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Heroes Den Bosch is a Dutch professional basketball club based in 's-Hertogenbosch.[1] The club plays in the Dutch Basketball League (DBL), the top basketball division in the Netherlands, since 1972. Founded as EBBC in 1951, the club would have several sponsored names the following decades.

Heroes Den Bosch
2019–20 Heroes Den Bosch season
Heroes Den Bosch logo
NicknameEBBC
Titans
LeaguesDutch Basketball League
Founded18 October 1952; 66 years ago (1952-10-18)
ArenaMaaspoort Sports and Events
Capacity2,700
Location's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Team colorsRed, White, Blue
              
PresidentBob van Oosterhout
Head coachJean-Marc Jaumin
OwnershipBob van Oosterhout
2018–19 positionDBL, 4th of 10
Championships16 Dutch Championships
7 Dutch Cups
2 Dutch Supercup
1 Ricoh Cup
1 Haarlem Basketball Week
Retired numbers1 (12)
Websiteheroesdenbosch.com
Uniforms

Den Bosch has won a record sixteen Dutch championships as well as seven NBB Cup titles. The team has also been a regular at European competitions. Heroes plays their home games at the Maaspoort, which has a capacity of 2,700 people.[2]

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HistoryEdit

On 18 October 1952, Eerste Bossche Basketball Club (EBBC) was founded by Cees Vossen, Tom van der Leur, Hans van Oorschot and Frans van de Wiel. In 1962, Den Bosch played in the top division Eredivisie for the first time, but not very successful. Subsequently the team relegated again. In 1979, EBBC won its first title. In 1980, the team became Nashua Den Bosch after its new main sponsor. Its increased budget led to six consecutive Dutch titles between 1982 and 1987.

EiffelTowers (2005–2013)Edit

Decades later, in June 2005, Den Bosch merged with EiffelTowers Nijmegen to form EiffelTowers Den Bosch. Following the merger the club had one of the largest budgets in the Netherlands, and with that they were able to attract high quality players. In their first season they had immediate success by winning the Dutch League title. The year after that (2006–07) EiffelTowers The Bosch would win the title again after a clean sweep against the Matrixx Magixx, after losing only four games in the regular season. The two following years, Den Bosch reached the finals, but lost twice to Amsterdam.

In 2012, EiffelTowers won its fifteenth Dutch championship, after beating ZZ Leiden 1–4 in a best-of-seven-series.

SPM Shoeters (2013–2016)Edit

After 13 years playing as the EiffelTowers, the club changed its name to SPM Shoeters in 2013. Along with the name change the club changed the team colors to black, after playing in red since 2000. In the 2014–15 season, Shoeters won its sixteenth DBL championship after Donar was beaten 4–1 in the Finals. The team also performed excellent in the EuroChallenge that season, reaching the Top 16. Star of the season for Den Bosch was Brandyn Curry, who was named DBL Playoffs MVP.

After the 2015–16 season, it was revealed that Shoeters was dealing with serious financial problems which had the team on the edge of bankruptcy.[3]

New Heroes (2016–2019)Edit

In October 2016, the team was bought by Triple Double BV, a sports marketing enterprise. Owner of the company Bob van Oosterhout took over the club which was no longer in danger of dissolvement. On 6 November 2016, Den Bosch found a new main sponsor and subsequently was named New Heroes Basketball.[4] In its first season as New Heroes, the club finished fourth in the DBL and was swept by Donar in the semi-finals.

In the 2017–18 season, Croatian coach Silvano Poropat signed a two-year contract.[5] Under Poropat, Heroes finished fourth once gain but was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Rotterdam Basketbal. Following the disappointing season, Poropat and Heroes parted ways.

For the 2018–19 season, Ivica Skelin was appointed as head coach. This season, ew Heroes played in the FIBA Europe Cup after a European absence of 3 years. In Group D, Heroes had a 3–3 record and finished in third place. In the DBL playoffs, Den Bosch was once again eliminated in the semifinals, this time by Landstede.

Heroes Den Bosch (2019–present)Edit

On 21 August 2019, the club announced it was changing its name to Heroes Den Bosch and it is not planning to change the club name anymore.[6]

Sponsorship namesEdit

Due to sponsorship reasons, Heroes Den Bosch has known a lot of names over the years:

  • 1952–74 EBBC
  • 1974–77 Sperry Remington EBBC
  • 1977–78 Falcon Jeans EBBC
  • 1978–80 EBBC
  • 1980–91 Nashua EBBC
  • 1991–92 Pro-Specs EBBC
  • 1992–95 Canoe Jeans EBBC
  • 1995–96 America Today EBBC
  • 1996–97 Libertel EBBC
  • 1997–99 Libertel Dolphins EBBC
  • 1999–03 Canoe Jeans EBBC
  • 2003–05 Tulip EBBC
  • 2005–13 EiffelTowers Den Bosch
  • 2013–16 SPM Shoeters Den Bosch[7]
  • 2016 Shooters Den Bosch
  • 2016–2019 New Heroes Basketball[4]
  • 2019–now Heroes Den Bosch

LogosEdit

Heroes Den Bosch logos
2009–2013 2013–2016 2017–2019 2019–now
       

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

Dutch League (record)[8]

  • Winners (16): 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2014–15

Dutch Cup (record)[8]

Dutch SuperCup[9]

Ricoh Cup[10]

  • Winners (1): 2000

EuropeanEdit

FIBA Saporta Cup[10]

WorldwideEdit

FIBA Intercontinental Cup[10]

  • Runners-up (1): 1982

FriendlyEdit

Haarlem Basketball Week[10]

  • Winners (1): 2006

PlayersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

 
Den Bosch retired number 12 of Kees Akerboom, Jr.
Heroes Den Bosch retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure Retirement date
12
  Kees Akerboom Jr. Guard 2001–2004 23 September 2018[11]
2006–2018

Current rosterEdit

Heroes Den Bosch roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PF 7   Stefan Wessels (C) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 35 – (1984-04-13)13 April 1984
G/F 9   Stan van den Elzen 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 19 – (2000-05-27)27 May 2000
F 10   Norbert Thelissen 2.0 m (6 ft 7 in) 19 – (2000-04-19)19 April 2000
SG 28   Jessey Voorn 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 29 – (1990-03-17)17 March 1990
PG   Siyani Chambers 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 25 – (1993-12-14)14 December 1993
PF   Seger Bonifant 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 25 – (1993-10-05)5 October 1993
G/F   Henry Caruso 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 24 – (1995-07-01)1 July 1995
SG   Elijah Clarance 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 21 – (1998-07-03)3 July 1998
PF   Nathan Krill 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
C   Thomas van der Mars 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 28 – (1990-11-15)15 November 1990
SG   Elijah Wilson 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 25 – (1994-05-19)19 May 1994
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Angel Aranda
  •   Jeroen van Vugt

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  •   Injured

Updated: 21 August 2019

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

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Thomas van der Mars
PF Nathan Krill Stefan Wessels
SF Henry Caruso Seger Bonifant Stan van den Elsen
SG Elijah Wilson Jessey Voorn Norbert Thelissen
PG

Notable playersEdit

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

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Dutch Cup European competitions
1996–97 1 DBL 1st 2 Saporta Cup RS
1997–98 1 DBL 4th 2 Saporta Cup RS
1998–99 1 DBL 4th
1999–00 1 DBL 5th Winner
2000–01 1 DBL 3rd
2001–02 1 DBL 6th Winner
2002–03 1 DBL 5th
2003–04 1 DBL 2nd
2004–05 1 DBL 5th
2005–06 1 DBL 1st Eighthfinalist 4 EuroCup Challenge T16
2006–07 1 DBL 1st Eighthfinalist 2 ULEB Cup RS
2007–08 1 DBL 2nd Winner 2 ULEB Cup RS
2008–09 1 DBL 2nd Winner 3 EuroChallenge T16
2009–10 1 DBL 5th Quarterfinalist 3 EuroChallenge RS
2010–11 1 DBL 3rd Semifinalist
2011–12 1 DBL 1st Quarterfinalist
2012–13 1 DBL 3rd Winner
2013–14 1 DBL 2nd Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge RS
2014–15 1 DBL 1st Runners-up 3 EuroChallenge T16
2015–16 1 DBL 4th Champions
2016–17 1 DBL 4th Eighthfinalist
2017–18 1 DBL 5th Semifinalist
2018–19 1 DBL 4th Quarterfinalist 4 FIBA Europe Cup RS

List of head coachesEdit

Coach From To Honours
  Don Beck 2009 2010
  Raoul Korner 2010 2013 1 Dutch Basketball League, 1 NBB Cup
  Sam Jones 2013 2016 1 Dutch Basketball League, 1 NBB Cup, 1 Dutch Basketball Supercup
  Sander van der Holst 2016 2017
  Silvano Poropat 2017 August 2018
  Ivica Skelin 2018 2019
  Jean-Marc Jaumin 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dukes Unlimited Den Bosch basketball, News, Roster, Rumors, Stats, Awards, Transactions, Details". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  2. ^ Zaal en ruimtes Archived 31 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine msedb.nl
  3. ^ Faillissement SPM Shoeters dreigt, basketbalclub Den Bosch heeft grote geldschulden
  4. ^ a b "New Heroes is nieuwe naam en sponsor basketbalclub Shooters in Den Bosch". Omroep Brabant. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  5. ^ NEW HEROES CONTRACTEERT SILVANO POROPAT ALS HOOFDCOACH
  6. ^ "Na 15 clubnamen heten Bossche basketballers voortaan Heroes Den Bosch, geen sponsor meer in de naam". Omroep Brabant. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  7. ^ "EiffelTowers vanaf komend seizoen SPM Shoeters". www.omroepbrabant.nl. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Landskampioenen, bekerwinnaars en competitiewinnaars" (in Dutch). J-dus.com. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Super Cup" (in Dutch). J-dus.com. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d Erelijst spmshoeters.nl
  11. ^ "Den Bosch zwaait Akerboom uit". Eredivisie basketbal Nederland, basketballleague.nl (in Dutch). 23 September 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.

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