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2008-09 Club Profile: Aris BSA 2003
Oct 08, 2008
Aris BSA 2003 enters the Eurocup after reaching the Euroleague Top 16 in back-to-back seasons and the ULEB Cup Final in 2006. With such an impressive three-year run, there’s little doubt that Aris can be a force this season. Aris has played a crucial role in the development of Greek basketball from a little known sport to the pride of a nation.
Aris BSA 2003 Roster 2008-09
Aris won seven of its 10 domestic titles between 1985 and 1991, relying on a pair of players who changed Greek basketball for good: Nikos Galis and Panagiotis Giannakis. Thessaloniki had been a basketball city ever since 1919. Aris founded its basketball section three years later and by 1930 won its first league title. It took Aris nearly 50 years to repeat that success, finally winning the Greek League title in 1979. Soon Aris established itself forever as a pillar of Greek basketball, winning a remarkable 81 consecutive domestic games between 1985 and 1988 and reaching the 1985 Korac Cup semifinals. While winning the Greek League-Cup trophy doubles in 1988, 1989 and 1990, Aris also took Greek basketball another step forward by reaching three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours. Aris won its last title in 1991 and Galis soon left the team and the dynasty was over. Nevertheless, Aris won the 1993 Greek Cup and also conquered its first-ever European trophy, the 1993 Saporta Cup, in what was the last European game for Giannakis with the club. The team continued to gather silverware, adding the Korac Cup in 1997 and another league-cup double in 1998. Several quiet years followed, but the team bounced back in 2003 to win the FIBA Champions Cup. Aris extended its run of success with another Greek Cup in 2004 and a ULEB Cup Final appearance in 2006. The past two seasons have seen Aris make some noise in the Euroleague, qualifying for the Top 16 in consecutive seasons and knocking off some European giants along the way. This year the club will have a new look as head coach Andrea Mazzon has opted to bring in some new and hungry faces in Keydren Clark, Sean Marshall, Anton Gavel and Spencer Nelson, who looks to bounce back from an injury-plagued campaign. They join returnees Lazaros Agadakos and Savvas Iliadis and Greek League veterans Blagota Sekulic, Nikos Argyropoulos and Nikos Barlos. Together Mazzon’s squad will look to gain inspiration from the club’s rich history as it aims high in the Eurocup this season.