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Maroussi Athens B.C.
Μαρούσι K.A.E.
Maroussi Athens B.C.Μαρούσι K.A.E. logo
Nicknames Costa Coffee
Costa Cafe
Leagues Greek League
Greek Cup
Euroleague
Founded 1950
History 1950 - Present
Arena Maroussi Indoor Hall[1]
(capacity 1,700)
OAKA Indoor Hall
(capacity: 18,900)[2]
Location Maroussi, Athens, Greece
Team colors Yellow and Black
         
President Aris Vovos
Head coach Georgios Bartzokas
Championships Saporta Cup (1):
2001
Website
Uniforms
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Home jersey
Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
Team colours
Away

Maroussi Athens B.C. (in Greek: Μαρούσι K.A.E.) , is a Greek professional basketball club based in Maroussi, a northern suburb of Athens, Greece. The club competes in the Greek League. Maroussi is considered the third most successful basketball club in Greece during the 2000s decade. It is owned by Aris Vovos of the BVIC construction firm.

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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 (GSA) 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.

Dark Years

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 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. Maroussi regained its A1 status in the late 1990s (1999) 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.

Glory Years

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 Saporta Cup (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 (2005 European Champions/2006 World Championship runner-ups) at the head of the bench and with the young national team star Vassilis Spanoulis (Houston Rockets) [3] at point guard, 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 European 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 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.

Current Era

Maroussi, without its star coach Panagiotis Giannakis, faced the new period that began in the 2006-07 era as a challenge. The team is considered to be one of the 7 best teams in Greek League basketball history, along with the 3 historic Greek Euroleague teams Panathinaikos Athens, Olympiacos Piraeus, Aris Thessaloniki, and the other Greek league powers AEK Athens, PAOK Thessaloniki and Panionios. Maroussi remains a much feared and respected opponent in Greece.

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 the 6th place in the Greek League in the regular season, but advanced to the semi-finals of the playoffs. They lost the 3rd place Euroleague match 3 games 2 to Panionios, but the 4th place finish in the Greek playoffs secured Maroussi a return to the ULEB Cup. In the 2008-09 season, Maroussi finished in 3rd place in the Greek League, after beating Aris 3 games to 2 (despite having a home court disadvantage), and thus secured a preliminary qualification spot in the Euroleague 2009–10 competition.

Arenas

The home stadium of Maroussi for Greek League matches is Agios Thomas Basketball Hall (Maroussi Indoor Hall), a small arena with a capacity of 1,700,[4] 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 18,900[5] fans. Maroussi also occasionally plays European cup home matches at the 14,850 seat Peace and Friendship Stadium.[6]

Roster

Maroussi Athens BC roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
SG 4 Greece Milosevits, Igkor 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
PG 20 Greece Lakkas, Christos 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
PG 5 United States Keys, Billy 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
SF 7 Greece Pelekanos, Michalis 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
PG 16 Greece Koumpouras, Fanis 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
C 9 United States Homan, Jared 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
SG 10 Greece Diamantopoulos, Georgios 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
C 11 Greece Mavroeidis, Dimitrios 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in)
SG 22 United States Gordon, Jamon 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
SF 12 Greece Calathes, Pat 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
PF 14 Republic of Ireland Kendall, Levon 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in)
PF 15 Greece Kaimakoglou, Kostas 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
PF 4 Serbia Nadjfeji, Stevan 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
PG 8 Greece Batis, Marios 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
C 13 Germany Arigbabu, Stephen 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Greece Nikos Linardos
  • Greece Sotiris Manolopoulos

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (*) Playing only in Euroleague
  • (INJ) Injured

Roster • updated 2009-09-29

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Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve Inactive
C Jared Homan Dimitrios Mavroeidis Stephen Arigbabu
PF Kostas Kaimakoglou Stevan Nadjfeji Levon Kendall
SF Michalis Pelekanos Pat Calathes
SG Jamon Gordon Igkor Milosevits Georgios Diamantopoulos
PG Billy Keys Marios Batis Christos Lakkas Fanis Koumpouras

Honors

The road to the 2001 Saporta Cup victory

Round Team Home Away
Group Stage Spain Valencia 82–75 81–95
Turkey Karşıyaka İzmir 101–92 99–95
Slovenia Pivovarna Laško 112–71 93–77
France Chalon-sur-Saône 70–62 56–75
Israel Hapoel Galil Elyon 98–82 83–89
2nd Round Greece Aris 20–0 88–76
Quarter finals Germany Telekom Bonn 102–82 101–91
Semifinals Russia UNICS Kazan 93–81 87–95
Final France Chalon-sur-Saône 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 - Korac 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 Korac 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 Popovic, 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 Sekulic, Larry Stewart, Giorgos Karagutis, Nikos Buduris, Kenyon Jones, Oliver Popovic, 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 Sekulic, 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 Ruso 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 Milisavljevic, Jarod Stevenson, Kostas Haralambidis, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Donell Taylor, Jason Parker, Nikos Buduris, Andreas Glyniadakis, Bojan Bakic, Ermin Jazvin, Feliks Kojadinovic, 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

Notable players

Maroussi players who have played in the NBA

Notable coaches

Notes

External links


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