Club profile: Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck

Jul 23, 2014 by Print
Players VEF Riga and Artland Dragons (photo VEF Riga -Mikus Klavins)

Artland Dragons QuakenbrueckNow practically a regular, Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck makes its third straight Eurocup appearance and fifth ever – all since 2007! Last season, Quakenbrueck missed the Last 32, but finished its campaign strong by ousting defending champion Brose Baskets in the German league quarterfinals before bowing out in the semis. Born as QTSV Quakenbruck in 1955, the club bounced around the German minor leagues for more than 15 years before breaking into Germany's second division. Within a decade, Quakenbrueck made the jump all the way to the first division, too. Now better known as the Dragons, its presence was soon felt in the German League as a playoffs regular. In 2007, the Dragons upset regular-season champ Alba Berlin and rallied all the way to the German finals, where it was finally upended by Bamberg. The Dragons won the 2008 German Cup by beating Ludwigsburg in the title game and made a smashing European debut, strolling past the Eurocup Last 32 round before Unics Kazan stopped its run just short of the Final Eight. Quakenbrueck returned to the Eurocup in 2008-09 and reached the Last 16. It missed the German League playoffs for two seasons, but had a return-to-form performance in 2010-11 with fourth place in the German regular season. The Dragons consolidated their good results in 2011-12 by reaching the German League semifinals for the third time in club history. It also did well in the FIBA EuroChallenge by making it to the quarterfinals and losing only to eventual champion Besiktas Milangaz. After another strong run in 2014, the future is smiling bright on Quakenbrueck.
Eurocup: Regular Season
German League: Semifinalist
German Cup: Quarterfinalist