|Leagues||Dutch Basketball League|
|Founded||20 January 1951|
|Team colors||White, Blue, Navy |
|Head coach||Pete Miller|
|Championships||7 Dutch Championships |
6 Dutch Cups
3 Dutch Supercups
|Retired numbers||1 (10)|
Donar, also known as Donar Groningen, is a professional basketball club based in Groningen, Netherlands. The club competes in the Dutch Basketball League (DBL) and its home arena is MartiniPlaza, which has a seating capacity of 4,350 people. Due to sponsorship reasons the club was also known as GasTerra Flames and Capitals during the 2000s.
Donar is one of the traditional first division clubs along with Den Bosch, as it entered the league 51 years ago. The club won the national DBL championship seven times; in 1982, 2004, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Donar was runner-up in the seasons: 1998, 2006, 2011, 2015. There are also six NBB Cups – the domestic cup competition – in the honor list of Donar; they won the cup in 2005, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Donar has the most fans in the Netherlands, the club has somewhere around 1700 season ticket holders and sells the MartiniPlaza out on a regular basis in the Playoffs.
In 1881, gymnastics club Wodan and fencing club Mars, both part of the student corps Vindicat, merged to form GSSV Donar. In 1951 the basketball department of this club was founded. In 1970 the club promoted to the highest basketball league.
In 1973 the club separated from Vindicat and got their first sponsor, Nationale-Nederlanden. This allowed the team to play in the much bigger Martinihal "Events hall". On September 20, 1980, Donar won against BOB Oud-Beijerland with a score of 158–58. The score of 158 was repeated that same season against the same team (158–82) and never since. The difference of 100 points has never been repeated.
After the first championship in 1982, Nationale Nederlanden announced to stop as sponsor. After one year of playing under their name, Donar was demoted to the rayon league. Donar became champion that year and promoted to the promotion league. In 1986, Donar returned to the highest league; where they remained ever since. On February 1, 1991, the Basketball Business Club (BBC) was founded. In 2000–01, the Martinihal was remodeled to become Martiniplaza and home games were moved to the new sports hall in the complex. This hall was renovated in 2006 when new seating was placed.
In 2009 GasTerra became the main sponsor of the club, that was renamed the GasTerra Flames.Head coach Marco van den Berg stayed and a whole new team was put together. In the 2009–10 season, Donar won the 3rd national championship in club history by beating West-Brabant Giants 4–1 in the Finals. Earlier, in the regular season, Flames finished in first place with a 33–3 record. The key players of the team were the Americans Matt Haryasz, Matt Bauscher, Jason Dourisseau and Robby Bostain.
The whole squad that won the 2010 title returned for the next season, except for Tim Blue. In 2010 they became the first Dutch basketball team to take part in the qualifying rounds of the new Euroleague.In the regular season Donar ended on the second place, while Jason Dourisseau was named the Dutch League MVP. The team won a second NBB Cup in 2011, after beating WCAA Giants The team did eventually lost in the DBL Finals to Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden 4–3 in an historic game 7 which included three overtimes.
Head coach Marco van den Berg left after the 2010–11 season and Hakim Salem, former ABC Amsterdam coach was acquired.The team brought experienced players to the team like David Bell and Alex Wesby but they couldn't meet the set expectations. In the cup competition, Flames was defeated in the quarterfinals and in the DBL semifinals it lost to EiffelTowers Den Bosch.
During the 2012–13 season Hakim Salem was fired and the Croatian coach Ivica Skelin was acquired.Despite the coaching change, team was still swept 3–0 by Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden in the DBL semifinals.
Before the 2013–14 season it was announced that GasTerra's sponsor contract ended after the season.Flames acquired Dutch top players Arvin Slagter and Ross Bekkering from defending champion ZZ Leiden and three new Americans were added to the team. On March 30, 2014 Flames won the NBB Cup by beating Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden 79–71.
In the 2014 Playoffs Flames beat BC Apollo easily in the quarterfinals (2–0) and later beat ZZ Leiden after a tough series (3–2). On June 1, 2014 Donar won its 4th national title. They beat SPM Shoeters Den Bosch 76–68 in game 7 of the Finals series.
In the 2014 offseason, the club announced that in the previous season, a deficit of €135,000 had arisen after mistakes made regarding the budget.Therefore, the club had to cut into costs for the 2014–15 season and the budet was reduced. For the 2014–15 season, the club is known again as "Donar". The team won the Supercup against Leiden and the NBB Cup Final against Den Bosch, the DBL Finals were lost 4–1 against Den Bosch.
In the 2015 offseason, Ivica Skelin left the club and was replaced by Erik Braal who would go on to become the most successful coach in Donar history. In July 2015, former league MVP and club legend Jason Dourisseau returned to Donar.In the 2015–16 season, Donar won its 5th DBL title after beating Landstede 4–1 in the finals.
In the 2016–17 season, Donar reached the second round of the FIBA Europe Cup after being defeated by Tartu in the first qualification round of the Basketball Champions League. This feat would mean Donar's best European performance in club history. The 2016–17 season was also the first season ever to record the triple crown. New Heroes Den Bosch was defeated to win the Supercup, Landstede Basketbal was defeated in the NBB Cup final as well as in the playoff finals (4–1).
In the 2017–18 season, Donar qualified for the FIBA Europe Cup after being defeated in an overtime thriller against Estudiantes in the third and last qualification round of the Basketball Champions League. As a result of the loss Donar was drafted into a Europe Cup group with KK Bosna (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Le Portel (France) and Antwerp Giants (Belgium) in which they finished 2nd. By ending in second place they earned a spot in the second round phase of the Europe Cup, playingin group L against CS Universitatea Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Belgium) and Keravnos B.C. (Cyprus). After a home and away win against Cluj, a clear home win against Keravnos (109-69) and a convincing home win against Mons, Donar placed 1st in this group and, for the first time in club history, qualified itself for the Europe Cup play-off phase.
In the play-offs, Donar beat Cluj-Napoca in the round of 16 and Mornar Bar in the quarter-finals, to reach its first ever European semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Donar lost to the defending Italian champion Reyer Venezia, despite winning the second leg at home.In the 2017–18 DBL season, the club has success as well behind star players Brandyn Curry, named Most Valuable Player and All-DBL Selections Thomas Koenis and Evan Bruinsma. Donar won its third consecutive DBL title on 29 May 2018, after defeating ZZ Leiden 4–0 in the finals.
In the 2018–19 DBL season, Donar struggled and found itself in the fourth place in the regular season. It defeated ZZ Leiden in the semi-finals, 0–3. However, in the finals it lost to second-seeded Landstede. In the 2018–19 FIBA Europe Cup, Donar reached the round of 16 for the second time in history.
The 2019–20 season was cancelled prematurely in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donar was supposed to play in the NBB Cup Final against Aris Leeuwarden. On 14 April, the club announced it parted ways with coach Braal.
On 17 April 2020, Croatian coach Ivan Rudež signed a three-year contract as head coach.On 14 April 2021, Pete Miller was assigned as head coach replacing Rudež after disappointing results.
The club has a rich history of names, mainly because of the different main sponsors of the team. Despite having been named differently in the past, "Donar" has always been used by supporters to describe the team.
The Donar logo introduced in 2014 features eagles, inspired by the coat of arms of the city of Groningen.
The MartiniPlaza is the current home arena of Donar, since 2001. Because of inavailability in 2017, Donar has played one game in Leekand one in Leeuwarden.
Updated: 24 May 2021
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Thomas Koenis||Juwann James|
|PF||Damjan Rudež||Willem Brandwijk||Nesta Agasi|
|SF||Henry Caruso||Will Moreton||Kjeld Zuidema|
|SG||DaVonté Lacy||Justin Watts|
|PG||Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson||Leon Williams||Sheyi Adetunji|
|Donar retired numbers|
|10||Martin de Vries||SG||1979–1983, 1986–1990|
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:
Total titles: 16
|Season||Tier||League||Pos.||NBB Cup||European competitions|
|2004–05||1||Eredivisie||5th||Champion||2 ULEB Cup|
|2005–06||1||Eredivisie||2nd||Fourth round||3 FIBA EuroCup|
|2007–08||1||Eredivisie||5th||Quarterfinalist||2 ULEB Cup|
|2015–16||1||DBL||Eightfinal||3 FIBA Europe Cup|
|2016–17||1||DBL||1st||Champion||3 Champions League|
|4 FIBA Europe Cup|
|2017–18||1||DBL||1st||Champion||3 Champions League|
|4 FIBA Europe Cup|
|2018–19||1||DBL||2nd||Semifinalist||3 Champions League|
|4 FIBA Europe Cup|
|2019–20||1||DBL||2nd||Finalist||3 Champions League|
|4 FIBA Europe Cup|
|2020–21||1||DBL||3rd||Quarterfinalist||4 Champions League|
|4 FIBA Europe Cup|
|1981/82||3||Korać Cup||R1||Solent Stars Southampton||107-77||105-92|
|1982/83||1||European Champions Cup||R1||Ammerud Oslo||116-67||56-106|
|R2||Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv||76-69||88-68|
|1990/91||3||Korać Cup||R1||Vojvodina Novi Sad||80-90||102-73|
|1999/00||3||Korać Cup||Q||Vacallo Win||61-78||86-73|
|2000/01||3||Korać Cup||R1||Athlon Ieper||70-88||76-72|
|2004/05||2||ULEB Cup||RS||Maroússi Honda||74-82||85-51|
|2005/06||3||EuroChallenge (FIBA EuroCup)||RS||Śląsk Wroclaw||69-79||77-68|
|Hapoel Tel Aviv||72-74||66-73|
|2007/08||2||ULEB Cup||RS||CSU Asesoft Ploieşti||81-95||80-73|
|Galatasaray Café Crown||60-93||101-67|
|2||Eurocup||RS||Galatasaray Café Crown||65-66||57-63|
|2013/14||3||EuroChallenge||RS||Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia||85–60||78–61|
|KTP TEHO Sport||72–76||72–76|
|Okapi Aalstar||63-70||83-82 (OT)|
|2015/16||3||FIBA Europe Cup||RS||ASVEL Villeurbanne||66-85||81-45|
|2016/17||3||Champions League||Q1||Tartu Ülikool Rock||76-76||65-57|
|4||FIBA Europe Cup||RS||Gravelines||70-79||71-67|
|Hubo Limburg United||98-70||90-97|
|Q3||Movistar Estudiantes||76-76||77-69 (OT)|
|4||FIBA Europe Cup||RS||ESSM Le Portel||77-72||60-49|
|Bosna Royal Sarajevo||94-56||43-72|
|Telenet Giants Antwerpen||84-82 (OT)||78-77|
|R2||U-BT Cluj Napoca||92-72||73-77|
|L16||U-BT Cluj Napoca||103-76||69-76|
|SF||Umana Reyer Venezia||83-80||82-72|
|2018/19||3||Champions League||Q1||Z-Mobile Prishtina||80-55||84-64|
|4||FIBA Europe Cup||RS||Pınar Karsiyaka||89-83||64-69|
|4||FIBA Europe Cup||RS||Pınar Karsiyaka||62-79||77-59|
|4||FIBA Europe Cup||RS||Parma Perm||81-93|
|Heroes Den Bosch||98-99|
|Borisfen Mogilev||walk over|
The current supporters club was founded on August 26, 1997 under the name Vikings, a nod to the Norse god Donar (Thor). After the club lost Donar from its name, this link became less clear. In 2010 it was decided to change the name of the supporters club to SV Donar (Supporters club Donar). The supporters club had 330 members as of the start of season 2010–11.
|Maarten van Gent||1980||1982||1 Dutch League|
|Jan Willem Jansen||1988||1991||-|
|Ton Boot||2003||2007||1 Dutch League, 1 NBB Cup|
|Marco van den Berg||2008||2011||1 Dutch League, 1 NBB Cup|
|Hakim Salem||2011||December 2012||–|
|Ivica Skelin||January 2013||2015||1 Dutch League, 2 NBB Cups, 1 Supercup|
|Erik Braal||2015||2020||3 Dutch League, 2 NBB Cups, 2 Supercups|
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The 2012–13 Dutch Basketball League was the 53rd season of the Dutch Basketball League, the highest professional basketball league in the Netherlands. The season started on 6 October 2012 and ended on 23 May 2013.
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