Our History

Early Years

The club was founded in 1994 as KK Priena Taupomasis Bankas and played in the LKAL and was one of the top teams. Since their founding in 2005, they joined the NKL. During that time in the NKL, the team would change names, as it seemed every season, Prienai had their ups and downs, as going from third seed in their group to not the playoffs in the next season, but the big victories were yet to come.

In the 2008-09 season, the club for the first time in club history NKL champion, who defeated Meresta Pakruojis in Game 7 of the final. For this reason, the BC Rédupis received his place in the Lithuanian Basketball League.

Basketball-History

In the season 2009/10 he made his debut in the LKL. The club finished in seventh place this season when they lost the first round of the LKL playoffs against the Lithuanian powerhouse Algiris Kaunas.

Turning Heads

In the 2010/11 season, the BC R’dupis won the bronze medal in the LKF Cup and was only one step away from gold or silver medals, as they lost a thriller against the legendary Algiris Kaunas 73-75,  but the surprises of BC R’dupis in the 2010/11 season were not over yet. But when BC R’dupis defeated the Lithuanian basketball league champion Lietuvos rytas Vilnius on March 29, 2011 in a LKL game in the domestic arena with 96:82. On 15 April 2011, the BC Rédupis signed a contract until the end of the season at Rolandas Alijevas. In the semi-final LKL he could not eliminate the Lithuanian basketball powerhouse Lietuvos rytas Vilnius, as they lost both games (first game: 75:88,  second game: 69:96 ). Then they played Juventus in the LKL bronze final, won the first game in Prienai with 79:65 and then won the second game, this time on the road in Utena with 98:73. The third game took place in Prienai, where he won a thriller with 84:83 and thus the series won 3-0 and for the first time in club history won the bronze medal in the Lithuanian Basketball League.

In the season 2011/12, the team played in the Euro Cup and finished in 3rd place in the group, but could not qualify for the playoffs. They repeated themselves as bronze medalists, this time defeating iauliai 3-1.

The 2012/13 season the team played in the EuroCup, but again did not get beyond the group stage. The team also reached the BBL final and won the LKF Cup against Pieno ‘vaig’des Pasvalys. Despite home advantage Prienai lost in the bronze medal against Nepténas Klaipeda.

In the 2013/14 season, Lietuvos rytas Vilnius in the final, having beaten the city in the semifinal. Prienai finished second in the regular LKL season, even including a blowout victory over Algiris Kaunas 101: 83 at home. BC TonyBet made it to the semifinals for the fourth consecutive time, this time with the chance to qualify for the first time ever for the LKL final, but lost the series 0-2 against Nepténas Klaipeda. In the bronze medal, the team lost to Lietuvos rytas. And it was one of the most successful seasons in club history.

The 2014/15 season was more of a write-down as it introduced a rebuilding phase for the team. The team, which had lost its main sponsor, longtime coach and much of the squad last season, played badly. The team barely prevented relegation in the LKL, with a 23-game defeat series that plunged the team to the bottom of the table. The team played better in the BBL and reached the playoffs. Due to the bad game, the team could not qualify for the LKF Cup and lost it after the two successful seasons against Algiris Kaunas.

In 2015, Vytautas Eulskis joined Vytautas Prienai-Birétonas.

In the off-season 2015 BC Prienai announced a sponsorship agreement with the mineral water company Birtonas, which will change its name to BC Birtono Vytautas for sponsorship reasons. With a proper sponsorship, the club hopes to return to its competitive ways in the coming season. Later it was corrected that the name of BC Vytautas will be and that the club will be shared with the neighboring town of Birtonas, which hopefully would expand the fan base.

Before the season 2016/17, the team signed the longtime Lithuanian international Tomas Delininkaitis. In addition to the LKL, the team also played in the FIBA Europe Cup. They finished easily 1st place in the regular season group and defeated Murea and TLÜ / Kalev Tallinn. In the second round, the team finished second and lost only to the Telekom Baskets Bonn.

The Ball Brothers

Vytautas started the 2017/18 season poorly by not qualifying for the 2017/18 basketball Champions League season. The team also played badly in the national competition by scoring only 4 wins from 13 games in the LKL season 2017/18. As a result, the fans’ interest in the team declined rapidly from day to day. On December 11, 2017, with the help of 21-year-old communication manager Erikas Kirvelaitis, the team engaged LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the younger brothers of Lonzo Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers, who allegedly agreed to join the team. Early January 2018. Team managers called it an instant hit. 

Skycop

In August, the team changed its name to BC SkyCop, a name from its new sponsor, the SkyCop flight compensation group. [28] No player was left over from last season, and coach Ekus built a new team for the upcoming season. The team also hired small striker Austin Arians and Maverick Morgan, who had solid seasons in Ukraine and Poland. Davis Lejasmeiers and the returning Ovidijus Varanauskas were signed at the Point Guard position. The team also brought back Arnas Labuckas. Shortly before the start of the season, SkyCop signed a contract with former BC Rytas player and two-time Euroleague champion Martynas Gecevicius. In the first game of the season in the LKL SkyCop met BC Lietkabelis, one of the top teams, and won in a dominant manner 93:78. In late November, the team fought in the LKL with a 4: 8 record and fought for a spot in the playoffs, which resulted in Arians, Morgan, Lejasmiers and Tyrone Nash were dismissed from the team. While the additions of returning Ygimantas Janaviéius and new signing Anthony Lee Jr. helped the team, further departures followed – team principal Bruesewitz left the team in January, followed by Varanauskas. Mid-January SkyCop was tied with a 7:11 record to the 6th place in the LKL classification. SkyCop rebounded around April, scoring victories and securing a spot in the playoffs, and on April 30, SkyCop scored its biggest win by beating BC Algiris 81:76 at home. SkyCop finished the regular season with a 13-23 record, but in 7th place. SkyCop faced Neptnas – after being blown off in the first game 78: 102, SkyCop recovered with a surprise 94-85 win at home. In the crucial match, SkyCop fought hard before losing 71-77 in Klaipeda, losing the series 1: 2 and ending the season.

Cbet

After losing to BC Nepténas in May, coach eékus announced that he will not return as coach in the 2019/2020 season. Only Mindaugas Lukauskis, Ernestas Mankauskas and assistant coach Marius Leonaviéius remained in the team from last season. Mantas Eernius was named the team’s new head coach.