Scaligera Basket Verona

Scaligera Basket Verona, known for sponsorship reasons as Tezenis Verona, is an Italian professional basketball club based in Verona, Italy. It competes in the LBA.

Scaligera Basket
Scaligera Basket logo
LeaguesLBA
Founded1951
HistoryScaligera Basket
(1951–2002)
Scaligera Basket Verona
(2007–present)
ArenaAGSM Forum
Capacity5,350
LocationVerona, Veneto, Italy
Team colorsYellow and Blue
   
PresidentGianluigi Pedrollo
Head coachAlessandro Ramagli
Championships1 Korać Cup
1 Italian Cup
1 Italian SuperCup
1 Italian LNP Cup
1 Serie A2
Retired numbers2 (8, 9)
Websitescaligerabasket.it

HistoryEdit

1951–1982: Decades within the minor leaguesEdit

Scaligera Basket was founded in Verona in 1951. From 1951 until 1971, Scaligera took part in local and regional competitions within the minor leagues of Italian basketball. In the early 1970s, a local entrepreneur, Giuseppe Vicenzi became the new owner of the club and sponsored the team Vicenzi Biscotti, which became one of the most recognizable name for Scaligera. In the 1976–77 season, Scaligera reached the Serie B. Despite a relegation to Serie C in the following season, the club was able to re-gain the promotion in 1977–78. After a few years in Serie B, in the 1982–83 season, under the leadership of coach Bruno Arrigoni, Verona was promoted to Serie A2, the second division of Italian basketball.

1982–1991: Years in Serie A2 and the Italian CupEdit

In the first year of Serie A2, Scaligera had to play in Padua due to the lack of a sports hall in Verona and was relegated to Serie B. However, the team re-gained the Serie A2 in 1986 by returning to Verona. The team was sponsored by Citrosil, a product of Glaxo, a pharmaceutical company whose Italian headquarters was located in Verona and which, thanks to the determination of its president Mario Fertonani, decided to support the Vicenzi family. The 1987 relegation was immediately followed by the promotion to Serie A2 in 1988, when the team was directly sponsored by Glaxo. In 1989, Alberto Bucci became the new head coach of the team, however, Scaligera failed in reaching the promotion in the 1989–90 season.

The years in Serie A2 ended with the 1990–91 championship which was characterized by the first and historic promotion to Serie A1 and, above all, with the victory of the Italian Basketball Cup, Scaligera's first ever trophy. On 21 February 1991, Scaligera won the Cup for 97–85 against Philips Milano. This success went down in the annals of Italian basketball, as it was the first and so far the only national cup won by a team from the second league.[1] The most important players of that fantastic season were Russ Schoene, Tim Kempton, Sandro Brusamarello, Giampiero Savio, Riccardo Morandotti and Paolo Moretti, as well as, the young Italian power forward Alessandro Frosini.

1991–2002: At the top of Italian basketballEdit

During the summer, coach Bucci left the club, being hired by Scavolini Pesaro, but Scaligera failed in finding a valuable substitute to coach Bucci and the 1991–92 championship ended with a relegation to Serie A2. However, under coach Franco Marcelletti the club was immediately promoted in the following season, thanks to important players like Alessandro Frosini, Davide Bonora, Henry Williams, Sylvester Gray and Giacomo Galanda. In 1993–94, the team arrived fourth in the regular season and, after having ousted 2–0 Olimpia Milano in the quarterfinals, Verona was eliminated by Virtus Bologna in the semifinals by 2–1; the team also reached the Italian Cup final, which lost against Benetton Treviso. In 1995, the club signed the American pointguard Mike Iuzzolino. In the 1995–96, Marcelletti's team, was able to reach the Italian Cup final once again; however, it lost against Milano.

Current rosterEdit

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

Scaligera Basket Verona roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
PG 0   Cappelletti, Alessandro 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 27 – (1995-10-22)22 October 1995
F/C 00   Smith, Taylor 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 31 – (1991-07-23)23 July 1991
C 6   Holman, Aric 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 25 – (1997-07-11)11 July 1997
SF 7   Ferrari, Alessandro 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 19 – (2003-05-05)5 May 2003
G 10   Casarin, Davide 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 19 – (2003-05-22)22 May 2003
PF 11   Johnson, Xavier 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 29 – (1993-06-08)8 June 1993
C 13   Candussi, Francesco 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 28 – (1994-02-23)23 February 1994
SF 20   Rosselli, Guido 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 39 – (1983-05-25)25 May 1983
G 22   Sanders, Jamarr 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 34 – (1988-08-02)2 August 1988
SG 23   Anderson, Karvel 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 31 – (1991-06-03)3 June 1991
G 27   Udom, Liam 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 22 – (2000-06-27)27 June 2000
SG   Bortolani, Giordano 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 22 – (2000-11-02)2 November 2000
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Andrea Bonacina
  • Stefano Gallea

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: November 24, 2022

Honours & achievementsEdit

Total titles: (5)

Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 1990-91
Winners (1): 1996
Winners (1): 2014-15
Winners (1): 2021-22

European competitionsEdit

Runners-up (1): 1996-97
Winners (1): 1997-98

Notable playersEdit

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

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

ReferencesEdit

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