2016-17 Team Profile: Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas

Aug 08, 2016 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2016-17 Team Profile: Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas started the 2015-16 Eurocup with the only goal of trying to go one step higher and win the competition. The season started with a major loss, as All-Eurocup forward Kyle Kuric had to step down to undergo brain tumor surgery. Gran Canaria was able to bounce back by winning its regular season group with an 8-2 record. Despite opening the Last 32 with a home loss to Strasbourg, Gran Canaria, led by big man Alen Omic, went on to win all of its remaining Last 32 group to be first with a 5-1 record. Gran Canaria opened the elimination series with a 17-point road win in Limoges, which eventually allowed the team reach the quarterfinals. Once again, a great road win helped Gran Canaria keep full control of its quarterfinals series against Stelmet Zielona Gora. Gran Canaria had to face Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in the semifinals and lost Game 1 by 14. Gran Canaria managed to force overtime in Game 2 and have the series' final possession, but Albert Oliver could not score down the stretch. Omic was chosen to the All-Eurocup First Team and Kevin Pangos received second team honors to conclude another strong Eurocup campaign.

Eurocup

SEASON COMPETITION RECORD FINISH
2015-16 Eurocup 16-6 Semifinal
2014-15 Eurocup 21-3 Final
2011-12 Eurocup 4-2 Regular Season
2010-11 Eurocup 7-5 Last 16
2009-10 Eurocup 9-5 Quarterfinal
2008-09 Eurocup 2-4 Regular Season
2007-08 ULEB Cup 10-4 Last 16
2006-07 ULEB Cup 5-7 Eighthfinal
2004-05 ULEB Cup 6-4 Regular Season
2003-04 ULEB Cup 8-4 Eighthfinal
TOTAL: 88-44

History

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas enters its 11th Eurocup season with its only goal to be just as competitive as in the last two seasons, in which it was close to glory. 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, in which 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. Last season, Gran Canaria managed to make it to another final, reaching the Copa del Rey title game against Real Madrid, which ultimately prevailed. Gran Canaria used a strong season to get back to the Eurocup semifinals, but losing by a 1-point differential against eventual champion Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul. The club also returned to the Spanish League playoffs, but could not overcome Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz in do-or-die Game 3 of their quarterfinals series. With a new coach and the same ambition, Gran Canaria will be one of the favorites to lift the Eurocup trophy at the end of the 2016-17 season.