The living history of Greek Basketball appears in another retro version of “The Show” where Vassilis Skountis brings back the memories together with Vagelis Alexandris, Manthos Katsoulis and Vasilis Paramanidis in episode 8 of “The Show”!
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Alexandris played with Aris BC, PAOK BC and Iraklis BC during his professional career as a basketball player, winning the Greek Basketball League Championship in 1979 with Aris and the Greek Cup in 1984 with PAOK. A member of the the junior national teams of Greece, he won the silver medal at the 1970 FIBA Europe U-18 Championship and was also a member of the senior men’s Greek National Basketball Team, playing at the 1972 Pre-Olympic Tournament, and the 1983 EuroBasket.
During his coaching career, Alexandris has coached Aris BC, PAOK BC, Iraklis BC, AEK BC, Olympia Larissa BC, Maroussi BC, Kolossos Rodou BC, Gymnastikos Larissas BC, Apollon Patras BC, Iraklio BC, Kavala BC and Panionios BC. He successfully led Gymnastikos Larissas from Division B to the Greek Basketball Division I and Apollon of Patras to the Greek Cup Final in 1997. With more than 500 games in the Greek Championship, he is in the 2nd position of the most games coached in the Greek Basketball League ever, while he remains the only Greek coach who has won twice a European Cup; first the Saporta Cup with Maroussi during the 2000–01 season, and then the FIBA EuroCup during the 2002–03 season with Aris.
Katsoulis played college basketball at McGill University in Montreal, Canada with the McGill Redmen before moving on to Greece and PAOK B.C. from 1974 to 1988, winning the Greek Cup in one of the most historic Greek Cup finals against Aris, commonly known as the “Final of shaved heads”! In 1988, he moved to Aris where he won two Greek League championships (1989, 1990) and 2 more Greek Cups (1989, 1990), while also playing in two EuroLeague Final Fours (1989 in Munich and 1990 in Zaragoza). A member of the senior men’s Greek national basketball team where he had 165 caps, and scored 1,371 points (8.3 per game), he won the gold medal at the 1979 Mediterranean Games while playing at the 1979, 1981 and 1983 EuroBasket.
Finally, Vasilis Paramanidis was an emblematic big for Aris B.C. from 1977 until 1985 playing next to Nick Galis and winning the Greek Championship in 1979, 1983 and 1985 and the Greek Cup in 1985. Another member of the senior men’s Greek national basketball, he won the gold medal at the 1979 Mediterranean Games while playing at the 1979 EuroBasket!
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