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IRAKLIO OAA

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Iraklio OAA B.C. (Greek: Ηράκλειο OAA KAE), also known simply as Iraklio, or Heraklion, is a Greek professional basketball club that is based in the city of Heraklion, on the island of Crete, in Greece. It is a department of the Heraklion Tennis and Team Sports Club (Greek: Όμιλος Αντισφαιρίσεως και Αθλοπαιδιών - OAA - «Ηράκλειο»), a multi-sport club established in Heraklion in 1928. The club's basketball department was founded in 1968, and currently competes in the Cretan Basket League, hosting its home games at the Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena with a capacity of 5,500 spectators. Irakleio is considered the most successful basketball club in Heraklion, being the sole club to have represented the city in the top-tier Greek Basket League, as well as the most successful club on the island of Crete, at least until the rise of the Rethymno Cretan Kings in the early 2010s. Iraklio OAA further administers competitive departments for tennis, table tennis and chess.

Iraklio OAA was established in 1928, primarily operating as a tennis club. In 1968, under president Giorgos Deligiannakis, the club decided to expand its activities thus founding team sports departments for basketball and volleyball, reinstating its defunct table tennis department, as well as establishing competitive chess and bridge departments.[1] The first coach of the basketball department was Michalis Dardantakis, who was replaced by Kostas Rigas shortly thereafter.



In 1973, Iraklio was promoted to the Greek B Basket League, where it kept playing for 5 straight seasons, until 1978, when it was relegated to the local Cretan Championship.[1] After a dormant period spanning almost nine years, in which the club played in local competitions, an organized effort was made by newly appointed General Manager Manolis Papakaliatis to return to national competitions. Within just seven years, Iraklio achieved multiple promotions. In the 1993–94 season, the club competed in the Greek A2 Basketball League for the first time in its history. The very next season, Iraklio finished 2nd in the league, thus managing promotion to the A1 Greek Basket League, the top tier of the Greek basketball league system, becoming the first Cretan club to achieve this feat.[1] Click for FULL LINK...

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