After reaching the FIBA EuroChallenge title game last season, PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban steps up to the Eurocup eager to make a big first impression as it tries to continue climbing the ladder to European glory. Lokomotiv-Kuban is the newest name for a team that has accomplished several feats since its inauguration in 1946. Originally known as Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody, the team from the North Caucasus region produced a number of strong youth talents over the years, but did not begin fighting for titles until the 1990s. Lokomotiv made its European debut in the 1998-99 Korac Cup and that exposure helped the club grow. A year later, Oleg Melechtchenko and Harold Deane helped Lokomotiv pick up its first major title, the Russian Cup. Lokomotiv finished third in the Russian League in both 2001 and 2002. That year, Lokomotiv nearly shocked Europe when Eurelijus Zukauskas and Goran Jagodnik helped guide the team within a few baskets of the Korac Cup. In the end a 26-point loss at SLUC Nancy in the first leg was too much to overcome, even though Lokomotiv rallied to win the second game by 21. In 2003 the club officially moved to the city of Rostov and continued to challenge. In 2005, Lokomotiv had a second crack at a continental crown when it reached the FIBA Europe Cup final. However, despite the best efforts of Jarod Stevenson and Igor Kudelin, Lokomotiv lost 75-74 to CSU Asesoft in the final in Romania. In recent seasons, Lokomotiv has continued to be a factor at home and in Europe, regularly making the Russian League playoffs and advancing several stages in various European cups. In 2009 Lokomotiv moved again, making Krasnodar its home and choosing the name Lokomotiv-Kuban. Last season was another great one for Lokomotiv as Jeremiah Massey, Mike Wilkinson and Lionel Chalmers too it to finish third in the Russian League regular season and reach the playoff semifinals for the first time before falling to mighty CSKA. And on the continental front, the team plowed through to the FIBA EuroChallenge final, though it ultimately fell to KRKA 83-77 in the title game in Oostende, Belgium. This year Lokomotiv aims to run down the Eurocup in its competition debut with a legendary head coach, Bozidar Maljkovic, powerful roster and passionate fans.