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Group A
 1. Al Jaish 4-0 
 2. Al Karameh 2-2 
 3. Al Yarmouk 2-2 
 4. Naser 2-2 
 5. Al Hurriyeh 0-4 
Group B
 1. Al Wahda 4-0 
 2. Al Ittihad 3-1 
 3. Thawra 2-2 
 4. Al Jalaa 1-3 
 5. Al Taleea 0-4 

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Williams: Fans is Ittihad's key of success - Jan 27, 2010

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One of the most successful import players in Syria in the last few years, Damond Williams (197-F-80, college: Mc Neese St.) of Al Ittihad Aleppo had the chance to speak with Eurobasket about his experience in basketball in the country.

1- What're the facts which fans in Syria does'nt know about you?
Well, throughout my basketball career from high school through the professional level I always was the MVP or either my team or my League (Conference). Also I was always known as someone you want to get out of the way on a fast break, because I was going to dunk on you for sure! Not just in

2- After this big experience in Syrian basketball, How did you find it?
I was quite surprised when I first arrived in Syria in 2007. The players play from their heart, and they knew about small things that we emphasis on in the States such as playing aggressive and having a sense of pride for their name and reputation. I just want the floors to be clean and the locker rooms to be more spacious and comfortable.

3- How you differ between playing with Ittihad now and before with Jalaa and Army?
Well, Ittihad was my first club here in Syria, yet due to financial reasons I went to play with Jeish. Which was a great experience playing in Damascus, which I still call my home Yet, Syria is Syria. The basketball is the same, the only difference here with Ittihad are the fans. Since we are now 1st. in the league, they are giving us good support, but we need them regardless if we win or lose. They can help us out a lot. I wont speak about Jalaa, they have enough problem

4- Whats your opinion in the team's head coach and your teammates?
We work hard and our coach wants us to work harder, so we try our best. I think once we practice together more we will build trust with each other and be a great team in the finals.

5- Are you happy with what the team is doing so far in the league?
So far we are in 1st place and we did not have three of our main local players and our coach sidelined for four games. So I am extremely happy so far for being 6-0 with our circumstances.

6- Where do you see yourself in the coming future?
In the future (Inshalah) I want to play at least one season in the NBA, or for sure in the Euroleague in the near future. I have already won MVP here and won a Championship, so I am ready for the next challenge outside of Syria.

7- What're the limits of your dreams in this game?
My dream is to be happy everyday when I retire, knowing that I have done what I wanted to do and dreamed of doing, which was playing professional basketball all around the world.

8- What do you do outside of basketball?
Outside of basketball I have an Art Organization where I am the founder, where we try to find creative artists to teach them how to maximize their potential. The website is I also do some art my self, where also some of my work is on the website as well.

9- Who's your idol in basketball?
My Idol in basketball is (God) Allah. I am working on a book now 'The God of Basketball' which depicts all matters of the game to the most supreme power of all, (God) Allah.

10- Finally, Any words to your fans on the globe?
Keep supporting me and be sure to support the Tarla Art Organization, and look for my new book coming soon.

Giannis Deep
AO Tritonas Sepolion signs Giannis Deep - 3 months ago

AO Tritonas Sepolion (C) signed 30-year old naturalized Syrian point guard Giannis Deep (186-86). He played last season at Ionikos Nikaias in the B. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Deep helped them to win the group title. A very impressive season as he was named to All-Greek B League Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season he played at Promitheas (A2). C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Deep con...   [read more]

Talk N Text signs Michel Madanly - 4 months ago

Talk N Text Tropang Texters (PBA) signed 35-year old Syrian ex-international guard Michel Madanly (194-81). He played this summer at Champville in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Madanly won Saudi Arabian League championship title in 2012. He was also voted All-Syrian League Player of the Year and All-Syrian League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2006, 2009 and 2011. Madanly represented Syria at the We...   [read more]

Merjaneh All-Syrian League Awards 2016 - 5 months ago

Player of the Year: Rami Merjaneh (183-PG-83) of Al Jaish Guard of the Year: Rami Merjaneh (183-PG-83) of Al Jaish Forward of the Year: Hakam Abdullah (199-F-82) of Al Jaish Center of the Year: Wissam Yaqqub (212-C-82) of Al Karameh Defensive Player of the Year: Wissam Yaqqub (212-C-82) of Al Karameh Coach of the Year: Azzam Husain of Al Karameh 1st Team PG: Rami Merjaneh (183-PG-83) of Al Jaish G: Zakaria Al Hussein (190-G-91) of Al Karameh F: Hakam Abdullah (199-F-82) of Al Jaish F: Ha...   [read more]

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