Donar (basketball club)

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Donar
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Leagues Dutch Basketball League
Founded20 January 1951;70 years ago (1951-01-20)
History
List
  • GSSV Donar
    1951–2003
    Capitals Groningen
    2003–2009
    GasTerra Flames
    2009–2014
    Donar
    2014–present
Stadium MartiniPlaza
Capacity4,350
Location Groningen, Netherlands
Team colorsWhite, Blue, Navy
   
PresidentJannes Stokroos
Head coach Pete Miller
Championships7 Dutch Championships
6 Dutch Cups
3 Dutch Supercups
Retired numbers1 (10)
Website www.donar.nl
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MartiniPlaza, home arena of Donar
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Home game of Donar in 2016

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.

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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. [1]

History

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.

2009–2014: Successful GasTerra years

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GasTerra Flames celebrating winning the 2010 DBL championship

In 2009 GasTerra became the main sponsor of the club, that was renamed the GasTerra Flames. [2] 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. [3] 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. [4] 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 [5] 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. [6]

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Scene of a Play-off Finals game in 2010

Head coach Marco van den Berg left after the 2010–11 season and Hakim Salem, former ABC Amsterdam coach was acquired. [7] 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. [8] [9] 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. [10] 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. [11]

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. [12]

2014–present: Donar

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. [13] 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". [14] 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.

Braal seasons (2015–2020)

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Braal coached Donar to six trophies in five years

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. [15] 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.

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Brandyn Curry was Donar's star player in the 2017–18 season

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. [16] 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. [17]

Rudež seasons (2020–present)

On 17 April 2020, Croatian coach Ivan Rudež signed a three-year contract as head coach. [18] On 14 April 2021, Pete Miller was assigned as head coach replacing Rudež after disappointing results. [19]

Club identity

Names

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.

Logos

The Donar logo introduced in 2014 features eagles, inspired by the coat of arms of the city of Groningen.

Uniforms

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1981–82
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2005–06
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2006–07
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2009–14
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2009–14

Arenas

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The Korenbeurs was Donar's first home, in the period 1950–59

The MartiniPlaza is the current home arena of Donar, since 2001. Because of inavailability in 2017, Donar has played one game in Leek [20] and one in Leeuwarden. [21]

Home arenas
ArenaTenure
Korenbeurs 1950–1959
Groente-veilinghal Peizerweg1959–1973
ACLO-Hal1967–1973
Evenementenhal1973–1983
Sporthal Vinkhuizen1983–1986
Evenementenhal1986–2001
MartiniPlaza 2001–present

Players

Current roster

Donar roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.Nat.NameHt.Age
C 14 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Koenis, Thomas  (C)2.10 m (6 ft 11 in)31 – (1989-12-11)11 December 1989
PF 19 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Brandwijk, Willem 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)25 – (1995-07-31)31 July 1995
Head coach

Flag of the United States.svg Matthew Otten

Assistant coach(es)

Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Stalman


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: 24 May 2021

Depth chart

Pos.Starting 5Bench 1Bench 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

Retired numbers

Donar retired numbers
Nat.PlayerPositionTenure
10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin de Vries SG 1979–1983, 1986–1990

Notable players

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Honours

Total titles: 16

Domestic

Leagues

Winners (7): 1981–82, 2003–04, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Runners-up (5): 1987–88, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2014–15, 2018–19

Cups

Winners (6): 2004–05, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18
Runners-up (3): 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2006–07
Winners (3): 2014, 2016, 2018
Runners-up (3): 2011, 2015, 2017

European

Semi-finalist (1): 2017–18

Season by season

SeasonTierLeaguePos. NBB Cup European competitions
1970–711 Eredivisie 7thPreliminary round
1971–721 Eredivisie 10th
1972–731 Eredivisie 8th
1973–741 Eredivisie 6thPreliminary round
1974–751 Eredivisie 8th
1975–761 Eredivisie 7thPreliminary round
1976–771 Eredivisie 4th
1977–781 Eredivisie 3rd
1978–791 Eredivisie 3rd
1979–801 Eredivisie 4th
1980–811 Eredivisie 5th
1981–821 Eredivisie 1st
1982–831 Eredivisie 4th
1983–86
Lower divisions
1986–871 Eredivisie 4th
1987–881 Eredivisie 7th
1988–891 Eredivisie 8th
1989–901 Eredivisie 3rd
1990–911 Eredivisie 4th
1991–921 Eredivisie 4thQuarterfinalist
1992–931 Eredivisie 5thQuarterfinalist
1993–941 Eredivisie 5thSemifinalist
1994–951 Eredivisie 4th
1995–961 Eredivisie 5th
1996–971 Eredivisie 3rdRunner–up
1997–981 Eredivisie 2ndSemifinalist
1998–991 Eredivisie 6thQuarterfinalist
1999–001 Eredivisie 5thRunner–up
2000–011 Eredivisie 3rdQuarterfinalist
2001–021 Eredivisie 5thSemifinalist
2002–031 Eredivisie 7thQuarterfinalist
2003–041 Eredivisie 1stSemifinalist
2004–051 Eredivisie 5thChampion2 ULEB Cup
RS
3–7
2005–061 Eredivisie 2ndFourth round3 FIBA EuroCup
RS
2–4
2006–071 Eredivisie 5thRunner–up
2007–081 Eredivisie 5thQuarterfinalist2 ULEB Cup
RS
2–8
2008–091 Eredivisie 3rdQuarterfinalist
2009–101 Eredivisie 1stSemifinalist
2010–111 DBL 2ndChampion1 Euroleague
QR1
0–2
2 Eurocup
RS
1–5
2011–121 DBL 3rdQuarterfinalist2 Eurocup
RS
2–4
2012–131 DBL 3rdFourth round
2013–141 DBL 1stChampion3 EuroChallenge
RS
2–4
2014–151 DBL
2nd
Champion
2015–16 1 DBL
1st
Eightfinal3 FIBA Europe Cup
RS
2–4
2016–17 1 DBL 1stChampion3 Champions League
QR1
0–1–1
4 FIBA Europe Cup
R2
8–4
2017–18 1 DBL 1stChampion3 Champions League
QR3
2–1–3
4 FIBA Europe Cup
SF
5-2
2018–19 1 DBL 2ndSemifinalist3 Champions League
QR2
1-3
4 FIBA Europe Cup
R16
7–7
2019–20 1 DBL 2nd [lower-alpha 1] Finalist [lower-alpha 2] 3 Champions League
QR1
1–1
4 FIBA Europe Cup
RS
2–4
2020–21 1 DBL 3rd Quarterfinalist 4 Champions League
QR2
1–1
4 FIBA Europe Cup
RS
0–2
  1. The 2019–20 season was cancelled in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. The 2019–20 Basketball Cup final was postponed and later cancelled after finalist Aris Leeuwarden did not agree to play in the next season.

European record

SeasonTierCompetitionRoundClubHomeAway
1974/75 3 Korać Cup R1 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Etzella 129-6878-110
R2 Flag of France.svg ASVEL 90-8287-64
1981/823 Korać Cup R1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Solent Stars Southampton 107-77105-92
R2 Flag of Spain.svg Cotonificio Badalona 104-82107-83
1982/831 European Champions Cup R1 Flag of Norway.svg Ammerud Oslo116-6756-106
R2 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 76-6988-68
1990/913 Korać Cup R1 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Vojvodina Novi Sad 80-90102-73
1999/003 Korać Cup Q Flag of Switzerland.svg Vacallo Win 61-7886-73
2000/013 Korać Cup R1 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Athlon Ieper 70-8876-72
2004/052 ULEB Cup RS Flag of Greece.svg Maroússi Honda 74-8285-51
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Telindus Oostende 97-8584-97
Flag of Spain.svg Gran Canaria 69-7980-63
Flag of Croatia.svg Zadar 73-7174-51
Flag of France.svg Cholet 72-7479-67
2005/063 EuroChallenge (FIBA EuroCup) RS Flag of Poland.svg Śląsk Wroclaw 69-7977-68
Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Tel Aviv 72-7466-73
Flag of Greece.svg Maroússi Honda 73-6865-53
2007/082 ULEB Cup RS Flag of Romania.svg CSU Asesoft Ploieşti 81-9580-73
Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray Café Crown 60-93101-67
Flag of Spain.svg Akavayu Girona 91-10596-63
Flag of Serbia.svg Hemofarm Vršac 94-85102-77
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Spirou Charleroi 79-7385-76
2010/111 Euroleague Q1 Flag of Russia.svg UNICS Kazan 72-8478-63
2 Eurocup RS Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray Café Crown 65-6657-63
Flag of Greece.svg Panellinios Athens 57-6368-51
Flag of Italy.svg Bennet Cantù 80-7481-54
2011/122 Eurocup RS Flag of Lithuania.svg Rüdüpis Prienai 87–8297–70
Flag of Greece.svg Aris Thessaloniki 51–5879–58
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg ČEZ Nymburk 75–9293–60
2013/143 EuroChallenge RS Flag of Italy.svg Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 85–6078–61
Flag of Finland.svg KTP TEHO Sport 72–7672–76
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Okapi Aalstar 63-7083-82 (OT)
2015/163 FIBA Europe Cup RS Flag of France.svg ASVEL Villeurbanne 66-8581-45
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belfius Mons-Hainaut 77-7590-76
Flag of Hungary.svg Egis Körmend 78-7175-72
2016/173 Champions League Q1 Flag of Estonia.svg Tartu Ülikool Rock 76-7665-57
4 FIBA Europe Cup RS Flag of France.svg Gravelines70-7971-67
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Hubo Limburg United 98-7090-97
Flag of Hungary.svg Egis Körmend 79-7472-79
R2 Flag of Russia.svg Enisey Krasnoyarsk 76-8467-81
Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica 81-7882-94
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lukoil Academic 95-8988-64
2017/183 Champions League Q1 Flag of Lithuania.svg Vytautas75-7761-84
Q2 Flag of Denmark.svg Bakken Bears 78-8083-91
Q3 Flag of Spain.svg Movistar Estudiantes 76-7677-69 (OT)
4 FIBA Europe Cup RS Flag of France.svg ESSM Le Portel 77-7260-49
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosna Royal Sarajevo 94-5643-72
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Telenet Giants Antwerpen 84-82 (OT)78-77
R2 Flag of Romania.svg U-BT Cluj Napoca 92-7273-77
Flag of Cyprus.svg Keravnos Strovolou 109-6974-72
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belfius Mons-Hainaut 96-7284-65
L16 Flag of Romania.svg U-BT Cluj Napoca 103-7669-76
QF Flag of Montenegro.svg Mornar Bar 101-7473-67
SF Flag of Italy.svg Umana Reyer Venezia 83-8082-72
2018/193 Champions League Q1 Flag of Kosovo.svg Z-Mobile Prishtina 80-5584-64
Q2 Flag of Switzerland.svg Fribourg Olympic 67-7266-71
4 FIBA Europe Cup RS Flag of Turkey.svg Pınar Karsiyaka 89-8364-69
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Spirou Charleroi 76-7394-64
Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul BBSK 90-8147-85
R2 Flag of Italy.svg Pallacanesto Varese 67-7377-80
Flag of Cyprus.svg AEK Larnaca 70-8056-78
Flag of Italy.svg Dinamo Sassari 76-8497-74
2019/203 Champions League Q1 Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica 76-6694-65
4 FIBA Europe Cup RS Flag of Turkey.svg Pınar Karsiyaka 62-7977-59
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Spirou Charleroi 64-7887-56
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Phoenix Brussel 75-6370-72
2020/213 Champions League Q1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Dnipro 88-53
Q2 Flag of Cyprus.svg Keravnos Strovolou 57-60
4 FIBA Europe Cup RS Flag of Russia.svg Parma Perm 81-93
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Heroes Den Bosch 98-99
Flag of Belarus.svg Borisfen Mogilev walk over

Individual awards

DBL Most Valuable Player
DBL Playoffs MVP
All-DBL Team

DBL Coach of the Year

DBL Defensive Player of the Year
DBL Statistical Player of the Year
DBL Most Improved Player
DBL MVP Under 23
DBL All-Rookie Team

Supporters club

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.

List of head coaches

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Erik Braal holds the record for most championships won with Donar
CoachFromToHonours
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Klaas Bruin19671971
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Skála19711973
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hans Perrier19731975
Flag of the United States.svg Bob Kloppenburg 19761977
Flag of the United States.svg Jim Parks19771978
Flag of the United States.svg Pat Stewawrt19781979
Flag of the United States.svg Chuck Campione19791980
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Kamman1980
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Maarten van Gent 198019821 Dutch League
Flag of the United States.svg Bill Sheridan 19821983-
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Kamman 19831985-
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Castelein 19851986-
Flag of Suriname.svg Rupport Clements 19861988-
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Willem Jansen 19881991-
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marten Scheepstra 19911992-
Flag of Suriname.svg Glenn Pinas 19932002-
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ton Boot 200320071 Dutch League, 1 NBB Cup
Flag of Spain.svg Pep Clarós 20072008
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco van den Berg 200820111 Dutch League, 1 NBB Cup
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hakim Salem 2011December 2012
Flag of Croatia.svg Ivica Skelin January 201320151 Dutch League, 2 NBB Cups, 1 Supercup
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Erik Braal 201520203 Dutch League, 2 NBB Cups, 2 Supercups
Flag of Croatia.svg Ivan Rudež 20202021
Flag of the United States.svg Pete Miller 2021

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