Ifaistos Limnou B.C.

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Ifaistos Limnou B.C. (also: Ifestos Limnou B.C. or Hephaestus Lemnos B.C.) (Greek: Ήφαιστος Λήμνου K.A.E.), previously commonly known as Gymnastikos S. Larissas Faros, G.S. Larissas Faros, or G.S.L. Faros, is a Greek professional basketball club that is based on the Greek island of Lemnos, in Myrina. The club is named after the Greek god Hephaestus. The club was previously based in Larissa, Greece, with the club’s colors being green, white, and blue, and its emblem being the Discobolus. The club is well-known for being the first team of the legendary European basketball player, Vassilis Spanoulis.

Ifaistos Limnou
Ifaistos Limnou logo
NicknameTa Sfyria (The Hammers)
LeaguesGreek League
Greek Cup
Founded1928; 92 years ago (1928)
History
ArenaKleisto Gimnastirio Myrinas Nikos Samaras(renovated 2018)
Capacity2,300
LocationMyrina, Lemnos, Greece
Team colorsBurgundy, Black, and White
              
PresidentSpyros Boumbouras
Head coachSotiris Manolopoulos
Team captainSpyros Mourtos
OwnershipPantelis Boumbouras
2018–19 positionGreek Basket League, 6th of 16
WebsiteLink

The club currently plays in Greece's top-tier level, the Greek Basket League.

HistoryEdit

LarissaEdit

Ifaistos Limnou was originally founded as Gymnastikos S. Larissas in 1928, and it was the first basketball club of the city of Larissa, that played in the top-tier level Greek Basket League (A1 National). In 1979, basketball coach Giannis Ioannidis, after winning the top-tier Greek League championship with Aris, surprisingly agreed to become the head coach of Gymnastikos. Gymnastikos was in the B National (at that time, the Greek 2nd division) at the time, and had great aspirations of being promoted to the top-tier Greek league.

Ioannidis led the team to an undefeated run in the Greek 2nd Division in the 1979–80 season, which earned the club a league promotion to the top-tier division in 1980. From that time, and through the 2005–06 season, the club played several times in the top-tier Greek League (in the 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, and 2005–06 seasons). The club's best season to date was the 1994–95 season, when under head coach Vangelis Alexandris' guidance, they almost earned a qualification place in the 3rd-tier European-wide league, the FIBA Korać Cup. They were ultimately denied a place in the Korać Cup by Sporting, by just one point (86–85), in the play-off decider game that determined which team qualified for Korać Cup.

Gymnastikos later suffered relegation to the Greek second division in 1998, but against all odds, they returned to the top flight Greek league in 2005. Despite the club's low budget, they had a good season in the top-tier Greek League, during the 2005–06 season. However, due to financial problems, the club was merged with AEL 1964, in 2006, which again ended its presence in Greece's top basketball league.

Also in 2006, Keravnos Larissa, the club's feeder team, changed their name to Keravnos Gymnastikos, as a reminder of the club's past glory days. Eventually, 9 years later, in 2015, Gymnastikos returned to existence, after merging with another other local club of Larissa, Foinix Larissas.[1][2] Foinix Larissas had been founded in 1995, and in the previous season, it had played in the 3rd-tier Greek B League (Beta Ethniki).

Foinix Larissas was then replaced by Gymnastikos S. Larissas, after the two clubs merged in 2015, thus ending Foinix's presence in Greek basketball competitions.[3] The club played in the 3rd-tier level Greek B League during the 2015–16 season,[1][2][4] and was promoted to the 2nd-tier level Greek A2 League, for the 2016–17 season.

In the summer of 2017, Gymnastikos merged with Faros Keratsiniou, and then took Faros' place in the upcoming top-tier level Greek Basket League 2017–18 season.[5][6] Faros retained all of its amateur and junior clubs. Gymnastikos' club name then officially became Gymnastikos Syllogos Larissas Faros 2017, abbreviated as G.S.L. Faros 2017.

Ifaistos Limnou B.C. (2018–present)Edit

In 2018, the club came under the ownership of Pantelis Boumbouras, and he subsequently moved it to Myrina, on the Greek island of Lemnos. Accordingly, the club then also changed the team's name to Ifaistos Limnou B.C., and also changed the team's logo, emblem, and colors.

ArenasEdit

When Ifaistos (then known as Gymnastikos) was based in Larissa, it used the 2,000 capacity Alkazar Hall, as its home arena for more than 20 years. Then in 1995, when the Larissa Neapolis Indoor Arena was opened, the club moved to that arena. The club then played its home games at the Larissa Neapolis, which can seat up to 5,500 people for basketball games, until it moved to Lemnos.[7]

After the club moved to Myrina, Lemnos, its first official home arena became the newly rebuilt and remodeled Nikos Samaras Indoor Hall, named after Nikos Samaras, which has a seating capacity of 1,260.[8][9]

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Pos. Greek Cup European competitions
2015–16
3
B Basket League 1st
2016–17
2
A2 Basket League
15th[a]
2017–18
1
Basket League
11th
Quarterfinalist
2018–19
1
Basket League
6th
  1. ^ Received Faros Keratsiniou's spot in the Greek Basket League, after merging with the club.

RosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Ifaistos Limnou roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PF 0   Moldoveanu, Vlad 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 32 – (1988-02-11)11 February 1988
G 1   Stamatis, Dimitrios 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 24 – (1996-01-12)12 January 1996
PG 2   Gkialouris, Dimitris 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 18 – (2001-06-05)5 June 2001
F/C 5   Evans, Sean 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 31 – (1988-10-20)20 October 1988
G 6   Smith, Jerry 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 32 – (1987-09-26)26 September 1987
SF 7   Pelekanos, Michalis 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 39 – (1981-05-25)25 May 1981
F/C 9   Tsairelis, Michalis 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 32 – (1988-02-23)23 February 1988
C 11   Diamantakos, Georgios 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) 125 kg (276 lb) 25 – (1995-01-14)14 January 1995
SF 14   Gilbert, Marcus 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 27 – (1993-01-01)1 January 1993
C 15   Charitopoulos, Dimitris 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 113 kg (249 lb) 36 – (1983-11-14)14 November 1983
G/F 16   Mourtos, Spyros (C) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 29 – (1990-12-05)5 December 1990
SG 31   Turner Jr., Elston 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 30 – (1990-03-06)6 March 1990
PG 34   Hammonds, Cliff 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 34 – (1985-12-18)18 December 1985
PG 55   Stasinos, Orfeas 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 22 – (1998-01-01)1 January 1998
F   Hollis, Ishmael 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 28 – (1992-03-23)23 March 1992
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Thanasis Molyvdas
  •   Kostas Mamalis

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: January 7, 2020

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Sean Evans Dimitris Charitopoulos Giorgos Diamantakos
PF Michalis Tsairelis Ishmael Hollis
SF Marcus Gilbert Michalis Pelekanos
SG Elston Turner Jr. Spyros Mourtos Orfeas Stasinos
PG Jerry Smith Cliff Hammonds Dimitris Stamatis Dimitris Gkialouris

Honors and titlesEdit

Notable playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

NBA playersEdit

Over the years, the team has featured players who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) before or after their stint with Gymnastikos.

Head coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ο Γυμναστικός των Λαρισαίων επέστρεψε". eleftheria.gr. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Η επιστροφή του ΓΣΛ!". larissasportnews.gr. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Foinix Larissas". foinix. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Συγχώνευση Φοίνικα – Γυμναστικού Λάρισας!". karditsasportiva.gr. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  5. ^ Τα εισιτήρια διαρκείας του ΓΣΛ Φάρου 2017 (in Greek).
  6. ^ Ανακοίνωσε Σκουρτόπουλο ο ΓΣΛ Φάρος (in Greek).
  7. ^ More data: its capacity may be increased to about 5,500 through the addition of an extra lower tier of seats.
  8. ^ Το Κλειστό Γυμναστήριο «Νίκος Σαμαράς” στη Μύρινα της Λήμνου αποκτάει νέα μορφή (in Greek).
  9. ^ Προχωράει η μετακόμιση του Φάρου, επιτόπια αυτοψία στην Λήμνο (in Greek).

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