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WLBL Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 3-0 
 2. Homentmen A. 3-0 
 3. Antranik B. 2-1 
 4. Chabibeh 1-2 
 5. Energy 0-3 
 6. Hoops 0-3 
Full Standings
EEWBL Standings
 1. Good Angels 3-0 
 2. Lulea Basket 3-0 
 3. Piestanske C. 3-0 
 4. TTT Riga 3-0 
 5. Al Riyadi 2-1 
 6. Bornova 2-1 
 7. Tsmoki-Minsk 2-1 
 8. Udominate 2-1 
 9. Liepajas Pap. 1-2 
 10. Canik Belediye 1-2 
 11. Sirenos 1-2 
 12. Kibirkstis 1-2 
 13. Astana Tigers 0-3 
 14. Dynamo M. 0-3 
 15. Gorizont 0-3 
 16. Royal Eagles 0-3 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 1 Kristina King27.0 
 2 April Sykes25.5 
 3 Faith Randolph24.3 
 4 Roneeka Hodges23.0 
 5 Richardson-Smith23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 1 Shareta Brown17.0 
 2 Anita Teilane14.0 
 3 Kristina King12.5 
 4 Latoya Williams12.5 
 5 Shanece McKinney12.0 
Assists Per Game
 1 Kristina King8.0 
 2 Roneeka Hodges6.0 
 3 Lama Moukaddem6.0 
 4 Rebecca Akl5.0 
 5 Michaela Houser4.0 
Steals Per Game
 1 Roneeka Hodges4.0 
 2 Rebecca Akl3.5 
 3 Kristina King3.0 
 4 Michaela Houser3.0 
 5 Jennifer Ammoury2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 1 Anita Teilane6.3 
 2 Shanece McKinney3.0 
 3 Roneeka Hodges2.0 
 4 Latoya Williams2.0 
 5 Richardson-Smith2.0 


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Round 4 (Regular Season)

Energy 58% Nov.21 Hoops
Chabibeh Nov.20 Al Riyadi 79%
Antranik B. Nov.19 Homentmen A 71%
Next Round Schedule

Round 1 (Regular Season)

Al Riyadi 57% Dec.4 Bornova
Royal Eagles Dec.3 Liepajas Pap 87%
Lulea Bsk 70% Dec.3 Al Riyadi
Gorizont Dec.3 Kibirkstis 87%
Bornova Dec.3 Good Angels 66%
Liepajas Pap 92% Dec.2 Gorizont
Kibirkstis 92% Dec.2 Royal Eagles
Good Angels 58% Dec.2 Lulea Bsk
J.D. Barnes Continues to be Chabibeh's Best Asset - Nov 9, 2017

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J.D. Barnes
Ghassan Abousamra

Sporting Club Chabibeh has cashed in a lot of their assets, but the very best is staying exactly where he belongs. Ever since the rebuild began, Fadi Tabet has been notorious for his stockpiling of assets. There were times when it felt as though Tabet would never sell what he had, but that finally stopped after J.D. Barnes was hired.

Tabet lost his prized star coach, Zoran Visic (agency: Promotex ), who was responsible for leading the rebuild and played a major role in getting three national team players signed in the 2016-17 season. He would leave Sporting Club Chabibeh and join the India National Team and had a fantastic summer as he led India to a gold medal in the FIBA Asia Cup. Now, Sporting Club Chabibeh has lost that and all of their national team players along with star point guard Miramar Mokdad to Al Riyada.

It has been said that Sporting Club Chabibeh Sporting Club has now collected the worst talent for the 2018 WLBL season. But there is one man who can see different - J.D. Barnes .

Everyone can see the brilliance of Barnes with the results on the court. He took one of the least talented teams in the league, and got everyone to buy into a system that pushed them to a 29 point victory over Energy Sporting Club when they had no business being there. 'I found it funny that every player told me no in the summer', said Barnes. "All they continued to do was tell me that my team sucks and we won't be competitive."

With no national team players, the results are so far amazing with Sporting Club Chabibeh having been already invited to two major international events in Spain and France. Throw in over 10 years experience as a professional player and Barnes has established one of the most respected reputations in the world in a short period of time. That alone is enough to put Barnes up there with any player in terms of importance. This offseason, however, has shown us why Barnes is even more special than that.

We often hear about players being drawn to certain teams because of the other players they would have around them. Most of it is talent and some of it could also be personality and demeanor, but the players on a team are usually the biggest factor in drawing in other players. For Sporting Club Chabibeh, more so than any individual player, people want to play with Barnes. When you see each and every player improve after joining the team, players realize they have a rare opportunity with Barnes and the results speak for themselves.

'This is not a sprint, it's a marathon', said Barnes. "I have 12 great girls and we will work all season to build the team of the future." It is now quite easy to see why Kristina King (180-PG-92, college: Richmond) was drawn to Barnes. They have history from Team USA and King is not shy about how Barnes has changed her. King has the experience that goes to show just why Barnes is the best coach for her, and there is a great chance that she would not have chosen the Sporting Club Chabibeh team if not for Barnes. Just think, in only two short games Kristina King is the most talked about person in the league. Sunday night versus Energy Sporting Club she posted a league best 44 points along with 13 rebounds. Last summer King started for Team USA in the FIBA William Jones Cup where she was named MVP. She led the tournament in scoring and rebounding on her way to a bronze medal.

'I can't say enough about coach and what he has done for me', said King. "He saved my life and has without a doubt made me the player I am today.'

It's easy to spotlight an import and give credit, but you know you're making a difference when in just a few games it is already obvious that Barnes has had a major impact on the locals players as well. For seven seasons Jennifer Ammoury Maalouf (178-F/G-89) has been nothing more than a role player. Last season for Antranik she averaged just 15 minutes per game. This season, Ammoury is averaging 12.5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. All career highs. 'Coach is awesome', said Ammoury. "He is very hard on us, but we all know he cares. Off the court has been great with coach also. We are in two events in Europe which is motivating our team to get better every day. So hats off to coach."

There really can be no argument now. Players are going to continue to be drawn to Barnes and his track record is proven credible with both King and Ammoury buying into everything that he wants to do. 'It's a challenge for me', said Barnes. "I have always wanted the players that no one invested in. Kristina King was not respected the way she deserved. We worked very hard and now she's one of the hottest professional athletes in Europe. It makes me proud. I have this same outlook for Jennifer." One of the most amazing things about Barnes is that he makes it as easy as possible for a player to be motivated to buy in. There is a lot of speculation about his age and ability to coach on a professional level - but look at him now.

Outlook History: Jermaine Barnes attended Point University where we was named 2006 National Player of the Year along with All-American honors. He would go on to play ten years of professional basketball including the 2014 training camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Barnes won two silver medals in the FIBA William Jones Cup before being forced to retire.

Shanece McKinney gets MVP of the Week award for Lebanon WLBL Round 3 - 4 days ago
America center Shanece McKinney(193-F-92, college: LSU, agency: ProDep Management) had a record breaking game in the last round for Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut and that's her to receive a Player of the Week award for round 3. The 25-year old center had the game-high 33 points adding 16 rebounds for Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in her team's victory, helping them to beat Energy Sporting Club 94-66. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut are currently ranked #1 in the WLBL. McKinney is an ver...   [read more]

WLBL Round 3: McKinney 33 points spark Riyadi, 94-66 - 4 days ago
Al Riyadi Energy 94-66 Tuesday night Al Riyadi Beirut meant business as the out classed Energy 94-66. Riyadi was again led by star post player Shanece McKinney (193-F-92, college: LSU, agency: ProDep Management). She finished the game with 33 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks. Aida Bakhos (175-G-86, college: Lamar) added 15 + 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. National Team guard Lama Moukaddem (174-G/F-90) was again the top playmaker for her club dishing out 5 assists to match her 12 points. Ro...   [read more]

Rebecca Akl
Homentmen Rally from 10 Down to Beat Chabibeh in the 4th; Kristina King Injured - 5 days ago
One injury changed Game between the WLBL power Homentmen Antelias and Sporting Club Chabibeh Sunday night. Homentmen Antelias were down 10 points in the second half before Sporting Club Chabibeh star Kristina King (180-PG-92, college: Richmond) injured her knee. The result was an immediate turnaround and a 72-62 win for Homentmen Antelias. Rebecca Akl (169-PG-92) and April Sykes (182-G/F-90, college: Rutgers) helped fuel the run with 40 of their 72 combined points in the second half....   [read more]

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Teilane' triple-double powers Antranik past Hoops Club, 79-66 - 7 days ago  
Rebecca Akl is the best domestic player in Lebanon according to - 8 days ago  
J.D. Barnes Continues to be Chabibeh's Best Asset - 9 days ago  
Kristina King gets MVP of the Week award for Lebanon WLBL - 10 days ago  
WLBL Round 2: Hodges 29 points spark Riyadi, 78-51 - 10 days ago  
Sykes scores 32, Homentmen now 2-0 after out classing Hoops 82-56 - 11 days ago  
WLBL Round 2: Kristina King dominates Energy Club with 44 points and 13 rebounds, Chabibeh wins 83-54 - 13 days ago  
Roneeka Hodges gets MVP of the Week award for Lebanon WLBL - 17 days ago  
Williams' double-double powers Homentmen past Energy Club, 73-53 - 17 days ago  
WLBL Round 1: Hodges great play holds off Hoops for first win, 83-72 - 17 days ago  
WLBL Round 1: Antranik hold off Chabibeh rally for first win, 68-61 - 20 days ago  
Candice Agee (ex Dynamo-NPU) joins Homentmen Antelias - 21 days ago  
April Sykes (ex Mieleras) is a newcomer at Homentmen Antelias - 21 days ago  
Antranik Beirut lands Anita Teilane - 24 days ago  
Daphnee Frieson (ex Tadamon) agreed terms with Goga - 26 days ago  
Energy Sports Club sign Patton and Torres - 29 days ago  
Women Arab Club Basketball Championship: CS Sfaxien defeated by Lebanon's Homenetmen (61-50) in final - 1 month ago  
Chabibeh Sporting Club beat Al Thawra in a friendly 57-43 - 1 month ago  
Homentmen win 2017 Arab Championship: Little named MVP - 1 month ago  
Chabibeh signs Kristina King, ex Platges Mataro - 1 month ago  
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