Lebanese Armenian women's basketball team Antranik (AGBU – Antranik Youth Association) won on 19 June 2007 the 14th Arab Women Basketball Champion League title in Morocco for the 2nd consecutive year, after beating Tunisian Safaxi team at the finals 71-73.
The team returned to Lebanon on 22 June 2007 and was welcomed in the airport by the Lebanese Sports Minister and representatives of the Lebanese Basketball Federation and AGBU leaders.
Earlier this month, on 5th June 2007 Antranik won the Lebanese Basketball Championship for the 5th consecutive year after a decisive match against Al Riyadi Beirut team. The game took place at AGBU's Demirdjian Center in Nakkash suburb (north of Beirut) and ended 77-63 in favor of Antranik. This was the 8th Lebanese championship title in Antranik's history in the last 10 years.
Michel Tannous, President of the Lebanese Basketball Federation highly praised the achievement of Antranik's women basketball team and underlined the determination of the players, inviting everyone in Lebanon to take lessons from their example. He mentioned that the Lebanese basketball is in a very good shape, bearing in mind that last May Al Riyadi Beirut men's basketball team secured the title of the Arab men's basketball champion. Thus Lebanon has become the benchmark of the Arab basketball.
Lebanese national team's ex-couch Jasem Qansouh said that Antranik has greater chances now to win the Asian title and reach the Olympiad.
It is worth mentioning that Antranik won the game in the last 24 seconds after a 3 points score by player Ema Eskedian. Another strange incident was the defeat of Antranik in the first Championhsip game, before regaining control on the course of the subsequent matches.
In 2006 UAE Armenians remember Antranik team in Dubai when it won the title of Arab Champion League after defeating the Syrian team “Al Wahda”.
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Webpage of Antranik Youth Association: http://www.agbu-lb.org/aya/
1- Upper-left: Antranik players upon their arrival in the airport carrying the championship cup.
2- Below: Antranik Beirut Women's Basketball team at their victory reception in 2006 hosted by then Lebanon's Sports & Youth Minister, Ahmed Fatfat (center). Photo from AGBU website