Club Profile: Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas

Sep 11, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club Profile: Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas enters its 10th Eurocup season with its only goal being to go just one step higher than the year before. Last season, Eurocup Coach of the Year Aito Garcia Reneses and All-Eurocup center Walter Tavares led Gran Canaria all the way to the Eurocup Finals! The team won 21 of its first 22 games and swept Cedevita Zagreb, Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir and Unics Kazan in the elimination rounds, however Khimki Moscow Region stood in its way to the title in the finals. It was a good season at home too; Gran Canaria returned to the Spanish League playoffs and hosted the Copa del Rey final eight. Founded in 1963, Gran Canaria reached the Spanish first division in 1985, but did not gain a foothold for good until 1995-96. The club played its first Spanish League playoffs game in 2000 and played in the Korac Cup in 2001. Gran Canaria made its ULEB Cup debut in 2003-04 and went through to the eighthfinals before losing to Real Madrid. The club did not return to the ULEB Cup elimination series until 2007, when it lost in the eighthfinals against FMP. Gran Canaria enjoyed a great Eurocup season in 2009-10, but a home loss against Panellinios in a do-or-die game prevented the team from reaching the Eurocup Finals. Great results finally arrived in the 2012-13 season, when Gran Canaria reached the Spanish Copa del Rey and the Spanish League semifinals for the first time in club history. Another step forwards took place in the 2013-14 season, when it moved to the magnificent, 11,500-seat Gran Canaria Arena and finished the Spanish League regular season with a club-record 22 wins. That set the basis for a 2014-15 Eurocup season to remember - and now Gran Canaria knows what it takes to be successful in this competition.