Club Profile: Promitheas Patras

Aug 03, 2020 by Print
Club Profile: Promitheas Patras

Promitheas Patras returns to the 7DAYS EuroCup after an impressive run in the club’s debut last season. The Greek club won its first game in the competition, blasting Maccabi Rishon LeZion 55-88 on the road in Group A. Promitheas lost its EuroCup home debut, 74-77 against AS Monaco, before reeling off a four-game winning streak, which included a surprise 78-69 home victory over Segafredo Virtus Bologna and an 81-91 triumph at MoraBanc Andorra for a 5-1 record. Promitheas hobbled to the regular-season finish line with just a home win over ratiopharm Ulm in a 1-3 finish for a 6-4 mark in the group. Promitheas started slowly in the Top 16 with a 63-57 loss at Germani Brescia Leonessa and a 68-70 home loss to Umana Reyer Venice sandwiched around an 81-70 home win over EWE Baskets Oldenburg. However, the club finished strong with three straight victories - at Reyer, versus Brescia at home and at Oldenburg - for a 4-2 record and a spot in the quarterfinals. Promitheas was to have home-court advantage in the playoffs against Tofas Bursa before the rest of the season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Domestically, Promitheas defeated Panathinaikos en route to advancing to the Greek Cup final for the first time in club history but ended up losing 61-57 to AEK Athens. In the Greek League, Promitheas ran off to a 5-1 start to the season and added a four-game winning streak later in the season. Nevertheless, the club ended up with a 12-7 record and fourth place in the standings when the season was ended. Promitheas will be looking to add more magic this season.


2019-20 EuroCup 10-6 Quarterfinals (canceled)

TOTAL: 16 10-6

ASP Promitheas was founded in 1985 in Patras, with the club name coming from the titan in Greek mythology, Prometheus, and it started competing in the lowest division of Greek regional basketball a year later. The team earned promotion in its very first year in the local league, but Promitheas spent two decades battling in the lowest ranks without much ambition. However, months after getting relegated back to the lowest division, the club started to focus more on its organization in the fall of 2006. The results were instant. In each of the next three seasons, Promitheas earned a promotion to a higher regional level. Guided by Coach Giannis Kotsonis, the team reached the top regional division for the first time in 2009 and competed there for four seasons. With Coach Kostas Douvas at the helm, Promitheas reached the playoff finals in the 2012-13 campaign and finally earned a promotion to the national fourth division. That proved to be only one stop on this journey to prominence. With Makis Giatras taking over on the bench, the team used a 21-3 record to win its group and earn another promotion. A 24-2 record a year later got Promitheas to Greek’s second division. In 2015-16, Promitheas finished fourth in the second division regular season and came up just short of earning promotion after losing to Faros Keratsini. However, when Keratsini decided not to use its right to advance, Promitheas was next in line to move up and history was made; Promitheas joined the Greek elite. After earning seven promotions to move up eight ranks - from the very bottom to the elite - in only 10 seasons, Promitheas fared well in its first season in Greek’s top flight with 10-16 record - one win shy of a playoff spot. In the 2017-18 season, Coach Giatras returned to the bench after a year away and with Mouhammad Faye, Milan Milosevic and Nikos Gikas leading the way, Promitheas finished third in the regular season behind only Greek giants Panathinaikos and Olympiacos Piraeus. After getting past Lavrio in the quarterfinals for its first-ever playoff win, Promitheas was swept by Olympiacos in the semis and lost to PAOK Thessaloniki in the third-place series. However, the strong foundation was already in place, allowing Promitheas to keep making history in 2018-19. The club didn’t disappoint in 2019-20 as it made its EuroCup debut and reached the quarterfinals with home-court advantage against Tofas Bursa before the rest of the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Domestically, Promitheas advanced to the Greek Cup final for the first time and lost to AEK Athens and it ranked fourth in the Greek League when the season was prematurely ended. Now Promitheas will be hungry to make more history in 2020-21.