Keravnos B.C.

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Keravnos B.C. (Greek: Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Στροβόλου «Ο Κεραυνός»), also known as Keravnos Strovolou, is a professional basketball club based in Strovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus. The plays its home games in the Costas Papaellinas Arena, which has a capacity of 2,000 spectators.

Keravnos
Keravnos logo
LeaguesCyprus Basketball Division A
Founded1926; 94 years ago (1926)
HistoryKeravnos B.C.
(1926–present)
ArenaCostas Papaellinas Arena
Capacity2,000
LocationStrovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus
Team colorsMaroon, Gold, White
              
PresidentParis Papaellinas
Vice-president(s)Andreas Kyprianou
Head coachChristoforos Livadiotes
Championships7 Cypriot Championships
9 Cypriot Cups
Websitewww.keravnosbc.com

The club’s president since 1996 is businessman Paris C. Papaellinas, who has also been the main sponsor of the club for the last 20 years.[1]

HistoryEdit

 
First Keravnos logo.

The men's basketball department of Keravnos was established in 1964. The club was one of the founding members of the Cyprus Basketball Federation in 1966 and won its first national league in 1989.

Keravnos competed for 18 consecutive years in European competitions from 1995 to 2013. The first time Keravnos B.C. took part in European competitions was in 1982, when the team played against KK Zadar. In the 1997–98 season, just after winning their second league, the team reached the second round of a European Cup for the first time. In the Second Round, Keravnos achieved one of their greatest victories in the history of Cypriot Basketball after defeating Žalgiris Kaunas 61–57 in Nicosia. In the second leg, they lost at Kaunas and were eliminated from the competition. Žalgiris progressed to win the European Cup that year (1998) as well as the European Championship the following year (1999), known as Euroleague.

The year 2001 was a great one for Keravnos. The team won the Championship for a second consecutive time and also recorded the greatest success that had ever been achieved by any Cypriot sports team, in Pan-European competitions by qualifying for the quarter-finals of the European Saporta Cup. They defeated the Bosnian team KK Borac Banja Luka, before they were eliminated by Pamesa Valencia. During this campaign, the team had unbelievable success defeating Red star of Belgrade and Paris Basket of Tony Parker among others.

In 2004, the team qualified to the Final Four of South Conference of FIBA Europe Cup Challenge, where the team finished fourth in the competition. They qualified to the final four again the following year (2005) and this time they finished in the third position. In 2007, Keravnos again recorded a new success story. The team qualified for the final of the EuroCup Challenge after beating in the semi-finals Dnipro twice in the semi-finals. Keravnos was the only Cypriot club from any sport ever to reach a major European Final. In the EuroCup Challenge Final, Keravnos faced the Russian Club from Samara, defeating them by 85–83 at home but the score was not enough to give the team the trophy after losing in Samara 101–81 away.

After this success, Keravnos achieved three more national titles, in 2008, 2017 and 2019.

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Keravnos roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SF 4   Eleftheriou, Rafael 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 25 – (1994-08-16)16 August 1994
PG 5   Michael, Simon 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 27 – (1992-09-19)19 September 1992
C 6   King, Anthony 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 35 – (1985-01-22)22 January 1985
SF 9   Stylianou, Nikos 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 31 – (1988-11-09)9 November 1988
PG 14   Rorie, Ahmaad 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 24 – (1995-09-15)15 September 1995
PF 15   Theocharides, Georgios (C) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 35 – (1985-06-04)4 June 1985
SG 35   Koronides, Aristides 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 38 – (1982-04-20)20 April 1982
F/C 50   Williamson, Andre 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 30 – (1989-10-13)13 October 1989
SG   Rozzell, Brandon 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 31 – (1989-03-27)27 March 1989
PG   Razis, Christopher 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 31 – (1989-07-07)7 July 1989
Head coach
  •   Christoforos Livadiotes
Assistant coaches
  •   Michael Matsentides
  •   Stylianos Gregoriou
Team Manager
  •   Angelos Papademetriou
Club President
  •   Paris Papaellinas

Legend
  • (C) Team captain

Notable playersEdit

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

HonoursEdit

Men'sEdit

Basketball academiesEdit

Since 1987, the club is focused nearly 100% in basketball and Keravnos Basketball Academies are considered as being the most dynamic and the most professional all over the island. Currently, the Basketball Academy has over 300 members and overall with Tennis and Football reach over 750 members. Head of the Academy is Mr. Nicos Lambrias.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pro ball overseas, Evin Demirel (ArkansasOnline), 22 September 2009. Accessed 30 April 2017

External linksEdit