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Power Electronics Valencia: Competitiveness becomes tradition
April 6, 2010
Players Valencia celebrates - Power Electronics ValenciaA classic team in the competition - not to mention its original champion - Power Electronics Valencia reaches the Eurocup Finals as ambitious as ever. In its fifth Eurocup season, Power Electronics arrives to Vitoria-Gasteiz with 58 wins in the competition - more than any other team since the start of the ULEB Cup in 2002-03 - and has the chance to join Lietuvos Rytas as the only two-time winners. Valencia Basket Club was founded before the start of the 1986-87 season, when a group of local fans and businessmen decided to form a basketball team that would compete in the Spanish second division. Vicente Sola played a key role in starting the club, while brothers Fernando and Juan Roig backed the project to put Valencia in the very elite of Spanish and European basketball. It took Valencia just two years to make it to the Spanish League, where players like Brad Brandon, Jose Luis Diaz and Salva Diez helped the team, then called Pamesa Valencia, establish itself as a solid squad. Valencia reached the playoffs for the first time in 1991. For the next three years, Valencia kept its status as a middle-of-the-table, hard-to-beat squad with thousands of diehard fans. It all went wrong in the 1994-95 season, however, as Valencia hit rock bottom and was relegated to the Spanish second division. The Roig brothers backed a new project based on local players like Nacho Rodilla and Victor Luengo under head coach Miki Vukovic. Valencia returned to the first division in 1996-97, taking a vacant spot when another team folded. Just one season after that, with Aaron Swinson as its new superstar, Valencia made it to the Spanish King's Cup quarterfinals as a total underdog, but ended up lifting the trophy at the end of an unforgettable weekend. Right before Valencia made its European competition debut in the 1999 Saporta Cup, the arrivals of Rod Sellers and Bernard Hopkins made everything click. Valencia won 17 of 18 games to reach the Saporta Cup final before losing 64-60 against Benetton Treviso. The club became a reference in the Saporta Cup with a 59-14 record over four consecutive seasons and returned to another final, losing against Montepaschi in 2002. Pamesa made a huge investment before the start of the 2002-03 season, getting ready to compete in the newborn ULEB Cup. Behind stars like Dejan Tomasevic and Fabricio Oberto, Valencia swept the two-way ULEB Cup final against Krka Movo Mesto to lift the club's first continental trophy and get a place in the 2003-04 Euroleague. Pamesa rounded out an incredible season by reaching the Spanish League finals, where it lost against reigning Euroleague champion FC Barcelona. The next season, with Antoine Rigaudeau and Demos Dikoudis as marquee additions, Valencia performed well in its first and only Euroleague participation to date, reaching the Top 16 and falling a victory short of the Final Four. Since then, Valencia has always done well in Europe's second competition, making it to the semifinals in 2005 and reaching the Final Eight in 2008 and 2009. Power Electronics became its main sponsor this season and the team has delivered, winning its regular season and Last 16 groups with Matt Nielsen, Rafa Martinez, Nando De Colo and homegrown talent Victor Claver as stars. Valencia downed Aris BSA 2003 in the Quarterfinals to earn a shot at another Eurocup title. With an experienced coach like Neven Spahija, a loyal fan base and a rock-solid rotation, the sky is the limit for Valencia in the Eurocup Finals.
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