G.S. Iraklis B.C.
Gymnastikos Syllogos Iraklis Basketball Club (Greek: Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Ηρακλής Κ.Α.Ε., Greek pronunciation: [iɾa'klis]) is a Greek professional basketball team that is located in Thessaloniki. It serves as the senior men's basketball section of the multi-sport club of G.S. Iraklis. Iraklis currently plays in the top-tier level Greek Basket League.
|Leagues||Greek Basket League|
|History||G.S. Iraklis B.C. |
(1921 – Present)
|Arena||Ivanofeio Sports Arena|
|Team colors||White and Blue|
|Team manager||Giorgos Tsiaras|
|Head coach||Thanasis Skourtopoulos|
|Team captain||Vassilis Kavvadas|
|Championships||2 Greek Championships |
2 Greek Second Divisions
The team's colors are blue and white. Iraklis won the Greek National Championship in 1928 and 1935, and has also reached the Greek Cup final three times. Some of the greatest players in Greek, European and worldwide basketball have played for Iraklis over the years including: Lefteris Kakiousis, Jure Zdovc, James Donaldson, Walter Berry, Xavier McDaniel, Roy Tarpley, Nikos Chatzivrettas, Vasily Karasev, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Dimitris Diamantidis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis.
The Iraklis parent athletic club was founded in 1908, and initially featured football. The club was named after Heracles (or Hercules), the mythical Greek demigod. The basketball team of Iraklis was established in 1921.
Iraklis won the inaugural Greek League championship in 1928. To win the championship, Iraklis had to eliminate AEK Athens and Near East, before beating VAO in the championship game. The team won its second Greek championship in 1935. Also in the team's history, three times Iraklis finished in second place in the Greek Championship (1936, 1962, and 1964), three times Iraklis has been a Greek Cup Finalist (1981, 1994, and 1996), and two times Iraklis made it to the semifinals of the European 2nd-tier level league Cup Winners' Cup.
Iraklis reached the semifinals of the 1994–95 FIBA European Cup, where they competed against Taugrés. Iraklis won the first game 79–78, but lost the next two games, to be eliminated 2–1 in a best of three series. In 1996, an Iraklis team led by former NBA players Xavier McDaniel and Roy Tarpley, reached the Greek Cup Final Four. By beating Apollon Patras in the semifinal, Iraklis reached the final, where it then lost 85–74 to Panathinaikos. Iraklis has also twice competed in the top European continental competitions. The club played in the European top-tier level European Champions' Cup in the 1995–96 season, and also competed in the FIBA SuproLeague during the 2000–01 season.
Recent history (2005-present)Edit
In 2006, Iraklis was relegated to the Greek A2 Basket League, after finishing 13th in the first-tier Greek League. In 2010, after four seasons in the second-tier level Greek League, the team was promoted back up to the top-tier Greek Basket League. After one season in the Greek top-tier level, Iraklis was again relegated down to the A2, with two matches left in the season. At the end of the season, Iraklis chose to play in the third-tier level of Greek basketball, the Greek B Basket League, in order to clear its debts. The club was promoted to the Greek A2 Basket League in 2013, after finishing 2nd in its group, and after Peristeri failed to receive financial clearance to participate in the league.
In the 2018–19 season, Iraklis won the promotion playoffs of the Greek A2 League, and was promoted up to the top level Greek Basket League, for the first time in 8 years. During the 2019–20 season, Iraklis is taking part in the Greek Basket League organized by the Hellenic Basketball Federation. The season started in October 2019 and was scheduled to end in June 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the championship was terminated earlier. Iraklis took the 7th place with 29 points, having 9 wins and 11 losses in a total of 20 games.
In European-wide competitionsEdit
Honours and titlesEdit
- Champions (2): 1927–28, 1934–35
- Runners-up (3): 1935–36, 1961–62, 1963–64
- Runners-up (3): 1980–81, 1993–94, 1995–96
- Champions (2): 1974–75, 1977–78
In earlier times, Iraklis played its home games at the Thessaloniki Forum. Iraklis currently plays its home games in the Ivanofeio Sports Arena, an arena with a seating capacity of 2,500. The arena opened in 1987, and it was expanded to its current capacity in 1991. Ivanofeio is situated in the Thessaloniki city center, and it is owned by the GS Iraklis multi-sport club.
The most prominent supporters' club of the team is Aftonomi Thira 10 (meaning Autonomous Gate 10), a fan club with a total of 15 branches in Northern Greece. The fan club is known for holding an antiracist stance, as it participates in the Ultras Antiracist Festival. Other activities of the fan club include the publication of a magazine, and the conducting of an annual festival. Other minor supporters' clubs are SFISE, Blue Boys, A.P.A.T.S.I., and Iraklis Fan Club of Athens. In a 2013 opinion poll, Iraklis was ranked as the 6th most popular basketball club in Greece, gathering 2.8% of the participating supporters' votes.
|Iraklis B.C. roster|
Updated: March 11, 2021
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Vassilis Kavvadas||Zisis Sarikopoulos||Fotios Georgalas|
|PF||Devin Ebanks||Obi Enechionyia||Georgios Giouzelis|
|SF||Scott Suggs||Stavros Schizas||Georgios Petanidis|
|SG||Olivier Hanlan||Dimitris Verginis||Georgios Fillios|
|PG||Will Hatcher||Josh Hagins|
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
To appear in this section a player must have either:
- David Ancrum (1987–92)
- Vangelis Angelou (1995–96)
- Walter Berry (1994–95)
- Roderick Blakney (2001–02)
- Steve Burtt Sr. (1995)
- Steve Bucknall (1996–98)
- Nikos Chatzivrettas (1997–02)
- Dimitris Diamantidis (1999–04)
- Byron Dinkins (1998–00)
- James Donaldson (1993–94)
- Justin Hamilton (2004–05)
- Savvas Iliadis (2002–05, 2011)
- Buck Johnson (1998–00)
- Lefteris Kakiousis
(1987–97, 2004–05, 2009–10)
- Dimitris Kalaitzidis (2002–05, 2016–20)
- Georgios Karagkoutis (2000–02)
- Vasily Karasev (2000–01)
- Takis Karatzoulidis (1971–85)
- Manthos Katsoulis (1990–93)
- Xavier McDaniel (1995–96)
- Erik Meek (1996–97, 2001–02)
- Igor Milošević (2003–05)
- Aristeidis Moumoglou (1960–67, 1970–72)
- Dimitris Papadopoulos (1985–94, 1996–97)
- Lazaros Papadopoulos (1996–01, 2003–04)
- Michalis Polytarchou (2018–19)
- Vladimir Petrović-Stergiou (2009–11)
- Sotiris Sakellariou (1971–84)
- Sofoklis Schortsanitis (2000–03)
- Nikos Stavropoulos (1992–93)
- Roy Tarpley (1996)
- Christos Tsekos (1986–92)
- Jure Zdovc (1993–96)
|Head Coach||From||To||Titles & Honors|
|Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou||1980||1981||1 Greek Cup Finalist 1981|
|- Steve Giatzoglou||1990
|1 Greek Cup Finalist 1996|
|- Dragan Šakota||1993
|1 Greek Cup Finalist 1994|
|- Slobodan Subotić||1994
|Darko Russo||Nov 2010||Jan 2011|
|Georgios Kalafatakis||Jan 2011||Feb 2011|
|Chris Chougkaz||Feb 2011||Sep 2011|
|Makis Kalantaridis||Sep 2011||Oct 2011|
|Thodoris Albanis||Oct 2011||Mar 2012|
|Antonis Kyritsis||Mar 2012||May 2012|
|Dimitris Vatos||May 2012||Jul 2012|
|Thomas Kostopoulos||Jul 2012||Jul 2013|
|Dimitris Tsolakis||Jul 2013||Sep 2013|
|Stefanos Perkos||Sep 2013||Apr 2014|
|Giorgos Kyroudis||Apr 2014||Nov 2014|
|Giannis Damalis||Nov 2014||Mar 2015|
|Stefanos Perkos||Mar 2015||Oct 2015|
|Vangelis Alexandris||Oct 2015||Jan 2018|
|Lefteris Chatzikyriakidis||Jan 2018||Oct 2018|
|Kostas Mexas||Oct 2018||Jul 2019||promoted to Greek Basket League|
|Ioannis Kastritis||Jul 2019||Jan 2020|
|Ilias Kantzouris||Jan 2020||Jul 2020|
|Vangelis Ziagkos||Jul 2020||Dec 2020|
|Stergios Kalyvas||Dec 2020||present|
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