Maroussi BC

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Maroussi Basketball Club (BC) is one of the oldest sports clubs in Greece (third oldest, founded on 1896) with a strong tradition of excellence in what is described as the country's favourite sport.

It also known as the Gymnastikos Syllogos Amarousiou (GSA) and is located in Marousi, 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.

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 HEBA and participated (often with great success) in the A2 and B Leagues, but without beeing able to complete a comeback. Maroussi regained its A1 status in the late 1990s (1998) and made it clear that it was there to stay.

The team is 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 Marousi 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.

The year 2001 was the breakthrough year for Marroussi. The team participated in the final of the European Sapporta Cup and won its firt European trophy (the 6th Greek team to achieve a European cup). After that the team was transformed. With the National Team's head coach (European Champions Eurobasket 2005) and basketball legend Panagiotis Giannakis at the bench and young stars like Spanoulis (Houston Rockets [1]) the team started dominating the Greek championship, earning respect within Greek Basketball. It came second in 2003-2005 in Greek Basketball standings and lost two Greek Play-Off Championships from European Champion Panathinaikos Athens. In those years the team participated in 2 European Final Fours but did not manage to make the repeat.

In 2005-2006 the team did not make it to the final and came 4th, and by doing so also failed to qualify for the prestigious Euroleague Championship.

Maroussi, without its star coach, faces the new period 2006-07 as a challenge. The team is considered as one of the 4 best teams in Greek basketball and remains a much feared and respected opponent.

The home of Maroussi is Agios Thomas Basketball Hall, a small court of 2000 that has always a nice family athmosphere, unlike other Greek halls and stadiums.

Seasons

Season A1 Ethniki Cup Europe Coach Roster
1998-99 7th place - _ Kostas Petropoulos Andy Toolson, Henry Turner, Erick Meek, Junior Burrough, Craig Robinson, John Korfas, Pit Papahronis, 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 Papahronis, Vagelis Logothetis, Alexis Falekas, Anatoliy Zurpenko, Sotiris Manolopoulos, Panagiotis Panagiotarakos, Spiros Panteliadis, Dimitris Karaplis, Kostas Anagnostou, Charis Charalampidis, Kostantinos Tsevas
2000-01 8th 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, Patrick 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 _ 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

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