Club profile: EWE Baskets Oldenburg

Aug 01, 2014 by Print
Dru Joyce - EWE Baskets - EC13 (photo Cedevita)

EWE Baskets OldenburgEWE Baskets Oldenburg is back in the Eurocup after a solid season in which it was only 1.6 seconds away from a place in the Eurocup Last 32, but Bilbao Basket ended its campaign in the regular season. Oldenburg also reached the German League semifinals before bowing out to the eventual champion Bayern Munich in the maximum five games. Basketball has been in the northwestern German town of Oldenburg since the Oldenburger Turnerbund athletics club opened its basketball section in 1954. It reached the top league in Germany in 1966, and was in and out of the top flight for the next three decades. Oldenburg waited until the turn of the millennium to establish itself as a legitimate force. The club got to the German playoff quarterfinals each season from 2003 until 2006, before jumping over the quarterfinal hurdle in 2008. It all clicked a year later, as Oldenburg edged Telekom Bonn in the final seconds of the last game of the finals on a Je'Kel Foster free throw to win its first German championship and book a ticket to the 2009-10 Euroleague. Oldenburg won its first-ever Euroleague game on the road against Prokom in Poland, but that proved to be its only triumph, too. The club debuted in the Eurocup in 2010-11, and after a couple of quieter domestic campaigns, it was back at its best in 2012-13 season – taking third place in the FIBA EuroChallenge, then reaching the German League finals before losing to Brose Baskets Bamberg. Now, with a mission to compete with the best, Oldenburg aims at bigger things in 2014-15.
Eurocup: Regular Season
German League: Semifinalist