Friday Frappé: Promitheas putting Patras on basketball map

Friday Frappé: Promitheas putting Patras on basketball map

In this week’s edition of the Friday Frappé, Peter Katsiris discusses Promitheas’ incredible start to the Basketball Champions League season and how the club’s success is quickly putting Patras on the basketball map…

Watch LIVE from AGONAsport: Panathinaikos - AEK, Greek SuperLeague matchday 9 derby on Saturday, November 3rd. Details here.

In this week’s edition of the Friday Frappé, Peter Katsiris discusses Promitheas’ incredible start to the Basketball Champions League season and how the club’s success is quickly putting Patras on the basketball map…

Although in recent years Greek basketball is mostly known for the success of the Greek National Team and that of EuroLeague powerhouses Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, if there was any doubt about the depth of Greek basketball then certainly it was settled last season as AEK captured the Basketball Champions League title.

Fast forward to this season of European basketball and there’s a new dimension to the conversation surrounding the depth of Greek basketball. Olympiacos and Panathinaikos are still in the conversation to contend for a spot in the EuroLeague Final Four as expected.

In the Champions League, meanwhile, AEK are hoping to retain their title while PAOK, despite their slow start, are a tough matchup for plenty of European side. Although Aris, a more traditional name in the competition have failed to return to the group stage this season, a new name from Greek basketball is certainly making the most of the opportunity instead.

Promitheas, who are experiencing European basketball for the first time after last season’s surprise fourth-place finish in the Basket League, have quickly taken the continent by storm.

Founded in 1986, Promitheas only made their debut in the top-tier of Greek basketball just two years ago but that hasn’t stopped the Patras-based outfit from making headlines on the European stage.

Many would have been forgiven if they had thought the club’s Champions League debut against Filou Oostende was just “beginner’s luck” as Promitheas celebrated a maiden European win on their debut.

One week later, Promitheas provided an encore performance on their homecourt as they edged Petrol Olimpija before pulling off another win one week later against German side medi Bayreuth.

This past Wednesday, Promitheas’ European journey added a new chapter as the club took down Turkish outfit Besiktas Sompo Japan to improve to 4-0 on the season in the Champions League.

While their domestic form isn’t quite where head coach Makis Giatras would like it as Promitheas sit 2-2 after four rounds of action in the Basket League, Giatras and company are certainly excelling on the European stage.

Although the Champions League doesn’t boast EuroLeague caliber clubs, Promitheas’ accomplishments are still more than impressive considering the club were playing in the fourth tier of Greek basketball just five years ago.

Perhaps the biggest challenges still await Promitheas in the weeks to come in the Champions League, but there is no doubting the fact that the club have already done Patras proud just one month into their maiden European campaign.

 

by Peter Katsiris

Image Source: gazzetta.gr

Thank you for visiting AGONAsport.com, the only English based website for Greek sports fans across the world! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter for all the latest news in Greek Sports!