Champville wins Lebanese Championship for the first time - May 13, 2012
Champville defeated Anibal Zahle 63-59 Sunday to collect the Lebanese Basketball League title for the first time in their brief history. Anibal's first trip to the finals ended in despair, as they lost 3-1 for the series.
Entering Sunday's game, Champville sat on the cusp of history, as victory would see them lift the Lebanese basketball title for the first time since their inception. Anibal had other ideas though, and a win for the Zahle team would have prolonged the series and treated fans to a deciding Game 5.
As ever, the Zahle fans were in full voice, and it was imperative that they act as the sixth man if Anibal were to stand a chance. It was the guests though who made an auspicious start, with Marcus Haislip maintaining his devastating final four form. The ex-NBA player had nine points in the first quarter with lethal perimeter shooting. Equally effective was the versatile Fadi Khatib (199-79), who was brandishing his full package, contributing on the offensive end, as well as stifling Anibal on defense. With l.6 seconds remaining, Leroy Hurd cut the lead to six with a timely jumper, which saw the quarter end 24-18 in Champville's favor.
What followed was the dourest of second quarters as both teams scored a combined total of 19 points. Champville's usually stellar 3-point shooting abandoned them in the second, as Elie Stephan, Haislip and Khatib missed a bucket load of open looks. Anibal were equally miserable, as Jay Youngblood's isolations were beginning to have an adverse effect, with Champville doubling up on every occasion and forcing the ball out of the mercurial guard's hands. The rest of the Anibal players failed to capitalize on Youngblood's spacing and were dreadful from the field. The buzzer eventually arrived, closing the curtain on an atrocious quarter.
Anibal coach Miodrag Perisic never shies away from a confrontation, and his team was likely accosted with a ferocious halftime talk by the impetuous Serbian.
After the interval, Anibal took to the third quarter aggressively and were at the races once again. Crippling defense, supplemented by Youngbllood's insatiable appetite to steal the ball, saw the Zahle team get into the open court and punish Champville in transition.
The low scoring continued from both teams, though, as play was erratic and disjointed. Turnovers and dire shooting prevented either side from pulling away.
Deep into the quarter, Khatib stole the ball with the opportunity to extend the lead to three, after an earlier steal had ended in a driving layup. The second steal would produce an opposite result,and as he glided by the stranded Youngblood with the rim seemingly at his knees, Khatib was whistled for traveling. The call caused uproar among the Champville bench, with Khatib sarcastically applauding the referee's ostensibly hashed decision.
Replays showed the Champville star taking no fewer than four steps prior to his basket. The quarter ended 48-47 for Champville.
Samuel Hoskin (206-79, college: De Paul, agency: Higher Vision Sports) offered Champville a much needed boost, with his 22 points and nine rebounds, and the team used his effort to surge to an early five-point lead at the start of the fourth.
Anibal were looking increasingly sloppy, and their failure to execute was beginning to take its toll. Unlike most of the series, Game 4 witnessed Champville dominating the rebounding, as Haislip, Hoskins and Khatib spearheaded the team's second chance points. Anibal were perilously close to being cut adrift, and vital 3-pointers from Youngblood and Ghalib Rida saw them go up by one.
Khatib (20 pts, 9 reb, 5 ass, 2 stls) and Champville would not be denied though, as they quickly restored the lead to six. Four points down with a minute left, Rida missed an uncontested layup, and in the process condemned his team to defeat. Anibal were ragged and slack all night, and memories of what could have been will accompany them for the entirety of the offseason.
The final buzzer sparked wild celebrations for Champville, as their Game 4 victory spelled the first of what could be many Lebanese titles. Their success brings an end to a Riyadi-Sagesse monopoly which had endured for the better part of a decade. *Courtesy of www.dailystar.com.lb
Game 4: Anibal - Champville 57-63 (box-score) Fadi Khatib (199-79) helped Champville to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and Samuel Hoskin (206-79, college: De Paul, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 23 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import swingman LeRoy Hurd (202-80, college: UTSA) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Top scorers: Anibal: J.Youngblood 18+11reb+5ast, L.Hurd 16+12reb+1ast, C.Tabet 9+9reb+1ast, G.Rida 8+3reb, M.Mneimneh 3+3reb+1ast, B.Ammouri 2+3reb Champville: S.Hoskin 23+8reb, F.Khatib 20+9reb+5ast, M.Haislip 15+6reb, K.Aoun 3+9reb+1ast, E.Estephane 2+1ast, P.Iskandar 0
Anibal Zahle 2011-2012 CUP CHAMPION - May 22, 2012
In the final of the Lebanese Cup for season 2011-2012 Anibal met Hoops in Center Demirdjian , Anibal reached the Final after beating Champville in the semi final stage and dethroning the new crowned League Champion from its Cup Title , As for Hoops they reached this stage after winning against Riyadi by forfeit due to the decision taken by the Riyadi administration.
Hoops welcomed for this game two new foreign players , the well known star of the Jordanian National Team Sam Daghlas who was playing major roles this season in the Chinese League before helping the Orthdoxe Club to win the Jordanian League . The second name is Abdel Wahab Hamaoui the Syrian Young Center ( 217cm) who received lot of attention in the past FIBA ASIA Championship which was held in Wuhan China in whihc he participated with the Syrian National Team. Hoops had a rocket start specially through Sam Daghlas and Hussein Khatib , at the end of the 1st quarter Hoops led 17-11 , in the 2nd quarter Jay Youngblood and Leroy Hurd started to move and brought back their team into the game by tying the score 24-24 and to take the lead at the half 38-32. In the 3rd quarter Anibal through Roy Samaha ( who had one his best performances of the season ) made a run and increased their lead to 14 points , Hoops under the leadership of Daghlas kept fighting and reduced the difference to 7 points but Anibal who gained a big experience this season on how to deal with such situation took back the control of the game and finished the 3rd quarter leading 60-51. The 4th quarter saw the same tempo and Anibal securing its first official title in the Lebanese Basketball , At the end of the game the President of the LBF Georges Barakat presented the trophy to Rodrigue AKL.
Jay Youngblood as usual together with LeRoy Hurd (202-F/G-80, college: UTSA) were the keys of their team success they finished with 22 points , 6 block shots for Youngblood and 24 points for Hurd, Roy Samaha was very dominant in the paint ans scored 15 points and 11 rebounds, on the other side Daghlas led Hoops with 20 points,8 rebounds , 8 assists and Hussein Khatib with 17 points.
With the end of the Cup competition the season 2011-2012 comes to end and looks like the season 2012-2013 will be very hot due that teams started to build their teams from this moment.
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