BC „Sakalai“ is a professional basketball club based in Vilnius
playing in the Lithuanian Basketball League
and the Baltic Basketball League
. They play their home games at the 1,000-seat Ekinstos laisvalaikio centras.
The beginning and LKAL Champions (1991-1994)
BC Sakalai began playing in 1991 at the Lithuanian Basketball A League
(LKAL). In 1994, Sakalai managed to win the LKAL Championship and in June 1994, the Lithuanian Basketball League
(LKL) Committee accepted them into the LKL.
LKL debut (1994-1995)
In their debut season, Sakalai finished in 8th place (17 wins and 23 losses). Their first win was against Kaunas Neca
- 100:88. In the playoffs, Sakalai lost the series 0-2 in the first round to BC Žalgiris
LKL, Korać Cup and Saporta Cup (1995-1999)
In the 1995-1996 LKL season, Sakalai finished in 5th place and also competed in the Korać Cup
. In the Korać Cup, Sakalai moved up to the Round of 16, where they lost to KK Split
After two more seeasons in the LKL, Sakalai won 3rd plae in the 1998-1999 LKL season and were invited to the Saporta Cup
, where they reached the Round of 16 before losing to Chipita Panionios
Playing in the LKL and BBL (1999-2008)
Since 1999, Sakalai have become the second best team in Vilnius
after Lietuvos Rytas
. In the 1999-2000 LKL season, Sakalai won 4th place, being unable to repeat in 3rd place. In the 2000-2001, 2001-2002, and 2002-2003 LKL seasons, Sakalai finished in......