Rethymno Cretan Kings B.C.

Rethymno Cretan Kings B.C., or simply Cretan Kings (Greek: Ρέθυμνο Κρητικοί Βασιλιάδες K.A.E.), is a Greek formerly professional sports basketball club that was founded on the Greek island of Crete, in Rethymno, Greece, in 1986. The club is also commonly known as Rethymno B.C. (Ρέθυμνο K.A.E.).

Rethymno Cretan Kings
Rethymno Cretan Kings logo
LeaguesGreek Local 1st Division, Crete (EKASK)
Founded1986; 36 years ago (1986)
History
List
  • A.G.O. Rethymno
    (1986–2008)
    Rethymno B.C.
    (2008–2013)
    Rethymno Aegean B.C.
    (2013–2015)
    Rethymno Cretan Kings B.C.
    (2015–present)
ArenaMelina Merkouri Indoor Hall
Capacity1,600
LocationRethymno, Crete, Greece
Team colorsGold and Wine
   
Main sponsorCretan Kings Zythos
PresidentGiannis Kalaitzakis
Head coachDimitris Mitropoulos
2019–20 positionGreek League, 11th
Championships1 Greek 3rd Division
1 Greek 4th Division
Websiterethymnobc.gr

The team was previously known as Rethymno Aegean B.C. (Ρέθυμνο Aegean K.A.E.), or Athlitikos Gymnastikos Omilos Rethymnou (Α.G.Ο.R.) (Αθλητικός Γυμναστικός Όμιλος Ρεθύμνου (Α.Γ.Ο.Ρ.). The team's parent athletic club was founded in 1965.

HistoryEdit

To date, Rethymno's greatest accomplishment occurred during the 2006–07 season, when the team qualified to play in the final of the Greek Cup, after defeating the top-tier level Greek League teams PAOK, Panionios, Sporting, and Kolossos Rodou. Rethymno was finally defeated by the EuroLeague powerhouse Panathinaikos, by a score of 87–48, in the final game of the 2007 Greek Cup, but nevertheless, Rethymno secured a new strong place in the Greek pro leagues after the team's showing.

After previously being named Rethymno Aegean, the club changed its name to Rethymno Cretan Kings, or simply Cretan Kings, in 2015.

In the summer of 2020, after the departure of owner Kostis Zobanakis, it was decided that the club would be voluntarily relegated to the local divisions and start anew.

LogosEdit

ArenaEdit

Rethymno plays its home games at the Melina Merkouri Indoor Hall. The arena originally had a capacity of 1,100, but it was expanded to 1,600, when the club first joined the top-tier level Greek Basket League. There are currently plans to further expand the arena again, in the near future.[1]

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Pos. P/S Greek Cup Europe
2000–01
4
C Basket League
6th
2001–02
4
C Basket League
3rd
2002–03
4
C Basket League
4th
2003–04
4
C Basket League
1st
Promoted
2004–05
3
B Basket League
1st
Promoted
2005–06
2
A2 Basket League
3rd
2006–07
2
A2 Basket League
3rd
Promoted Runner-up
2007–08
1
Greek Basket League
13th
Relegated
2008–09
2
A2 Basket League
6th
2009–10
2
A2 Basket League
7th
2010–11
2
A2 Basket League
2nd
Promoted
2011–12
1
Greek Basket League
5th
Quarterfinalist
2012–13
1
Greek Basket League
5th
Fourth place
2013–14
1
Greek Basket League
9th
2014–15
1
Greek Basket League
6th
Quarterfinalist
2015–16
1
Greek Basket League
8th
Quarterfinalist Quarterfinals
2016–17
1
Greek Basket League
6th
Quarterfinalist
2017–18
1
Greek Basket League
10th
2018–19
1
Greek Basket League
9th

Honors and titlesEdit

Greek Cup

  • Runner-up (1): 2006–07

Greek B Basket League

  • Champions (1): 2004–05

Greek C Basket League 2nd Group

  • Champions (1): 2003–04

Notable playersEdit

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

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Head coachesEdit

Head Coach Years
  Stergios Koufos
2003–2007
  Argyris Pedoulakis
2007–2008
  Fotis Takianos
2008–2009
  Stavros Mykoniatis
2009
  Nikos Karagiannis
2009–2010
  Stavros Mykoniatis
2010
  Stergios Koufos
2010–2013
  Thanasis Giaples
2013–2014
  Georgios Kalafatakis
2014
  Thanasis Skourtopoulos
2014–2016
  Kostas Flevarakis
2016
    Tony Konstantinidis
2016–2017
  Nikos Vetoulas
2017–2018
  Stavros Mykoniatis
2018
  Vangelis Ziagkos
2018–2020

ReferencesEdit

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