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BC Neptūnas

Neptūnas Klaipėda
Neptūnas Klaipėda logo
Leagues LKL
Eurocup
Founded 1962
History Klaipėdos Maistas
1962–1964
Klaipėdos Neptūnas
1964–present
Arena Švyturio Arena
Arena Capacity 6,000
Location Klaipėda, Lithuania
Team colors Blue and White
         
President Valentinas Greičiūnas
Team manager Osvaldas Kurauskas
Head coach Dainius Adomaitis
Retired numbers 2 (7, 11)
Website bcneptunas.lt
Uniforms
Home jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Home
Away jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Away

BC Neptūnas (Lithuanian: Krepšinio Klubas Neptūnas) is a basketball club from Klaipėda, Lithuania participating in Lithuanian Basketball League and internationally in the Eurocup. It was founded in 1962 under name BC Maistas (English: Food) and in 1964, BC Maistas's name was changed to BC Neptūnas. The club carries the name of the Roman sea god Neptune. Neptūnas participated in the 2014–15 Euroleague season and is only the third Lithuanian club to participate in the premier European basketball league, after Žalgiris and Lietuvos rytas.

Contents

  • History 1
    • 2012–13 season: VTB United League debut 1.1
    • 2013–14 season: First time LKL finalists 1.2
    • 2014–15 season: Euroleague debut 1.3
    • 2015–16 season: Second Eurocup season 1.4
  • Players 2
    • Retired numbers 2.1
    • Current roster 2.2
    • Depth Chart 2.3
    • Squad changes for the 2015/16 season 2.4
      • In 2.4.1
      • Out 2.4.2
  • Out on loan 3
  • Club achievements 4
    • LKL playoffs 4.1
  • Notable players 5
  • Former coaches 6
  • Team management 7
  • Statistical leaders 8
    • All time points per game in all tournaments (PPG) 8.1
  • Youth Academy 9
  • Video game 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

History

In 1966 Neptūnas won the Žalgiris friendship championship and next year with the same roster became runner-ups.

BC Neptūnas classic logo

Since 1970 there have been many changes in the team, coaches and players left team and they been changed with new team members, so the team didn't achieved better results. On 1975 Klaipėda's community decided to change team from its foundations which base was people form Klaipėda and Samogitia region, which also finished studies in Vilnius and Kaunas cities. There was young and perspective players, whose energy helped to reach better results in two years period. Which includes 3rd Place in Lithuanian Spartakiada; in 1981 and 1982 they became runner-ups of newspaper "Sport" championship, and also in 1983 they became champions of Soviet Union Professional Union championship.

However, in 1988 fortune left the team and the team relegated from Lithuanian Top league. After two years when Lithuanian Basketball League was, formed they were invited to join the league as one of eight best teams in Lithuania. However at the beginning team couldn't show good results, but notable progress was felt throughout the years. Neptūnas became a constant playoff contestant in the LKL, even reaching the semi-final stage on a few occasions, though mostly never going past the quarter-finals.

2012–13 season: VTB United League debut

"It is sweet. Especially because of the way we achieved it. We were young, talented, ambitious, but undulating team. Prienai ruined our feast in Klaipėda, so now we ruined their feast in Prienai. Prienai kindle the hell at home, but we haven't heard it. We were accumulated for basketball and it did not affect us."

Kazys Maksvytis, following the club's first triumph in the LKL bronze final.[1]

The 2012 is a memorable year for Neptūnas as they were invited to VTB United League, despite the fact that they only took 6th place in LKL the previous season.[2] Club director Osvaldas Kurauskas said that they're not going to be group outsiders and that they will raise club budget for the next season.[3] Neptūnas debuted in VTB United League on October 7, 2012 against CSKA Moscow. Despite powerful opponent Neptūnas won two quarters by one point (23–22, 14–13), however it wasn't enough to win the game as Neptūnas lost with result 72–83.[4] After the season in VTB United League, they were last in a group, however they were invited to continue playing in this league for another season. Despite poor results in the VTB League, where they finished with a dismal 3–15 record, Neptūnas recovered in the LKL, thanks to very solid play from leader Deividas Gailius, finishing 3rd and winning the bronze medals for the first time in club history, in a competitive series against BC Prienai, winning 3–2.[5]

2013–14 season: First time LKL finalists

"Now we are loading our suitcases and are going back to Klaipėda, but not quitly, we are going there with a cup and the raised heads. I think the fans were satisfied with the final series. <...> I hope that the Klaipėda's team will climb higher step by step. <...> I think we can play in the Euroleague."

Kazys Maksvytis, after losing the club's first LKL final series 2–4.[6]

The 2013-14 season is not less memorable for Neptūnas. During the regular season, Neptūnas several times defeated LKL champion and constant Euroleague participant Kaunas Žalgiris with results 81–73 at Švyturys Arena[7] and 79–88 at Žalgiris Arena.[8] In the regular LKL season Neptūnas took third place and met Šiauliai in the quarter-finals, which they eliminated with series result of 2-1, Neptūnas also won semi-finals against Prienai TonyBet with result 2-0 and qualified to the LKL finals for the first time in the club history.[9] In the finals Neptūnas met previously defeated Žalgiris. Despite two former victories during the regular season, basketball experts showed wide skepticism in chances of Neptūnas winning any games there.[10] Nevertheless, the militant Neptūnas showed that they may fight against Žalgiris and won first LKL final series game with result 71–59 in crammed Švyturys Arena,[11] however then Neptūnas lost three games to Žalgiris and almost lost all the chances of winning the series.[12][13][14] In spite of that, Neptūnas did not give up and won fifth series game with result 87–86,[15] however they failed to do that again in sixth series game and after being crushed 90–70, lost the LKL final series with result 4–2.[16] Despite sufficiently successful LKL season, Neptūnas had tough times in international competitions. In the second-tier European league Eurocup Neptūnas won four games of ten and after taking fifth place of sixth in the group did not qualified into the second stage. Neptūnas also participated in VTB United League, however there, after winning five of eighteen games, Neptūnas did not qualified into the playoffs and took eight place of ten in the group. Following best LKL season in club history, on June 25, 2014 Neptūnas was invited to join prestigious Euroleague as a LKL vice-champion for the 2014-15 season.[17]

2014–15 season: Euroleague debut

Since 2011 Neptūnas plays in one of the Lithuania's finest arena.
Mustafa Shakur, one of the Neptūnas leaders in 2014–15 season.

Before debut in Euroleague, Neptūnas recalled former team leader Deividas Gailius. Multiple LKL champion Donatas Zavackas and UBL champion Michailas Anisimovas was signed as well. Though Anisimovas left the team shortly afterward without debuting in Euroleague due to the military crisis in Ukraine. On October 15, 2014, Neptūnas played his first Euroleague game against the Laboral Kutxa, which they lost with result 69–88 despite playing more than two quarters point-to-point.[18] On October 23, 2014, Neptūnas achieved club's first Euroleague victory against KK Crvena zvezda with result 83–81 after the Valdas Vasylius winning shot 3 seconds away from the over-time.[19] This was first Euroleague's game played in the Neptūnas home-court. On October 31, 2014, Neptūnas lost third Euroleague game only after OT with result 81–85 against one of the strongest tournament team, two times Euroleague champion over past three years Olympiacos Piraeus.[20] Despite being competitive and tightly holding the chances of qualifying into the TOP16 stage, Neptūnas failed to accomplish this achievement in their debut Euroleague season, totally winning 4 games of 10 and taking the 5th place in the group. It was just one step from the TOP16's qualifier Galatasaray, which also finished with a 4-10 record. As a result, Neptūnas was transferred to Eurocup Last 32 stage. The Eurocup was just a terrible place for Neptūnas. There they won only once against Paris-Levallois Basket, suffered five defeats and took the last place in the group. Promising season in international competitions was finished with a painful accord.

On February 20–22, Neptūnas participated in 2015 LKF Cup. They surprisingly lost quarter-finals game to Šiauliai 71–73 and ended the appearance in competition early.[21]

Neptūnas recovered in the LKL, playing very solidly, even splitting the season series with Žalgiris. They defeated the Lithuanian powerhouse twice in two weeks: 67–65 in Klaipeda[22] and 90–86 in Kaunas.[23] Deividas Gailius led Neptūnas during these two games. Though, they took only the third spot during the regular season due to the unfavorable results versus Lietuvos rytas. Neptūnas defeated Dzūkija with the series result of 3–1, losing only once in Alytus 56–65.[24] Although, the semi-finals began unsuccessfully for the team versus Lietuvos rytas. Despite holding up close to the opponents the whole game, Neptūnas lost during the final minutes 88–79 in Vilnius.[25] Though, Neptūnas, led by Deividas Gailius (22 points) and Arnas Butkevičius (20 points), successfully reached revenge in Klaipėda, overcoming Rytas 107–101 after OT.[26] Semi-final series tied at 1–1. Though, Neptūnas lost another thriller 96–89 two days later in Vilnius and ended up on the edge of the precipice.[27] Furthermore, primary Neptūnas center Simas Galdikas suffered a painful leg injury, after stepping on Kšyštof Lavrinovič feet.[28] Despite that, team's coach Kazys Maksvytis said that "we will meet in Vilnius again".[29] Though, this promise did not came true following the 87–92 lose at home.[30] Neptūnas lost the semi-final series 3–1 to Lietuvos rytas. And then Neptūnas suffered the biggest fiasco of the season. They shockingly lost to Juventus LKL bronze medals series 2–3, including an embarrassing defeat in the decisive game 69–84 in the home arena.[31]

Neptūnas had the highest attendance rate in all LKL during this season (3022 spectators per game).[32]

2015–16 season: Second Eurocup season

Following the lost LKL semi-final and the bronze final last season, Neptūnas did not automatically qualified into the Eurocup. Though, on June 29, 2015, they received the wild card to the tournament.[33] For the first time in history, three Lithuanian basketball clubs were invited to participate in the second-tier European league. Krasta Auto (authorized BMW dealer in Lithuania) became one of the club sponsors, giving brand-new cars for the club members.[34]

Neptūnas began summer by losing former leader Deividas Gailius, who signed with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius.[35] Gailius was replaced with one of the last season Juventus leaders Arvydas Šikšnius.[36] Furthermore, former Juventus head coach Dainius Adomaitis signed the two-year deal with Neptūnas as well. Past Lithuania men's national basketball team head coach Kęstutis Kemzūra, Olympic champion Valdemaras Chomičius, Lithuania national team head coach assistant Darius Maskoliūnas and Gediminas Petrauskas were other solid candidates to replace Kazys Maksvytis.[37] Neptūnas captain Martynas Mažeika signed a new two-year contract with the club.[38] It was his 11th season in Neptūnas. Vytautas Šarakauskas and Simas Galdikas stayed in Neptūnas as well, both signing two-years contracts with the club.[39][40] One of BK Ventspils leaders Jerai Grant became club's first foreigner in the summer of 2015.[41] University of Rhode Island graduate Gilvydas Biruta, who represented Denver Nuggets during the 2015 NBA Summer League, also joined BC Neptūnas.[42] Three times Polish league champion and an experienced Euroleague player Daniel Ewing became Neptūnas' main point guard on August 15, 2015.[43] Neptūnas also signed the multiple NCAA three-pointers records holder Travis Bader to strengthen the shooting guard position.[44]

On October 14, 2015 the new 2015–16 Eurocup season began with a lose to the powerful Galatasaray S.K. squad 90–94 in Klaipėda.[45]

Players

Retired numbers

On May 22, 2014 Neptūnas retired first two numbers.[46]

Neptūnas Klaipėda retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure Ceremony Date
11 Eurelijus Žukauskas C 1994–1997 5/22/2014
7 Arvydas Macijauskas SG 1997–1999 5/22/2014

Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.


Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve
C Jerai Grant Simas Galdikas
PF Donatas Zavackas Gilvydas Biruta Vytautas Šarakauskas
SF Arvydas Šikšnius Arnas Butkevičius Raidas Nacius
SG Martynas Mažeika Travis Bader
PG Daniel Ewing Mindaugas Girdžiūnas

Squad changes for the 2015/16 season

In

No. Position Player


6 SF Arvydas Šikšnius (BC Juventus)
45 C Jerai Grant (BK Ventspils)
55 PF Gilvydas Biruta (Rhode Island Rams)
3 PG Daniel Ewing (Le Mans Sarthe)
G Matas Andruškevičius (V.Knašius Basketball School)
F Arūnas Mikalauskas (V.Knašius Basketball School)
11 SG Travis Bader (Rio Grande Valley Vipers)

Out

No. Position Player


13 SF Deividas Gailius (to Lietuvos Rytas)
5 PF Ivan Nelyubov (to Parma Perm Krai)
42 PF Valdas Vasylius (to BC Lietkabelis)
22 PG Mustafa Shakur (to Raptors 905)

Out on loan

No. Position Player


30 SG Laurynas Bieliauskas (to BC Žalgiris 2)

Club achievements

Season League Pos. Significant Events Regional competitions Pos. LKF Cup European competitions
1993–94 LKL 10
1994–95 LKL 10
1995–96 LKL 7 Quarter-finalist
1996–97 LKL 5 Quarter-finalist
1997–98 LKL 9
1998–99 LKL 8 Quarter-finalist 3 Korać Cup R32
1999–00 LKL 8 Quarter-finalist 3 Korać Cup GS
2000–01 LKL 5 Quarter-finalist
2001–02 LKL 8 Quarter-finalist
2002–03 LKL 6 Quarter-finalist
2003–04 LKL 10 4 FIBA Europe Cup QF
2004–05 LKL 5 Quarter-finalist BBL Elite Division 5
2005–06 LKL 6 Quarter-finalist BBL Elite Division 10
2006–07 LKL 4 Semi-finalist BBL Elite Division 12
2007–08 LKL 5 Quarter-finalist BBL Elite Division 16 Fourth qualified
2008–09 LKL 4 Semi-finalist BBL Challenge Cup 6 Eighth finalist
2009–10 LKL 5 Quarter-finalist BBL Challenge Cup 4 Quarter-finalist
2010–11 LKL 8 Quarter-finalist BBL Challenge Cup 4 Fourth qualified
2011–12 LKL 6 Quarter-finalist BBL Challenge Cup 6 Second round
2012–13 LKL 3 Bronze medal VTB League 10 Fifth round
2013–14 LKL 2 Runner-up VTB League 8 Fifth round 2 Eurocup RS
2014–15 LKL 4 Semi-finalist Fifth round 1 Euroleague
2 Eurocup
RS
R32

LKL playoffs

Notable players

Tomas Delininkaitis a World Championship Bronze medalist started his career in Neptūnas.

Former coaches

Team management

Board president

Eugenijus Gentvilas

Board members

Rimantas Taraškevičius Arnoldas Šileika Antanas Gricius Edmondas Dargis Valentinas Greičiũnas Jonas Dumašius Algimantas Pavilionis

Club director

Osvaldas Kurauskas

Statistical leaders

All time points per game in all tournaments (PPG)

Position Player Seasons Games Points Total Points Per Game
1
Martynas Mažeika
10
371
4561
12.29
2
Valdas Vasylius
4
217
2581
11.89
3
Deividas Gailius
4
192
2372
12.35
4
Vaidotas Pridotkas
8
253
2077
8.21
5
Svajūnas Airošius
5
167
1972
9.68
6
Simas Galdikas
5
249
1894
7.6
7
Artūras Jakubauskas
3
112
1830
16.34
8
Audrius Mineikis
7
181
1752
11.80
9
Eurelijus Žukauskas
4
146
1629
11.16
10
Marius Runkauskas
4
154
1507
9.79

Youth Academy

Neptūnas closely works with V.Knašius Basketball School as a ladder for youth to professional basketball. Players such as Arvydas Macijauskas, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Tomas Delininkaitis, and many players of current Neptūnas roster were attending V.Knašius Basketball School. One current player of V.Knašius Basketball School Laurynas Bieliauskas already plays for the Neptūnas' main team.[48]

Video game

Neptūnas basketball club was featured in the NBA 2K16 video game.[49][50]

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External links

  • Official website of Neptūnas (Lithuanian)
  • BC Neptūnas LKL.lt (Lithuanian)
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