Eurocup Qualifying Round profile: Gran Canaria 2014

Sep 16, 2011 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Gran Canaria 2014
ROSTER
00 - Marquez Haynes
G
5 - Taurean Green
G
6 - Fabio Santana
G
7 - Sitapha Savane
F
8 - Michael Bramos
F
9 - Juan Palacios
F
11 - Tomas Bellas
G
17 - Spencer Nelson
F
33 - Javier Beiran
F
34 - Laurence Ekperigin
F
41 - Xavi Rey
C
45 - Rasual Butler
F
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Head Coach:
Pedro Martinez
Gran Canaria 2014 is looking to reach the Eurocup for the eighth time in nine seasons through the Qualifying Round. The club comes off its best season ever, finishing fifth in the Spanish League regular season for yet another playoffs appearance. 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 reached its first Spanish League playoff 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 rounds until 2007, when it lost in the eighthfinals against FMP. That season, Granca was one win away from reaching the Spanish League semifinals. Gran Canaria had its best Eurocup season ever in 2009-10, but a home loss against Panellinios in a do-or-die game prevented the team from reaching the Finals. The club remains a perennial playoff contender in Spain, and has reached that phase in eight of the last nine years. In 2010-11, Gran Canaria survived the Eurocup Qualifying Round and won its regular season group, but back-to-back losses against Cedevita Zagreb prevented the team for going further. Gran Canaria has been knocking on the Eurocup Finals' door for years and if it can get through the Qualifying Round this time, it will be more than ready to use its previous experience and outstanding fan base to challenge for that goal.