Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, S.A.D., also known as Montakit Fuenlabrada by sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball team based in Fuenlabrada, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB and plays their home games at Fernando Martín.
Basketball Champions League
|Team colors||Red, White, Black|
|Head coach||Che García|
|Championships||1 LEB championship|
2 Copa Príncipe de Asturias
Founded in 1983, Fuenlabrada started to compete at a local level. The club joined national competitions two years later and worked its way up, reaching the first regional division in the late 1980s. By 1991, it already became Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and a year later, it merged with CB Torrejón de Ardoz to compete in the Spanish second division.
Fuenlabrada acquired Club Peñas Recreativas de Huesca's rights to earn the right to compete in the Spanish first division in the 1996–97 season. The club went down to the second division, but inked scoring machine Velimir Perasović and returned to the elite level a year later. With Perasović, Carlos Cazorla, Ferran Lopez and Salvador Guardia as its main pillars, the addition of Nate Huffman allowed Fuenlabrada to make it to the Spanish League playoffs in 1999 and their debut in the Korać Cup. Perasović kept filling the baskets for several seasons, leading Fuenlabrada to two more playoffs appearances in 2001 and 2002, helped by David Wood, Chuck Kornegay and a young José Manuel Calderón and coached by Óscar Quintana.
Fuenlabrada made its ULEB Cup debut in the 2002–03 season, in which Herrmann was chosen as the Spanish League MVP. The club returned to the Spanish second division in 2004 but came back, for good, a year later. Players like Saúl Blanco, Jorge García, Kristaps Valters and Brad Oleson kept Fuenlabrada in the first division for years without much trouble. The club returned to the Spanish League playoffs in the 2010–11 season with Salva Maldonado as head coach and a young Gustavo Ayón as its star center.
One year later, the club would be eliminated in the quarterfinals of the EuroChallenge by Triumph Lyubertsy. Despite this European achievement, Fuenlabrada would continue fighting to avoid relegation, finally being relegated to LEB Oro in 2015. However, the club continued in Liga ACB as Ford Burgos and Club Ourense Baloncesto would not fulfill the requirements for promoting.
Fuenlabrada took advantage and led by Marko Popović, Jonathan Tabu and Ivan Paunić, Fuenlabrada made it to the Spanish League playoffs, earning the right to return to the EuroCup 13 years later. In the 2016-2017 season, Fuenlabrada played well and qualified to the EuroCup Top16. However, they only finished 12th in the ACB. After a 9th place finish in the 2017-2018 ACB season, Fuenlabrada earned the right to compete in the FIBA Basketball Champions League. Fuenlabrada won the first 3 games, before suffering a complete fiasco and finishing the tournament with 11 consecutive losses.
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:
- San Esteban Public High School Court (1983–88).
- Miguel Hernández Public High School Gymnasium (1988–91).
- Pabellón Fernando Martín (1991–present).
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Montakit Fuenlabrada roster|
Updated: December 26, 2018
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3||Inactive|
|C||Viacheslav Kravtsov||Daniel Clark||Chema González||Lucas Nogueira|
|PF||Ian O'Leary||Maurice Kemp|
|SF||Marc García||Christian Eyenga|
|SG||Francisco Cruz||Josh Akognon||Álex Llorca||Marko Popović|
|PG||Tomás Bellas||Luka Rupnik|
Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non-FIBA Europe player
Managers since 1993:
- Óscar Quintana 1993–1995, 1997–2004
- Martín Fariñas 1995–1996
- Andreu Casadevall 1996–1997
- Luis Casimiro 2004–2008, 2014–2015
- Luis Guil 2008–2009
- Jesús Mateo 2009
- Salva Maldonado 2009–2011
- Porfirio Fisac 2011–2012
- Trifón Poch 2012–2013
- Chus Mateo 2013–2014
- Hugo López 2015
- Jesús Sala 2015
- Žan Tabak 2015
- Jota Cuspinera 2015–2017
- Che García 2017–2018
- Agustí Julbe 2018
- Che García 2018–present
Season by seasonEdit
|Season||Tier||Division||Pos.||W–L||Copa del Rey||Other cups||European competitions|
|1999–00||1||Liga ACB||15th||11–23||3 Korać Cup||GS||3–3|
|2001–02||1||Liga ACB||7th||19–18||3 Korać Cup||QF||5–5|
|2002–03||1||Liga ACB||14th||14–20||2 ULEB Cup||RS||3–7|
|2011–12||1||Liga ACB||16th||12–22||Quarterfinalist||3 EuroChallenge||QF||11–4|
|2016–17||1||Liga ACB||12th||12–20||2 Eurocup||T16||6–8|
|2018–19||1||Liga ACB||3 Champions League||RS||3–11|
Team records and awardsEdit
- 20 seasons in ACB
- 2 seasons in LEB
- 2 seasons in EBA
- 2 seasons in Primera División B
- Wálter Herrmann – 2003
- Rolands Šmits – 2017
- Marko Popović – 2016
- Sergiy Gladyr – 2012
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada BEdit
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada B, also known as Fundación Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, is the reserve team of Fuenlabrada. Originally created in 1995, it was re-opened in 2013 by achieving a vacant berth in LEB Plata.
In its first season after the re-opening, Fundación Baloncesto Fuenlabrada finished as champion of the 2013–14 LEB Plata and runner-up of the Copa LEB Plata. Despite promoting to LEB Oro, the club decided to continue playing in the same league of the previous season, but in Getafe as a result of a collaboration agreement with the town and CB Getafe, the main club in that city.
- Maná Fuenlabrada 1996–2001
- Reybol Fuenlabrada 2001–2002
- Maná Fuenlabrada 2002–2003
- Fuenlabrada-Getafe 2009–2011
- Fuenlabrada-Illescas 2011–2012
- Fundación Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 2013–2014
- Viten Getafe (see CB Getafe) 2014–2016
- Fundación Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 2016–
Season by seasonEdit
|2012–13||Did not enter any competition|
|2013–14||3||LEB Plata||1st[a]||17–7||Copa LEB Plata||RU|
- Resigned to promote to LEB Oro.
- "2016-17 Team Profile: Montakit Fuenlabrada". EuroCup Basketball. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.