Club Melilla Baloncesto
|History||Club Melilla Baloncesto|
|Arena||Javier Imbroda Ortiz|
|Team colors||Navy, Blue, White|
|Head coach||Alejandro Alcoba|
|Championships||3 Copa Príncipe|
The team's home arena is the Pabellón Javier Imbroda Ortiz (formerly known as Ciudad de Melilla), with a capacity of up to 3,800 spectators.
Club Melilla Baloncesto was founded in 1991 as a merge of Baloncesto Melilla and CB Gran Tercio. In its first season, played in the second division with the name of Unicaja Melilla as an affiliated team of Liga ACB club Unicaja. Despite being relegated, remained in the league after its expansion to 31 teams, that allowed the club to continue playing in the second division, indeed when the Liga EBA was created.
In 1996, Melilla became one of the founding clubs of the Liga LEB. In 1999, the club achieved their first title by winning the Copa Príncipe de Asturias after defeating Menorca Bàsquet in the final, and is close to promote to the Liga ACB, but was eliminated in the last round of the playoffs by Breogán Universidade.
In 2001, Melilla clinched their segund Copa Príncipe de Asturias, this time beating Bàsquet Manresa in the Final Four played at home. After several years of consolidation in the league, in 2008 the club reached again the last round of the promotion playoffs but lost to Lucentum Alicante in the last round. One year later, despite winning their third Cup and despite being the top seeded team, was eliminated in the semifinals of the promotion playoffs to Ford Burgos.
In 2013 the club suffered their first relegation ever from the LEB Oro, but remained in the league after achieving a vacant place. Three years later, in 2016, the club clinched the promotion to Liga ACB, but resigned to join the league resigned to promote due to the impossibility to fulfill the requirements.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Club Melilla Baloncesto roster|
|C||Amaury Gorgemans||Sergio Mendiola|
|PF||Thomas De Thaey||Alejandro Mazaira|
|SF||Jean-Victor Mukama||Nedim Djedovic|
|SG||Adrian Chapela||Bobby Harris|
|PG||Nikola Rakocevic||Gaizka Maiza|
Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non–FIBA Europe player
Season by seasonEdit
|2008–09||2||LEB Oro||3rd||26–12||Copa Príncipe||RU|
|2009–10||2||LEB Oro||4th||29–14||Copa Príncipe||C|
|2015–16||2||LEB Oro||2nd[c]||31–10||Copa Princesa||RU|
Trophies and awardsEdit
- Copa Príncipe de Asturias: (3)
- 1999, 2001, 2010
- Eduardo Hernández-Sonseca – 2016
- "Melilla logra la segunda plaza de ascenso tras superar la prórroga oscense" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
- "Comunicado oficial: Inscripción de Quesos Cerrato Palencia y Melilla" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.[permanent dead link]