2018-19 Team Profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento

Aug 25, 2018 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2018-19 Team Profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento

Dolomiti Energia Trento comes off its second EuroCup campaign in three years and it proved to be a formidable foe. After a slow start to the season saw the club fall to 2-4, Shavon Shields returned from injury and sparked Trento to four straight victories and second place in Group D with a 6-4 record. Trento defeated all five of its regular season opponents at least once. A victory over Cedevita Zagreb gave Trento a fine start to the Top 16, but three consecutive losses followed, including a double-overtime 105-106 shootout to Buducnost VOLI Podgorica, which eliminated the team from reaching the elimination rounds. Back home, Trento overpowered Sidigas Avellino and eliminated regular season champ Umana Reyer Venice to reach the Italian League finals against AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan. After splitting the first two games, Milan won Games 5 and 6 to take the crown, but Trento had already proven that it is a rising continental force.


2017-18 Eurocup 8-8 Top 16
2015-16 Eurocup 15-7 Semifinal
TOTAL: 23-15


Aquila Basket Trento will play back-to-back season in the 7DAYS EuroCup for the first time. Founded in 1995 on the initiative of Gianni Brusinelli and Marco Angelini, the club slowly gained momentum. The club began in the seventh tier of Italian basketball and the arrival of Giovanni Zobele, who would stay with the team for 13 years, as team president brought its first promotion to a higher level. But that was only the start of things to come. Over the next five seasons, the club climbed up two more tiers and in the 2004-05 season, Aquila Basket won a lower league double crown by winning the fifth division championship, while also downing Navarra Ferentino 77-68 to lift the Italian Cup for amateur teams. Trento's appetite grew as it came close to promotion again before it acquired Lumezzane Basket's license to get into the Italian third division in 2009. By 2011-12, Aquila Basket was already on top of the third division; head coach Maurizio Buscaglia's team downed Chieti 3-1 to lift the crown. Trento had immediate success in the second-best Italian level and lifted the Second Division Cup by downing Pistoia in the final 84-76. The team also reached the playoff semifinals. By the next season, Trento went all the way by winning the regular season and storming through the playoffs against Agrigento, Turin and Capo d'Orlando to earn promotion into the Italian League first division. Trento played its first elite level season in 2014-15 and finished fourth in the Italian League regular season led by league MVP Tony Mitchell. Trento was ousted in the playoff quarterfinals by eventual champion Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari, but earned a spot to play the 2015-16 EuroCup. Behind Coach Buscaglia and forwards Julian Wright and Davide Pascolo, Trento went on a historic run to the semifinals against all odds. Back home, Trento also made it to the Italian Cup semifinals and returned to the Italian League playoffs, in which Milan prevailed. Last season Trento played in its second EuroCup campaign and used a five-game winning streak to reach the Top 16. Domestically Trento is the only team to have reached the Italian League finals in each of the past two seasons, though it came up short each time in its quest for the title. After so much success in recent years, Trento is eager to finally capture a trophy to top it off.