Unicaja Malaga comes off a great season in which it reached all of its goals and was competitive on all fronts. Unicaja returned to the Top 16 for the 10th consecutive season, an achievement that only Maccabi Tel Aviv, FC Barcelona and Panathinaikos Athens can match; reached the Copa del Rey semifinals; and was one win away from the Spanish League finals after leading its regular season for 21 rounds. FC Barcelona stood in its way to glory in a close, do-or-die semifinals Game 5. Founded in 1977 as Club Baloncesto Caja de Ronda, it wasn't until 1992 – when it merged with cross-town rival Maristas – that it started to challenge for bigger goals. Everything clicked in 1995 when Unicaja came within a shot of winning its first Spanish League title. Mike Ansley missed that shot in Game 4 of the finals and the club would have to wait until 2001 before it could celebrate its first crown. Unicaja, led by Coach Bozidar Maljkovic and star scorer Veljko Mrsic, was finally rewarded by winning the Korac Cup over Hemofarm Vrsac in the two-game final. Unicaja followed that by reaching the Spanish League finals in 2002 and the Euroleague Top 16 for the first time in 2003, which proved to be the cornerstone of a bright future. In 2005, Unicaja lifted the Spanish Copa del Rey trophy for its first domestic title behind star forward Jorge Garbajosa. And things got even better the next season; Unicaja won the Spanish League championship with Garbajosa and home-grown talents Berni Rodriguez and Carlos Cabezas among those leading the way for Coach Sergio Scariolo. A year later, Unicaja marked its greatest continental success to date by reaching the 2007 Euroleague Final Four in Athens, led by Daniel Santiago, Carlos Jimenez, Cabezas and Rodriguez. Even though CSKA stopped Unicaja in the semifinal, the club had confirmed its status among the European elite. Unicaja advanced to the Copa del Rey title game in 2009 before losing in overtime against Tau Ceramica. Despite the lack of trophies, Unicaja has been consistent, especially in the Euroleague with its long Top 16 run. Coach Joan Plaza and players like Jayson Granger, Carlos Suarez and Fran Vazquez made Unicaja even more competitive over the last two years and helped bring more and more fans to Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena. Unicaja advanced to the Spanish League semifinals in each of the last two seasons; basketball is in fashion in Malaga and the stage is set to challenge and reach even bigger goals in the 2015-16 season.