort to live up to its glorious past.
|Polish National League: 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
|Polish National Cup: 2000, 2001, 2006, 2008
|Polish SuperCup: 2001, 2010