Club profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento

Aug 03, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento

Coming off the best season in club history, Aquila Basket Trento is entering another special season as it awaits its debut in European competitions. Trento played its first elite level season last year, and finished fourth in the Italian League regular season led by league MVP Tony Mitchell. Trento was ousted in the playoff quarterfinals by eventual champion Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari. Founded in 1995 on the initiative of Gianni Brusinelli and Marco Angelini, the club slowly gained momentum. Playing in the seventh tier of Italian basketball, the arrival of Giovanni Zobele, who would stay with the team for 13 years, as team president also brought its first promotion to a higher level. But that was only the start of things to come. Over the next five seasons, the club climbed up two more tiers and in the 2004-05 season, Aquila Basket won a lower league double crown by winning the fifth division championship, while also downing Navarra Ferentino 77-68 to lift the Italian Cup for amateur teams. Trento's appetite grew larger and it came close to another promotion a couple times, but it was in 2009 when it transferred rights with Lumezzane Basket to get into the Italian third division. By 2011-12, Aquila Basket was already on top of the third division; head coach Maurizio Buscaglia's team downed Chieti 3-1 to lift the crown. Trento had immediate success in the second-best Italian division and lifted the Second Division Cup by downing Pistoia in the final 84-76. The team also reached the playoff semifinals. By the next season, Trento went all the way by winning the regular season and storming through the playoffs against Agrigento, Torino and Capo d'Orlando to earn promotion into the Italian League first division. Now, looking to establish itself on the greatest scene, Trento is up against the biggest challenge in club history, all as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

2014-15 Results - Italian League: quarterfinals; Italian Cup: quarterfinals.

Dolomiti Energia Trento celebrates 2014 (Photo aquilabasket.it)