The ancient city of Byblos hosted a long waited game that joined Byblos the home team to the Leader Sagesse , The game was as expected full of excitement and action, Sagesse came to the game with a clean record of 7-0 and aiming to continue the streak. On the other side Byblos who had a big start in the season after beating Moutahed was very prepared to this game. Byblos had a rocket start and they imposed their game from the first minute leading by 10 at the end of the 1st quarter 36-26 and by 15 at the half 60-45, this big dominance was due to the great performance of Jay Youngblood , Mike Fraser and Mazen Mneimneh who dominated inside the paint . The 3rd quarter saw a change in the game and the rhythm shifted to Sagesse who outscored Byblos 31-14 through Aaron Harper who was scoring from everywhere with a help from Elie Stephan , Elie Rustom and Juien Khazzouh. The end of the quarter saw Sagesse taking the lead 76-74, the 4th quarter saw Byblos answering back and retaking the lead to secure a win but Sagesse managed to score a very crucial basket in the games last 10 seconds to send the game to an overtime, the 4th quarter finished at the score of 95-95. The overtime saw and equal tempo and both teams couldnt finish the game which led to another overtime after finishing the first on the score of 102-102. The 2nd overtime saw a big dominance of Sagesse who led the game and never looked back to secure a big and important game on the score of 123-115. Byblos was led by Jay Youngblood with 32 points ,Mike Fraser with 25 points , 21 rebounds and Mazen Mneimneh with 22 points , 10 rebounds. On the other side Sagesse was led with a huge performance from Aaaron Harper with 39 points, 13 rebounds,Elie Stephan with 23points , Elie Rustom with 18 points and Julien Khazzouh with 17 points.
GS Kymis (A1) signed 27-year old American forward Daniel Orton (208-116kg-90, college: Kentucky). He was supposed to play at Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. The most of last summer Orton spent at Hunan in Chinese NBL where in 25 games he had very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 12.8rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg and 2.5bpg. He also played earlier that season for Leones in Puerto Rican BSN. In four games he recorded 8.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. In 2010 Orton was drafted by Orkando Magic (NBA... [read more]
GS Kymis (A1) signed 27-year old American forward Daniel Orton (208-116kg-90, college: Kentucky). He was supposed to play at Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. The most of last summer Orton spent at Hunan in Chinese NBL where in 25 games he had very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 12.8rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg and 2.5bpg. He also played earlier that season for Leones in Puerto Rican BSN. In four games he recorded 8.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. In 2010 Orton was drafted by Orkando Magic (NBA) in first round (29th overall). He attended University of Kentucky and it is his seventh season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Orton won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2013. He was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention back in 2013. Orton is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Orton has played previously professionally in Mexico (Fuerza Regia), Philippines (Star Hotshots), NBA (Phi.76ers, Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder), Greece (AEK Athens) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors, Maine Red Claws and Grand Rapids Drive). He could be described:
(by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2010)
An intriguing big with a next level body and an extremely long wingspan … He has a wide and developed frame and has the potential to add further mass … A deceptive athlete, he gets off the ground well and sneaks up on people thanks to his length … Physically, he has all the tools to be an inside force in the future. Very careless with the ball, he makes poor decisions and throws it away very frequently … He tries to make passes that have no chance of finding the target.
Toni, thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. How is it going? I appreciate opportunity to talk to eurobasket.. It's going OK with every new year and new challenges. You've been travelling/coaching all over the world. In recent years you've setteled in middle-east. You are coaching in Kuwait this year. What makes this part of the world special for you? Well somehow Middle East is my 2nd home..the place where I feel good and I'm on my top... the job isn't easy as many college's thinking... [read more]
Toni, thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. How is it going? I appreciate opportunity to talk to eurobasket.. It's going OK with every new year and new challenges.
You've been travelling/coaching all over the world. In recent years you've setteled in middle-east. You are coaching in Kuwait this year. What makes this part of the world special for you? Well somehow Middle East is my 2nd home..the place where I feel good and I'm on my top... the job isn't easy as many college's thinking in contrary very hard and very challenging but this is what keeps me going on.
What about basketball in Arab countries? How would you compare it with European? Basketball in Arab country's is in gigantic lift and at the moment only what they need is extra organisation and good planning together with unified league equal to Euroleague.. there are surprising good talents in Morocco, Lebanon and even here in Kuwait that can easy play European leagues... but the amount of quality hours on training should be increased in Middle East. What can you say about your current team and Kuwait basketball. First Kuwait is very nice developed country with great life... Basketball in Kuwait is at the moment on its lowest point because of certain problems in Federation... the Kazma team is good organization with very interesting vision and team is at the moment in lift so we all hope to make a great season.
What can you say about your club managment and staff? Do you feel comfortable at your position? Kazma is one of the top teams in Kuwait and Im very comfortable in my roll... its management with long term plan and little lack of necessery financial support and extra coaching stuff... the younger teams are in need of extra coaches and high level coordinator that will put all lines... but I guess soon all will come in his place with time.. at least I hope.
How was in Morocco? Yes I spend 2 great years in Morocco and feel that basketball in Morocco has hidden potential but unfortunately not used always in good way... it's beautiful country with lot of talented future top players but very bad infrastructure and organisation... hope that better time will come because Morocco is great Sport minded country and deserve best.
The best player you have ever coached was ... ? Well I coached many great players in my past years and I enjoyed working with them... I will not mentioned names because they all was part of my success and would not be far to give one name. You have coached Saudi Arabian and Morocco National Teams in the past. What's the difference in coaching between NT and club? The biggest difference between NT and club is short term projects. Actually shouldn't be a differents but in NT they expect in 15-20 days to create miracles and win major championships. I prefer long term work with NT but unfortunately it isn't appreciate by Federations. Only structured work and team camps during the season can create the big long term results that every1 expect. I was asked in 2012 to coach NT of Lebanon and I didn't accept just because of short term plan that didn't give big chances of success.
Did you have more opportunities, maybe in other coutries? Will you decide to coach another NT when you get such offer? Yes every year are another offers and another possibility but I like long term work (2-3years) where in structured way you build from one team on slow way powerhouse. But again not every country work on same way and mostly is short term plans "do or die" where are coaches under great pressure and results are below expetations. Where do you see yourself in few years? Still in Middle-East? Yes, I see myself in future sure in Middle East. Basketball is Sport that connect people and at the moment most growing Sport in the world beside soccer is in Middle East. So this area is very much growing and give us coaches lot of challenges and opportunities to prove our qualitys.
Last question... what would you like to say to all American player who want to play in Arab countries? Well every import is great addition to every club. He may be American, Serbian, Australian or whichever nationality. Middle East is place to be only if you have great attitude and adjust on culture and life... it's great place to build your future career only if u work hard and don't come thinking that Middle East basketball is far below your level. You will find yourself trapped and your performance will be poor. You need focus, determination., play hard and be all around player.
My thanks for this interview and keep doing great work. Eurobasket.com is connecting people/players different color, backgrounds, religion and it's the best possible promoter of sports in general.
Defending champion Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Pepsi LBL) strenghtened its coaching staff by adding 42-year old Greek coach Evangelos Ziagkos. He will be an assistant to Ahmad Farran. Ziagkos coached most recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A2 League. He received Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Coach of the Year Award previous season. Ziagkos has coached also professionally for other Greece teams. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Lebanon [read more]
Ziagkos coached most recently atDoxa Lefkadas in Greek A2 League. He received Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Coach of the Year Award previous season. Ziagkos has coached also professionally for other Greece teams.
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