2012-13 Club Profile: Unicaja Malaga

Jun 13, 2012 by Euroleague.net Print
Unicaja
2011-12 Results
Euroleague: Top 16
Spanish League: Regular Season, 9 place
Spanish Cup: Quarterfinals
Luka Zoric - Unicaja
Luka Zoric
PROVISIONAL ROSTER
2012-13
URTASUN, TXEMI
F
WILLIAMS, MARCUS
G
SIMON, KRUNOSLAV
F
LIMA, AUGUSTO CESAR
C
VIDAL, SERGI
F
VAZQUEZ, FRAN
C
ZORIC, LUKA
C
KUZMIC, OGNJEN
C
Head Coach: REPESA, JASMIN
Coming off a season that featured ups and downs, Unicaja enters a new Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign recharged and aiming high. On one hand, Unicaja reached the Top 16 for the seventh consecutive season despite battling many injuries. On the other hand, Unicaja missed the Spanish League playoffs for the first time since the 1998-99 season. With head coach Jasmin Repesa now holding the reins, Unicaja looks to bounce back and compete at the highest level to please its diehard fans in Malaga, Spain. Unicaja has the structure, organization, fan base and a marvelous arena 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 title. 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 finals. Unicaja followed that by reaching the Spanish League finals in 2002 and making it to the Euroleague Top 16 for the first time in 2003, with set the basis for an even better future. In 2005, Unicaja lifted the Spanish King's Cup trophy for its first domestic title behind superstar forward Jorge Garbajosa. And the club did even better in 2006. 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. Last season, Unicaja again reached the Top 16, but injuries slowed the Spanish powerhouse and prevented it from being fully competitive. Coach Chus Mateo was replaced midseason by Luis Casimiro, but Unicaja finished one win away from reaching the Spanish League playoffs. On the heels of that disappointment, Unicaja starts anew with Coach Jasmin Repesa running the show and aiming to make Unicaja as hungry and competitive as ever. With its goals being to thrill its fans and to reach deep in all competitions, Unicaja is certainly a team to watch this season.