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Kapoulas turns attention to the 2017/18 BBL season

After leading Great Britain back into Division A at the Under-20 European Championships, Andreas Kapoulas has turned his attention back to preparations for the upcoming season with the Bristol Flyers.

The Greek play-caller secured a generous 81-65 victory over Russia on the final day of the competition, to earn a third place finish in Division B and secure promotion back into the top-flight for the first time since 2015.

"Achieving promotion into Division A is the best feeling ever,” Kapoulas told bristolflyers.co.uk.

“To win a bronze medal for team GB and representing your country is something that we will always remember.”

Kapoulas receives his bronze medal at the U20 European Championships (credit FIBA)
Coach K was named as head coach of the GB U20s in March 2016, with a hope to bring the team back into Division A of the Championship.

With the BBL season due to start soon, Kapoulas hopes to keep the momentum going with five returning players announced so far from last season’s squad.

“I’m really looking forward to the season ahead," he admitted.

"Just being able to bring guys back into the roster from last season, along with some very good additions as well - I feel that we’re really taking steps forward, each and every year."
 

“The fact that the returning guys already know the system is very exciting, they all know what we are trying to do on and off the court and they are very excited to get started.”

Andreas Kapoulas

The Flyers have three new additions to the squad so far, who are all due to arrive this month ahead of pre-season preparations and the upcoming British Basketball All-Stars Championship.

“For the new players coming in, they know what the Flyers have achieved in the last three years in the BBL,” Kapoulas continued.

“There are also a lot of exciting things happening off the court. The British Basketball All-Stars Championship will give us some great exposure from Sky Sports and it will be a great event to start off the season.

"Excitement is the general feeling, everyone wants to get going. Everyone will be ready in September to go for, what we want to be, the most successful season in the BBL so far."

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