Club Profile: Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari

Aug 19, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
Club Profile: Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari returns to the European elite after a historic season in which it not only made its Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut, but went on to conquer everything a club could in Italy. Sassari finished its premier Euroleague campaign with a single win in the regular season, and its brief Eurocup journey ended in the Last 32. But at home, Sassari first started the season by winning the Supercup against EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, then defended the Italian Cup by again beating EA7 Milan. Sassari still had more to say come Italian League playoffs, where it first eliminated Aquila Basket Trento and then ousted EA7 Milan by winning the deciding Game 7 of the series on the road. In an epic final series that also went to a do-or-die Game 7, Sassari edged Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia to lift its first ever Italian championship on the club's 55th anniversary and bring the trophy 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 climbed to 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, which put the team from Sardinia in the Eurocup for the first time. Dinamo’s Eurocup debut was a victory over Cajasol Seville, but Sassari missed a chance to reach the Last 16 with a Round 6 defeat at the hands of Orleans Loiret Basket. Sassari also finished the 2013 Italian league regular season in second place, and a year later advanced to the Eurocup eighthfinals as the top scoring team, but ALBA Berlin stopped its run in a two-game series. Sassari again reached the Italian League semifinals, and won its first trophy – the Italian Cup. The team built on that all of last season and after the success it’s had, Sassari and its passionate fans now have an appetite for even better things in the Euroleague, and for more silverware in the club's trophy room.

2014-15 Results - Euroleague: Regular Season, Eurocup: Last 32, Italian League: winner, Italian Cup: winner.

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari is 2015 Italian champion (Photo