Greece lineup confirmed for Basketball Champions League
Promitheas will make their first-ever venture into European competition next season as the Patras-based club will be among a trio of Greek clubs into the Basketball Champions League…
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Greece’s entrants for the 2018/2019 Basketball Champions League season have been confirmed with defending champions AEK leading three clubs into the third edition of the competition proper since its launch in 2016.
AEK, who beat AS Monaco on home court at the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall, will make their third successive appearance in the competition and will be keen on become the first club to repeat as champions.
In fact, AEK’s hopes of a repeat already received a boost after the Athenians were granted passage into the group stage courtesy of their triumph in Athens earlier this month. AEK’s group stage entrance means the club will avoid have to qualify for the group stage, as would have been expected for the Greek Basket League’s fifth-place entrant.
PAOK, who recently beat AEK in the Basket League playoffs, will join their Dikefale rivals in the group stage of the competition after securing fourth place in the Basket League. In both previous entries into the competition, PAOK have progressed out of the group though their most recent campaign this term saw PAOK bow out in the Round of 16.
Promitheas, the surprise revelation of this season’s Basket League with their stunning third-place finish in the league standings, are Greece’s third representative in the competition. Promitheas’ impressive run domestically will be rewarded with the club’s first-ever European campaign, which will be boosted by a group stage berth as the club look to bookmark European memories next season.
Promitheas’ qualification to the competition means they are officially the fourth Greek club to compete in the Basketball Champions League after Aris joined AEK and PAOK in the two previous editions of the competition. Aris’ tenth-place finish in the Basket League means the Thessaloniki outfit will miss out on European basketball for the first time since the 2014/2015 season.
Greece’s entrants won’t know their group stage opposition until the three rounds of qualifying have been completed with FIBA, the tournament’s governing body, expected to make an announcement of the 2018/2019 schedule in the coming weeks.