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Maroussi B.C.

Maroussi Athens B.C. (), is a Greek professional basketball club that is based in Maroussi, a northern suburb of Athens, Greece. The club's full name is Gymnastikos Syllogos Amarousiou. The club competes in the Greek League. Its long-time owner was Armodios Vovos of the BVIC construction firm. The club's name sponsor is Turkish Airlines.[1]

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History

Maroussi Athens BC official Greek language logo. Maroussi Basketball Club (BC) is the basketball department of one of the oldest sports clubs in Greece (third oldest, founded in 1896) with a strong tradition of excellence in what is described as the country's favorite sport.

The basketball club, founded in 1950, is also known as the Gymnastikos Syllogos Amarousiou K.A.E. (abbreviated as G.S. Amarousiou K.A.E.) and is located in Maroussi, a northern suburb of Athens. The emblem of Maroussi BC is identical with the crest of the former Anavryta School, a highly regarded lyceum of Athens, traditionally the school of the Greek royal family, that used to have strong connections with the club. The basketball team (Maroussi BC) has since its creation been the preeminent department of the club. It is one of the original members of the Greek Basketball Championship and had excellent results, both domestically, and representing Greece in Europe during the 1960s and 1970s.

1980s-1990s era

The dark period for the club started in the 1980s and continued through the 1990s. During those years the club lost its standing in the Greek A1 League and participated (often with great success) in the Greek A2 League and Greek B League, but without being able to complete a comeback to the top division. Maroussi regained its A1 status in 1998, and made it clear that it was there to stay. The team is now known in European basketball as a model team and one of the best places to play basketball in Greece. The professional staff and support from the city of Maroussi and Greek businessman Aris Vovos have created a very competitive team, a combination of younger and older players that in the following years left no opponent undefeated.

2000s decade "The little team that could"

The year 2001 was the breakthrough year for Maroussi. The team participated in the final of the European Saporta Cup and won its first European trophy (the 6th Greek team to achieve a European Cup). After that, the team was transformed. With the Greek National Team's head coach, Greek basketball legend Panagiotis Giannakis (coach of the 2005 FIBA European Champions and 2006 World Championship runner-ups) at the head of the bench, and with the young Greek national team star Vassilis Spanoulis at point guard,[2] the team started dominating the Greek Championship, earning respect within Greek basketball.

The team made it to the championship final of the 2003-04 season in the Greek A1 League, losing to Panathinaikos Athens. Maroussi also finished in second place in the EuroCup Championship in 2004, losing to UNICS Kazan in the championship game. In those years, the team participated in 2 European Final Fours in the EuroCup. The team made it to the finals game of the Greek Cup in 2002, losing the championship game to the Euroleague powerhouse Olympiacos Piraeus. In the 2004-05 season, Maroussi finished second in the Greek League in the regular season, behind only Panathinaikos Athens. In 2006, Maroussi again made it to the finals game of the Greek Cup. This time losing to Euroleague powerhouse Panathinaikos Athens in the championship game.

Recent Years

Maroussi, without its star coach Panagiotis Giannakis, faced the new period that began in the 2006-07 season as a challenge, and continued its success. In the 2007-08 season, after a bad start, the new coach of the team, Soulis Markopoulos (hired after the firing of Russo), provided a fresh outlook in the team. Maroussi finished in 6th place in the Greek League in the regular season, but advanced to the semifinals of the playoffs. They then lost the 3rd place Euroleague series 3 games 2 to Panionios, but the 4th place finish in the Greek playoffs secured Maroussi a return to the next season's Eurocup.

In the 2008-09 season, Maroussi finished in 3rd place in the Greek League, after beating Aris Thessaloniki 3 games to 2 (despite having a home court disadvantage), and thus secured a preliminary qualification spot in the next season's Euroleague 2009 10 competition. The club was then able to qualify to the Euroleague regular season for the first time, after defeating both Aris and ALBA Berlin in Euroleague qualification playoff rounds.

Maroussi is considered to be one of the 3 most successful Greek clubs during the first decade of the 21st century, along with the Euroleague powers Panathinaikos Athens and Olympiacos Piraeus. Maroussi is currently a much feared and respected opponent in Greece and all of Europe.

2011-2012 Disaster

At the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, Maroussi facing huge economical difficulties, after the withdrawal of financial support of the Vovos family in 2010, was disqualified from European arenas, barely managing to gather the funds necessary for participation in the Greek Professional League. However, little did that helped the historical club to rescue the hard earned respect of previous years. During the season a combination of financial problems and gross mismanagement, the latter creating a series of unfortunate events, led the historical team to its worst record in history. However and although Maroussi will be competing in the A2 Professional League in season 2012-2013, the team will always be followed by a legacy of excellence created after 10 years of playoff Semifinals battles, two Finals performances, one European Cup and one Euroleague third phase elimination. Eventually, the "little team that could" will make its comeback.

Arenas

Olympic Indoor Hall (OAKA)]]. The home stadium of Maroussi for Greek League matches is Agios Thomas Basketball Hall (Maroussi Indoor Hall), a small arena with a capacity of 2,500, located in Maroussi, Attica. The stadium always sports a nice family atmosphere for games, unlike many other Greek halls and stadiums. The club plays their European cup home games at the Athens Olympic Indoor Hall (OAKA), also located in Maroussi, Attica, which seats 19,250 fans. Maroussi also occasionally plays European cup home matches at the 14,905 seat Peace and Friendship Stadium.[3]

Roster

Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve Inactive
C Lambros Tsontzos
PF Dimitris Agravanis
SF Nestoras Kommatos Vaggelis Sakellariou Kostas Mantalvanos Stefanos Fasianos
SG Prodromos Nikolaidis Lefteris Akepsimaidis Stelios Papafloratos
PG Giannis Gagaloudis Giannis Demertzis Filippos Kalogiannidis

Honors

The road to the 2001 Saporta Cup victory

Round Team Home Away
Group Stage Valencia 82 75 81 95
Kar yaka zmir 101 92 99 95
Pivovarna La ko 112 71 93 77
Chalon-sur-Sa ne 70 62 56 75
Hapoel Galil Elyon 98 82 83 89
2nd Round Aris 20 0 88 76
Quarter finals Telekom Bonn 102 82 101 91
Semifinals UNICS Kazan 93 81 87 95
Final Chalon-sur-Sa ne 74 72

Seasons

Season A1 Ethniki Cup Europe Coach Roster
1998-99 7th place Kostas Petropoulos Andy Toolson, Henry Turner, Erik Meek, Junior Burrough, Craig Robinson, John Korfas, Pit Papachronis, Alexis Falekas, Nikos Kasuridis, Sotiris Manolopoulos, Vagelis Logothetis, Panagiotis Panagiotarakos, Spiros Panteliadis, Charis Charalampidis, Alexis Karatzas, Pete Pangas
1999-00 10th place Kora Cup
Last 8
Vangelis Alexandris Ashraf Amaya, Henry Turner, John Korfas, Pit Papachronis, Vagelis Logothetis, Alexis Falekas, Anatoliy Zurpenko, Sotiris Manolopoulos, Panagiotis Panagiotarakos, Spiros Panteliadis, Dimitris Karaplis, Kostas Anagnostou, Charis Charalampidis, Kostantinos Tsevas
2000-01 7th place Saporta Cup
Winner
Vangelis Alexandris Ashraf Amaya, Jimmy Oliver, Vangelis Vurtzumis, Vasco Evtimov, Alexis Falekas, Giorgos Maslarinos, Sotiris Nikolaidis, Dimitris Karaplis, Vagelis Logothetis, Sotiris Manolopoulos, Dimitris Marmarinos, Kostas Anagnostu, Charis Charalampidis, Panayotis Stavropoulos, Kostantinos Tsevas
2001-02 7th place Finalist Kora Cup
Last 4
Nikos Linardos,
Kostas Petropoulos
Ashraf Amaya, Jimmy Oliver, Pat Burke, Michael Koch, Vassilis Spanoulis, Angelos Koronios, Marty Conlon, Dickey Simpkins, Alexis Falekas, Sotiris Manolopoulos, Dimitris Marmarinos, Giorgos Maslarinos, Sotiris Nikolaidis, Kostas Anagnostou, Stavros Daniil, Giorgos Pavlidis, Kostantinos Tsevas, Giorgos Tsiakos
2002-03 6th place FIBA Europe League
Last 64
Panayotis Yannakis Jimmy Oliver, Kenyon Jones, Norman Nolan, Vassilis Spanoulis, Angelos Koronios, Giorgos Maslarinos, Samo Grum, Sotiris Manolopoulos, Dimitris Marmarinos, Giorgos Tsiakos, Nikos Liakopoulos, Stavros Daniil, Bill Phillips, Panayotis Stavropoulos
2003-04 Finalist FIBA Europe League
Finalist
Panayotis Yannakis Andre Hutson, Roderick Blakney, Vassilis Spanoulis, Giorgos Karagutis, Ivan Grgat, Oliver Popovi , Aleksandar Smiljanic, Lazaros Agadakos, Prodromos Nikolaidis, Giorgos Tsiakos, Stavros Daniil, Kostas Gagaudakis, Dimitris Lolas, Nikos Moutoupas, Angelos Siamandouras, Dimitris Yannakis
2004-05 3rd place ULEB Eurocup
Last 8
Panayotis Yannakis Vassilis Spanoulis, Roderick Blakney, Blagota Sekuli , Larry Stewart, Giorgos Karagutis, Nikos Buduris, Kenyon Jones, Oliver Popovi , Aleksandar Smiljanic, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Markos Kolokas, Christophoros Stefanidis, Dimitris Lolas, Petros Noeas
2005-06 3rd place Finalist FIBA EuroCup
Last 8
Panayotis Yannakis Roderick Blakney, Alexis Kiritsis, Blagota Sekuli , Jared Homan, Giorgos Karagutis, Nikos Buduris, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Markos Kolokas, Dimitris Lolas, Sotiris Nikolaidis, Petros Noeas, Christophoros Stefanidis, Dimitris Despos, Vasilis Giannoulakos
2006-07 8th place FIBA EuroCup
Last 16
Darko Russo Alexis Kiritsis, Renaldas Seibutis, Danya Abrams, Chris Thomas, Kostas Haralambidis, Ermin Jazvin, Vasilis Giannoulakos, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Markos Kolokas, Petros Noeas, Philippos Simeonidis, Christophoros Stefanidis, Giorgos Karagutis, Mark Dickel, Alexandros Melniks, Dimitris Lolas, Theodoros Tsiotras
2007-08 4th place FIBA EuroCup
Last 32
Soulis Markopoulos Branko Milisavljevi , Jarod Stevenson, Kostas Haralambidis, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Donell Taylor, Jason Parker, Nikos Buduris, Andreas Glyniadakis, Bojan Baki , Ermin Jazvin, Feliks Kojadinovi , Dimitris Mavroeidis, Christophoros Stefanidis, Petros Noeas, Travon Bryant, Epameinondas Papantoniou, Michalis Paragios, Stavros Toutziarakis
2008-09 3rd place Last 4 ULEB Eurocup
Last 16
Soulis Markopoulos Billy Keys, Jarod Stevenson, Giorgos Diamantopoulos, Loukas Mavrokefalidis, Andreas Glyniadakis, Pat Calathes, Kostas Haralampidis, Dimitris Mavroeidis, Fanis Koumpouras, Christoforos Stefanidis, Stavros Toutziarakis, Epameinondas Papantoniou, Shawn Huff, Petros Noeas, Kostas Kaimakoglou
2009-10 3rd place Last 8 Euroleague
Last 16
Georgios Bartzokas Billy Keys, Jared Homan, Giorgos Diamantopoulos, Stephen Arigbabu, Levon Kendall, Pat Calathes, Jamon Gordon, Dimitrios Mavroeidis, Fanis Koumpouras, Konstaninos Papantonakos, Michalis Pelekanos, Marios Batis, Christos Lakkas, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Stevan Na feji, Igor Milo evi

Notable players

Maroussi players who have played in the NBA

Notable coaches

Sponsorships

Notes

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