Moutahed - Aramex : 81-76 In the 3rd day of the Dubai International Tournament Moutahed had to put a huge performance to overcome a 20 pts difference at the half time against Riyadi Aramex, The first half of the game saw Aramex leading the game from its first minutes with the injuries of Bassel Bawji and Eric Chatfield. These absences made the Lebanese Team suffer in the first half and trailing at the half by 20 points with big performance from Alpha Bangura who had 26 points in the game, but the big comeback made by the local players of Moutahed and especially Bachir Amouri who came from the bench to be a very decisive player. Moutahed closed the gap and took the lead with 2 minutes remaining in the game to finished it with the very important win on the score of 81-76. Marc Salyers had a big rold in the 4th quarter to lead his team to the win, he finished the game with 19 points, Rony Fahed with 16 points and Bachir Amouri with 13.
Sagesse - UAE: 95-68 In another game Sagesse who missed Elie Estephan and Philipp Tabet due to injuries had something to smile for which was the welcoming back of Julien Khazzouh, he joined Sagesse for the game against the UAE National Team , the game saw the dominance of the Lebanese Team from its first minutes and had a comfortable lead throughout the game despite the comebacks made by the home team. Khazzouh for his game in the tournament had 16 points and 12 rebounds , Deshawn Simms finished the game with 20points , Sagesse managed to secure their first win in the tournament at the score of 95-68.
Elegant Sagesse Get Past Egyptian National Team - 9 hours ago
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193-G-84, college: CS Northridge) and Terrell Stoglin(185-G-91, college: Maryland) were able to find spaces in the Egyptian zone to knock down their shots. Sagesse were focused and energetic on... [read more]
Sagesse took on the Egyptian national team as both teams pursued the win to put one foot in the semi-finals. Sagesse started the game off well with good box outs, switching on defense, and hustle on every play. Todd was able to score from his favorite spot on couple of occasions. Michael Efevberha (193-G-84, college: CS Northridge) and Terrell Stoglin (185-G-91, college: Maryland) were able to find spaces in the Egyptian zone to knock down their shots. Sagesse were focused and energetic on both sides of the floor. The best first quarter for Sagesse in this tournament ended in their favor 26-14. In the second q, the Egyptians tried to get back into the game with a full-court defense and some quick plays with their HULK opening spaces under the rim ( Yeah a 2.25m guy is definitely a HULK, not a man). They were able to close the gap to 5 points. The Egyptians kept on pounding and found their touch from behind the arc to tie the game at 40. With 2 seconds left Bashir gave his team a 42-40 lead going into HT. In the beginning of the third, both teams traded buckets as the Egyptian defense started to suffocate the Lebanese offense. Todd O'brian continued his excellent performance to keep his team in the game. Terrell was being pushed and shoved all game long but was still able to score some hard buckets. Sagesse were able to maintain their lead 59-56. In the last q, Sagesse kept on fighting to maintain their lead. Couple of Terrell buckets and some great defending from Todd, Patrick and Bashir kept the lead with 5 min left. Sagesse shared the ball greatly with double teams always placed on Terrell and Mike. Players like Patrick found the gap to score a crucial shot and get the lead up to 5 with 3 min left. In the dying minutes, Sagesse looked for their go-to guy, none other than Terrell Stoglin who put the game to bed with couple of free throws. The game ended 81-75 in Sagesse's favor. Courtesy of: sports-961.com
Stoglin-less Sagesse Suffer Their First Loss Against Riyadi - 1 day ago
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Sagesse went into this game with some 'non-chalence' having played a tough game the day before against Mighty Sport and awaiting their crucial clash against the Egyptian national team. Coach Fouad Abou Chacra rested his star players as a win against the Egyptians is a must to qualify for the semis. The game started off slowly as both teams gave little importance to this game. Nonetheless, Ali Haidar was ready to ball. He blocked Sagesse's player on 4 different occasions limiting their mov... [read more]
Sagesse went into this game with some 'non-chalence' having played a tough game the day before against Mighty Sport and awaiting their crucial clash against the Egyptian national team. Coach Fouad Abou Chacra rested his star players as a win against the Egyptians is a must to qualify for the semis. The game started off slowly as both teams gave little importance to this game. Nonetheless, Ali Haidar was ready to ball. He blocked Sagesse's player on 4 different occasions limiting their movements under the rim. Amir Saoud (186-G-91)'s introduction gave a huge boost to the yellows as they ended the quarter up 17-12. In the second quarter, Riyadi clicked into gear and showed why they are the team to beat. They played that fast tempo offense that Sagesse's defense can't handle. Amir Saoud and Wael Arakji (194-PG-94) ran the floor greatly and with Ken Brown (180-PG-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) backing them up, they were on fire. They gap kept on getting bigger till Patrick Bou Abboud scored few consecutive shots to finish the half trailing 36-32. Same old same old in the third quarter as they pounded the greens early down low with many offensive rebounds. Sagesse were able to stay in the game with some go-to buckets from Patrick and a corner three from Bashir to cut the lead to 1. Soon after Ali Haidar and Wael Arakji took control of the game to score 4 consecutive buckets. Riyadi maintained their lead till the end of the q, 62-55. In the last quarter, both teams shared buckets but some crucial plays from Ismael Ahmad and Branko put Riyadi in the clear as Mohammad Ibrahim's effort were too little too late. Sagesse fall to a 74-85 defeat. Sagesse can't but take positive things from this game as all their players fought valiantly and the Lebanese players showed their real worth. Courtesy of: sports-961.com
Riyadi Breeze Past The Egyptian National Team in their Opening Game - 3 days ago
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19 after the first 10 minutes. In the second quarter, the Egyptian national team pounded the Lebanese basket down low as their frontcourt scored bucket after bucket. Yet Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Amir Saoud kept their team in contention with great hustle and resilience. Th... [read more]
After a slow start to the game, Riyadi trailed for the majority of the first quarter but a late surge from Ismael and co allowed Riyadi to get back and tie the game at 19 after the first 10 minutes. In the second quarter, the Egyptian national team pounded the Lebanese basket down low as their frontcourt scored bucket after bucket. Yet Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Amir Saoud kept their team in contention with great hustle and resilience. The half finished with Riyadi leading by just one, 37-36. The introduction of Ken Brown (180-PG-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) was very helpful for Riyadi as the offense was flowing freely with either Wael or Amir at the SG position. In the third quarter, Riyadi tried to play a faster offense to try and surpass the Egyptian defense before they get positioned. This Egyptian defense was hard to overcome with players standing at 2.27m and 2.18m under the basket. Speed and outside shots from Ismael, Jean, and Branko were the best solutions to break the Egyptian wall. Aminu was exceptional on both ends of the court as he limited second chance points for the opponent and scored his shots down low to give Riyadi a 66-50 3rd quater lead. It was same old same old in the fourth quarter as Riyadi took control of the game. Amir showed off his skills with Ken Brown doing whatever he likes on the court. The Lebanese champions won the game 85-69. Courtesy of: sports-961.com
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