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Maroussi B.C.
K.A.E. Μαρούσι
Maroussi B.C.K.A.E. Μαρούσι logo
Leagues B National
Greek Cup
Founded 1950
History 1950–present
Arena Maroussi Indoor Hall
(capacity 2,500)
Location Maroussi, Athens, Greece
Team colors Yellow and Black
         
President Konstantinos Koutsoukos
Head coach Vangelis Mageiras
Championships Saporta Cup (1):
2001
Website maroussibc.gr
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Maroussi B.C. (Greek: K.A.E. Μαρούσι), is a 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 competed in the Greek League. Its long-time owner was Armodios Vovos of the BVIC construction firm.

History[edit]

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.

1950s–1970s era[edit]

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[edit]

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.

A1 Revival[edit]

Maroussi regained its A1 Greek Basket League status in 1998, and made it clear that it was there to stay. The club was transformed and started to slowly built a reputation in European basketball as a model team and one of the best places to play basketball in Greece. At the same time, the professional staff, the support from the city of Maroussi in creating a new venue and the strong financial backing of a prominent Greek businessman Aris Vovos have created a very competitive club, that signed and developed young players creating teams that in the next years left no opponent undefeated.

2000s decade "The little team that could"[edit]

"The little team that could"[edit]

The year 2001 was the breakthrough year for Maroussi. Coming out of the blue, in its first modern European competition after decades, the club not only participated in the final-four of the European Saporta Cup, but also won a European trophy, an underdog triumph that made heads turn. The impressive win of a European Cup, made Maroussi a member of the historic "closed" club of the "five major" Greek sport clubs, the only ones until then to ever achieve that goal, and gives the club a unique place in the pantheon of Greek basketball to the day.

After that, the club never looked back. 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,[1] the team started dominating the Greek Championship, earning huge respect within Greek and European basketball.

The team made it to the championship final of the 2003-04 season in the Greek A1 League, losing to defending European Champions 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 two European Final Fours, of the EuroCup, and also 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.

Staying alive[edit]

Maroussi, without its star coach Panagiotis Giannakis and its star young players, faced the new period that began in the 2006-07 season as a challenge, but despite economic struggles it 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 qualification 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.

A glimpse of Euroleague glory[edit]

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 (a tournament that didn't give a chance to teams that small when Maroussi reached those spots before). 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 rounds. Upsetting continuously the "big boys" league the "little team that could" went on to defeat traditional powerhouses like Macabi Tel- Aviv and Panathinaikos Athens while qualifying to the Top 16 of the year.

At the end of the decade, Maroussi was considered to be one of the 3 most successful Greek clubs of the first ten years of the 21st century, along with the Euroleague champions Panathinaikos Athens and Olympiacos Piraeus and a much feared and respected opponent in Greece and all of Europe.

2011–12 disaster[edit]

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 and players to sign on a virtually nonexistent budget. 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 administrative mismanagement, the latter resulting in a less than graceful second half of the season with the club not being able to meet basic requirements on the administrative side, led the historical team to its worst record in history.

As a result, of the administrative collapse and the general inability to find sponsors and economic means of support (in the crisis stricken Greece of 2012), Maroussi was not able to participate in the A1 Greek Basket League or the A2 Professional League in season 2012–13 and will instead compete in the semi-professional "minor" National League category.

Despite the sad turn of recent events, the team will always be followed by a legacy of excellence created after one European Cup conquest, 10 years of playoff Semifinals battles, two Finals performances, one Euroleague Top-16 and a success story that involved and even produced some of the major players and coaches of modern professional Greek basketball.

Arenas[edit]

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 used to play its Euroleague home games at the Athens Olympic Indoor Hall (OAKA), also located in Maroussi, Attica, which seats 19,250 fans.

Maroussi BC 2013–2014 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
C 4 Greece Siamandouras, Aggelos 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002115000000000000115 kg (254 lb) 34 – (1980-08-18)August 18, 1980
Head coach
  • Greece Vaggelis Mageiras

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured



Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve Inactive
C
PF Nikolaos Kampouris
SF
SG
PG

Honors[edit]

The road to the 2001 Saporta Cup victory[edit]

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[edit]

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 - Korać 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 Final 4 Korać 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 Popović, Aleksandar Smiljanić, 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 Sekulić, Larry Stewart, Giorgos Karagutis, Nikos Buduris, Kenyon Jones, Oliver Popović, Aleksandar Smiljanic, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Markos Kolokas, Christophoros Stefanidis, Dimitris Lolas, Petros Noeas
2005-06 4th place Finalist FIBA EuroCup
Last 8
Panayotis Yannakis Roderick Blakney, Alexis Kiritsis, Blagota Sekulić, 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 Milisavljević, Jarod Stevenson, Kostas Haralambidis, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Donell Taylor, Jason Parker, Nikos Buduris, Andreas Glyniadakis, Bojan Bakić, Ermin Jazvin, Feliks Kojadinović, 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 Nađfeji, Igor Milošević

Notable players[edit]

Maroussi players who have played in the NBA[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

Sponsorships[edit]

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]