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Liga Profesional de Baloncesto

Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB)
Sport Basketball
Founded 1974
No. of teams 10
Country  Venezuela
Continent FIBA Americas
Most recent champion(s) Marinos de Anzoátegui
(11th title)
Most titles Marinos de Anzoátegui
(11 titles)
Official website .ve.com.lpbwww

The Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB) is the Venezuelan first division national professional basketball league. The league is considered one of the best in South-America. Marinos de Anzoátegui (10 titles) and Cocodrilos de Caracas (6 titles) are the current elite teams in the league – each season since 2008 one of the two teams won the championship.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Format and rules 2
  • Current Teams 3
  • Seasons 4
  • External links 5

History

The league was founded in 1974, as it started with four teams in the competition. Each team was allowed to have two foreign players. In 1992 the league expanded to 8 teams and was named "LPB".

Format and rules

The competition consists of 10 teams who play each other once at home and away in the regular season. After that, the top four teams play the Playoffs. Both the semi-finals and finals are played in a best-of-seven format.

The regular season starts in February of each year and ends in May. Also, like the NBA, a All-Star Game is held at the middle of the season.

The rule that only two foreign players can play per team still stands.

Current Teams

Seasons

Season Champion Runner-up Score
1974 Ahorristas de Caracas Colosos de Carabobo 3-2
1975 Colosos de Carabobo Panteras de Táchira 3-2
1976 Panteras de Táchira Ahorristas de Caracas 3-0
1977 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Ahorristas de Caracas 3-1
1978 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Panteras Táchira 4-0
1979 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Legisladores de Carabobo 4-0
1980 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Retadores de Caracas 4-3
1981 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Telefonistas de Caracas 4-2
1982 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Panteras de Lara 4-2
1983 Panteras de Lara Gaiteros del Zulia 4-2
1984 Gaiteros del Zulia Guaiqueríes de Margarita 4-2
1985 Gaiteros del Zulia Guaiqueríes de Margarita 4-3
1986 Trotamundos de Carabobo Panteras de Miranda 4-1
1987 Trotamundos de Carabobo Panteras de Miranda 4-1
1988 Trotamundos de Carabobo Bravos de Portuguesa 4-2
1989 Trotamundos de Carabobo Gaiteros del Zulia 4-0
1990 Bravos de Portuguesa Marinos de Oriente 4-3
1991 Marinos de Oriente Guaiqueríes de Margarita 4-2
1992 Cocodrilos de Caracas Trotamundos de Carabobo 4-2
1993 Marinos de Oriente Trotamundos de Carabobo 4-3
1994 Trotamundos de Carabobo Cocodrilos de Caracas 4-1
1995 Panteras de Miranda Marinos de Oriente 4-3
1996 Gaiteros del Zulia Marinos de Oriente 4-3
1997 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Cocodrilos de Caracas 4-3
1998 Marinos de Oriente Trotamundos de Carabobo 4-2
1999 Trotamundos de Carabobo Panteras de Miranda 4-2
2000 Cocodrilos de Caracas Gaiteros del Zulia 4-3
2001 Gaiteros del Zulia Bravos de Portuguesa 4-1
2002 Trotamundos de Carabobo Panteras de Miranda 4-3
2003 Marinos de Oriente Gaiteros del Zulia 4-3
2004 Marinos de Oriente Gaiteros del Zulia 4-3
2005 Marinos de Anzoátegui Guaros de Lara 4-1
2006 Trotamundos de Carabobo Guaros de Lara 4-2
2007 Guaiqueríes de Margarita Cocodrilos de Caracas 4-3
2008 Cocodrilos de Caracas Gaiteros del Zulia 4-2
2009 Marinos de Anzoátegui Cocodrilos de Caracas 4-3
2010 Cocodrilos de Caracas Marinos de Anzoátegui 4-2
2011 Marinos de Anzoátegui Cocodrilos de Caracas 4-1
2012 Marinos de Anzoátegui Trotamundos de Carabobo 4-2
2013 Cocodrilos de Caracas Marinos de Anzoátegui 4-3
2014 Marinos de Anzoátegui Trotamundos de Carabobo 4-3
2015
Marinos de Anzoátegui Guaros de Lara
4–1

External links

  • Official site (Spanish)
  • Venezuelan league on Latinbasket.com (English)
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