Brian Beshara, a smooth transition to coaching - Apr 12, 2012
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Brian Beshara-Feghali (204-F-77, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: LSU), a name that hasn't been on the Lebanese basketball table for quite some time since he was pushed out of Sagesse in very strange conditions in 2010 while playing for free. Since then the former National Team Player (34 years), who scored 26 points in the 2004 Final win of Sagesse in the Asian Clubs Championships, has started a major shift in his career, preparing in the NCAA for a coaching future, while keeping in the possibilities a return to play in the Lebanese League in the right conditions.
Q- Hello Brian, its been well over a year and a half since you left Lebanon. What have you been doing?
A- Well I was offered an assistant coaching position at the University of New Orleans last year and I have always been interested in coaching so I decided to get my coaching career started. Our Head Coach moved to the University of Arizona, which is one of the very best colleges in the NCAA and I got a chance to move up a level also and go to Tulane University as their director of Player Development and Video. We just finished our first season last month and are busy as the host school for the Final Four which is going on this weekend in New Orleans as Im sure you know...so all in all it's been a fun great experience the last couple of seasons.
Q- What did you benefit from the College coaching experience?
A- The experience has been unbelievable...from reconnecting with all of my friend and contact in the NCAA and NBA basketball over here to the actual day to day experience of learning from some of the very best in the business. My head coach last year worked under Bob Knight at Indiana who is a Hall of Fame coach and coaching legend here in America and this year was another great experience watching and learning from our coach who had been an assistant at North Carolina St and Tennessee previously. It's really allowed me to evolve from the player I always was to start becoming the coach I think I am meant to be. Technically speaking, I have been consumed with the strategic side of the game and spent 1000's of hours watching and dissecting other teams and players so I just have an even deeper comfort level with the game to compliment my experiences and feel for the game I had as a player.
Q- Have you been practicing or playing any kind of basketball?
A- I have played in friendly leagues and pickup games just for fun and to stay in shape but coaching has been my priority and coaching here really dominates your time if you want to do it well. I still beat our players in shooting games and short games of 1 on 1 though from time to time just to not let them get too satisfied with themselves haha...
Q- Are you still following the Lebanese basketball news and teams?
A- I am actually...my experience playing in Lebanon was a real blessing and I will always follow how things go over there. It looks like things have not changed too much at the top of the league with Riyadi and Champville still apart from the rest but it's nice to see the some new teams show some ambition and positive results this year...it would be great to see Sagesse and Moutahed get back to where they have been in the past and where I was fortunate to be a part of some very good teams.
Q- How do you think can Lebanese basketball improve in the short term
A- In the short term I would just say to focus on the best interests of the game and only the game. No individual or group or team is more important than the game and I think some short sightedness and maybe greed has caused basketball to fall from where it was during the late 90's and early 2000's. We need to have an abundance mentality rather than a scarcity or zero-sum mentality...there is enough success to go around for everyone and the better and more marketable basketball becomes in general the better it will be for everyone.
I think it's a shame to be honest to see what happened with the national team for instance. As everyone knows, we almost beat China in my last time playing for Lebanon and I had not injured my knee severely in the beginning of the tournament we would have had a great great chance to win the whole tournament. We really had some high level talent playing together and the entire core of the team Jackson, Matt, Jean, Fadi, Ali, myself and others were all still capable of playing at a high level along with some nice young developing talent to draw from. We were on the verge of becoming dominant in Asian basketball if we had stayed the course and put the game of basketball before any other issue. Now nobody is afraid of Lebanese Basketball unfortunately
On the bright side I do see some positive things happening with the local league so I hope this can continue while we suffer through a difficult time on the National Team side. Basketball in Lebanon has an incredible potential and I hope it realizes this potential locally and on the world level.
Q- Any chances of seeing you again as a Player in Lebanon?
A- I would never say never...ive only just turned 34 and my body has been able to stay fresh from not playing 60-80 games a year for the past few years. But that said, my last year there was difficult after passing up a big contract to try and help Sagesse through the issues they were and still seem to be going through so it would just have to feel like a really good situation with a management that had the resources, ambition, and professional mentality to be champions. I dont feel like I have anything left to prove as a player but the challenge of helping to build a champion is definitely the next focus of my career wherever I am...as a player or a coach.
Q- What are you future plans for this coming season?
A- Right now, I really enjoy my situation at Tulane but this is the time of year a lot of movement happens in college basketball...pretty much every coach in the country is in New Orleans for the final four so I am looking forward to touching base with all of my friends in the business and seeing what everyone is up to and if any other interesting opportunities open up here at Tulane or maybe somewhere else.
Q- Any wish list you might have for yourself basketball wise?
A- Well I am looking forward to being a head coach one day as soon as possible...the last two years have given me confidence that I am ready to take this challenge. Im also definitely looking forward to coming back to Lebanon soon for vacation or professionally...either one is fine with me as long as I get to visit soon!
Geron Johnson to join Lebanon for WABA Championship - May 24, 2016
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Geron Johnson(190-G-92, college: Memphis) will strengthen the roster of Lebanon National Team for the upcoming WABA Championship. Geron Johnson played in the Lebanese League this season. He tallied 22.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in Louaize. Later the guard moved to Obregon in Mexico. Geron Johnson averages 20.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game in CIBACOPA. [read more]
Geron Johnson (190-G-92, college: Memphis) will strengthen the roster of Lebanon National Team for the upcoming WABA Championship. Geron Johnson played in the Lebanese League this season. He tallied 22.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in Louaize. Later the guard moved to Obregon in Mexico. Geron Johnson averages 20.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game in CIBACOPA.
Sagesse is back to the Finals after the 2013-2014 against Riyadi. This season also Lebanese fans will also enjoy the derby in the Finals , Riyadi will face Sagesse in the Finals in a best of seven format. Sagesse managed to win first ever game 7 in the history of the LBL . Tripoli hosted the much waited game in Safadi center . Both team were focused to win the game , Sagesse who had a big start in game 6 but couldn't hold to the lead to loose the game had another big start but this time... [read more]
Sagesse is back to the Finals after the 2013-2014 against Riyadi. This season also Lebanese fans will also enjoy the derby in the Finals , Riyadi will face Sagesse in the Finals in a best of seven format.
Sagesse managed to win first ever game 7 in the history of the LBL . Tripoli hosted the much waited game in Safadi center . Both team were focused to win the game , Sagesse who had a big start in game 6 but couldn't hold to the lead to loose the game had another big start but this time they manage to resist the comeback made by Moutahed who suffered a foul problem and especially for Herve Lamizana. Sagesse led the first quarter 22-12 and continued it lead to finish the first half leading 37-27 through the big performance of Sagesse players , Gyokchyan (10pts , 7rebs) , Ibeke (18pts , 14rebs,5blks) , Stoglin (23pts) .
The 3rd quarter saw the same scenario , Moutahed making a comeback through their leader Ramel Curry but Sagesse answering back and finishing the 3rd 54-43 and the game 69-54. The FINALS will start on Wednesday and its expected to be one of the most exciting ones for years. Best performances: Moutahed : Ramel Curry (22pts,6rebs) Sagesse : Ekene Ibeke (18pts,14rebs,5blks) , Terrel Stoglin (22pts)
Pepsi LBL Round 6 of Semi-Finals. Riyadi clinch Finals birth - May 22, 2016
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Homenetmen - Al Riyadi 65-85 Al Riyadi knocked down Homenetmen to win the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-65. Al Riyadi had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) who score... [read more]
Al Riyadi knocked down Homenetmen to win the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-65. Al Riyadi had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) who scored 30 points. Guard Jahmar Young (196-87, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) added 11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals respectively. Homenetmen's coach Joe Moujaes rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Homenetmen: D.Jackson 24+5reb+3ast, K.Galloway 11+10reb+6ast, N.Souaid 9+3reb+1ast, N.Pelle 8+6reb, A.Ibrahim 8+3reb+1ast, M.Bilal Tabbara 5+6reb+2ast Al Riyadi: A.Harper 30+3reb+3ast, J.Young 17+5reb+7ast, A.Ismail 13+10reb+4ast, C.Daniels 10+13reb+4ast, J.Abdel Nour 7+9reb, A.Haidar 4+3reb+3ast
Moutahed escaped with a vital road win over Sagesse to force the decisive seventh game in the series. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 28-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) who led his team to a victory with 29 points. Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (208-81, college: Rutgers) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) replied with 31 points and 4 assists and Nigerian-American power forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sagesse. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Sagesse: T.Stoglin 31+1reb+4ast, E.Ibekwe 18+6reb+2ast, D.Bolds 16+5reb+5ast, E.Roustom 4+8reb+3ast, J.Ghattas 0+2ast, S.Khoury 0 Moutahed: R.Curry 29+2reb+3ast, H.Lamizana 15+8reb+5ast, R.Akl 10+4reb+3ast, O.El Ayoubi 9+2reb+1ast, A.Eddin Arnaout 8+4reb+1ast, T.Ammoury 3+7reb+2ast
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