Turkish Airlines Euroleague
March 12, 2014
2008-09 Club Profile: Maroussi Costa Coffee
September 1, 2008
One of the many great teams battling for supremacy in the world basketball capital of Athens is Maroussi Costa Coffee, which now will test its mettle with the rest of the continent in Group A of the 2008-09 Eurocup. Although it has been among its country's best teams consistently for the last decade, Maroussi only rejoined the top Greek League in 1999 after 18 years in the second division.
Maroussi Roster 2008-09
The club, founded in 1950, spent long years in the Greek minors before it first emerged in the 1970s to qualify for the 1978-79 Korac Cup. Since its return to the Greek first division, however, Maroussi's performance has improved year by year to the point where it is a contender for any trophy it seeks. The club has competed in some sort of continental competition in every season of the new millennium, highlighted by victory in the 2001 Saporta Cup. That year, the inside-outside scoring tandem of Jimmy Oliver and Ashraf Amaya combined with the rebounding dominance of Vassil Evitmov pushed Maroussi to the title. The next season, Pat Burke joined Maroussi for a run to the Korac Cup semifinals. In 2003-04, Maroussi played and lost another European final, in FIBA's Europe League, but the season still proved a special one. With Greek basketball legend Panagiotis Yannakis on the bench and a young Vassilis Spanoulis making plays, Maroussi finished second in the Greek League regular season with a 21-5 record and reached the domestic playoff finals for the first time, falling to perennial champs Panathinaikos. In 2004-05, Maroussi made its ULEB Cup debut an impressive one by winning a regular season group before falling in the quarterfinals by a single basket to eventual finalist Makedonikos. Last season saw Branko Milisavlievic and Kostas Kaimakoglou lead Maroussi to its third Greek semifinals appearance in four years, winning its way into the first edition of the Eurocup. Over the summer, Maroussi added size in center Loukas Mavrokefalidis, held onto veteran scorer Jarod Stevenson, brought sharpshooter Nikolay Padius back to Greece and signed a pair of newcomers, multi-dimensional power forward Pat Calathes and veteran playmaker Billy Keys. With key holdovers like leading scorers Costas Haralabidis and Kostas Kaimakoglou, not to mention Greek national team center Andreas Glyniadakis, Maroussi is ready to represent world-famous Athens basketball to the fullest in the new Eurocup!