2016-17 Team Profile: UCAM Murcia

Aug 18, 2016 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2016-17 Team Profile: UCAM Murcia
There is no time like the present for UCAM Murcia, as the club will make its debut in European competitions in the 2016-17 season. Founded in 1985 under the name Agrupacion Deportiva Juver, Murcia agreed with a Madrid-based club, Logos de Madrid, to buy out its rights to play in the Spanish second division. Murcia would play at that level for four consecutive seasons and its first superstar was do-it-all big man Randy Owens. In 1990, Juver, led by veteran center Mike Phillips, beat Obradoiro in a playoffs series to gain promotion to the Spanish League. The club would stay in the Spanish elite for the next seven seasons, with stars likes Ralph McPherson, Clarence Kea, Michael Anderson and Johnny Rogers and head coaches like Felipe Coello, Jose Maria Oleart and Moncho Monsalve. In December 1991, Kea pulled down 29 rebounds, which remains a Spanish League record, in a win against Breogan Lugo. The club became CB Murcia in 1993 and moved to its current arena, Palacio de Deportes, the following season. Murcia organized the Copa del Rey tournament in the 1994-95 season and made it to the semifinals. Murcia went down to the Spanish second division at the end of the 1996-97 season, but reached the Spanish elite a couple of times, including in 2006, when it downed CAI Zaragoza in overtime in a do-or-die game to advance. Led by Jimmie Hunter and Juanjo Triguero, Murcia ranked 12th in the 2007-08 season, but went back to the second division two years later. Murcia bounced back to score promotion directly with a 30-4 record, and has been in the Spanish elite even since. In 2013, the club switched hands and Universidad Catolica San Antonio took control. That moved helped Murcia shine in the last couple of seasons for its best results ever. With Diego Ocampo as head coach and Scott Bamforth, Raulnizho Neto and Carlos Cabezas as its top newcomers, Murcia finished the Spanish regular season with a 17-17 record, which was just one win from the playoffs. Last season Murcia found a new coach in Fotis Katiskaris and added more experienced players - Facu Campazzo, Serhiy Lishchuk and Vitor Faverani. That led to a seventh place finish with an 18-16 record and a ticket to the playoffs, where it lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in the quarterfinals, but earned the right to keep making history in the 2016-17 Eurocup.