Herbalife Gran Canaria makes its comeback to pan-European basketball after most recently playing in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague in 2018-19. Founded in 1963, Gran Canaria reached the Spanish first division in 1985, but did not gain a foothold for good until 1995-96. The club played its first Spanish League playoff game in 2000 and competed in the Korac Cup in 2001. Gran Canaria made its ULEB Cup debut in 2003-04 and got to the eighthfinals before losing to Real Madrid. It did not return to the ULEB Cup elimination rounds until 2007 when it lost in the eighthfinals against FMP. Gran Canaria enjoyed a great EuroCup season in 2009-10, but a home loss against Panellinios in a do-or-die game prevented the team from reaching the EuroCup Finals. Great results finally arrived in the 2012-13 season, when Gran Canaria reached the Spanish Copa del Rey and the Spanish League semifinals for the first time. Another step forward came in 2013-14 when it moved to the magnificent 11,500-seat Gran Canaria Arena and finished the Spanish League regular season with a club-record 22 wins. That set the basis for a 2014-15 EuroCup season to remember, in which EuroCup Coach of the Year Aito Garcia Reneses and All-EuroCup center Walter Tavares led Gran Canaria to the EuroCup Finals. The team won 21 of its first 22 games and swept Cedevita Zagreb, Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir and UNICS Kazan in the elimination rounds. However, Khimki Moscow Region was the better team in the finals. Gran Canaria also returned to the Spanish League playoffs and hosted the Copa del Rey final eight. The team got to the 2016 Copa del Rey title game against Real Madrid, which ultimately prevailed. Gran Canaria used a strong season to get back to the EuroCup Semifinals, but lost by 1 point in the two-game total-points series to eventual champion Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul. It returned to the Spanish League playoffs in the next two seasons, where twice it lost to Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in a do-or-die Game 3. Gran Canaria lifted the Spanish SuperCup, its first title, and went back to the EuroCup playoffs in 2017, but Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem stood in its way in the quarterfinals. Gran Canaria had a strong 2017-18 season, in which the team was competitive on all fronts; it made it to the EuroCup Quarterfinals and reached the Spanish Copa del Rey semifinals. When it was time to fight for a EuroLeague spot, Gran Canaria was ready. It came down to a do-or-die Game 3 in a best-of-three quarterfinal playoffs series against Valencia. Gran Canaria trailed 80-75 with 10 seconds left in regulation but took the game to overtime and won it 89-92 to clinch a EuroLeague berth. In 2018-19, the club went 8-22 in its EuroLeague debut while struggling to a 12th place finish of 14-20 in the Spanish League. The 2019-20 season was the first campaign since 2014 that the club did not participate in an international competition. Now, Gran Canaria will be looking to show the continent what it can do back on the European stage.
|Spanish Supercup "Supercopa": 2016