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Bàsquet Club Andorra S.A., also known as MoraBanc Andorra for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball team that is based in Andorra la Vella, Andorra. Though based in Andorra, the club plays in the Spanish basketball league system. The team plays in the Liga ACB with home games played at the Poliesportiu d'Andorra.

MoraBanc Andorra
MoraBanc Andorra logo
LeaguesLiga ACB
Founded12 June 1970; 48 years ago (1970-06-12)
HistoryCB Les Escaldes
(1970–71)
BC Andorra
1971–present
ArenaPoliesportiu d'Andorra
Capacity5,000
LocationAndorra la Vella, Andorra
Team colorsBlue, white, yellow, red
                   
Main sponsorMoraBanc
PresidentGorka Aixàs
Vice-president(s)Xavi Mujal
Pere Aixàs
Head coachIbon Navarro
Championships1 LEB Oro championship
1 LEB Plata championship
1 Copa Príncipe
1 Lliga Catalana
Websitebca.ad
Uniforms

From 1992 to 1996, BC Andorra played in the top league, the Liga ACB and also the Korać Cup during the 1995–96 season. After being relegated and playing one season in LEB league, the club resigned to its berth and came back to regional competitions. The club returned to Liga ACB in 2014, 18 years after its last appearance.

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HistoryEdit

On 12 June 1970 the club was founded as Club de Basket Les Escaldes, and changed its name to Bàsquet Club Andorra on 12 April 1971.[1]

BC Andorra began playing in the regional competitions of Lleida, being promoted in the 1975–76 season to Primera Catalana. The following season the club resigned the category due the financial problems, but achieved a promotion again during the 1980–81 season. The club was promoted to the Spanish Third Division at the end of 1981–82 season and the Spanish Second Division during the 1983–84 season. In the 1985–86 season, Andorra reached the Primera Division B after 6 seasons and won the promotion to the Liga ACB, where BC Andorra remained four seasons. During the 1995–96 season the Andorran club participated in the Korać Cup. In 1996, the club was relegated to LEB and in the following seasons, competed at the low levels of Catalonia and Spain until 2009–10, when BC Andorra participated in the LEB Plata.[2]

In the 2012–13 season, BC Andorra participated in the LEB Oro, the second division of the Spanish basketball, reaching the play-off final promotion to the Liga ACB and being finalist of the Copa Príncipe.

The following season the Andorran club achieved the Copa Príncipe and the promotion to the top league of Spain after becoming winners of the 2013–14 LEB Oro.[3]

In 2017, Andorra qualified for the first time since 22 years to the ACB playoffs, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Real Madrid. This allowed the Andorrans to come back to the European competitions in the 2017–18 season, as the club registered in the EuroCup.

SupportEdit

BC Andorra is one of the most followed club of Andorra with approximately 1,200 associates[4] and a reference of the Andorran basketball. In 2014 was founded the first official fan-club supporter Penya Tricolor.[5] Some notable club supporters include Albert Llovera, Joaquim Rodríguez, José Luis Llorente, Roberto Dueñas or Cédric Gracia.[6][7]

PresidentsEdit

  • Joan Alay: Honorary president (Founder)
  • Magí Maestre: 1970–71 (Founder)
  • Eduard Molné: 1971–90 (Founder)
  • Carles Fiñana: 1990–94
  • Manel Arajol: 1994–2007
  • Gorka Aixàs: 2007–present

Sponsorship namingEdit

BC Andorra has had several sponsorship names over the years:

  • Festina Andorra: 1991–96
  • Quick Andorra: 2000–02
  • River Andorra: 2002–13
  • River Andorra MoraBanc: 2013–14
  • MoraBanc Andorra: 2014–present

LogosEdit

UniformsEdit

 
 
 
 
Traditional "tricolor"
 
 
 
 
Festina Andorra away
 
 
 
 
2002–2006 River Andorra
 
 
 
 
2002–2013 away uniform
 
 
 
 
Alternative "tricolor"
 
 
 
 
2016 Alternative[8]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

MoraBanc Andorra roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PG 16   Albicy, Andrew 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 28 – (1990-03-21)21 March 1990
PG 24   Colom, Guillem 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 27 – (1991-09-16)16 September 1991
C 21   Diagne, Moussa 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 24 – (1994-03-06)6 March 1994
SG 31   Ennis, Dylan 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 26 – (1991-12-26)26 December 1991
SF 25   Jelínek, David 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 28 – (1990-09-07)7 September 1990
PG 5   Luz, Rafa 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 26 – (1992-02-11)11 February 1992
PF 22   Shurna, John 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 28 – (1990-04-30)30 April 1990
C 14   Stević, Oliver (C) 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 34 – (1984-01-18)18 January 1984
PF 30   Upshaw, Reggie 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 23 – (1995-04-07)7 April 1995
SG 33   Vitali, Michele 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 27 – (1991-10-31)31 October 1991
SF 23   Walker, David 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 24 – (1993-11-24)24 November 1993
C 32   Whittington, Shayne 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 27 – (1991-03-27)27 March 1991
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: August 18, 2018

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Shayne Whittington Moussa Diagne Oliver Stević
PF Reggie Upshaw John Shurna
SF David Jelínek David Walker
SG Dylan Ennis Michele Vitali
PG Andrew Albicy Rafa Luz Guillem Colom

Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non–FIBA Europe player

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1980–81 5 1ª Catalana 6th
1981–82 5 1ª Catalana
1982–83 4 3ª División 5th
1983–84 4 3ª División 1st
1984–85 3 2ª División 6th
1985–86 3 2ª División 1st
1986–87 2 1ª División B 22nd 12–22
1987–88 2 1ª División B 20nd 22–20
1988–89 2 1ª División B 10th 15–15
1989–90 2 1ª División B 5th 18–12
1990–91 2 1ª División 4th 21–15
1991–92 2 1ª División 1st 29–12
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 12th 15–18 First round
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 9th 20–12 First round
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 8th 20–20 Quarterfinalist
1995–96 1 Liga ACB 19th 11–31 3 Korać Cup GS 3–7
1996–97 2 LEB 4th[a] 21–19
1997–98 7 3ª Catalana 1st
1998–99 6 2ª Catalana 1st
1999–00 5 1ª Catalana 1st
2000–01 5 Copa Catalunya 7th 18–12
2001–02 5 Copa Catalunya 2nd 21–11
2002–03 5 Copa Catalunya 6th 17–13
2003–04 5 Copa Catalunya 4th 21–9
2004–05 5 Copa Catalunya 1st 26–6
2005–06 4 Liga EBA 7th 16–14
2006–07 4 Liga EBA 9th 13–13
2007–08 4 Liga EBA 5th 20–10
2008–09 4 Liga EBA 2nd 23–10
2009–10 3 LEB Plata 6th 21–15
2010–11 3 LEB Plata 3rd 27–14 Copa LEB Plata RU
2011–12 3 LEB Plata 1st 19–5 Copa LEB Plata RU
2012–13 2 LEB Oro 3rd 30–10 Copa Príncipe RU
2013–14 2 LEB Oro 1st 21–5 Copa Príncipe C
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 14th 12–22
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 14th 12–22
2016–17 1 Liga ACB 8th 17–18 Quarterfinalist
2017–18 1 Liga ACB 6th 20–17 2 EuroCup RS 3–7
2018–19 1 Liga ACB 2 EuroCup
  1. ^ Resigned to the berth in the league due to financial problems.

Trophies and awardsEdit

TrophiesEdit

Individual awardsEdit

LEB Oro MVP

All-ACB First Team

All LEB Oro First Team

Notable playersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Reconocimiento de MoraBanc Andorra a los pioneros en Escaldes-Engordany" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ "ACB.com" (in Spanish). ACB.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. ^ "El River Andorra regresa a la ACB 18 años después | Baloncesto | EL MUNDO" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Els recursos propis del River MoraBanc s'apropen a la meitat del pressupost | BonDia Diari digital d'Andorra" (in Spanish). BonDia.ad. 22 February 1999. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Las aficiones, como la liga, al rojo vivo – Baloncesto" (in Spanish). FEB.es. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  6. ^ "El Bàsquet Club Andorra | BC Morabanc Andorra | Web Oficial" (in Catalan). bca.ad. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Joaquím Rodríguez, nombrado socio de honor del BC River Andorra" (in Spanish). europapress.es. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  8. ^ "La jove de 15 anys Clàudia Justes és la dissenyadora de la tercera equipació" (in Catalan). BC Andorra. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.

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