Tofas Bursa signed combo guard Pierria Henry to a one-year deal on Wednesday. Henry, who arrives from Israeli club Hapoel Eliat, played in the EuroCup during the 2015-16 season for ratiopharm Ulm of Germany.
Tofas Bursa plans to continue its climb back to prominence as it make its 7DAYS EuroCup debut and first appearance in any European competition this century. Tofas is coming off a successful season which it started as a team that had just earned promotion into the top flight and finished as a playoff team. During the season, Tofas beat a pair of EuroLeague sides, Fenerbahce Istanbul and Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul, and enjoyed a series of solid performances. Led by former All-EurCcup First Team forward Sammy Mejia, Tofas soared into the Turkish League playoffs. There Tofas faced Fenerbahce, which was just fresh off winning the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague crown, and gave it a good fight, but was eventually swept in the best-of-three quarterfinals series. However, Tofas is determined to build on that success and remind its fans of the club’s glory days from two decades ago.
Tofas was founded in 1974 and it hard to find a team anywhere with a more successful competitive start. Already in the 1974-75 season, Tofas finished the local Bursa league in first place with a perfect record and earned promotion into the Turkish second division. A year later, the club already earned promotion into the Turkish top flight. Tofas made its European debut in 1978 and had its first major success a year later when the team made the Korac Cup group stage, where its lone victory was a 39-point drubbing of Joventut Badalona. Tofas finished that season in second place in the Turkish League. The first significant blow the club suffered came when it was relegated in 1989, but the very next season it earned promotion back to the top flight after an undefeated season, which started its climb to prominence and becoming a factor on the European scene. In 1990-91 Tofas played in its first playoff finals, which it lost to Fenerbahce, and in 1993 won its first Turkish Cup. Tofas was defeated in a two-game Korac Cup final against Aris Thessaloniki in 1997. The 1998-99 season was the most successful in club history; the team became the Turkish champion by defeating Efes Pilsen 4-2 in the finals and lifted the Turkish Cup by edging Fenerbahce in the finals. Tofas also made the Saporta Cup quarterfinals that season and followed it up to win the Turkish President’s Cup the following fall and make its EuroLeague debut. Coached by Jasmin Repesa, and with the likes of Steven Rogers, Serkan Erdogan, Slaven Rimac, Mehmet Okur, Rashard Griffith and David Rivers on the floor, Tofas went on to win another Turkish double, beating Efes 4-1 in the playoff finals and trashing Ulker by 18 points to win the Cup. However, despite the massive success, the financial problems forced Tofas to withdraw from the top Turkish flight, and basically start all over. And the new start was once again successful, as Tofas won the regional league in 2002, and in 2003 won the Turkish second division, earning promotion into the top flight once again. However, Tofas struggled for consistency, which led to it bouncing between the first and second division several times until it reached the first of three consecutive Turkish League playoff appearances in 2012. However, another tough season in 2014-15 sent Tofas down a flight, but the team bounced right back, winning the promotion to the Turkish elite for the 2016-17 season once again and now it is set for its return to the European competitions and its EuroCup debut.