Club Profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento

Aug 27, 2020 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club Profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento

Dolomiti Energia Trento will be playing its fourth straight 7DAYS EuroCup season and fifth in six years. The 2019-20 season tipped off with a home loss to Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul before the team went on the road to beat Buducnost VOLI Podgorica and followed that with a home victory over EWE Baskets Oldenburg. After losses to Asseco Arka Gdynia and at Unicaja Malaga, Trento grabbed revenge by knocking off Galatasaray in Turkey. Trento dropped its next two games - to Buducnost and at Oldenburg - before finishing the regular season strong with wins at Arka and versus Unicaja for a 5-5 record and a spot in the Top 16 for the second time in three years. Trento started the next phase with a tight 73-69 loss at Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul, but then was overmatched in a 25-point home loss against Partizan NIS Belgrade. In Round 3, Trento came back from a 16-point deficit to fellow Italian side Segafredo Virtus Bologna and led in the fourth quarter, but dropped the home game 67-73. Trento did not challenge in any of its remaining three games and finished the Top 16 winless. Domestically, Trento started the Italian League slowly for a 5-8 record before winning six of eight games to get to 11-10. That placed Trento in a three-way tie in the fight for the final two playoff spots when the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trento reached the EuroCup Semifinals back in 2016 and would love to return to that stage this season.

EuroCup

SEASON COMPETITION RECORD FINISH
2019-20 Eurocup 5-11 Top 16
2018-19 Eurocup 3-7 Regular Season
2017-18 Eurocup 8-8 Top 16
2015-16 Eurocup 15-7 Semifinal

TOTAL: 64 31-33

Aquila Basket Trento was founded in 1995 and the initiative of Gianni Brusinelli and Marco Angelini slowly gained momentum. The club began in the seventh tier of Italian basketball and the arrival of Giovanni Zobele - who would stay with the team for 13 years - as team president brought its first promotion to a higher level. But that was only the start of things to come. Over the next five seasons, the club climbed two more tiers and in the 2004-05 season, Aquila Basket won a lower-league double by winning the fifth division championship and downing Navarra Ferentino 77-68 to lift the Italian Cup for amateur teams. Trento's appetite grew as it came close to promotion again before it acquired Lumezzane Basket's license to get into the Italian third division in 2009. By 2011-12, Aquila Basket was already on top of the third division; Coach Maurizio Buscaglia's team downed Chieti 3-1 to lift the crown. Trento had immediate success in the second-best Italian level and lifted the Second Division Cup by downing Pistoia in the final 84-76. The team also reached the playoff semifinals. By the next season, Trento won the regular season and stormed through the playoffs against Agrigento, Turin and Capo d'Orlando to earn promotion into the Italian League first division. Trento played its first season at the elite level in 2014-15 and finished fourth in the Italian League regular season led by league MVP Tony Mitchell. Trento was ousted in the playoff quarterfinals by eventual champion Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari, but earned a spot to play the 2015-16 EuroCup. Behind Coach Buscaglia and forwards Julian Wright and Davide Pascolo, Trento went on a historic run to the semifinals against all odds. Back home, Trento also made it to the Italian Cup semifinals. In 2017-18, Trento reached the EuroCup Top 16 and the Italian League finals. But the team did not get past the EuroCup regular season and lost in the Italian League quarterfinals to Umana Reyer Venice the following season. In 2019-20, Trento compiled a 5-5 record in the EuroCup to reach the Top 16 but slumped to a 0-6 record in the next stage. In the Italian League, the team built up an 11-10 record and was in a three-way tie in the fight for the final two playoff spots when the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trento will be hungry to improve on its showing from last season in 2020-21.