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Aníbal Sanchez, the hero of basketball entrerriano

Aníbal Sánchez, the hero of entrerriano basketball, changed the history of the province with a triple at the last minute. Today he is remembered with a prize.

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  Hannibal Sanchez   is the hero of the entrerriano basketball. He was a momentous player for Entre Ríos to achieve his first Argentine title. Paranaense took his first steps at Atletico Echagüe Club in the provincial capital. He shone in the National League and then went on his way to Olympus in Bahía Blanca.

Sánchez did not have a born talent, his quality was a process of construction and training and the commitment he had to sport. His first important appointment with glory was in the South American Youth Caracas 1981. His character was tested and responded with aim winning the final against Brazil.

In addition to standing out in the team of his land and then in Bahía Blanca, most importantly, consecration, would come later. He was summoned by the entrerriana team to play the Argentine Championship. Entre Ríos reached the final with Tucumán, seconds were missing and Tucumán won 90 to 89. With the 10 on his back, at home, the Echagüe stadium, Aníbal Sánchez took the ball and bet everything at one shot. He unmarked and threw a triple that would remain in everyone's memory and unleashed the entrerriana joy. Entre Rios was a champion and Sanchez became a hero.

  The least expected end  

Aníbal Sanchez lost his life at just 27 years of age in a traffic accident while he went to training in Bahía Blanca. It ended a path that promised many more epic moments.

  The prize  

The capital entrerriana has paid tribute to the basketball player and gives the Aníbal Sánchez Awards. It is an idea that was developed jointly between the institution and recognized sports journalists. Today many athletes of any discipline, if they stand out, will receive the prize with the name of a loved and historical player of Entre Rios.

Publication Date: 06/05/2020

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