BC Juventus

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Uniclub Casino Juventus logo
LeaguesLithuanian Basketball League
Juventus LKSK
Uniclub Casino Juventus
ArenaUtena Arena
LocationUtena, Lithuania
Team colorsRed, white and black
PresidentGintautas Matulis
Head coachDonaldas Kairys
Affiliation(s)Ežerūnas Molėtai
Olimpas Ukmergė
Championships1 LKBL
1 BBL Challenge Cup

BC Juventus (Lithuanian: Krepšinio klubas Juventus), also known as Uniclub Casino Juventus for sponsorship reasons, is a Lithuanian professional basketball club based in Utena, Lithuania. Founded in 1999, the club currently plays in the Lithuanian Basketball League.


2000–2007: foundation and participation in RKL

Juventus basketball club was founded in 1999 and debuted in Naujametinis Utenos rajono Mero taurės turnyras (Utena's new year's mayor's cup tournament) and took third place. First team roster consisted of other sports players: football players and one

handball player. First team captain, which also founded Juventus basketball team was football player Nerijus Kuzmickas (played in Kauno Inkaras team), now Šiauliai football academy, child and teenage coach. In the debut Juventus season also played: Egidijus Varnas (FK Ekranas), Tomas Keraitis, Tomas Karvelis
and others.

In 2003–2004 season, Juventus basketball team was coached by Rimvydas Vaitkus. Juventus debuted in Lithuania basketball B league and in their debut season, BC Juventus took sixth place.

After year, in 2004–2005 season, Juventus basketball team was coached by Mindaugas Kildišius. Juventus basketball team first time in the club history won LKBL championship (same like RKL) and won right to participate in the LKAL championship (same like NKL). But because of various bureaucracy barriers, Juventus basketball team wasn't permitted to debut in the second-tier Lithuania basketball league.

During 2005–2006 season, BC Juventus took third place in RKL tournament. One season later, Juventus won RKL championship once again and in transition match to the NKL championship, BC Juventus won against Kauno LKKA-Atletas basketball team. But this wasn't the end for Juventus in the 2006–2007 season as BC Juventus went until third Lithuania basketball federation (LKF) stage and only there, after two unremitting matches lost to Klaipėdos Neptūnas. Same year, team coach Mindaugas Kildišius, was named the best RKL championship coach.

2007–2009: NKL

In 2007–2008 season Utena's basketball team debuted in the NKL championship and won regular season (25 wins and 7 losses), however in the final standings BC Juventus took only fourth place. In the end of 2007, Juventus guard Raimondas Ambrulaitis was named "Lithuania basketball discovery of the year", team coach Mindaugas Kildišius was named the best 2007–2008 NKL season coach.

One year later, Juventus basketball team won

LKL because of the commercial principles.[2] For the permission to participate in the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL), Juventus basketball team had to pay 350 thousand LTL.[3]

2009–present: LKL

On 20 August 2009 Gintaras Kručkauskas became main Juventus basketball team coach.[4] The 2009–2010 Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) season was the most successful in the club history as Juventus basketball team took fourth place in the LKL championship.[5]

On 7 July 2010 Robertas Giedraitis became main BC Juventus coach.[6]

During 2010–2011 season, BC Juventus first time in the club history became

Rūdupis.[11] Juventus lost first Bronze game at Prienai with result 65–79,[12] the second game was unsuccessful for Juventus too as they lost it in their home arena in Utena with result 73–98.[13] The third game took place in Prienai, which Juventus team lost with result 83–84,[14]
because of that they lost Bronze series 0–3 against Rūdupis and took fourth place in the LKL championship that season.

In the 2011–2012 and 2012–2013 seasons, Juventus did not accomplish anything notable. After the 2011–2012 season, where Juventus missed the playoffs entirely,

Lietuvos rytas
, though losing the series 0–2.

In the 2013–2014 season, Juventus replaced coach Vaišvila with former longtime Žalgiris player, coach and sports director Vitoldas Masalskis. Despite high hopes, the season started poorly, and coach Masalskis was replaced with Virginijus Sirvydis, former longtime player in the LKL. The move helped the team regroup and reach the playoffs, but lost to TonyBet Prienai 0:2. The team also played in the BBL Elite division, but didn't make the playoff stage for two straight seasons.

Rashaun Broadus, the star of the team in the 2014–15 season

In 2014–15 LKL season the club reached new highs. Before the season, the well-known Rashaun Broadus was signed, and quickly became the leader of the team. The team took 5th place during the regular LKL season and in the quarterfinals they met the 4th seed Pieno žvaigždės. After the impressive series, Juventus overcome Pieno žvaigždės 3–2 and qualified into the LKL semifinals for the third time in club's history.[15] Despite having a regular season victory over BC Žalgiris, Juventus was no match for BC Žalgiris in the semifinals, losing the series 0:3. Though, Juventus shockingly defeated EuroLeague participant Neptūnas 3:2 and won LKL bronze medals for the first time in club's history.[16] Rashaun Broadus led the team with 25 points and 10 assists in the crucial game. His comment following the game was: "We don't care what anybody thinks about us. We played hard every game. Everybody told us that we will be down 3–0 and now we won medals".[17] Juventus also finished 4th in the LKF Cup, as well as winning the bronze medals in the BBL, capping off the most successful season in club history.

In 2015–2016 season Utenos Juventus was invited compete in

BC Lietuvos rytas

In 2016–2017 season Juventus qualified into the

Vytautas 70:61. In the LKL playoffs, Juventus faced Neptūnas
in the quarterfinals - they were no match for Neptūnas, who swept the series 3:0 in dominating fashion, with a 19-point average.

Before the 2017–2018 season, team star and LKL MVP

Sidigas Avellino in the quarterfinals, on aggregate 145:162 (77:77 at home and 68:85 away). Jonte Flowers was replaced by Dino Pita
during the season. By the end of the season, injuries, disciplinary issues and release of one of the teams leaders LaRon Dendy caused the team to go on a 5-game losing streak in the LKL, plummeting in the standings and finishing only in 7th place. Juventus faced Lietuvos rytas in the playoffs, losing the series 0:3, though came very close to winning the second game in Utena, losing in the final seconds after erasing an 18-point deficit.

In the 2018–2019 season, Juventus didn't play in European competitions, because of money troubles from the previous season. Team leaders Ireland and Kupšas left the team, being replaced by

BC Neptūnas-Akvaservis and BC Nevėžis in the first two rounds, before facing BC Rytas for the third straight season in the quarterfinals – this time, in a two-game series decided on aggregate. Juventus lost the controversial first match in Vilnius, 85–87, after questionable calls in the final minutes, including the ejection of head coach Urbonas.[25] In the rematch, Juventus started poorly, but recovered and led for most of the game – before Urbonas received a technical foul with minutes left, and Rytas, led by Seeley and Bendžius, took control and won the game, 76–65, winning the series on aggregate, 163:150, and eliminating Juventus from the competition. Juventus finished with a 15–21 record in the LKL, in 6th place. Geben was named the MVP of the LKL for the regular season. Juventus faced Rytas in the LKL quarterfinals, and nearly created one of the biggest upsets in LKL history – in the first game, in Vilnius, Juventus lost, 91–93, after a last-second three-pointer by Gerben missed. In the second game, Juventus finally beat Rytas, 92–83, to tie the series at 1–1, giving Rytas their first ever loss in the quarterfinals. In the decisive game, Juventus lost, 63–84, losing the series, 1–2, but earning praise for their amazing efforts.[26]

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, BC Juventus announced a new club logo for the upcoming 2019–20 season.[27] The biggest losses during the summer where Martinas Geben returning to Žalgiris, Bičkauskis leaving to sign with Rytas, and Tomas Dimša leaving to sign with BC Lietkabelis. Juventus signed Julius Jucikas, Bryant Crawford, Shannon Scott, Žygimantas Skučas and the returning former LKL MVP Vytautas Šulskis to strengthen the team. During the season, Juventus continued their war with Rytas Vilnius, once again facing Rytas in the King Mindaugas Cup - after winning their first match at home 85:81, Juventus lost a controversial rematch 94:103 in Vilnius, with Rytas advancing to the semifinals. In the LKL, Juventus was fighting for the 4th place in the standings against BC Neptūnas, with the strength of the new signings to the club and the improved Gytis Radzevičius, playing the best season of his career. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the season ended early, and Juventus, one win behind Neptūnas, finished the season in 5th place. Juventus also played in the Lithuanian 3x3 championship during the summer, winning the tournament.[28]

Juventus quickly became one of the better teams of the LKL of the 2020–2021 season. Under coach Urbonas, and led by their 3x3 championship, in particular Skučas, winning team, Crawford, the returning Mindaugas Kupšas and former Rytas player Martynas Gecevičius, and late season signing Vaidas Kariniauskas, Juventus shocked everyone by destroying Rytas in the King Mindaugas Cup, winning both at home 89:87 and away 105:78, getting sweet revenge from the previous season's controversial losses. Juventus, having lost in the semifinals to Lietkabelis, won the KMT bronze medals by defeating BC Neptūnas. Juventus also participated in FIBA 3x3 tournaments during the season, having much success and becoming one of the best teams in the world. In the LKL, Juventus managed to reach the LKL semifinals with a win over CBet Prienai 2–0 in the quarterfinals. Juventus lost 0–3 to BC Žalgiris in the semifinals. Facing Eurocup team BC Lietkabelis in the bronze medal series, Juventus took the series to the limit, but lost the deciding game 63:84 in Panevėžys, and lost the series 2–3. Juventus finished the LKL season 4th.[28]

Success in the 2021–2022 season resulted in Juventus earning a bid in the 2021–22 Basketball Champions League qualification. While Juventus lost Kariniauskas and Skučas during the off-season, much of the previous season team remained. Juventus signed Tomas Lekūnas to replace Skučas. At point guard, Juventus signed Patrick Miller to replace Kariniauskas at point guard. Juventus also signed Rokas Gustys and Norbertas Giga to strengthen the team. In the Basketball Champions League qualification, Juventus managed to reach the final stage, by beating the Kapfenberg Bulls 90:68 in the quarterfinals, and multiple time German champions and past EuroLeague participant Brose Bamberg 83:79 in the semifinals, thanks to strong play from Miller. In the finals, Juventus lost to Kalev/Cramo 81:86 in the finals, not qualifying for the Basketball Champions League regular season. In the LKL, Juventus started strong, thanks to strong play from Miller, fighting for the third spot in the standings, including a memorable 111:89 win over BC Rytas in Vilnius. By the start of 2022, Juventus started struggling. Adreian Payne, the heavily hyped signing at center to replace the departed Kupšas, arrived not ready to play, had multiple conflicts with coach Urbonas and left the team in February. It would turn out to be his final team. The team started falling apart - injuries, losses in the LKL, a shock exit against BC Šiauliai in the King Mindaugas Cup quarterfinals, even some fan protests, resulted in head coach Žydrūnas Urbonas resigning in April. Juventus, left with the assistants at the helm, finished the LKL regular season in 6th place. In the LKL quarterfinals, Juventus faced, and lost, to BC Lietkabelis 0:3, though not before giving the best fight they can against the team that made the Eurocup playoffs, and later managed to qualify to the LKL finals.


External video
video icon Official Juventus basketball club anthem

Retired numbers

Juventus Utena retired numbers
No. Nat. Player Position Tenure Ceremony Date
8 Lithuania Žydrūnas Urbonas SF, PF 2009–2012 29 September 2012

Current roster

Uniclub Casino Juventus roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 3 United States Davis, Jon 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 26 – (1996-11-08)8 November 1996
PF 5 Lithuania Meigys, Martas 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 17 – (2005-09-27)27 September 2005
SG 7 Lithuania Paliukėnas, Martynas 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 29 – (1993-09-14)14 September 1993
PG 10 United States Brown, Brandon 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 31 – (1991-09-18)18 September 1991
C 11 Lithuania Šukšta, Redas 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 19 – (2004-04-11)11 April 2004
F/C 12 Lithuania Romančenko, Dovydas 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 25 – (1998-06-01)1 June 1998
13 Lithuania Gecevičius, Martynas (C) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 35 – (1988-05-16)16 May 1988
SF 18 Lithuania Sederevičius, Ernestas 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 24 – (1998-11-13)13 November 1998
C 22 United States Lynch, Reggie 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 112 kg (247 lb) 28 – (1994-11-30)30 November 1994
C 32 United States Alston, Justin 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 28 – (1994-07-02)2 July 1994
PF 50 Lithuania Skučas, Žygimantas 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 31 – (1992-03-18)18 March 1992
PG 66 Lithuania Didžgalvis, Titas 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 17 – (2006-03-11)11 March 2006
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Lithuania Mindaugas Saulevičius
  • Lithuania Lukas Žarnauskas
Team manager
  • Lithuania Vacant

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured

Updated: June 1, 2023

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Reggie Lynch Justin Alston Redas Šukšta
PF Žygimantas Skučas Dovydas Romančenko Martas Meigys
SF Ernestas Sederevičius
SG Martynas Paliukėnas Martynas Gecevičius
PG Jon Davis Brandon Brown Titas Didžgalvis

Squad changes for/during the 2023–24 season



No. Pos. Nat. Name Moving to
6 SF Lithuania Gintautas Matulis Retirement
21 G/F Serbia Aleksa Nikolić Free agent


Domestic competitions

  • LKBL
Winners (1): 2005
Winners (1): 2007
  • Lithuanian Basketball League
3rd place (1): 2015
3rd place (2): 2017, 2021

Regional competitions

Winners (1): 2011

Season by season

Season Tier League Pos. Baltic League Pos.
European competitions
2003–04 3 LKBL 6th
2004–05 3 LKBL 1st
2005–06 3 RKL 3rd
2006–07 3 RKL 1st
2007–08 2 NKL 4th
2008–09 2 NKL 4th Fourth round
2009–10 1
4th Challenge Cup 5th First round
2010–11 1
4th Challenge Cup 1st Second round
2011–12 1
Elite Division
11th Second round
2012–13 1
Elite Division
9th Second round
2013–14 1
7th Elite Division 13th Second round
2014–15 1
3rd Elite Division 3rd Fourth place
2015–16 1
4th Quarterfinalist 3 FIBA Europe Cup R16
2016–17 1
5th Third place 3 Champions League POQ
2017–18 1
7th Quarterfinalist 3 Champions League RS
4 FIBA Europe Cup QF
2018–19 1
6th Quarterfinalist
2019–20 1
5th Quarterfinalist
2020–21 1
4th Third place
2021–22 1
6th Quarterfinalist 3 Champions League QR
Detailed information of former rosters and results.[29][30][31][32]


  • Juventus logo (1999–2004, 2009–2019)

    Juventus logo (1999–2004, 2009–2019)

  • Juventus LKSK (2004–2009)

    Juventus LKSK (2004–2009)

  • Anniversary logo (2019–present)

    Anniversary logo (2019–present)

Club name changes

Head coaches

Notable players


From 2012 BC Juventus has its own mascot, named Juvis. Juvis is a red color devil, wearing the blue color sneakers and mostly carries the golden fork. The golden fork form reminds horseshoe, symbolizing the Utena city coat of arms.[33]


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