By Kenny Laurie

The Daily Star
Jan 31 2012

BEIRUT: Antranik's sorry season continued Monday after they were
thrashed 92-66 by newly promoted Bejjeh in the Lebanese Basketball
League.The Armenian side have won just one game all season, losing 11
games so far in a torrid season, although they can rest easy knowing
that Chabab Zahle's decision to drop out of the league will spare
Antranik a season in the second division next year.

The club's sense of resignation to a collapsed and pointless season
was plain to see in the first quarter when Bejjeh steamrollered a
moribund Antranik, running out to 30-13 inside the first 10 minutes,
effectively killing off the game before it started.

The home side bucked up their ideas but they were still unable to stop
pouring in points with Arthur Lee particularly influential for the
Jbeil side. Bejjeh were only able to slowly tack points onto the lead.

After opening a 17-point lead at 47-30 8 minutes into the quarter,
Bejjeh conceded three late baskets to go into the half at 50-36.

Bejjeh quickly ripped out into a 57-40 lead 3 minutes into the quarter
before the two sides traded baskets for the rest of the quarter,
eventually finishing 71-53. Bejjeh continued to mount on the pain,
going ahead into a 26-point lead as Antranik's offense fell apart 5
minutes into the final quarter at 56-82.

The scoring slowed down from both sides until the game petered out at
92-66. Bejjeh's win move them into fourth place, a stunningly high
position considering they have been in the top flight for just four
months with a limited budget.

Wednesday sees Anibal Zahle and league champions Riyadi in Zahle
while Hoops Club travel to Ghazir to take on Sagesse.