BG 74 Goettingen, as its original name indicates, was founded back in 1974 and enjoyed a good deal of popularity in the university town in Lower Saxony despite playing almost exclusively in the German second division for its first three-plus decades of existence. In the early years, the club had a big brother to look up to as ASC Goettingen the German League three times in the early 1980s, including back-to-back crowns in 1983 and ’84. BG Goettingen’s success story begins much later when John Patrick, a former player in the German League, visited Goettingen and took interest in guiding the team. He was handed the coaching reins in 2003 and sparked a revival at the club with a run-and-gun offense and 40-minute full-court press on defense. In the 2006-07 season, it all came together as players like Michael Schroeder, Dwayne Kirkley and Selim Mulic shined and Goettingen started the season with 27 wins from 28 games en route to clinching first place and a spot in the Bundesliga. Despite being a clear underdog at Germany’s top level, finished far clear of relegation in its first season in the Bundesliga and became a Cinderella story in its second, as players like Kyle Bailey, Charles Lee and Roderick Trice sparked the club to a 25-9 record and second place in the regular season. Despite going out in the first round of the playoffs, Goettingen earned a spot in the 2009-10 FIBA EuroChallenge, the Violets’ first ever European competition. And all year long, Goettingen proved it was no fluke. The team won 13 of its 16 EuroChallenge games, earned the right to host the competition’s final four on its home floor, a noisy 120-year old former locomotive repair warehouse called Lokhalle, and outlasted Krasnye Krylia 83-75 in the final to lift its first title as Chris McNaughton provided the points and point guard Taylor Rochestie earned EuroChallenge MVP honors. Goettingen backed that up by placing third in the German League, even though it did lose in the playoff quarterfinals for the second year in a row. This season the team takes on a new challenge in the form of the Eurocup planning to use its unique style to write another chapter in club history.