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KK Olimpas

Arena"Zemaitijos suvenyras" sports hall
Founded1989
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Head coachAlidas Zukauskas
HistoryOlimpas (1989-1997) Olimpas Zemaitija (1997-1998) Olimpas (1998-1999) Plunge-SM (1999-2011) Olimpas (2011-present)
LeaguesRegional Basketball League (Lithuania)
LocationPlunge , Lithuania
PresidentMindaugas Tamusauskas
Team colorsGreen, yellow and white

Team was founded in 1989. In 1993, club competed in the Lithuanian Basketball League, falling to BC Lavera in the quarterfinals. The team was led by Augenijus Vaskys, who averaged the highest number of points per game for that season-22. 9 next season, team signed two Americans-Patrick Jones and Tim Brooks. The team finished in seventh place in the group stage, upsetting Zalgiris Kaunas and Atletas Kaunas in the last few group stage games to secure a ticket to the LKL playoffs. However, team again lost in the quarterfinals, this time to star-stud BC Atletas 2-1. Patrick Jones, who was second in the League in points per game with 24. 4, leave team before start of 1995-1996 season. He was replaced by Canadian sharpshooter Joey Vickery, who continued the Olimpas tradition of nearly leading LKL in points per game with 21. 7 After a successful run in the group stage, team finally won the quarterfinal match and advanced to the semifinal, where it lost to Zalgiris in two close matches. The team also participated in the FIBA European Cup Second Qualifying Round that season, losing to Dynamo Moscow. The team opened a new chapter in its history following season by merging with LKKA champion BC Mazeikiai and forming BC Zemaitijos Lokiai, or Zemaitijos Olimpas, as the team was known in LKL. The team lost many of its leaders; Vickery and Brooks leave the team, as well as head coach Rimantas Endrijaitis, who successfully coached the Olimpas for two seasons. Team, however, acquired new talent: Latvian Olympian Igors Miglinieks, American center Willie B. Kelly, and former Mazeikiai leader Darius Staugaitis. With those players at the helm, team won the 1997 Korac Cup Qualifying Round against Dinamo Tbilisi, but finished third in the preliminary Round and did not advance further. Coaching changes in the middle of the season bring Valdemaras Chomicius and Jeremiah Walker into the team, with the former serving as playing coach. Chomicius' team made it to the LKL finals for first time in its history, where it lost to Zalgiris Kaunas in three games. Such success in LKL guarantee Zemaitijos Lokiai spot in the FIBA European Cup for the 1997-1998 season. Although the team lost Miglinieks, Kelly, Walker and Staugaitis, it celebrated Brooks' return, who had spent year playing in France. Brooks and Vaskys led the team in its efforts to advance to the Second Round of the European Cup; however, they were not enough as the team finished in fifth place in the group stage with 2 wins and 8 losses. The team's performance in LKL also wan; team lost to Lietuvos rytas in the quarterfinals. In 1998, team's name was changed back to Olimpas Plunge. Financial difficulties force team to forego participation in LKL, and soon afterwards, team disband. Olimpas was reestablished in 2011 and participate in the third-tier RKL.

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