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Antranik may be the WLBL biggest sleeper in 2018 - Nov 24, 2017

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Antranik Beirut may be the WLBL biggest sleeper in 2018

Most people forget the powerful history of Antranik Beirut. But how could you; maybe its the ten consecutive WLBL championships. But the last four seasons the league has been dominated by the power of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut and Homentmen Beirut. Will the waves change this season?

Antranik Beirut has done a fantastic job of building a franchise from top to bottom. They have one of the more powerful management teams in league history. Tony Jountouyan who serviced as Lebanese National team manager for the last 17 years. The impressive mind of head coach Vinko Bakic who this summer was named top man for the FIBA Asia Cup for the junior national team. Nareg Avedikian developing the next generation with U20. When you do the math this season may just be the come back year for the leagues most historical team.

This season Antranik Beirut has sign two imports. Star guard Faith Randolph (178-G, college: Virginia) whos averaging a team best 24.4 points per game (ranked 3rd in the WLBL). Latvian center Anita Teilane (195-C-85, agency: LBM Management) has been the most impressive with her ability to play both ends of the court. She is currently leading the league in blocks with 6.3. Most would marvel at her shot blocking ability but she is also adding 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Although imports are very important; Antranik Beirut has done an incredible job signing some of the top locals in Lebanon. Team captain Nancy Maalouf (174-G/F-88) is also a national team member. Sabine Fakhoury (169-PG-85) has returned from retirement to join Karen Chammas (169-PG-93) who serves as the teams top defensive player. With these players Antranik Beirut will shock alot of teams in the final four.


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The Eastern European Women's Basketball league's third Final Four will take place on March 17-18, 2018 at the historic Daugava Sports hall in Riga, Latvia. Final Four 2018 will feature four professional women's basketball teams from four countries: Latvia, Russia, Slovak Republic and Sweden. The Final Four participants are: 1) fourteen time Slovakia champions (2004-2017), twelve time Slovakia Cup winners, MEL champions (2013, 2014), FIBA Euroleague Women Final Four (2013) participants a... [read more]
Antranik Rally to Send Homenetmen to First Loss of the season- Feb.12, 2018  (by Ghassan)

Antranik Beirut shock the number one ranked team in the WLBL Friday night at home. The home team upset Homenetmen 60-56 giving the top seed their first loss of the season. I was quoted at the start of the season with "Antranik Beirut was the sleeper of the league". The historic ball club continues to improve as the season proceeds. This marks a great time in the season to play their best basketball. The club was led by star import Faith Randolph (178-G, college: Virginia). She put togethe... [read more]
Riyadi set for EEWBL playoffs: Hodges leagues best scorer - Jan.22, 2018  (by Ghassan)

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