BC Nevėžis

BC Nevėžis (Lithuanian: Krepšinio klubas Nevėžis), more commonly known as Nevėžis-OPTIBET because of sponsporship reasons, is a professional Lithuanian basketball club which currently competes in the Lithuanian Basketball League.

Nevėžis-OPTIBET
Nevėžis-OPTIBET logo
LeaguesLithuanian Basketball League
Founded1992; 30 years ago (1992)
HistoryBC Nevėžis
(1992–2011)
BC Kėdainiai Triobet
(2011–2012)
BC Nevėžis
(2012–2020)
Nevėžis-OPTIBET
(2020–)
ArenaKėdainiai Arena
Capacity2,200
LocationKėdainiai, Lithuania
Team colorsGreen, black and white
     
Team managerMindaugas Arlauskas
Head coachGediminas Petrauskas
ChampionshipsLKAL Champions (2002)
BBL Challenge Cup (2005)
BBL Challenge Cup (2008)
BBL Cup (2013)
Websitewww.kknevezis.lt

HistoryEdit

BC Nevėžis was founded in 1992 by Stasys Mickevičius. In 1993 BC Nevėžis was renamed to KK Notra because of the club supporters UAB Notra. In 1999 because of the supporters changes, BC Notra was renamed to BC Nevėžis again until now. Club name came from the Nevėžis River, flowing through Kėdainiai city. Nevėžis first played in the second division LKAL (now - National Basketball League (Lithuania)), winning the title in 2002 and qualifying to the Lithuanian Basketball League. Nevėžis became a constant playoff contender, with the highest achievements being reaching the semifinals of the LKL in 2006, even taking future champion BC Lietuvos rytas to the limit, losing the series 1:2. They also reached the Baltic Basketball League semifinals in 2006, and won the BBL Challenge Cup in 2008. Nevėžis also won 3rd place in the LKF Cup in 2007 and 2012.

In 2017, after defeating the AEK Larnaca during the last qualification stage, Nevėžis qualified to the 2017–18 FIBA Europe Cup season, their first-ever European competition.[1][2]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

Nevėžis-OPTIBET roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SG 0   Bukauskas, Nojus 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 70 kg (154 lb) 16 – (2005-08-12)12 August 2005
PG 2   Starks, TJ 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 23 – (1998-09-11)11 September 1998
SG 3   Doualla, Darryl 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 17 – (2004-06-21)21 June 2004
SG 9   Smajlagić, Sven 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 31 – (1990-06-05)5 June 1990
PF 23   Murauskas, Paulius 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 17 – (2004-02-14)14 February 2004
SF 33   Kuksiks, Rihards 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 33 – (1988-07-17)17 July 1988
F/C 35   Lavrinovičius, Danielius 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 23 – (1999-01-22)22 January 1999
SG 41   Plintauskas, Armandas 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 19 – (2002-07-15)15 July 2002
F/C 43   Sylla, Amar 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 20 – (2001-10-01)1 October 2001
G 88   Vilys, Domantas 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 22 – (2000-01-12)12 January 2000
G 99   Valinskas, Marius 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 22 – (1999-05-04)4 May 1999
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  •   Laimonas Rimkus

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: January 26, 2022

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Amar Sylla
PF Darryl Doualla Danielius Lavrinovičius
SF Rihards Kuksiks Paulius Murauskas Armandas Plintauskas
SG Sven Smajlagic Marius Valinskas Avtandill Bakhtadze
PG TJ Starks Domantas Vilys

Squad changes for/during 2021–22 seasonEdit

InEdit

No. Pos. Nat. Name Moving from
HC   Gediminas Petrauskas Pieno žvaigždės  
22 PG   Vytenis Čižauskas Alytus Dzūkija  
23 F   Paulius Murauskas Žalgiris Kaunas  
33 PF/C   Danielius Lavrinovičius Artland Dragons  
33 SF   Rihards Kuksiks BK Ogre  
99 G   Marius Valinskas Lietkabelis Panevėžys  
25 C   Matas Jucikas BC Dzūkija  
43 F   Amar Sylla Filou Oostende  
41 G   Armandas Plintikauskas Rytas-MRU-VKM  
3 F   Daryl Doualla LDLC ASVEL U21  
2 PG   TJ Starks Wisconsin Herd  

OutEdit

No. Pos. Nat. Name Moving to
HC   Marius Kiltinavičius Sūduva-Mantinga  
5 G/F   Panagiotis Kalaitzakis Lietkabelis Panevėžys  
7 G/F   Justas Tamulis CSU Sibiu  
22 SF   Julius Kazakauskas ALM Évreux Basket  
27 C   Julius Jucikas Neptūnas Klaipėda  
55 PG   Rafa Luz Bilbao Basket  
4 C   Ariel Hukporti Melbourne United  
22 PG   Vytenis Čižauskas Boulazac Basket Dordogne  
25 C   Matas Jucikas BK Ogre  
  • HC – Head coach

LogosEdit

Season by seasonEdit

 
Kėdainiai Sports School in Vilainiai is the place where BC Nevėžis previously played its home matches.
 
BC Nevėžis moved to the newly built Kėdainiai Arena in 2013.
Season Tier League Pos. National cup Baltic League Pos. European competitions
2000–01 2 LKAL 5th
2001–02 2 LKAL 1st
2002–03 1 LKL 10th
2003–04 1 LKL 7th
2004–05 1 LKL 6th Challenge Cup 1st
2005–06 1 LKL 4th Elite Division 4th
2006–07 1 LKL 5th Third qualified Elite Division 10th
2007–08 1 LKL 6th Challenge Cup 1st
2008–09 1 LKL 5th Quarterfinalist Elite Division 10th
2009–10 1 LKL 12th Fourth qualified Elite Division 10th
2010–11 1 LKL 9th Third round Elite Division 8th
2011–12 1 LKL 7th Third qualified Elite Division 7th
2012–13 1 LKL 8th Semifinalist Regular season
2013–14 1 LKL 8th Fifth round Quarterfinalist
2014–15 1 LKL 10th Group stage
2015–16 1 LKL 9th Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist
2016–17 1 LKL 9th Quarterfinalist
2017–18 1 LKL 8th 4 FIBA Europe Cup R2
2018–19 1 LKL 9th Round of 16
2019–20 1 LKL 10th Round of 16
2020–21 1 LKL 10th Second round
Detailed information of former rosters and results.[3][4]

Head coachesEdit

Notable playersEdit

 
Jonas Mačiulis was a Nevėžis team leader in the 04–05 season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""Nevėžis" – viena koja FIBA Europos taurėje". BasketNews.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Solidų pranašumą iššvaistęs "Nevėžis" pateko į FIBA Europos taurę". BasketNews.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Nevezis". LKL.lt (in Lithuanian). Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  4. ^ "NEVEZIS KEDAINIAI". BBL.net. Retrieved 3 July 2017.

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