Libertas Pallacanestro Asti

Libertas Pallacanestro Asti was a professional basketball club based in Asti, Italy.


Libertas Asti was founded in 1954 [1] and under the sponsorship of Saclà, passed from Serie D to Serie A in five years with the Hungarian coach Lajos Tóth. In the first participation in the premier league of the 1972–73 Serie A Saclà Asti was ranked in eighth place, also it reached the final of the Italian Cup and defeated by Ignis Varese,[2] and getting access to the FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup. In the 1973–74 season, due to the unavailability of a gambling facility approved for the Cup Winners' Cup, Saclà played its home games at PalaRuffini of Turin, finishing in sixth place. The shame season the club played in the 1973–74 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup and reached to play in the semifinals where it excluded by the Czech powerhouse Spartak ZJŠ Brno (86–70 win in Turin, 71–88 defeat in Brno).[3]

At the end of the season, remaining the unavailability of a suitable arena, Libertas established a twinning agreement with Auxilium Torino presided over by Fr. Gino Borgogno (accepted by the League to the Championship of Basketball Series A2 of the new institution), with which they moved into Turin-based club the best elements of the first team (as Dante Anconetani, John Laing, Alberto embattled, Brown Edge, Romeo Sacchetti, etc.), the coach Lajos Tóth, the managerial staff and Saclà sponsors, while Charlie Caglieris, considered the " flag "of the team, was sold for budgetary reasons to Fortitudo Bologna. The club Asti then decided to give up the Series A1 and the Series B share with a team mainly made up of players from the youth sector of the Auxilium Torino.

After just one year in Serie B the company disbanded (1976).


Runners-up (1): 1972–73

In European and worldwide competitions

Match table

Record Round Opponent club
1973–74 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup 2nd–tier
7–3 1st round Pregassona 115–47
2nd round TED Ankara Kolejliler 79–43
QF CSKA Sofia 75–59
Crvena zvezda 86–93
SF Spartak ZJŠ Brno 86–70


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2016-09-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Almanacco 2009, p. 511
  3. 1973–74 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup

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