Basketball Boom: Hatis game sells out in advance of rematch with Greeks

Hatis Yerevan (women’s) Basketball Club is hosting Sony Athinaikos from Greece in a Group F game in Yerevan Thursday late afternoon. According to Rustamyan, tickets priced 2,000 (or a little more than $5) had been sold out still before December 1, three days before the game.

All tickets for an upcoming Euro League basketball game featuring a revived Yerevan club have been sold out, and there is still a demand for more, an Armenian basketball boss said at a press conference Wednesday.

“We even asked the staff at the Mika sport hall, the venue of the game, to provide an additional 250 chairs (in addition to already unavailable 1,160). But this still may prove not enough for all who wish to attend as the interest in the game is very high,” said Hrach Rostomyan, the Basketball Federation president.

Hatis Yerevan (women’s) Basketball Club is hosting Sony Athinaikos from Greece in a Group F game in Yerevan Thursday late afternoon. According to Rustamyan, tickets priced 2,000 (or a little more than $5) had been sold out still before December 1, three days before the game.

Hatis’s first home game in Yerevan last month also proved a gate crasher and the Yerevan club (including players from Serbia, Croatia, Georgia, Ukraine and even the United States and Jamaica) did not fail to deliver, beating visitors from Russia.

The victory was followed by a signal success in an away game against Besiktas in Turkey.

The Hatis players devoted their 87-64 victory over the Turkish club in Istanbul to the memory of the victims of the 1915 Genocide of Armenians, according to Rustamyan.

At the press conference, Rustamyan summed up the results of the first three Euro League games, in which Hatis scored two victories (including over Russia’s Chevakata at home) and lost to Greece’s strong Sony Athinaikos in an away game.

“No one would believe in us at first. Only a couple of journalists were present at our early press conferences and we lost the first game to the Greeks with a margin of more than 50 points. But then the girls began to interact, they started to believe in success and we won two games,” said Rustamyan.

For their victory over Besiktas, the coaches and players of Hatis received letters of thanks from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs that were handed to the players by Minister Armen Grigoryan.

“The significance of Hatis’s victory in Istanbul is difficult to overestimate… They are worthy upholders of the glorious traditions of Armenian women’s basketball. The whole of Armenia will support Hatis on December 3,” said Grigoryan.