Kataja BC

Kataja Basket Club is a professional basketball club of sports club Kataja from Joensuu, Finland. The team plays in the Korisliiga, the highest tier of Finnish basketball. In 2015, Kataja won its first national championship, after it beat Bisons Loimaa 3–2 in the Finnish Finals.

Kataja
Kataja logo
LeaguesKorisliiga
Founded1949; 72 years ago (1949)
ArenaJoensuu Areena
Capacity2,500
LocationJoensuu, Finland
Championships2 Finnish Leagues
3 Finnish Cups
Retired numbers1 (11)
Websitekatajabasket.fi

HistoryEdit

The basketball activity of the club started in 1955. In 1961, the team started playing in the Joensuu Sports Hall. The team started in provincial competitions, but quickly promoted to the national level in the 1960s. From 1976 till 1980, the team played continuously in the highest Finnish division. In the 2001–02 season, the team won its first trophy when it won the Finnish Cup. In 2015, the first championship of Kataja was realized after a 3–2 Finals series win against Bisons Loimaa. In the 2012–13 season, Kataja started participating in European competitions when it entered the EuroChallenge. The team immediately reached the quarterfinals of the competition, and has played in Europe every season since.[1]

AchievementsEdit

Champions (2): 2014–15, 2016–17
Champions (3): 2002, 2011, 2012

PlayersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

Kataja Basket Club retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure
11   Eero Oksava G 1963–1980

Current rosterEdit

Kataja BC roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 1   Odomes, Rashard 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 24 – (1996-12-21)21 December 1996
G/F 3   Saari, Semi 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 22 – (1998-06-03)3 June 1998
G 5   Mervola, Valtteri 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 19 – (2002-01-12)12 January 2002
G/F 7   Lommi, Tomi 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 24 – (1996-12-04)4 December 1996
C 10   Fayne, Phil 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 23 – (1997-04-15)15 April 1997
F/C 12   Vanttaja, Samuli 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 29 – (1991-04-22)22 April 1991
SF 13   Kaltiainen, Juho 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 19 – (2002-02-09)9 February 2002
G 17   Mattila, Niko 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 27 – (1994-02-16)16 February 1994
F 28   Alanen, Aapeli 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 25 – (1996-03-05)5 March 1996
G 31   Wilson, Jamar 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 37 – (1984-02-22)22 February 1984
F 32   Walton, Dantez 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 23 – (1997-12-28)28 December 1997
C 33   Nuolivirta, Mika 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 26 – (1994-10-01)1 October 1994
SG 34   Pihlajamäki, Valtteri 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 23 – (1997-03-26)26 March 1997
PF 45   Semple, Jordan 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 28 – (1992-08-12)12 August 1992
Head coach
  •   Petri Virtanen
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Petri Velling

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: July 29, 2020

Notable playersEdit

- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team at any time.

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Finnish Cup[a] European competitions
2010–11 1 Korisliiga 2nd Champion
2011–12 1 Korisliiga 2nd Champion
2012–13 1 Korisliiga 3rd 3 EuroChallenge QF 6–8
2013–14 1 Korisliiga 2nd N/A 3 EuroChallenge RS 2–4
2014–15 1 Korisliiga 1st 3 EuroChallenge RS 0–6
2015–16 1 Korisliiga 5th 3 FIBA Europe Cup R32 5–7
2016–17 1 Korisliiga 1st 3 Champions League RS 6–8
4 FIBA Europe Cup R16 0–2
2017–18 1 Korisliiga 6th 3 Champions League QR3 1–1–2
4 FIBA Europe Cup R2 4–8
2018–19 1 Korisliiga 3rd
  1. ^ The Finnish Cup competition was dissolved after 2013.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kataja Basket Club History". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  2. ^ Fiifi Aidoo siirtyy Espanjan kolmannen sarjatason seuraan (Helsingin Sanomat), 11 August 2020. Accessed 9 February 2021.(in Finnish)

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