Obras Sanitarias

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Obras Sanitarias
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NicknameTachero, Aurinegro
LeaguesLNB
Founded27 March 1917; 102 years ago (1917-03-27)
History1926 – present (basketball section)
ArenaEstadio Obras Sanitarias
LocationNúñez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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PresidentFabián Borro
Head coachJulio Lamas
Championships3 Campeonato Argentino de Clubes
1 Intercontinental Cup
1 South American League
Websiteobrasclub.com.ar
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Club Atlético Obras Sanitarias de la Nación (known simply as Obras Sanitarias or Obras) is an Argentine sports club located in the district of Núñez, Buenos Aires. Although originally conceived as a rugby union club, Obras Sanitarias is mostly known for its basketball team, which currently plays in the Liga Nacional de Básquet, the first division of the Argentine basketball league system.

Apart from basketball and rugby union, other disciplines practised at the club are chess, field hockey, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

Obras Sanitarias has been nicknamed Los Tacheros, a lunfardo word used to refer to Argentine taxi drivers, due to taxi cabs are painted in black and yellow (the same colors that Obras' jersey uniform).

History[edit]

Obras Sanitarias was founded in 1917 by employees of the state-owned water supply company, Obras Sanitarias de la Nación (in English, "National Water Works").

On March 22, 1925, the club opened its sports facilities, allowing members to practise athletics, basque pelota, bowls, football, rugby union, swimming and tennis there. In 1941 Obras inaugurated its headquarters in the city of Buenos Aires for the practise of indoor sports.

In 1978, Obras inaugurated the indoor arena Estadio Obras Sanitarias and, two years later, the first synthetic field hockey pitch in South America.

Basketball[edit]

Logo for the basketball section
Eduardo Cadillac raising the Intercontinental Cup won by Obras Sanitarias in 1983

Obras Sanitarias, along with the Brazilian clubs Sírio and Flamengo, is one of only three South American basketball clubs that have won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup. Obras did so in the 1983 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, by defeating the Italian League club Jollycolombani Cantù. In February 2012, Obras won the South American League for the first time, winning the 2011 edition of the tournament, after beating the Brazilian club Pinheiros, by a score of 88-73 in the final.[1]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Obras Sanitarias roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SG 1 Argentina Zurbriggen, Alejandro 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 24 – (1995-03-18)18 March 1995
PG 7 United States Gibbs, Ashton 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 29 – (1990-01-19)19 January 1990
C 12 Angola Joaquim, Valdelício 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 29 – (1990-04-15)15 April 1990
PG 13 Argentina Barral, Pedro 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 25 – (1994-10-20)20 October 1994
F 17 Argentina Lugrín, Juan Pablo 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 23 – (1996-11-05)5 November 1996
SF 18 Argentina Zanzottera, Tomás 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 25 – (1993-12-08)8 December 1993
F/C 19 United States Horner, Dennis 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 31 – (1988-02-05)5 February 1988
SF 23 Argentina Marziali, Mateo 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 23 – (1996-11-14)14 November 1996
PG 24 United States Dixon, Dion 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 29 – (1989-12-24)24 December 1989
F 32 Argentina Tabárez, Patricio 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 28 – (1991-06-26)26 June 1991
C 39 Argentina Zailo, Lauriano 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 24 – (1995-09-03)3 September 1995
F 55 Argentina Lockett, Phillip 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 31 – (1988-03-12)12 March 1988
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Argentina Iván Najnudel

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 2019-06-01

Notable players[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

The rugby squad that won the 1953 championship

Club's rugby installations are located in La Matanza Partido of Greater Buenos Aires. The club was affiliated to the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires in 1917, soon after its establishment.

In 1953, Obras won the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires (URBA) championship, which is its only title to date. For that tournament, Obras formed a squad that was a mixture of experienced players with young talents that had won the reserves championship two years before, with 8 players being promoted to the senior team. During the tournament, Obras Sanitarias only lost one match (v. Hindú by 11–3). The team crowned champion in the penultimate round, when Obras beat Pucará by 5–0 with a try conversion by Alberto Dramis.

With Olivos keeping chances to share the title, Obras achieve another win v. Deportiva Francesa in the last fixture, winning the championship with no sharing the title. The topscorer was Alberto Bublath with 27 points.[2]

Obras Sanitarias currently plays in Torneo Desarrollo, the lowest division of the URBA league system. The club has also a women's rugby team competing in "Torneo Femenino", organised by the same body.

Titles[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

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