History will be made in the 2013-14 Eurocup, as Bisons Loimaa becomes the first Finnish team to compete in the competition. Nilan Bisons is the most successful team in Loimaa, a small village with a population of under 17,000 that has become devoted to basketball and will see its team compete against some of the best in Europe. The club's tradition goes back many decades; it was founded in 1963 under the name Loimaan Korikonkarit - or LoKoKo. The club progressed over the years, but was still in the Finnish third division in the mid-to-late 2000s. Loimaa was promoted to the Finnish second division in 2008 and head coach Greg Gibson joined the team two years later, starting a new era. Before that, Loimaa had established itself in the Finnish second division, finishing fifth in 2008-09, when it lost in the semifinal playoffs against Gibson-coached Karhut Kauhajoen; and seventh in 2009-10. Once Gibson came aboard, things started to roll for Loimaa. With J'son Stamper as its best player and other stars like Maurice Horton, Jani Kivinen and Janne Kinnunen, Loimaa finished the regular season in third place at 15-6, downed Jyvaskylä in the semis and won a thrilling, best-of-five finals series against Lapua that went to the wire. Loimaa bested Lapua 70-58 in Game 5 behind 20 points from Horton to gain promotion to the Finnish elite. Nilan, a heating and air conditioner company, became the main sponsor in 2011, and the club changed its name to Nilan Bisons Loimaa. The investment paid off right away, as it won the Finnish League title in 2011-12. Loimaa finished the regular season with a 28-12 record and knocked off Salon Vilpas and Torpan Pojat Helsinki in the playoffs to reach the title series against Joensuun Kataja. Led by Martin Zeno and Jeb Ivey, Loimaa won its first Finnish League title on May 9, 2012, downing Kataja 83-66 in Game 4 of the finals. Loimaa did even better last season, as it managed to successfully defend the Finnish League title, defeating KTP-Basket Kotka in a thrilling best-of-five series. It all came down to Game 5, in which Loimaa prevailed 85-67 behind 23 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists from an unstoppable Zeno. Loimaa also made it to the Finnish League Cup final, but lost against Tampereen Pyrintö. After dominating Finnish basketball for two years, Loimaa faces a new, groundbreaking challenge - showing what it is capable of in the Eurocup.