Club Melilla Baloncesto

Club Melilla Baloncesto is a professional basketball team based in Melilla that plays in the LEB league. This is the only team in Spain that played all LEB seasons.

Melilla Baloncesto
Melilla Baloncesto logo
LeaguesLEB Oro
Founded1991; 30 years ago (1991)
HistoryClub Melilla Baloncesto
(1991–present)
ArenaJavier Imbroda Ortiz
Capacity3,800
LocationMelilla, Spain
Team colorsNavy, Blue, White
     
PresidentJaime Auday
Vice-president(s)Mustafa Mohand
Head coachAlejandro Alcoba
Championships3 Copa Príncipe
Websiteclubmelillabaloncesto.es

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.

HistoryEdit

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,[1] but resigned to join the league resigned to promote due to the impossibility to fulfill the requirements.[2]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

Club Melilla Baloncesto roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
F   Mukama, Jean-Victor 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 27 – (1994-08-24)24 August 1994
G   Rakočevic, Nikola 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 30 – (1991-01-22)22 January 1991
F   De Thaey, Thomas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 30 – (1991-03-15)15 March 1991
C   Gorgemans, Amaury 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 29 – (1992-09-03)3 September 1992
G   Harris, Bobby 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 30 – (1991-02-08)8 February 1991
F   Djedovic, Nedim 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 24 – (1997-02-16)16 February 1997
G   Chapela, Adrian 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 27 – (1994-04-16)16 April 1994
C   Mendiola, Sergio 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 24 – (1996-10-06)6 October 1996
F   Mazaira, Alejandro 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 24 – (1997-04-23)23 April 1997
G   Maiza, Gaizka 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 25 – (1996-06-14)14 June 1996
Head coach
  •   Arturo Alvarez

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
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

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Cup competitions
1991–92 2 1ª División 14th[a] 11–29
1992–93 2 1ª División 25th 17–19
1993–94 2 1ª División 23rd 17–13
1994–95 2 Liga EBA 6th 15–11
1995–96 2 Liga EBA 4th
1996–97 2 LEB 7th 20–13
1997–98 2 LEB 10th 11–17 Copa Príncipe QF
1998–99 2 LEB 3rd 22–12 Copa Príncipe C
1999–00 2 LEB 5th 20–13 Copa Príncipe SF
2000–01 2 LEB 12th 11–19 Copa Príncipe C
2001–02 2 LEB 7th 17–18
2002–03 2 LEB 11th 13–17
2003–04 2 LEB 10th 16–18
2004–05 2 LEB 12th 14–20
2005–06 2 LEB 15th 14–20
2006–07 2 LEB 13th 15–19 Copa Príncipe SF
2007–08 2 LEB 10th 15–19
2008–09 2 LEB Oro 3rd 26–12 Copa Príncipe RU
2009–10 2 LEB Oro 4th 29–14 Copa Príncipe C
2010–11 2 LEB Oro 11th 14–20
2011–12 2 LEB Oro 3rd 27–21
2012–13 2 LEB Oro 14th[b] 6–20
2013–14 2 LEB Oro 11th 10–16
2014–15 2 LEB Oro 9th 13–17
2015–16 2 LEB Oro 2nd[c] 31–10 Copa Princesa RU
2016–17 2 LEB Oro 7th 19–18
2017–18 2 LEB Oro 3rd 29–19
2018–19 2 LEB Oro 4th 24–16
2019–20 2 LEB Oro 6th[d] 15–9
  1. ^ Remained in the league as a result of an expansion.
  2. ^ Remained in LEB Oro due to vacant berths.
  3. ^ Did not promote as the club did not fulfill the requirements to play in Liga ACB.
  4. ^ Season curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trophies and awardsEdit

TrophiesEdit

Individual awardsEdit

All-LEB Oro Team

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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]
  2. ^ "Comunicado oficial: Inscripción de Quesos Cerrato Palencia y Melilla" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.[permanent dead link]

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