Naturalized American Guard Geron Johnson (190-G-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Louaize, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13. The 24-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Tadamon (#6, 5-8) 90-77. Thanks to this victory Louaize moved-up to the 5th position in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Louaize is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-7 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Louaize's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Memphis star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (4th best: 24.5ppg), assists (4th best: 6.2apg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg,2.4spg and 51.1% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of Champville. Townes had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Champville was edged by the higher-ranked Moutahed (#4, 8-6) 91-90. Despite lost game Champville moved up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Townes is a newcomer at Champville, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was international guard Ali Mezher (182-PG-94) of Hoops (#10). Mezher showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Hoops, leading his team to a 86-72 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Mayrouba (#9, 3-10). Hoops can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-11 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Mezher he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mezher has individually a great season in Lebanon. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.2apg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87) of Al Riyadi - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Homenetmen - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Dewarick Spencer (192-G-82) of Moutahed - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists 7. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Byblos - 28 points and 19 rebounds 8. Calvin Godfrey (206-F-90) of Sagesse - 16 points and 11 rebounds 9. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92) of Tadamon - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91) of Tadamon - 23 points and 10 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Byblos one game away from the Final Four - 7 hours ago
Byblos are one game away from reaching the Final Four, the 3rd game in the series between Byblos and Tadamon saw the home team controlling the game from the first minutes . Byblos started the game with a very big concentration to seal a win , the first quarter finished on the score of 21-17. The second quarter Byblos through the trio of Jay Youngblood , Clay Tucker and Ali Traoure managed to increased the dominance on the tempo of the game they finished the half leading 38-29.In the third... [read more]
Byblos are one game away from reaching the Final Four, the 3rd game in the series between Byblos and Tadamon saw the home team controlling the game from the first minutes . Byblos started the game with a very big concentration to seal a win , the first quarter finished on the score of 21-17. The second quarter Byblos through the trio of Jay Youngblood , Clay Tucker and Ali Traoure managed to increased the dominance on the tempo of the game they finished the half leading 38-29.In the third quarter Byblos continued from where they stopped in Q2 , they increased the tempo and managed to have a 20 points lead , the 3rd quarter finished on the score of 64-47. The last ten minutes of the game saw the same scenario of the 3rd Byblos trying to increase the lead and Tadamon trying to come back. The game finished on the score of 81-65. Jay Youngblood led all scorers with 25 points , followed by Maurice Kemp with 22 and Clay Tucker with 20.
Best Scorers : Byblos : Jay Youngblood (25) , Clay Tucker (20) , Ali Traoure (19) Tadamon : Maurice Kemp (22) , Mile Illic (16)
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) inked 32-year old Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU). He started the season at Promitheas in Greek A1 league. In 23 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg this season. The last season Faye played at Openjobmetis VA in Italian Serie A where in 21 games he had 9.3ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2apg. In 2010 Faye was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers... [read more]
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) inked 32-year old Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU). He started the season at Promitheas in Greek A1 league. In 23 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg this season. The last season Faye played at Openjobmetis VA in Italian Serie A where in 21 games he had 9.3ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2apg. In 2010 Faye was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in third round (7th overall). The former Southern Methodist University standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Faye played in the final of D-League in 2011. He received also USBasket.com All-D-League Import Player of the Year award back in 2011. Faye was also a member of Senegalese international program for some years. He played for Senegalese Senior National Team between 2007 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2002 and 2004. Faye also represented Senegal at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 56.0%. Faye has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Faye has played previously professionally in France (Hyeres-Toulon) and Senegal (JA Dakar and Rail). His game is described as:
True height is probably around 6-9. A lanky forward, with great wingspan, good ball handling skills and long range shooting ability. He's very active on the court, loves to attack the basket, can grab lots of rebounds. Very active in defense. Can play in the two forward positions, but his future is at the SF, thanks to his good perimetral skills.
Recap of Pepsi LBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - 3 days ago
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Sagesse - Al Riyadi 81-78 Sagesse held off Al Riyadi to even the series at 1-1. Al Riyadi was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-24 charge of Sagesse, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (189-84, college: Iona) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 po... [read more]
Sagesse held off Al Riyadi to even the series at 1-1. Al Riyadi was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-24 charge of Sagesse, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (189-84, college: Iona) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 18 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) added 12 points and 10 assists respectively for the guests. Four Sagesse and five Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Sagesse: S.Burtt 34+3reb+5ast, C.Godfrey 17+18reb, B.Ammoury 11+6reb+4ast, P.Bou Abboud 11+7reb, C.Raines 5+4reb+1ast, M.Ibrahim 3+7reb+9ast Al Riyadi: A.Aminu 19+7reb+2ast, A.Saoud 18+1ast, O.Johnson 13+7reb, E.Sosa 12+2reb+10ast, M.Haidar 11+10reb+2ast, A.Ismail 3+1reb+2ast
Tadamon beat Byblos to tie things up at 1-1 in the series. Tadamon knocked down Byblos Byblos were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 26-16 charge of Tadamon, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Byblos 48-30 including a 36-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Tadamon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. American guard Courtney Pigram (185-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Tadamon players scored in double figures. American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with 21 points and 7 assists and the former international Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) added 27 points in the effort for Byblos. Top scorers: Tadamon: M.Kemp 23+7reb+2ast, C.Pigram 23+9reb+6ast, M.Ilic 10+18reb+2ast, J.Khalil 10+2reb+3ast, G.Hadidian 7+3reb, R.Fahed 6+2reb+3ast Byblos: J.Youngblood 27+3reb, C.Tucker 21+3reb+7ast, A.Traore 16+8reb+2ast, A.Kanaan 8+7reb+1ast, A.Mahmoud 5+4reb+4ast, R.Akl 3+2reb+2ast
Homenetmen outgunned Champville for 2-0 lead. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 31-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Homenetmen dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Champville's 42. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Homenetmen made 7 blocks. The former international swingman Fadi El-Khatib (198-79) scored 33 points (!!!) to lead the charge for the winners and American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) chipped in 19 points and 10 assists during the contest. Homenetmen's coach Joe Nebhan used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Daniel Orton (208-90, college: Kentucky) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) scored 21 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Homenetmen and five Champville players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Homenetmen: F.El Khatib 33+4reb+1ast, K.Galloway 19+2reb+10ast, A.Majok 13+9reb+1ast, D.Jackson 11+9reb+4ast, N.Souaid 4+2reb+1ast, N.Hawi 4+4reb Champville: P.Rembert 21+3reb+6ast, D.Orton 19+10reb+5ast, B.Thomas 12+3reb+1ast, A.Farhat 11+4reb+2ast, B.Bawji 10+15reb+2ast, J.Assi 5+4reb
Louaize rallied past Moutahed for the first win. International guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) notched 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the effort and American forward Alandise Harris (198-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Diamond Sports) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Louaize players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds by American forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) did not help to save the game for Al Moutahed. His fellow American import guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 14 points and 7 assists for the guests. Top scorers: Louaize: G.Johnson 22+5reb+9ast, A.Harris 18+6reb+1ast, E.Stephan 18+1reb, W.Lewis 12+8reb, M.Martinez 4+2reb+4ast, J.Salem 3+6reb+1ast Moutahed: C.Melvin 27+14reb+3ast, D.Spencer 17+4reb+2ast, R.Curry 14+2reb+7ast, C.Tabet 9+10reb+1ast, E.Rustom 4+4reb+2ast, M.Ziadeh 2+2reb
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