Lebanon hunts the "Carthage Eagles" and crowns its first title in the Arab Basketball Championship

  • From the Lebanon-Tunisia match.

    Photography: Ashok Verma

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Today, the Lebanese basketball team won its first title in the history of its participation in the Arab Championship, after waiting for 48 years, since its inception in 1974, after defeating its Tunisian counterpart by three points, with a result of "72-69", in a match that brought them together at Al-Nasr Club Hall in Dubai, in the final of the 24th edition, whose cup bore the name of the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, may God rest his soul, and seven teams have competed for its title since February 8th.

The final day witnessed the success of the Algerian team in clinching the bronze medal by defeating the Somali team with a score of "93-79".

The Secretary-General of the Dubai Sports Council Saeed Hareb, accompanied by the head of the UAE and Arab federations, Major General Ismail Al Gergawi, the head of the Sharjah Sports Council Issa Hilal Al-Hazami, and representatives of the sponsoring companies, went to imitate the Algerian team with bronze medals, Tunisia with silver, and Lebanon with gold and the championship cup.

The Tunisian team surprised its Lebanese counterpart with the start of the match, after the "Carthage Eagles" succeeded in ending the first quarter with a difference of three points and a result of "21-18". However, the Lebanese quickly regained the initiative and were able to end the first half with a lead of "37-34". They gained the advantage of the second quarter "19-13".

The Tunisian team managed to excel in the third quarter, ahead of "20-15", to enter the match in great excitement in its last ten minutes, as the Lebanese team managed to snatch the victory and the title by taking the advantage of the fourth quarter "20-15".

The Lebanese team owes its victory in the final to the brilliance of its playmaker Wael Araqji, who grabbed the title of best scorer in the match with 22 points, while the best scorer for the Tunisian team went to Mohamed Haddadi with 18 points.

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