2016-17 Team Profile: Montakit Fuenlabrada

Jul 22, 2016 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2016-17 Team Profile: Montakit Fuenlabrada


2002-03 ULEB Cup 3-7 Regular Season
TOTAL: 3-7


Montakit Fuenlabrada returns to the 7DAYS EuroCup for the first time since the competition's original season. Back in the 2002-03 campaign, led by Richard Scott, Walter Herrmann and Frankie Solana, Fuenlabrada did not go past the regular season. Founded in 1983, Fuenlabrada started to compete at a local level. The club joined national competitions two years later and worked its way up, reaching the first regional division in the late 1980s. By 1991, it already became Club Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and a year later, it merged with Club Baloncesto Torrejon de Ardoz to compete in the Spanish second division. Fuenlabrada acquired Club Peñas Recreativas de Huesca's rights to earn the right to compete in the Spanish first division in the 1996-97 season. The club went down to the second division, but inked scoring machine Velimir Perasovic and returned to the elite level a year later. With Perasovic, Carlos Cazorla, Ferran Lopez and Salvador Guardia as its main pillars, the addition of Nate Huffman allowed Fuenlabrada to make it to the Spanish League playoffs in 1999. Perasovic kept filling the baskets for several seasons, leading Fuenlabrada to two more playoffs appearances in 2001 and 2002, helped by David Wood, Chuck Kornegay and a young Jose Manuel Calderon and coached by Oscar Quintana. Fuenlabrada made its ULEB Cup debut in the 2002-03 season, in which Herrmann was chosen as the Spanish League MVP. The club returned to the Spanish second division in 2004 but came back, for good, a year later. Players like Saul Blanco, Jorge Garcia, Kristaps Valters and Brad Oleson kept Fuenlabrada in the first division for years without much trouble. The club returned to the Spanish League playoffs in the 2010-11 season with Salva Maldonado as head coach and a young Gustavo Ayon as its star center. After four seasons fighting to avoid relegation, Fuenlabrada bounced back last season. Led by Marko Popovic, Jonathan Tabu and Ivan Paunic, Fuenlabrada made it to the Spanish League playoffs, earning the right to return to the EuroCup 13 years later!