Maroussi B.C.

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Maroussi B.C.
K.A.E. Μαρούσι
Maroussi B.C.K.A.E. Μαρούσι logo
Leagues Greek B Basket League
Greek Cup
Founded 1950
History 1950–present
Arena Maroussi Indoor Hall
(capacity 2,000)
Location Marousi, Athens, Greece
Team colors Yellow and Black
         
President Konstantinos Koutsoukos
Head coach Kostas Keramidas
Championships Saporta Cup (1):
2001
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Away jersey
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Maroussi B.C. (Greek: K.A.E. Μαρούσι) sometimes translated as GS Amaroussi, is a professional basketball club that is based in Marousi, a northern suburb of Athens in Greece.

The club played for many years in the top-tier level Greek Basket League, but was demoted to the third-tier semi-professional Greek B Basket League following severe financial difficulties, and was then relegated to the fourth-tier level Greek C League for the 2015–16 season.

History[edit]

1950–1998[edit]

The multi-sports club Gymnastikos Syllogos Amarousiou (Amarousi Sports Club) was founded in 1896, the same year that Maroussi native Spyridon Louis won the Olympic marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics. The club's men's basketball section started in 1950.

The basketball section played in the Greek minor leagues for the first two decades of its existence. It reached the Greek top division, the A National Category (Alpha League) in 1969, where it played for one season before being relegated.

In the 1970s, Nikos Darivas played for the club as point guard and Dimitris Fosses as a center,[1] and starting with the 1971–72 season, the club played in the Greek top division for all but one year of the following decade. Maroussi qualified for the European third-tier level Korać Cup's 1978–79 season.

The club was then relegated after the 1980–81 season, and alternated between the second-tier level A2 League and the third-tier level B League for the next 18 years.

1998–2010[edit]

Maroussi was promoted back up to the Greek First Division for the 1998–99 season, and moved from the Spiros Louis Gym to the newly constructed Maroussi Indoor Hall.

Maroussi won the championship of the European second-tier level Saporta Cup, during the 2000–01 season. That team was coached by Vangelis Alexandris, and it featured the inside-outside scoring tandem of Jimmy Oliver and Ashraf Amaya, as well as the rebounding skills of Vassil Evtimov.[2] Maroussi became the sixth Greek team to win a European continental-wide title.

The club at this time received financial backing from Greek businessman Aris Vovos.[3]

The club then played in the second-tier level FIBA Saporta Cup and its successor EuroCup Basketball, the third-tier level FIBA Korać Cup, and the fourth-tier level FIBA Europe Champions Cup. Maroussi reached the final of the third-tier level FIBA Europe League's (later called EuroChallenge) 2003–04 season, but they lost in the final to the Russian club UNICS Kazan. In the Greek Cup, Maroussi reached the Greek Cup Final Four in the 1999–00 season and the Greek Cup Final in the 2001–02 season.

Under head coach Panagiotis Giannakis, and with young star play-maker Vassilis Spanoulis (recipient of the Greek League Best Young Player and Greek League Most Improved Player awards in 2003 and 2004), the club finished in second place in the Greek Basket League 2003–04 regular season, with a 21-5 record. It then beat Peristeri and AEK Athens, which had been the league's runner-up the preceding year, and the league's champions the year before that, in the playoffs, before ultimately losing in the Greek League Finals to Panathinaikos.[2]

In the Greek Basket League 2004–05 season, the club was second in the Greek League regular season again, and finished fourth in the league overall, after postseason losses to AEK Athens in the semifinals, and Panionios in the 3rd place playoff series.

Spanoulis then moved to Panathinaikos in the summer of 2005. In the Greek Basket League 2005–06 season, Maroussi finished the regular season in third place, behind Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, and was subsequently defeated Olympiacos in the playoff semifinals. Maroussi then lost the 3rd place playoff series against Aris. In that season's Greek Cup, they were beaten in the Greek Cup Final.

Coach Giannakis then left Maroussi in 2006, to concentrate on managing the senior men's Greek national basketball team. In the following Greek Basket League 2006–07 season, the Maroussi side finished the regular season in 8th place, and reached the first round of the playoffs, where they lost to Panathinaikos.

In the Greek Basket League 2007–08 season, Soulis Markopoulos joined the team as its new head coach, and Maroussi finished in 6th place in the regular season. In the playoffs, Maroussi beat Aris in the first round, and then took Olympiacos to a 5th and deciding game in the semi-finals, which Maroussi lost by just one point (64-63). The team then lost the 3rd place playoff series to Panionios.

Under head coach Markopoulos (who was Greek Basket League Coach of the Year in 2008), Maroussi finished in 4th place in the Greek Basket League 2008–09 regular season. They then beat Panellinios in the first round of the playoffs, before losing to Olympiacos in the playoff semi-finals. However, they won the 3rd place playoff series against Aris, and thus qualified for the European top-tier level EuroLeague.[4]

In 2010, Markopoulos left Maroussi for PAOK, and he and was replaced as the team's head coach by Georgios Bartzokas, a former Maroussi player.

Maroussi beat fellow Greek League club Aris, and the German League club Alba Berlin, in the Euroleague 2009–10 season's Qualifying Round, to reach the regular season group stage of the competition. In the Euroleague's Group C, they beat the Israeli League club Maccabi Tel Aviv at home, and reached the Euroleague Top 16 Phase, where they beat fellow Greek club Panathinaikos and the Adriatic League club Partizan Belgrade, while playing home games at the Olympic Indoor Hall.

In the Greek Basket League 2009–10 season, Maroussi finished the regular season in third place. They then beat Kolossos in the first round of the playoffs, but they were then beaten in the semi-final of the playoffs by Olympiacos. In the 3rd place playoff series, they beat Panellinios, to again qualify for the next season of the EuroLeague.

Maroussi player Kostas Kaimakoglou was selected to the Greek League Best Five team, and Georgios Bartzokas became the third Maroussi head coach in five years to receive the Greek League's Best Coach award.

2010–present[edit]

Club President Aris Vovos left the club during the 2010 off-season, leaving a big gap in the club's finances.[5] After a consortium led by Giorgos Gamaris and Thanasis Maris, failed to gain control of the club, its ownership reverted to the club's amateur section in October.[6]

The team was then only allowed to be registered to the top-tier level Greek Basket League's 2010–11 season on appeal. The player's union criticized the club for late salary payments. The EuroLeague revoked the club's licence to play in the Qualifying Rounds of the competition.[7] Former Panathinaikos football player Vasilis Konstantinou, a Marousi native who had played youth basketball with the team, was named Team President in October. Head coach Vangelis Alexandris returned to replace the departing Bartzokas, whilst experienced players such as Nestoras Kommatos, Ioannis Gagaloudis, and Dimitrios Charitopoulos were brought into the team to form a new squad following a player exodus.[8] Maroussi finished the Greek Basket League 2010–11 season in 5th place in the regular season standings. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to Aris. By finishing in the top 5 in the Greek League, they qualified for the next season's edition of the European 2nd-tier level EuroCup, but they were not permitted to participate in the competition, due to financial issues.

In May 2011, Maroussi was ordered by FIBA's Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) to pay thousands of euros to former player Jared Homan in unpaid salaries and bonuses.[9] Maroussi was unable to pay Homan, or Georgios Diamantopoulos, who won a similar ruling against the club in August of that year. Due to this, the club was then banned by FIBA from being able to register any new players in the Greek League, in November 2011. A temporary financial agreement with Homan, led to the suspension of the ban on registering any new players for one day, during which Frank Elegar was recruited to the club.

Nikos Linardos became the team's new head coach for the Greek Basket League 2011–12 season, which began with a long losing streak, despite Maroussi player Nestoras Kommatos being one of the league's top scorers, and Maroussi player Ioannis Gagaloudis being one of the league's assists leaders.

The team's financial crisis deepened. Gagaloudis, Kommatos, Charitopoulos, and Elegar all left the club, due to unpaid salaries. Teenagers from the club's youth team, such as Dimitrios Agravanis and Lampros Tsontzos, were then moved into the team's starting five for Greek League games. The club was also prohibited from selling any tickets to home games, due to unpaid taxes, and it ceased paying its players and training staff.[10] Maroussi finished the Greek Basket League 2011–12 season with a 1-23 regular season record, winning their only game of the season against Peristeri, another team that was suffering from financial problems at the time.[11] Due to going into bankruptcy, the club was then demoted to the third-tier level semi-professional Greek B Basket League.

Arenas[edit]

Maroussi plays its home games at the 2,000 capacity Maroussi Indoor Hall, which is leased to the club by the municipality of Marousi.

The club played its EuroLeague home games at the Olympic Indoor Hall, which also located in Marousi.

Titles and achievements[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]

Seasons[edit]

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Season Greek League Greek Cup Europe Coach Roster
1998–99 7th place Round of 16 _ Kostas Petropoulos Andy Toolson, Henry Turner, Erik Meek, Junior Burrough, Craig Robinson, John Korfas, Pit Papachronis, Alexis Falekas, Nikos Kasuridis, Sotiris Manolopoulos, Vangelis Logothetis, Panagiotis Panagiotarakos, Spiros Panteliadis, Charis Charalampidis, Alexis Karatzas, Pete Pangas
1999–00 10th place 3rd Korać Cup
Quarter finals
Vangelis Alexandris Ashraf Amaya, Henry Turner, John Korfas, Pit Papachronis, Vangelis Logothetis, Alexis Falekas, Anatoly Zourpenko, Sotiris Manolopoulos, Panagiotis Panagiotarakos, Spiros Panteliadis, Dimitris Karaplis, Kostas Anagnostou, Charis Charalampidis, Kostantinos Tsevas
2000–01 7th place Quarter-finals Saporta Cup
Winner
Vangelis Alexandris Ashraf Amaya, Jimmy Oliver, Vangelis Vourtzoumis, Vasco Evtimov, Alexis Falekas, Giorgos Maslarinos, Sotiris Nikolaidis, Dimitris Karaplis, Vangelis Logothetis, Sotiris Manolopoulos, Dimitris Marmarinos, Kostas Anagnostu, Charis Charalampidis, Panagiotis Stavropoulos, Kostantinos Tsevas
2001–02 7th place Finalist Korać Cup
Semi finals
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 Round of 16 FIBA Europe Champions Cup
Round of 64
Panagiotis Giannakis 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, Panagiotis Stavropoulos
2003–04 Finalist Round of 16 FIBA Europe League
Finalist
Panagiotis Giannakis Andre Hutson, Roderick Blakney, Vassilis Spanoulis, Giorgos Karagkoutis, Ivan Grgat, Oliver Popović, Aleksandar Smiljanić, Lazaros Agadakos, Makis Nikolaidis, Giorgos Tsiakos, Stavros Daniil, Kostas Gagaudakis, Dimitris Lolas, Nikos Moutoupas, Angelos Siamandouras, Dimitris Giannakis
2004–05 4th place Quarter-finals ULEB Cup
Quarter finals
Panagiotis Giannakis Vassilis Spanoulis, Roderick Blakney, Blagota Sekulić, Larry Stewart, Giorgos Karagkoutis, Nikos Boudouris, Kenyon Jones, Oliver Popović, Aleksandar Smiljanic, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Markos Kolokas, Christoforos Stefanidis, Dimitris Lolas, Petros Noeas
2005–06 4th place Finalist FIBA EuroCup
Quarter Finals
Panagiotis Giannakis Roderick Blakney, Alexis Kiritsis, Blagota Sekulić, Jared Homan, Giorgos Karagkoutis, Nikos Boudouris, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Markos Kolokas, Dimitris Lolas, Sotiris Nikolaidis, Petros Noeas, Christoforos Stefanidis, Dimitris Despos, Vassilis Giannoulakos
2006–07 8th place Semi-finals FIBA EuroCup
Second Round
Darko Ruso Alexis Kiritsis, Renaldas Seibutis, Danya Abrams, Chris Thomas, Kostas Charalampidis, Ermin Jazvin, Vassilis Giannoulakos, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Markos Kolokas, Petros Noeas, Philippos Simeonidis, Christoforos Stefanidis, Giorgos Karagkoutis, Mark Dickel, Alexandros Melniks, Dimitris Lolas, Theodoros Tsiotras
2007–08 4th place Round of 16 FIBA EuroCup
Elimination Round 2
Soulis Markopoulos Branko Milisavljević, Jarod Stevenson, Kostas Charalampidis, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Donell Taylor, Jason Parker, Nikos Boudouris, Andreas Glyniadakis, Bojan Bakić, Ermin Jazvin, Feliks Kojadinović, Dimitris Mavroeidis, Christoforos Stefanidis, Petros Noeas, Travon Bryant, Nondas Papantoniou, Michalis Paragyios, Stavros Toutziarakis
2008–09 3rd place Semi-finals Eurocup Basketball
Last 16
Soulis Markopoulos Billy Keys, Jarod Stevenson, Giorgos Diamantopoulos, Loukas Mavrokefalidis, Andreas Glyniadakis, Pat Calathes, Kostas Charalampidis, Dimitris Mavroeidis, Fanis Koumpouras, Christoforos Stefanidis, Stavros Toutziarakis, Nondas Papantoniou, Shawn Huff, Petros Noeas, Kostas Kaimakoglou
2009–10 3rd place Quarter-finals Euroleague
Top 16
Georgios Bartzokas Billy Keys, Jared Homan, Giorgos Diamantopoulos, Stephen Arigbabu, Levon Kendall, Pat Calathes, Jamon Gordon, Dimitris Mavroeidis, Fanis Koumpouras, Konstaninos Papantonakos, Michalis Pelekanos, Marios Batis, Stefanos Moreau Christos Lakkas, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Stevan Nađfeji, Igor Milošević
2010–11 5th place Withdrew Euroleague
Revoked
Vangelis Alexandris Dimitris Charitopoulos, Ioannis Gagaloudis, Eugene Akepsimaidis, Feliks Kojadinović, David Huertas, Dalibor Bagarić, Petros Noeas, Nestoras Kommatos, Angelos Siamandouras, Denis Clemente, Aleksandar Bojić, Giannis Vavatsikos, Tony Weeden, Eddie Basden, Lazaros Seferidis, Lampros Tsontzos, Curtis Sumpter, Lance Allred, Dimitris Agravanis
2011–12 13th place (relegated to B League) Quarter-finals Nikos Linardos Lefteris Akepsemaidis, Ioannis Demertzis, Makis Nikolaidis, Lampros Tsontzos, Vangelis Sakellariou, Ioannis Gagaloudis, Nestoras Kommatos, Dimitris Agravanis, Phil Kalogiannidis, Frank Elegar, Dimitris Charitopoulos, Serafinos Mantalvanos, Feliks Kojadinović, Andreas Kanonidis, George Theodosiou, Stefanos Fazianos, Giannis Yiannis, Dimitrios Kalogeropoulous, Savo Đikanović, Adam McCoy

Notable players[edit]

Maroussi players who have played in the NBA[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

Sponsorship names[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maroussi"EuroLeague, 28 March 2007. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "2008-09 Club Profile: Maroussi Costa Coffee."EuroCup, 1 September 2008. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
  3. ^ Georgakopoulos, George."Small club’s meteoric rise to glory."Athens Plus, 12 February 2010. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Euroleague 2009-10 Club Profile – Maroussi BC."EuroLeague. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
  5. ^ Georgakopoulos, George."Empty pockets, empty stands."Athens Plus, 24 September 2010. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
  6. ^ Georgakopoulos, George."Maroussi in danger of missing out on A1 league."Athens Plus, 8 October 2010. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Maroussi's licence to play Qualifying Rounds revoked."EuroLeague, 16 September 2010. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
  8. ^ Mammides, Chris. "Eurobasket News Report – Greece – Transfer News."Eurobasket.com, 13 October 2010. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Arbitral award (BAT 0134/10) - Mr. Jared Homan vs. Maroussi B.C."Basketball Arbitral Tribunal, Geneva, 9 May 2011. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Greek basketball league crumbling amid country's financial crisis."Sports Illustrated, Athens, 12 April 2012. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
  11. ^ Maguire, Ken. "Victory at last: Maroussi wins 58-52."KingsofMaroussi.com, Marousi, 3 March 2012. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.

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