PS Karlsruhe Lions

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PS Karlsruhe Lions
Nickname The pride of lions
Founded 1961
Hall Europahalle Karlsruhe
(1500 seats)
Sports director Danijel Ljubic
Trainer Drazan Salavarda
league 2. Bundesliga ProA (men)
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The basketball department of the Post Südstadt Karlsruhe (PSK) has been called PS Karlsruhe Lions since 2014 (proper spelling: 'PS Karlsruhe LIONS'). The first men’s team has played in the ProA since the 2017/18 season , the first women’s team in the Regionalliga Südwest . The PS Karlsruhe Lions are very active in youth work. As in the previous season, the U16 qualified for the youth basketball league (JBBL) in 2016 .


Since 1961, basketball has been played at PSK in the southern district of Weiherfeld-Dammerstock in Karlsruhe . In the following decades the department celebrated numerous regional and national successes. In 2016, the PS Karlsruhe Lions registered four men's teams and two women's teams for play. There were also numerous youth teams from U10 to U18. Until 2016 there was a cooperation with the BG Karlsruhe , which emerged in 1993 from the basketball departments of the PSK and its neighboring club, FC Südstern. With the promotion of the first men's team of the PS Karlsruhe Lions to the 2nd Bundesliga ProB , the cooperation was ended in May 2016, as both teams competed in the same league in the 2016/17 season.

Development of the men's team

2014–2017: marching through to the 2nd Bundesliga ProA

In the 2014/15 season, the team rose as champions of the 2nd Regionalliga Südwest-Süd in the 1st Regionalliga Südwest. Before the 2015/16 season, Croatian Aleksandar Šćepanović , who came from city rivals KIT SC Karlsruhe , replaced Danijel Ljubic as head coach. Ljubic concentrated on his duties as head of the basketball department. The PSK managed to march through as a climber: Scepanovic led the team to the championship title in the 1st Regionalliga Südwest and thus to promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga ProB . After his triumph, Scepanovic was named coach of the year in the league by the internet service . With an average of 15.3 points per game, the American Martinis Woody was the best thrower in the championship team.

The main round of the ProB season 2016/17 ended as a newcomer to the first league table of the southern season. After moving into the playoff semifinals, the club declared that it wanted to move up to the second highest German division, 2. Bundesliga Pro A , but at the time the city did not have an arcade that met ProA requirements. The sports hall of the Friedrich-List-Schule, in which the PSK played its home games (also the games of the JBBL and Regionalliga teams) and which was affectionately known as the “lion cage”, had a maximum capacity of 862 spectators below that for the ProA prescribed mark of at least 1500 seats. The Europahalle with a capacity of up to 9,000 seats was no longer approved for events with over 200 spectators since 2014 due to safety deficiencies. As a suggestion, the PSK brought up the construction of a ball sports hall or the construction of a lightweight hall on the club's premises, which was initially rejected by the authorities. Thereupon the founder of the PSK fan club wrote an internet petition under the motto “Ball sports hall for Karlsruhe - now!”. With their entry into the ProB final after winning the semifinals over Elchingen , the lions gained the right to promotion to the ProA in April 2017. Karlsruhe won the final first leg against Weißenhorn 71:67 ​​away, but missed the championship title with a 71:77 defeat in the second leg.

Promotion coach Scepanovic announced his departure after the 2016/17 season and accepted an offer from Weißenfels: He became assistant coach at the Bundesliga returnees Mitteldeutscher BC . The American Michael Mai was hired as his successor .

Season 2017/18

ProA started the new season in September 2017 . The Lions roster had been expanded to twelve players shortly before the start of the season, so that all positions could be filled multiple times. From the promotion team from April 2017, only Dmitrij "Dima" Kreis and Orlando Parker were still in the squad. The other players have left the club or have switched to the second team that competes in the Regionalliga Baden-Württemberg. After a defeat in the Baden derby at the MLP Academics Heidelberg, the Lions surprised their favorite opponent Phoenix Hagen on matchday two and secured their first victory in the ProA with 100: 83. The Karlsruhe team moved into the championship round as fifth in their first ProA year. The team advanced to the semi-finals and was defeated by the eventual champions SC Rasta Vechta .

Season 2018/19

The Karlsruher, who had to cope with the departures of top performers such as Jarelle Reischel and Richie Williams during the summer break , opened the game year with only two wins from the first nine matches, as a result of which coach May was dismissed in mid-November 2018. Shortly afterwards, the Croatian Ivan Rudež was signed as his successor. He led the team as eighth in the championship round. In the quarter-finals against Chemnitz, the champions of the point round, Karlsruhe remained without a win in three games and was eliminated. The highest point average of the Karlsruhe team in the course of the season was Davonte Lacy (16.8), followed by Orlando Parker (13.7).

Season 2019/20

At the beginning of February 2020, coach Rudež was dismissed, with which the sporting leadership, according to the club, drew the "consequences of the sporting development". The Croatian team had won seven out of 22 league games in the course of the season and was third from the bottom of the table. The two assistant coaches Drazan Salavarda and Samuel DeVoe took over the management of the team as a team, whereby Salavarda became head coach as the holder of the necessary coaching license. When the season was canceled in mid-March due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus , Karlsruhe was in 15th place with nine wins and 18 defeats.

Coach chronicle

Term of office Surname
2014-2015 GermanyGermany Danijel Ljubic
2015-2017 CroatiaCroatia Aleksandar Šćepanović
2017–11 / 2018 United StatesUnited States Michael May
11 / 2018-02 / 2020 CroatiaCroatia Ivan Rudež
since 02/2020 GermanyGermany Drazan Salavarda


Squad of the PS Karlsruhe Lions in the 2019/2020 season
Attention: The squad information is out of date!
(current season: 2020/2021)
No. Nat. Surname birth size info Last club
Guards ( PG , SG )
3 United StatesUnited States Marcus Stroman 10/12/1995 1.89 m United StatesUnited States Louisiana College
10 United StatesUnited States KC Ross-Miller 4.1.1991 1.85 m SlovakiaSlovakia MBK Handlova
13 GermanyGermany Daniel Norl 7.3.1995 1.91 m United KingdomUnited Kingdom Cheshire Phoenix
22nd GermanyGermany Jeremy Dunbar 25.3.1988 1.94 m Phoenix Hagen
30th GermanyGermany Filmore Beck June 22, 1991 1.89 m scanplus baskets Elchingen
Forwards ( SF , PF )
5 United StatesUnited States Brandon Conley 12/14/1993 2.01 m AustriaAustria BC Vienna
6th CroatiaCroatia Emil Savic 03/26/1998 2.04 m SpainSpain Valencia Basket Club
12 GermanyGermany Niclas Sperber 3/15/1996 2.01 m FC Schalke 04 basketball
21st United StatesUnited States Orlando Parker September 16, 1991 2.03 m Baskets Vilsbiburg
33 United StatesUnited States Bryan Coleman July 9, 1992 1.98 m AustraliaAustralia Logan Thunder
Center ( C )
23 GermanyGermany Maurice Pluskota May 30, 1992 2.09 m Casting 46ers
Nat. Surname position
GermanyGermany/CroatiaCroatia Drazan Salavarda Head coach
United StatesUnited States Samuel Devoe Assistant coach
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As of April 21, 2020


Hall situation

When it came to the hall issue, a solution was favored according to which the team should play their home games in a lightweight hall after promotion to the ProA, which was used by the Oettinger Rockets until the end of the 2015/16 season . The former site of VfB Südstadt Karlsruhe was chosen as a suitable location for the venue, but the city still had to decide whether to purchase the lightweight hall. Irrespective of this, it became apparent that home games in the provisional venue would no longer be possible in the 2017 calendar year.

On July 11, 2017, a decision was made on the hall issue: the majority of the main committee of the City Council of Karlsruhe voted in favor of a corresponding proposal, which was accepted in a modified version. The city promised the PSK a grant of around 850,000 euros for the Gotha lightweight hall, the location of which was ultimately chosen for the PSK club grounds. In addition, the city granted a further 60,000 euros, which should be used to carry out structural adaptation measures on the site and the building there. In addition, it was decided to pay the PSK 6,000 euros for each ProA home game that it contests in other venues outside of Karlsruhe until the necessary work to make the lightweight hall usable in order to cover part of the costs. But the question of the hall took another turn: Since the construction of the lightweight hall ultimately did not prove to be feasible, the city of Karlsruhe decided at the beginning of September 2017 to prepare the Europahalle, which was actually closed for larger events, in order to be there with an audience capacity of up to 1500 from the beginning of the year To play the home games in 2018. The previous home games were awarded to St. Leon-Rot and the sports hall of the Karlsruhe Friedrich-List-Schule.

At the end of January 2018, the Karlsruhe municipal council approved the construction of a new large sports hall suitable for the second division. This is to be built by autumn 2019 on the site of the Elisabeth Selbert School in Karlsruhe. A capacity of 1500 spectators is planned. The costs are estimated at 13.5 million euros.

Web links

Individual evidence

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  10. ^ Karlsruhe: Voices from the municipal council: KULT: Hall situation? Unsatisfactory! Retrieved April 18, 2017 .
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