Last season was just Germani Brescia Leonessa's second in the top Italian League, however the team got off to a red-hot start and not only proved that it belonged, but that it was a contender, too. Brescia started the season with a nine-game winning streak and as deep as 18 rounds into the regular season, Brescia sat atop the standings with a 13-5 record. Then came the Italian Cup and Brescia knocked off Virtus Bologna in the quarterfinals and Red October Cantu in the semifinals to set up a date with Fiat Turin in the final. In a thriller that went to the wire, Turin won 69-67 on a Sasha Vujacic game-winner. By the end of the regular season, Brescia was third at 20-10 and swept Varese in the quarterfinals before taking Game 1 of the semifinals 82-85 over AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan on the road in the fashion capital. Milan rebounded to win the next three games, but there was no taking away from a historic campaign for Brescia.
The youngest club in the competition this season, Germani Brescia Leonessa was founded in 2009 and will be competing in its 10th campaign as it debuts in the 7DAYS EuroCup. Brescia is the second-largest city in the Lombardy region, behind only Milan, with a population for 200,000, but had been without professional basketball for some 13 years after Basket Brescia folded, so local fans were ready to embrace the new club when it was born. Brescia acquired the rights from Cremona to begin competing in the Serie A amateur division and needed only two years to master it. When Brescia bested Trapani in the 2011 playoff finals, it earned a ticket to the second division as the amateur champion. Brescia was a strong competitor even as it climbed the ladder, finishing seventh in its first season and fourth in 2013. A year later Brescia earned its way into Serie A2. In the 2015-16 season, Brescia finished the regular season in second place with a 21-9 record and had to work hard with all four of its playoff series going the distance, but ultimately it eliminated Trapani, Tortona, Scafati and finally Fortitudo Bologna to become the 2016-17 Serie A2 champions and clinch a spot in the top league. Naturally, the goal was to avoid the relegation zone and with league-leading scorer Marcus Landry and the league's top assist man Luca Vitali taking charge, Brescia finished 10th and reached the Italian Cup semifinals. Last season Brescia reached new heights as it occupied first place for much of the regular season, reached the playoffs and won a series, and advanced to the Italian Cup final! Now Brescia will set its sights even higher as it debuts in the EuroCup.