2017-18 Team Profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento

Aug 09, 2017 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2017-18 Team Profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento

Dolomiti Energia Trento comes off a solid season in which it reached higher than ever in the Italian League. Trento, led by 2015-16 7DAYS EuroCup Coach of the Year Maurizio Buscaglia, finished fourth in the regular season with an 18-12 record. Then in the playoffs, Trento swept Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari in the quarterfinals and knocked off Turkish Airlines EuroLeague powerhouse EA7 Emporio Armani Milan to storm into its first-ever Italian League finals. Despite stealing the home-court advantage in Game 1, Umana Reyer Venice ended up winning the series 4-2 to claim its first-ever Italian League title. Trento lost the opportunity to win its first major title, but its great season allowed the club to return to the 7DAYS EuroCup, in which it was successful two years ago by making it all the way to the semifinals.

Eurocup

SEASON COMPETITION RECORD FINISH
2015-16 Eurocup 15-7 Semifinal
TOTAL: 15-7

History

Aquila Basket Trento is entering another 7DAYS EuroCup season two years after its great debut in the competition. 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 before in 2009 it acquired Lumezzane Basket’s license 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 level 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. Trento played its first elite level season in 2014-15 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, but earned a spot to play the 2015-16 EuroCup. Trento, led by Coach Buscaglia and forwards Julian Wright and Davide Pascolo, went on a historic run to the semifinals against all odds. Back home, Trento also made it to the Italian Cup semifinals and returned to the Italian League playoffs, in which Milan prevailed. Last season, Trento went all the way to the Italian League finals before losing against Umana Reyer Venice in another milestone for this rising force in Italian basketball, which now returns to the EuroCup ready to keep writing golden pages in its history.