Club profile: Dominion Bilbao Basket

Jul 23, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club profile: Dominion Bilbao Basket

Dominion Bilbao Basket returns to the Eurocup for the fifth time in eight seasons and has a strong track record to live up to. Dominion BB enters the season with an impressive 44-19 record in the competition; it has reached the semifinals three times and went all the way to the title game in 2013 before losing to Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. Last season, Bilbao was fourth in the Spanish League regular season with a 20-14 record, but lost to Valencia Basket in a quarterfinals series that went down to the final seconds. Founded in 2000, Bilbao has marched along a road of success that started in the Spanish third division. The club moved up almost a division per year under head coach Txus Vidorreta and future All-Euroleague superstar Tiago Splitter. In 2004, Bilbao aced the second-division playoffs to qualify for the top Spanish League and started to make noise soon after. By 2008, Bilbao had already made it to the Spanish League playoffs, the Spanish King's Cup semifinals and the Spanish Supercup title game. Bilbao had a strong 2008-09 Eurocup season, its first in the competition; it advanced to the semifinals before Khimki stopped its run. Bilbao returned to the semifinals the following season – in which Marko Banic was chosen as the 2009-10 Eurocup MVP – but lost at the hands of ALBA Berlin. Bilbao reached the Spanish League finals in 2011, qualified for the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the Men in Black fought all the way to the playoffs before losing to mighty CSKA Moscow in a clash for a spot at the Final Four. Bilbao returned to the Eurocup to reach the 2013 final as Fotis Katsikaris earned Eurocup Coach of the Year honors. Now back in contention, expect Dominion BB to go far backed by a great crowd.

2014-15 Results: Spanish League: Quarterfinalist; Copa del Rey: Quarterfinalist.

Alex Mumbru - Bilbao Basket - EC13 (photo Aitor Arrizabalaga - Bilbao Basket)