Club profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento

Aug 12, 2021 by Print
Club profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento

Dolomiti Energia Trento is back for its sixth 7DAYS EuroCup appearance and fifth straight since 2017-18. Aquila Basket Trento was founded in 1995 and the initiative of Gianni Brusinelli and Marco Angelini 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 two more tiers and in the 2004-05 season, Aquila Basket won a lower league by taking the fifth division championship. 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. Trento had immediate success in the second-best Italian level and lifted the Second Division Cup by downing Pistoia in the final. The team also reached the playoff semifinals. By the next season, Trento won the regular season and stormed through the playoffs against Agrigento, Turin and Capo d'Orlando to earn promotion into the Italian first division.

Trento played its first top-flight season in 2014-15 and finished fourth in the Italian League regular season led by league MVP Tony Mitchell, which earned it a spot in 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. In 2017-18, Trento reached the EuroCup Top 16 and the Italian League finals. Trento was back in the Top 16 in 2019-20 and again last season.

This season will see Lele Molin start the campaign as head coach. His new approach after a few seasons as an assistant with the team will try to push the envelope a little further for Trento, as it will try to repeat its results from its debut season in the competition.