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ZagNative
09-27-2017, 03:57 PM
Looking forward to seeing Gary play for Aris in the Greek league, as announced in Eurobasket:

Gary Bell (ex Cholet) joins Aris - Sep 27, 2017


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Aris Thessaloniki (A1) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Gary Bell (192-100kg-92, college: Gonzaga, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played last season at Cholet Basket in French ProA. Bell managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 ProA games he had 8.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg. He also played that season for Rosa in Polish PLK where in 16 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1apg. Bell helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg.
Bell was voted All-WCC Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 at his college time.
Bell has played also professionally in Poland (Siarka).

He attended Gonzaga University until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

On Bell: Gary Bell is a tremendous shooter. An outstanding one-on-one player. A high energy player with an excellent physique and a winner as evidenced by his collegiate years. At nearly 6'4" he can play both guard spots and defend full court. Could potentially make a NBA roster or extend himself to the Euroleague.

Aris Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Weaver
Ioannis Athineou
Spyros Mourtos
Kwame Vaughn
Gary Bell
Dimitrios Flionis
Nikolaos Diplaros
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis
Ioannis Patsiavaouras
Ioannis Sidiroilias

Forwards:
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos
Brent Petway
Michalis Tsairelis
Demetris Morant
Efstratios Voulgaropoulos
Vangelis Dimitrakas
Konstantinos Lazarou
Fotis Gounaropoulos
Dimitris Lysselis
Antreas Tretiakov
Konstantinos Altinis
Nikos Tsirilakis

Centers:
Zisis Sarikopoulos
Vasileos Christidis

Coach: Panagiotis Giannakis

Team Website (http://www.arisbc.gr/en)

Basketball Champions League (http://www.championsleague.basketball/): First game of the season coming up October 11.

Greek League (http://www.esake.gr/)

Eurobasket.com team page (http://basketball.eurobasket.com/team/Greece/Aris-Thessaloniki/186)

Official Twitter (https://twitter.com/ARISBCgr)

Nice pic of our guy from the team's website:

http://www.arisbc.gr/data/images/galleries/1735/image-2.jpg

ZagNative
09-27-2017, 05:28 PM
In case you're curious, as I was, below is a map that shows the location of Thessaloniki in Greece, relative to Italy and other European locations. Thessaloniki is in the middle of the map, and the blue line below it shows the driving route and distance (5 hrs. 10 mins.) to Athens.

https://i.imgur.com/ueOTkre.jpg

ZagNative
09-27-2017, 10:32 PM
This story is interesting and .... challenging. Aris fans riot after their loss in a home game in the Greek Cup. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/basketball/89608170/crazy-scenes-as-violence-erupts-at-basketball-game-in-greece


Fans of Greek basketball team Aris Thessaloniki clashed with police on Saturday (Sunday NZT) at an indoor arena after their team lost the Greek Cup basketball final in Thessaloniki.

Fans tore out seats and threw them at police who responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades.

Panathinaikos Athens became Greek Cup champions for the sixth straight season, after beating Thessaloniki 68-59.

Mojo13
09-28-2017, 09:25 AM
This story is interesting and .... challenging. Aris fans riot after their loss in a home game in the Greek Cup. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/basketball/89608170/crazy-scenes-as-violence-erupts-at-basketball-game-in-greece

Hah...that seems like a normal day of pro bblall in Greece and the Balkans. Their passion for bball is unrivaled.

Good move for Gary. He started in Poland last year, played well and moved midseason to Cholet Basket of the French top league (Series A). Also a FIBA Champions League team. This is a bit of an upward move from Cholet but I am a little surprised he is not back with Cholet as he played well for them. Looks like Aris wanted him more. The Greece and French top domestic leagues are comparable in quality and both are FIBA champions League teams. However Aris has had a long history of being a top team in Europe in the 80s/90s/and 00s. Hover more recently they have been mismanaged and hit bankruptcy. The last couple years they are under new ownership and improving every year - could be a good club to be associated with if they are striving to regain their top tier status.

ZagNative
10-11-2017, 10:40 AM
Gary's Aris team got its first Basketball Champions League regular season win of the 2017-18 season, scoring 70-64 over Stelmet Zielona Gora. Box Score. (http://www.fiba.basketball/ls/#13509&13536-D-3)Gary scored 7 points and 3 rebounds in 17:45.

Here's the game video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N18xfxHApJs
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ZagNative
10-12-2017, 12:19 PM
Post-game video from yesterday's game published by Aris, gives a nice flavor of the home arena:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLsX-LzpouU&feature=em-uploademail

Highlight video of yesterday's game published by the Basketball Champions League:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKaQuXAMV_4
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Next game for Aris is a Greek League game vs. AEK on Saturday, Oct. 14. Live stats will be here: http://esake.gr/el/action/EsakegameView?idgame=fd650ddd&mode=2

ZagNative
10-15-2017, 10:32 AM
Gary's team won that game vs. AEK 64-62, so Aris is now 1-1 in the Greek league. Gary with 7 points and two rebounds. He's #44 in yellow, important to remember because his name on his jersey is in Greek.

That stadium where they play their home games looks to be on fire with enthusiastic fans. Looks fun! Love watching Gary play fierce defense, like always.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LHByorROqY

Jstock12
10-15-2017, 11:33 AM
Hah...that seems like a normal day of pro bblall in Greece and the Balkans. Their passion for bball is unrivaled.

Good move for Gary. He started in Poland last year, played well and moved midseason to Cholet Basket of the French top league (Series A). Also a FIBA Champions League team. This is a bit of an upward move from Cholet but I am a little surprised he is not back with Cholet as he played well for them. Looks like Aris wanted him more. The Greece and French top domestic leagues are comparable in quality and both are FIBA champions League teams. However Aris has had a long history of being a top team in Europe in the 80s/90s/and 00s. Hover more recently they have been mismanaged and hit bankruptcy. The last couple years they are under new ownership and improving every year - could be a good club to be associated with if they are striving to regain their top tier status.

I feel like Greek fans sometimes tend to forget why they are fans to begin with. They remind of the English football fans/hooligans from 2-3 decades ago - not real fans, just ordinary thugs who are seeking for a reason to get into fights. It wasn't about the game anymore.

ZagNative
10-17-2017, 11:05 AM
Gary's Aris team took a beating today in the BCL, falling to Cez Nymburk 70-99. Gary, however, was high scorer for Aris, coming away with 15 points on 5/9 three-point shooting(!!). Box Score (http://www.fiba.basketball/ls/#13509&13536-D-6).

https://i.imgur.com/JWFxWy0.jpg

Gary spoke at the press conference following the game, about the two-minute mark in the first video below:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLYML2-YiBE

Brief highlight video of the game (Gary as #44 in the black uni):


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oNEOfYjvbI

ZagNative
10-24-2017, 04:21 PM
Aris' next BCL League game, vs. Nanterre, is on for tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 25. Box Score will be here (http://www.championsleague.basketball/17-18/2510/Aris-Nanterre-92).

In the meantime, I came across this photo of our guy #44 I liked from the last game:

http://www.fiba.basketball/api/img/graphic/6864efe4-c580-4726-83cf-3860fae5fbb3/1000/1000?mt=.jpg

ZagNative
11-14-2017, 12:06 PM
Another terrific game for Gary today, as Gary led all Aris scorers with 16 points in a 59-56 Basketball Champions League win over Sidigas Avelin.

Box Score. (http://www.championsleague.basketball/17-18/1511/Aris-Sidigas-Avellino#|tab=boxscore_statistics)

Game Story (http://www.championsleague.basketball/17-18/news/athinaiou-dagger-sees-aris-past-avellino) Nice pic of Gary from the game story:

http://www.championsleague.basketball/images.fiba.com/Graphic/6/1/F/F/FsaXEfaVKk-c1FxfS96wuw.jpg?v=20171114200919024


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b-gwnywCJI

ZagNative
12-12-2017, 11:07 AM
Gary had another good game today, scoring 15 points, with 2 rebounds, and 3 assists, in a 80-72 Basketball Champions League game win over Stelmet Zielona Gora. Box Score. (http://www.fiba.basketball/ls/#10872&10885-D-31)

sittingon50
12-12-2017, 02:12 PM
Thanks Native.

ZagNative
12-12-2017, 02:26 PM
Gary is #44.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFU_Vu71OFc

ZagNative
12-13-2017, 10:01 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=29&v=mHScx6X-cVY

Mojo13
01-22-2018, 08:49 AM
Rumors circulating that Aris and Bell may soon be parting ways. Usually that means the players is not performing up to expectations and is being cut. Nothing formal yet - just saw a note from Sportando that it might be in process.

It is a little strange as I though Gary was playing ok for Aris. But goes to show that as an Import Player the standards and expectations are that you are much better than ok....you gotta be one of the best 2-3 players on the team, or they are wasting the quota slot on you. It is ruthless in the Euro leagues - not much job security.

https://www.sportando.com/en/europe/greece/261986/gary-bell-to-part-ways-with-aris-thessaloniki.html

Mojo13
01-25-2018, 10:31 AM
Rumors circulating that Aris and Bell may soon be parting ways. Usually that means the players is not performing up to expectations and is being cut. Nothing formal yet - just saw a note from Sportando that it might be in process.

It is a little strange as I though Gary was playing ok for Aris. But goes to show that as an Import Player the standards and expectations are that you are much better than ok....you gotta be one of the best 2-3 players on the team, or they are wasting the quota slot on you. It is ruthless in the Euro leagues - not much job security.

https://www.sportando.com/en/europe/greece/261986/gary-bell-to-part-ways-with-aris-thessaloniki.html


might have spoke to soon on Gary. Looks like Aris is in financial trouble and is not paying its players. Gary could be looking to terminate his contract and get to a club that will actually pay him (who knows right now). Oh...the trials and tribulations of playing abroad.

ZagNative
01-25-2018, 11:22 AM
Mojo, I sure appreciate your informative posts.

Gary put in a nice performance yesterday in a losing effort in a BCL game against Besiktas Sompo Japan. 18 points and 4 rebounds.

Box Score. (http://www.championsleague.basketball/17-18/2301/Aris-Besiktas-Sompo-Japan#|tab=boxscore_statistics)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYMjLEjmzfc

ZagNative
06-28-2018, 11:51 AM
Gary has re-signed with Aris, per this post on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Sportando/status/1012341171354562561).

ZagNative
09-25-2018, 09:51 PM
Gary played in the Basketball Champions League qualifier game round 2 today, winning vs. the Russian team Nizhny Novgorod
* 65-63. (Box Score) (http://www.championsleague.basketball/18-19/qualifiers/game/2509/Nizhny-Novgorod-Aris#tab=boxscore). Gary came away with 17 points.

Next game is the second game in Round 2 against Nizhny Novgorod at Aris' home arena in Thessaloniki on Friday, September 28th. The winner of that game will move on to Round 3 vs. JIP Pardubice.

http://www.championsleague.basketball/images.fiba.com/Graphic/9/7/7/3/GYr6R0PUpke93h3Ty6WaCA.png?v=20180925180222660

Mojo13
09-26-2018, 08:01 AM
Gary played in the Basketball Champions League qualifier game round 2 today, winning vs. the Russian team Nizhny Novgorod
* 65-63. (Box Score) (http://www.championsleague.basketball/18-19/qualifiers/game/2509/Nizhny-Novgorod-Aris#tab=boxscore). Gary came away with 17 points.

Next game is the second game in Round 2 against Nizhny Novgorod at Aris' home arena in Thessaloniki on Friday, September 28th. The winner of that game will move on to Round 3 vs. JIP Pardubice.

http://www.championsleague.basketball/images.fiba.com/Graphic/9/7/7/3/GYr6R0PUpke93h3Ty6WaCA.png?v=20180925180222660

Home court is a huge advantage in Erope - Id expect the win easily at home.


This a cool graphic and I like the qualification process for some teams to get into the Basketball Champions League. Although widely considered the third tier pan-European league, the BCL is not that bad. It is not too far off from the EuroCup (Euroleague second tier league) with many BCL teams better than EuroCup teams. The top BCL teams could likely even take out a few bottom EuroLeague teams.

These pan European leagues are great exposure for guys like Gary - perform well and usually you move up to a better club and more pay the following season.

Good to see Aris got through its financial problems last season and Gary resigned - it is a club with allot of history, but has had some ups and downs recently.

ZagNative
09-28-2018, 08:54 AM
Home game in the qualification round underway now, with Gary's team lagging 11-20 at the end of the first quarter. Box Score. (http://www.championsleague.basketball/18-19/qualifiers/game/2809/Aris-Nizhny-Novgorod#tab=boxscore)