Club profile: Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari

Jul 01, 2014 by Print
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari champ Beko Final Eight 2014 - Italian Cup
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna SassariThe 2013-14 season was nothing short of historic for Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari. The club comes off a magnificent campaign in which it won its first trophy – the Italian Cup – by knocking off host EA7 Emporio Armani Milan already in the quarterfinals; advanced two stages and was the top-scoring team in the Eurocup; and reached the Italian League semifinals. With All-Eurocup Second Team forward Caleb Green and Omar Thomas at forward and cousins Travis and Drake Diener in the backcourt, Coach Meo Sacchetti enjoyed a superb season on the sidelines. Now the club takes the next step forward by bringing the Turkish Airlines Euroleague to the Mediterranean isle of Sardinia. Founded in 1960 by a group of local students, the club began playing in regional championships three years later. It reached the Italian national leagues in 1966 and by 1986 it rose to the third division. Led by Max Bini, Mario Porto and Lino Mura, Sassari reached the Italian second division in 1989, where it stayed for a decade. By the mid-1990s, the team had embraced strict values of sportsmanship and fair play, which have allowed Sassari to win several awards in Italian basketball. In 1995, Sassari scored 158 points in a non-overtime game against Pavia, which remains a record in Italian professional basketball. The club returned to the Italian second division in 2003 and reached the promotion playoffs in 2008 and 2009, but missed getting to the top level after losing to Jesi and Soresina, respectively. Everything changed in the 2009-10 season when Sassari, led by Marcelus Kemp, Jason Rowe and Jiri Hubalek, downed Veroli in the promotion playoffs to reach the Italian elite. In its first season, Sassari had a sudden impact in the Italian League behind an outstanding James White. Sassari won its last three regular season games to reach the playoffs with a 15-15 record before taking a bow against EA7 Milan. Sassari proved it was a team on the rise in the 2011-12 season by reaching the Italian League semifinals for the first time ever. The Diener cousins and Quinton Hosley made the difference for Sassari, which finished the regular season with a 20-12 record and downed Canadian Solar Bologna in the quarterfinals. That was enough to put Sardinia in the Eurocup for the first time. Dinamo’s Eurocup debut was a victorious won over Cajasol Seville, but Sassari missed a chance to reach the Last 16 with a Week 6 defeat to Orleans Loiret Basket. In between there was some history as Travis Diener set a new Eurocup single-game assists record with 15 against Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. Sassari also finished the 2013 Italian league regular season in second place. Last season Sassari built on its more-than-respectable Eurocup debut and took the next step toward the top in domestic play. Even before any balls hit the hardwood this season, history is being made in Sassari as Palasport Roberta Serradimigni prepares to host the best players and teams in Europe. With a feisty squad filled with self-confidence and great scoring ability, look for Sassari to attack from Day 1 as the club seeks a permanent place among the European elite.
Eurocup: Eighthfinals
Italian League: Semifinals
Italian Cup: Champion