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Club Baloncesto Murcia, S.A.D.,[1] more commonly referred to as UCAM Murcia, is a professional basketball team based in Murcia, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB. It plays their home games at Palacio de Deportes.

UCAM Murcia
UCAM Murcia logo
NicknameUniversitarios
LeaguesLiga ACB
Founded1985
HistoryAgrupacion Deportiva Juver
(1985–1993)
CB Murcia
(1993–2013)
UCAM Murcia
(2013–present)
ArenaPalacio de Deportes
Capacity7,454
LocationMurcia, Spain
Team colorsBlue, Golden, Red
              
PresidentJosé Luis Mendoza
Head coachSito Alonso
OwnershipUniversidad Católica de Murcia
Championships3 LEB Oro championship
1 Copa Príncipe de Asturias
Websiteucammurcia.com

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1985 under the name Agrupación Deportiva Júver, Murcia agreed with a Madrid-based club, Logos de Madrid, to buy out its rights to play in the Spanish second division. Murcia would play at that level for four consecutive seasons and its first superstar was do-it-all big man Randy Owens.[2]

In 1990, Murcia, led by veteran center Mike Phillips, beat Obradoiro in a playoffs series to gain promotion to the Spanish League. The club would stay in the Spanish elite for the next seven seasons, with stars likes Ralph McPherson, Clarence Kea, Michael Anderson and Johnny Rogers and head coaches like Felipe Coello, Jose Maria Oleart and Moncho Monsalve. In December 1991, Kea pulled down 29 rebounds, which remains a Spanish League record, in a win against Breogán Lugo.[2]

 
A timeout in the 2008–09 season.

The club became CB Murcia in 1993 and moved to its current arena, Palacio de Deportes, the following season. Murcia organized the Copa del Rey tournament in the 1995–96 season and made it to the semifinals. Murcia went down to the Spanish second division at the end of the 1996–97 season, but reached the Spanish elite a couple of times, including in 2006, when it downed CAI Zaragoza in overtime in a do-or-die game to advance. Led by Jimmie Hunter and Juanjo Triguero, Murcia ranked 12th in the 2007–08 season, but went back to the second division two years later. Murcia bounced back to score promotion directly with a 30–4 record, and has been in the Spanish elite even since.[2]

In 2013, the club switched hands and UCAM Murcia took control. That moved helped Murcia shine in the last couple of seasons for its best results ever. With Diego Ocampo as head coach and Scott Bamforth, Raulzinho Neto and Carlos Cabezas as its top newcomers, Murcia finished the Spanish regular season with a 17–17 record, which was just one win from the playoffs. Last season Murcia found a new coach in Fotios Katsikaris and added more experienced players like Facundo Campazzo, Serhiy Lishchuk and Vítor Faverani. That led to a seventh-place finish with an 18–16 record and a ticket to the quarterfinals for the first time in the club's history, where it lost 2–1 to Real Madrid in the quarterfinals, but earned the right to make its debut in European competitions in the 2016–17 EuroCup.[2] In its European debut, UCAM Murcia reached the Top 16 round.

In the next season, the club joined the Basketball Champions League, reaching the Final Four in its first participation. Murcia lost to AEK in the semifinals and won the third place game over MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.

Sponsorship namingEdit

CB Murcia has received diverse sponsorship names along the years:

  • CB Murcia Artel: 1997–1998
  • Recreativos Orenes CB Murcia: 1998–1999
  • CB Etosa/Etosa Murcia: 2000–2003
  • Polaris World CB Murcia: 2003–2008
  • UCAM Murcia: 2011–present

LogosEdit

CB Murcia logos
1993–2009 2009–2013 2013–present
     

Home arenasEdit

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

UCAM Murcia roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PG 31   Booker, Askia 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 26 – (1993-08-31)31 August 1993
C 15   Cățe, Emanuel 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 22 – (1997-07-30)30 July 1997
SG 16   Durán, Edu 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 28 – (1991-05-01)1 May 1991
PF 3   Eddie, Jarell 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 27 – (1991-10-30)30 October 1991
C 22   Hunt, Kyle 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 29 – (1989-10-31)31 October 1989
SG 13   Larentzakis, Giannoulis 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 26 – (1993-09-22)22 September 1993
SG 8   Lecomte, Manu 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 24 – (1995-08-16)16 August 1995
PG 5   Luz, Rafa 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 27 – (1992-02-11)11 February 1992
SF 6   Radončić, Dino 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 20 – (1999-01-08)8 January 1999
SF 27   Rojas, Sadiel (C) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 30 – (1989-07-16)16 July 1989
PF 55   Šakota, Dušan 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 33 – (1986-04-22)22 April 1986
SG 2   Townes, Marques 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 24 – (1995-09-03)3 September 1995
C 51   Tumba, Kevin 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 28 – (1991-02-23)23 February 1991
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: September 14, 2019

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Kyle Hunt Emanuel Cățe Kevin Tumba
PF Jarell Eddie Dušan Šakota
SF Sadiel Rojas Dino Radončić
SG Giannoulis Larentzakis Marques Townes Edu Durán
PG Askia Booker Rafa Luz Manu Lecomte

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

Head coachesEdit

  • Felipe Coello: 1985–1991, 1991–1992, 1992, 1998, 2002–2004
  • Moncho Monsalve: 1991, 1993
  • Clifford Luyk: 1991
  • Fernando Sánchez Luengo: 1991
  • Iñaki Iriarte: 1992
  • José María Oleart: 1993–1996, 2002
  • Ricardo Hevia: 1996
  • Alberto Sanz: 1996–1997
  • Manolo Flores: 1998–2000
  • Pepe Rodríguez: 2000–2002
  • Miguel Ángel Martín: 2004
  • Iván Déniz: 2004–2005
  • Chete Pazo: 2005
  • Manel Comas: 2005–2006
  • Manolo Hussein: 2006–2009
  • Moncho Fernández: 2009
  • Edu Torres: 2009–2010
  • Luis Guil: 2010–2012
  • Óscar Quintana: 2012–2014, 2016–2017
  • Marcelo Nicola: 2014
  • Diego Ocampo: 2014–2015
  • Fotios Katsikaris: 2015–2016, 2017
  • Ibon Navarro: 2017–2018
  • Javier Juárez: 2018–2019
  • Sito Alonso: 2019–present

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1986–87 2 1ª División B 20th 14–20
1987–88 2 1ª División B 14th 24–18
1988–89 2 1ª División B 6th 20–13
1989–90 2 1ª División B 1st 27–8
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 17th 18–19 First round
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 12th 16–20 Third round
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 22nd[a] 8–27 First round
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 18th 11–22 First round
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 12th 18–20
1995–96 1 Liga ACB 15th 15–23 Fourth position
1996–97 1 Liga ACB 17th 6–32
1997–98 2 LEB 1st 26–6 Copa Príncipe SF
1998–99 1 Liga ACB 18th 4–30
1999–00 2 LEB 7th 20–19
2000–01 2 LEB 9th 15–15
2001–02 2 LEB 8th 15–19
2002–03 2 LEB 1st 27–13
2003–04 1 Liga ACB 18th 7–27
2004–05 2 LEB 5th 21–17
2005–06 2 LEB 2nd 28–15 Copa Príncipe C
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 14th 13–21
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 12th 13–21
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 15th 9–23
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 18th 5–29
2010–11 2 LEB Oro 1st 30–4 Copa Príncipe RU
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 15th 13–21
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 13th 13–21
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 13th 12–22
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 10th 17–17
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 7th 19–18
2016–17 1 Liga ACB 9th 14–18 2 EuroCup T16 5–9
2017–18 1 Liga ACB 10th 17–17 3 Champions League 3rd 11–9
2018–19 1 Liga ACB 14th 12–22 3 Champions League R16 15–3
  1. ^ Remained in the league due to the dissolution of BFI Granollers.

Trophies and awardsEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

European competitionsEdit

Individual awardsEdit

ACB Three Point Shootout Champion

  • Pedro Robles – 2009

All-ACB Second Team

LEB Oro MVP

  • Tony Smith – 1998

All LEB Oro First Team

  • Pedro Rivero – 2011

Notable playersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Directiva | UCAM Murcia Club de Baloncesto" (in Spanish). UCAM Murcia. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "2016-17 Team Profile: UCAM Murcia". EuroCup Basketball. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.

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