Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca
Club Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca is an Argentine sports club based in Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires Province. The club is best known for its basketball team, that currently played in the main levels of Argentina, including Campeonato Argentino and Liga Nacional de Básquet (LNB). Estudiantes is nicknamed Albo (in English: "White") for the traditional white color of its uniform. The team currently competes in "Asociación Bahiense", the regional league of Bahía Blanca.
|Estudiantes (Bahía Blanca)|
|Leagues||Asociación Bahiense de Básquetbol|
|Founded||21 March 1918|
|Arena||Estadio Osvaldo Casanova|
|Location||Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina|
Beginning and consolidationEdit
By 1908, a considerable amount of European immigrants arrived in the port of Bahía Blanca. Football in the city was introduced by those immigrants, as an exclusive game practised by the British executives at the beginning but then spreading to mass classes. That same year, a group of students ("Estudiantes" in Spanish) of local school met to compete in the Liga del Sur, a regional football competition. They formed a team, which took part in those leagues, although the team would be dissolved soon after.
In 1912, the Sáenz Peña Law had been promulgated by the Argentine National Congress which established the universal, secret and compulsory male suffrage. That event influenced students, who claimed for a reform in the education system, more specifically in the University of the city. As a result, in 1917 a group of students formed a committee, presided by Haroldo Casanova of 18 years old. It was named "Centro de Estudiantes Secundarios de Bahía Blanca".
One year after, the student center had facilities located on Parque de Mayo, close to the railway line, for the practical of several sports while the administrative office set in the "Sociedad Laurak Bat", a social club established by the Basque community. The original statute specified that candidates should be students to become members of the club, although this clause would be amended later.
By 1920 Estudiantes had teams competing in football and basketball, playing in provisories venues so they did not have one. Some of those venues were Club Porteño and Correos y Telégrafos. Nevertheless, the club got an own venue in Parque de Mayo, after arrangements made by club executives. British firm Hardcastle gave wooden goods to build sports clothing. Ten years after, the club had a venue with grandstands, a running track and football and basketball fields.
With the consolidation of basketball in Argentina, Estudiantes would play a long tenure in the main club competition of the country, the Campeonato Argentino, established in 1936. Until then, there was only a tournament where provincial sides took part, as a part of local leagues, such as the Torneo Metropolitano, for teams of Buenos Aires. Although the club did not win any title, Estudiantes reached the finals in 1975, losing to Obras Sanitarias.
Estudiantes began participating in the first Liga Nacional de Básquet championship in 1985, finishing 4th. Its best performance was in the 1990–91, when the team finished as runner-up after being beat by then champion GEPU in the finals.
In the 2002–03 season Estudiantes was relegated to Torneo Nacional de Ascenso (second division), after a poor campaign that include 29 defeats and only 7 wins. Estudiantes played a playoff relegation vs Ferro Carril Oeste, losing its place in the top division.
At the end of the 2007–08 season, the club had to struggle with severe economic problems, as a result Estudiantes sold its vacancy. Nevertheless, the apparition of some sponsors allowed the team to remain in LNB. Prior to the 2008–09 season, and inspired on the Monte Hermoso Básquetbol case (where Club El Nacional associated with the Municipality of Monte Hermoso to keep its position in the league), Estudiantes changed its name to "Bahía Blanca Estudiantes".
In the 2010–11 season Estudiantes changed its name to "Weber Bahía Estudiantes" for sponsorship reasons. Before the 2013–14 championship started, Estudiantes leave its vacancy to Bahía Basket, a project of former player Pepe Sánchez to keep a team from Bahía Blanca in the top division. Therefore Estudiantes left the LNB, competing in the "Asociación Bahiense de Básquetbol" (Bahía Blanca Basketball Association) since then.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Alberto Cabrera (1961–84) 
- Raúl P. Álvarez 
- José Luis Gil (?–1995) 
- Jorge Faggiano (1983, 1985–88, 1991–94, 1996–97) 
- Hernán Montenegro (1990–91, 1995–96, 1999–2000) 
- Juan Espil (1988–92)
- Juan Ignacio Sánchez (1995–96)
- Manu Ginóbili (1996–98)
- Sergio Aispurúa (2003–04)
- Fefo Ruiz (1985–1987)
- Alex Austin (2000–01)
- Ed Nelson (2008–09)
- Lawrence Abney (2009–10)
|Estudiantes' retired numbers|
|N°||Player||Position||Tenure||Date of retirement|
|5||Hernán Jasen||SF||1996–99||2018 |
|10||Juan Espil||SG||1988–1992||22 February 2013 |
|14||Alberto Cabrera||PG||1961–1984||3 October 2004 |
- Disciplinas on Estudiantes BB website
- Club Estudiantes 100 años. Historia de un sueño by Arturo Guevara, Editorial de la Universidad Nacional del Sur, published Nov 2019 – ISBN 978-987-655-230-1
- Dueño de una época, El Gráfico, 11 Apr 2019
- "100 años de básquetbol", El Gráfico, by Osvaldo Orcasitas, 7 Feb 2012
- Ferro es de primera on Pick and Roll
- El 16° será Estudiantes by Emanuel Niel, 31 Aug 2006
- Albo ganador, 19 Aug 2008
- Interview to Pepe Sánchez, 9 Dec 2009
- Estudiantes presenta un documental fílmico de sus 100 años on Bahía Blanca Basketball Association, 13 June 2019
- Fuerte, noble... y qué corazón on La Nueva, 16 Sep 2008
- Argentino fue algo inolvidable", interview to José L. Gil, 9 Apr 2014
- Se suma Jasen on Bahía Plus, 2 Sep 2018
- "Espil vivió su noche soñada" at CanchaLlena.com, 22 February 2013
- "Espil tuvo su merecido homenaje en Bahía", Clarín, 23 February 2013
- "La 14 inmortal" Pick and Roll, 2004-10-04
- Ordenanza Nº 14604, declarando "Sitio de Interés Cultural e Histórico" al Estadio Osvaldo Casanova 2008-01-08
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