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Pepsi LBL Standings
 1. Champville 6-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 5-1 
 3. Homenetmen 5-1 
 4. Sagesse 4-2 
 5. Moutahed 4-2 
 6. Beirut Club 3-3 
 7. Byblos 1-5 
 8. CS Antonins 1-5 
 9. Louaize 1-5 
 10. Tadamon 0-6 
Full Standings
Last:11/15/2017
Division 2 Standings
Group A
 1. Beirut 7-0 
 2. Hadath 6-1 
 3. Animation 4-2 
 4. Al Anwar 2-3 
 5. Feytroun 1-3 
 6. Beit el Kiko 1-4 
 7. ENB 1-4 
 8. Aamal 0-5 
Group B
 1. Centrale 6-0 
 2. Antounieh 4-2 
 3. Antranik 4-3 
 4. Army 4-3 
 5. Tebnine 3-3 
 6. Aintoura 2-4 
 7. Meziara 2-5 
 8. Amchit 0-6 
Last:3/1/2017
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1 Al Gezira 3-0 
 2 JS Manazeh 2-1 
 3 Al-Muharraq 1-2 
 4 FUS Rabat 0-3 
Group B
 1 Homenetmen 3-0 
 2 Al Gharafa 2-1 
 3 FAR Rabat 1-2 
 4 Al Nizwa 0-3 
Group C
 1 ASS Sale 3-0 
 2 GS Petroliers 2-1 
 3 Al Fateh 1-2 
 4 Ahli Shabab 0-3 
Last:10/28/2017
WABA League Standings
Group A
 1 Al Riyadi 3-0 
 2 Petrochimi 2-1 
 3 Naft Abadan 1-2 
 4 Seraeyett 0-3 
Group B
 1 Chemidor 2-0 
 2 Sagesse 1-1 
 3 Al Mina 0-2 
Last:3/14/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sam YOUNG
  Homenetmen
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Young, Homenetmen25.5 
 2. Pointer, Byblos22.8 
 3. El-Khatib, Champville22.3 
 4. Douby, Al Riyadi21.8 
 5. Franklin, Louaize21.8 
 6. Jackson, Sagesse20.8 
 7. Hall, Byblos20.8 
 8. Youngblood, Sagesse20.2 
 9. Rembert, Tadamon20.0 
 10. Harris, Louaize19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Moutahed
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Townes, Moutahed13.7 
 2. Fraser, Sagesse13.0 
 3. Vukosavljevi., Tadam.12.3 
 4. Bawji, Beirut Club11.3 
 5. Mobley, Louaize11.2 
 6. Kanaan, Byblos8.7 
 7. Pointer, Byblos8.6 
 8. Young, Homenetmen8.5 
 9. Emory, CS Antonins8.2 
 10. Greene, Al Riyadi8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Homenetmen
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Hodge, Homenetmen7.3 
 2. El-Khatib, Champville6.8 
 3. Hall, Byblos6.2 
 4. Burwell, CS Anton.6.0 
 5. Crawford, Beirut C.6.0 
 6. Youngblood, Sagesse5.8 
 7. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.8 
 8. Rembert, Tadamon4.8 
 9. Dandach, Louaize4.7 
 10. Khalil, Moutahed4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dewayne JACKSON
  Sagesse
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Jackson, Sagesse3.5 
 2. Crawford, Beirut C.2.7 
 3. Youngblood, Sagesse2.2 
 4. Hall, Byblos2.2 
 5. Pointer, Byblos2.0 
 6. Douby, Al Riyadi2.0 
 7. Powell, Moutahed1.8 
 8. Bou-Abboud, CS Anton.1.8 
 9. Chamoun, Homen.1.7 
 10. Hawkins, Champville1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Moutahed
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Townes, Moutahed3.2 
 2. Upshaw, Champville2.3 
 3. Vukosavljevi., Tadam.1.8 
 4. Mobley, Louaize1.8 
 5. Fraser, Sagesse1.8 
 6. Jackson, Sagesse1.7 
 7. Pointer, Byblos1.4 
 8. Daniels, Al Riyadi1.2 
 9. Kanaan, Byblos1.0 
 10. Young, Homenetmen1.0 
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Round 7 (Regular Season)

Sagesse 89% Dec.3 CS Antonins
Homenetmen Dec.3 Champville 57%
Beirut Club 93% Dec.2 Tadamon
Moutahed 59% Dec.2 Al Riyadi
Louaize 69% Dec.1 Byblos
Pepsi LBL Round 9: Derby game ends with Al Riyadi's defeat of Sagesse - Jan 17, 2017


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Pepsi LBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 9 rounds left.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beirut: Al Riyadi (#4) and Sagesse (#8). Sagesse was crushed at home by 30 points 79-109 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Al Riyadi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Sagesse's 34 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Sagesse 46-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. Al Riyadi looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Al Riyadi made 8 blocks. It was a good game for Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international point guard Wael Arakji (194-94) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) answered with 50 points (!!!) for Sagesse. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion (6-3) moved-up to third place. Sagesse at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Champville and Mayrouba. Al Riyadi are looking forward to face Champville (#7) in Dik El Mehdi in the next round. Sagesse will play on the road against Mayrouba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Hoops Club's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after eight consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Louaize (5-4) 84-69. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Darrius Garrett chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center Wendell Lewis (208-89, college: Alabama St., agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Hoops Club maintains tenth place with 1-8 record. Louaize at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Moutahed. Hoops Club will play against higher ranked Tadamon (#6) in Zouk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Louaize will play on the road against the league's leader Homenetmen where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Pepsi LBL top team - Homenetmen (8-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Champville (3-6) in Beirut 82-55. Dewayne Jackson nailed 32 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Brandon Thomas came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Champville in the defeat. Champville's coach Ghassan Sarkis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Homenetmen maintains first place with 8-1 record. Loser Champville keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Sagesse and Mayrouba. Homenetmen will meet at home Louaize (#4) in the next round. Champville will play against Al Riyadi in Beirut and hope to secure a win.
The game in Mayrouba was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Al Moutahed (5-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Mayrouba (3-6). Al Moutahed managed to secure a 9-point victory 74-65. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Cleveland Melvin who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Al Moutahed have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Louaize. Mayrouba at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Al Moutahed's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Byblos on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mayrouba will play against Sagesse (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Tadamon was beaten by Byblos on the road 91-80.

Mayrouba - Moutahed 65-74

The game in Mayrouba was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Al Moutahed (5-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Mayrouba (3-6). Al Moutahed managed to secure a 9-point victory 74-65. Al Moutahed outrebounded Mayrouba 46-30 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU, agency: Stealth Sport) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTRGV) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and center Robert Upshaw (213-94, college: Washington) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively. Al Moutahed have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Louaize. Mayrouba at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Al Moutahed's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Byblos on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mayrouba will play against Sagesse (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: R.Curry 18+7reb+4ast, D.Bowles 17+8reb+5ast, C.Melvin 17+12reb+3ast, E.Roustom 9+3reb+2ast, C.Tabet 6+9reb, O.El Ayoubi 4+6reb+1ast
Mayrouba: E.Jones 28+11reb+1ast, R.Upshaw 16+6reb, T.Ammar 8+7reb+1ast, F.Anaty 5+2reb+4ast, C.Kodsi 5+1reb+3ast, I.Umipig 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 522117


Hoops - Louaize 84-69

Hoops Club's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after eight consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Louaize (5-4) 84-69. It was a great shooting night for Hoops Club especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and American center Darrius Garrett (206-90, college: Richmond) chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center Wendell Lewis (208-89, college: Alabama St., agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Hoops Club and four Louaize players scored in double figures. Hoops Club maintains tenth place with 1-8 record. Louaize at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Moutahed. Hoops Club will play against higher ranked Tadamon (#6) in Zouk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Louaize will play on the road against the league's leader Homenetmen where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Hoops: I.Kaissy 18+2reb+5ast, V.Vukosavljevic 17+13reb+1ast, D.Garrett 14+14reb+2ast, A.Mezher 13+5reb+8ast, O.Thomas 13+3reb+2ast, T.Merheby 4+1reb
Louaize: E.Stephan 19+3reb+4ast, W.Lewis 18+10reb+2ast, G.Johnson 13+8reb+6ast, T.McKie 11+8reb+1ast, M.Martinez 8+8reb+2ast, R.Bechara 0+1reb
gschID: 522121


Sagesse - Al Riyadi 79-109

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beirut: Al Riyadi (#4) and Sagesse (#8). Sagesse was crushed at home by 30 points 79-109 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Al Riyadi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Sagesse's 34 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Sagesse 46-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. Al Riyadi looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Al Riyadi made 8 blocks. It was a good game for Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international point guard Wael Arakji (194-94) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. American guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) answered with 50 points (!!!) and the other American import power forward Ivan Johnson (203-84, college: CS San Bernar., agency: Haylett Sports) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Sagesse. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion (6-3) moved-up to third place. Sagesse at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Champville and Mayrouba. Al Riyadi are looking forward to face Champville (#7) in Dik El Mehdi in the next round. Sagesse will play on the road against Mayrouba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: A.Aminu 22+10reb+2ast, A.Saoud 18+4reb+3ast, K.Brown 14+7reb+4ast, W.Arakji 14+6reb+7ast, B.Cvetkovic 12+10reb+2ast, A.Haidar 11+2reb+1ast
Sagesse: T.Stoglin 50+2reb+1ast, I.Johnson 16+11reb+2ast, P.Bou Abboud 9+4reb+2ast, S.Khoury 2+2reb, G.Yves-Daaboul 2+1reb+3ast, T.O'Brien 0+7reb+1ast
gschID: 522118


Byblos - Tadamon 91-80

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Byblos (7-2) beat at home 5th ranked Tadamon (4-5) 91-80. It looked good early as Tadamon took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Byblos had a 26-16 second period charge getting the lead and Tadamon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-91. They outrebounded Tadamon 42-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) chipped in 28 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) who recorded 30 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Earvin Morris (196-94, college: UTEP) added 20 points respectively. Tadamon's coach Paul Coughter rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Byblos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-2 record behind leader Homenetmen. Tadamon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Byblos' next round opponent will be Al Moutahed (#5) in Tripoli. Tadamon will play on the road against Hoops Club in Beirut and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Byblos: J.Youngblood 28+5reb+3ast, C.Tucker 24+3reb+4ast, N.Ebi 24+18reb, J.Aby Khers 8+3reb, R.Akl 5+6reb+4ast, T.Ammoury 2+4reb+5ast
Tadamon: M.Kemp 30+7reb, E.Morris 20+3reb+2ast, B.Tabbara 13+6reb+3ast, J.Khalil 8+6reb+8ast, F.Abou Jaoude 4, G.Hadidian 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 522120


Homenetmen - Champville 82-55

Pepsi LBL top team - Homenetmen (8-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Champville (3-6) in Beirut 82-55. They outrebounded Champville 52-37 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Homenetmen made 10 blocks. American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) nailed 32 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international swingman Fadi Khatib (198-79) accounted for 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Darian Townes (208-84) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Champville in the defeat. Champville's coach Ghassan Sarkis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Homenetmen maintains first place with 8-1 record. Loser Champville keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Sagesse and Mayrouba. Homenetmen will meet at home Louaize (#4) in the next round. Champville will play against Al Riyadi in Beirut and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Homenetmen: D.Jackson 32+8reb+2ast, F.Khatib 26+8reb+4ast, H.Gyokchyan 11+9reb, A.Majok 6+11reb, K.Galloway 4+10reb+11ast, E.Chamoun 3+3reb
Champville: B.Thomas 21+8reb+1ast, P.Rembert 14+3reb+4ast, D.Townes 12+12reb+2ast, B.Bawji 6+10reb+1ast, R.Dagher 2, A.Farhat 0+1ast
gschID: 522119


  




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