History of the strongest Belarusian basketball team for the last decade dates back to 2006. It was created under the name Minsk-2006 and differs markedly from other clubs in the country, not only by ambitions, but also by an unprecedented structure. The Club united three divisions under one roof - not only men's and women's teams, but youth sport school as well. The latter is a former Sports School No.10, which was founded in 1972 and it became part of the capital's basketball club as well.
The men's team Minsk-2006 has achieved outstanding results in the first two seasons - it reached semi-finals in the national championship. Turning point in the history of our team was season-2008/09. It was then that the roster of the team was strongly improved. Mainly it was done by bringing two American players - Dante Stiggers and Carlos Hurt. That, as well as selection of best available homegrown players resulted in winning gold medals of the Belarussian championship. The list, but not the last - since then our club knows no equal at the domestic arenas.
After the triumph at the national level, our club began to pull Belarusian basketball out of international isolation. The first attempt at the international, European level competitions our squad had in 2009. Taken part in FIBA Cup Eurochallendge we got two victories in six matches and finished with 3rd place in the group. Since then, the capital’s club every year participates in the continental competitions. The highest achievement of "dragons" for now is reaching the quarterfinals of Eurochallenge in season 2013/14.
Since 2010, our team has also become a permanent member of the VTB United League. Initially, the tournament was a competition for the strongest teams of Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, Belarus and other countries. However, in 2013, the League replaced the championship of Russia, which in turn increased the prestige and level of competition. Minsk-2006 had the best season in its debut year in the league. The team had four victories, with six defeats, battled favorites and took 4th place among six teams. With regard to the amount of victories, the new record was set in the season 2014/15. Flagship of the Belarusian basketball won seven games, four of which was consecutive home court wins.
It is worth mentioning, that our team reached this milestone under the new name. In September 2012, the Minsk-2006 was renamed to the Tsmoki-Minsk (Dragons-Minsk) to enhance the marketing appeal as well as to draw attention to the Belarusian native culture. The Club was renamed after the Tsmok (Dragon), who is the character of the Belarusian mythology. The idea to rename belongs to Alexander Koul who is one of the best players in the history of Belarussian basketball, and now director of the Center for Economic Development and Sports Marketing of our Club. Rebranding success was confirmed in season 2012/13, when Tsmoki had become one of the leaders in the VTB League’s attendances.
Along with the success of the men's team, women's team developed as well. Since 2007, it has consistently ranked among the top teams of the national championship. However, the team seems to have a little luck while playing for the championship. For the past decade, girls went to the championship finals three times, but each time they came up short. Nevertheless, in the season 2013/14 team ended bad strike after defeating the Horizont of the Minsk region in four games, our women's team won the first gold medals and a year later repeated success. In addition, in the season 2014/15 female Tsmoki had won the Baltic League. Among all that, the team had won their first trophy back in 2010, when girls stocked up trophy room with Belarus Cup.
As for the reserve Tsmoki team, its main task is to prepare the young and talented basketball players for future battles. Not surprisingly, the squad is the base for the youth (U-20) national team. In particular, 11 of the 12 players in the Belarusian squad were from Tsmoki at the Division B European Championships in 2015. Besides that, the coaching staff of the younger dragons supervised the team.
Meanwhile, work on the future of Belarusian basketball does not intervene with achieving instant results. In the championship years 2011/12 Tsmoki second team had won the bronze medal. Two years later, they repeated success and in following season had advanced to the semifinals. In addition, youngsters have celebrated the triumph in European youth basketball league, surpassing all their opponents, including the much more famous competitors.