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ASK Rīga is the name of a former professional basketball club based in Rigamarker, Latviamarker. "ASK" stands for "Armijas Sporta Klubs" (in English: Army Sports Club).

History

ASK, which stands for Army Sports Club, was the first European cup winner in 1958 and managed to defend its title in 1959 and 1960. Only Split (1989-91) has been able to win three consecutive continental crowns since then. ASK wpn Academic Sofia in the 1958 and 1959 Euroleague two-way finals, and did the same with Dynamo Tblisi the following season. Gomelsky soon joined CSKA, which became the team to beat in Russian basketball, but Rigamarker stayed competitive in the Soviet League until the early 1990s. Years of obscurity followed, even though Rigamarker was always represented by teams like BK Skonto, Barons/LMT or VEF Riga. BK Riga was re-founded in 2004 and it got back the name of ASK Riga on March 23, 2006, supported by the Riga City Council, the National Army Forces and some powerful sponsors, as well as the brand new Arena Rigamarker, with room for 10,500 fans. The team made it to the both the Baltic League and the FIBA EuroCup quarterfinals, but the best was yet to come. The arrival of Torraye Braggs happened to be the key piece in a roster already featuring Sandis Valters, Raitis Grafs, Curtis Millage and Sandis Buskevics. ASK won the best-of-seven Latvian League finals 4-2 and started a new era, breaking BK Ventspils's seven-year dynasty. ASK hosted the ULEB Cup opening game last season, but a plague of injuries did not allow the team to reach the elimination rounds. This season ASK finished fourth in the Baltic League and won the bronze medals in the Latvian League.

Championships



Roster

Current Roster as of March 12, 2009.

# align=left Player Pos. Height Weight Place of Birth

4 Uvis Helmanis PF 204 cm 115 kg Talsimarker, Latviamarker

5 Raitis Grafs C 210 cm 108 kg Rigamarker, Latviamarker

8 Sean Colson PG 183 cm 79 kg Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker

11 Ernests Kalve SF 200 cm 94 kg Rigamarker, Latviamarker

22 Kristaps Mediss PG 188 cm 90 kg Rigamarker, Latviamarker

23 Jānis Timma G 198 cm 88 kg Daugavpilsmarker, Latviamarker

44 Māris Ļaksa F 206 cm 104 kg Ventspilsmarker, Latviamarker

45 Dāvis Bertāns F 200 cm 85 kg Valmieramarker, Latviamarker

55 Aigars Vitols SG 194 cm 95 kg Rigamarker, Latviamarker



Notable players







Notable Coaches



References

  1. Official Roster On ASK Riga.lv


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