Lebanon started its campaign in the FIBA ASIA Cup previously known as Stankovic Cup with a big win against Macau on the score of 120-51.
Lebanon champion of the previous edition which was held in Lebanon in 2010 , welcomed back to this championship Fadi Khatib and Elias Rustom , Khatib is back after a one year absence , he was not with the team that participated in the 2011 FIBA ASIA Championship which was held in Wuhan China , Rustom was a key member in the 2010 Lebanons victory and was a starter during the FIBA 2010 World Championship , he suffered a back injury which sidelined him for the past two years.
The game against Macau saw a very big dominance of Lebanon from the start , Elias Rustom scored the first two points of the game in his first minutes on the court after a long absence. Minute after minute Lebanon started to impose its rhythm and at the end of the first quarter Lebanon had a 15 point Lead, 32-17. The 2nd quarter saw the same tempo and Lebanon in this quarter outscored Macau 30 to 8 , and Lebanon had a very big lead at the half ,the score was 62-25. The third quarter saw also Lebanon outscoring Macau 30 to 8 finishing it on the score of 92-33 , as for the last quarter Macau made a reaction but still Lebanon had the advantage with 28 to 18 , The final result of the game was 120-51. Elie Stephan Led all scorers with 24 , he was followed by Fadi Khatib with 22 and Elias Ruston with 15.
Lebanon will play against the Philippines tomorrow, this game and Chinas should be very decisive to identify the Leader of this group. China is participating with Team B, a group of young talented players.
72 hours before the Final four, teams are not allowed to change their imports anymore.
Here is the last import list for the 4 teams:
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut : Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) and Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona)
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut : Quincy Douby (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) and DeShawn Sims (203-F-88, college: Michigan)
Champville : Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St [read more]
72 hours before the Final four, teams are not allowed to change their imports anymore. Here is the last import list for the 4 teams:
Ten teams started A very long Regular season followed by the playoffs, only four teams deserved the opportunity to compete for the only two tickets for the final battle .
League's leaders , Riyadi will be facing the League's ranked fourth Champville .
This Series will kick off on Friday the 24th of may .
Riyadi took its final decision by choosing Dewarick Spencer and Loren Woods to play along their Local team mates [read more]
Ten teams started A very long Regular season followed by the playoffs, only four teams deserved the opportunity to compete for the only two tickets for the final battle . League's leaders , Riyadi will be facing the League's ranked fourth Champville . This Series will kick off on Friday the 24th of may . Riyadi took its final decision by choosing Dewarick Spencer and Loren Woods to play along their Local team mates. Champville and after winning their first ever Waba Trophy, decided on keeping both Jeleel Akindele and Jeremiah Massey who showed a tremendous level that took the Lebanese Current Champions to a very high level .
On the other side of the pool, Sagesse who finished the regular season as second, will face mouttahed ( third ) in a battle that is expected to be a thrilling war zone. Thursday the 23rd will show this series' debut. Sagesse is coming from a somehow easy series against hoops, and a withdrawal from Waba due to unknown reasons, while mouttahed just finished last night it's playoffs series against the power horse Byblos.
In the fourth game of the best-of-five first-round playoffs series of the Lebanese League that took place yesterday at Jbeil, Byblos clinched the win (96-92) against Al Moutahed Tripoli, to force a decisive game 5 tomorrow in Tripoli at 16:00.
Al Moutahed Tripoli players started the game focused and they were able to put Byblos star player Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) in an early foul trouble in the first three minutes of the first quarter [read more]
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