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LBL Standings
 1 Al Riyadi 9-1 
 2 Champville 7-2 
 3 Homentmen 6-2 
 4 Beirut Club 5-4 
 5 Byblos 4-5 
 6 Hoops 3-6 
 7 Moutahed 3-6 
 8 Atlas F. 2-7 
 9 Sagesse 1-7 
Full Standings
Last:1/19/2019
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:9/8/2018
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1 Beirut Club 4-0 
 2 Al Ettehad 3-1 
 3 Al Arabi 2-2 
 4 Al Nasr 1-3 
 5 Al Sadab 0-4 
Group B
 1 ASS Sale 4-0 
 2 Homenetmen 3-1 
 3 Sporting 2-2 
 4 Al Fateh 1-3 
 5 Qalandia 0-4 
Full Standings
Last:10/8/2018
WABA Champions Cup Standings
 1 Petrochimi 3-0 
 2 Al Riyadi 2-1 
 3 Sariya 1-2 
 4 Al Jaish 0-3 
Full Standings
Last:9/8/2018

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marvelle HARRIS
  Moutahed
  (196-PG-93)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Harris, Moutahed26.1 
 2. Nelson, Byblos24.9 
 3. Riley, Byblos23.1 
 4. Dixson, Hoops22.2 
 5. Jackson, Champville21.8 
 6. Efevberha, Homen.20.7 
 7. El-Khatib, Champville20.0 
 8. Townes, Atlas F.19.7 
 9. Hodge, Homentmen18.9 
 10. Crawford, Beirut C.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Atlas F.
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Townes, Atlas F.12.6 
 2. Thomas, Hoops10.3 
 3. Haidar, Beirut Club10.2 
 4. Post, Sagesse9.4 
 5. Nelson, Byblos9.4 
 6. Majok, Champville9.0 
 7. Abdel-Nour, Al Ri.8.3 
 8. Hunt, Beirut Club7.9 
 9. El-Khatib, Champville7.4 
 10. Jackson, Champville7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Chris CRAWFORD
  Beirut C.
  (193-G-92)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Crawford, Beirut C.6.7 
 2. Akl, Byblos6.6 
 3. Hodge, Homentmen6.5 
 4. El-Khatib, Champville5.7 
 5. Mansour, Hoops5.6 
 6. Farhat, Atlas F.5.0 
 7. Saoud, Al Riyadi4.9 
 8. Dandach, Moutahed4.7 
 9. Mezher, Champville4.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marvelle HARRIS
  Moutahed
  (196-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Harris, Moutahed3.4 
 2. Mansour, Hoops3.3 
 3. Dixson, Hoops3.0 
 4. Jackson, Champville2.6 
 5. Franklin, Moutahed2.0 
 6. Khoury, Byblos1.8 
 7. Saoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 8. Johnson, Sagesse1.7 
 9. Mneimneh, Byblos1.7 
 10. Salem, Moutahed1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Champville
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Majok, Champville4.1 
 2. Townes, Atlas F.2.0 
 3. Post, Sagesse2.0 
 4. Nelson, Byblos1.3 
 5. Thomas, Hoops1.3 
 6. Haidar, Beirut Club1.1 
 7. El-Ayoubi, Mouta.1.0 
 8. Galloway, Al Riyadi1.0 
 9. Bou-Abboud, Homen.0.9 
 10. Johnson, Homentmen0.9 

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Byblos Jan.21 Homentmen 60%
Sagesse Jan.20 Champville 91%
LBL Round 8: Hoops Club beats Atlas F. by one after a very close game - Dec 31, 2018


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Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most exciting game of round 8 in the LBL took place in Zahle. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Atlas F. (2-5) to eighth ranked Hoops Club (2-5) 66-65 in the game for the seventh place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atlas F.. Hoops Club forced 21 Atlas F. turnovers. American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) saved the victory by scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Senegalese forward Ibrahima Thomas (213-87, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ghassan Nehme (190, college: Fair Dickinson) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Atlas F.Hoops Club moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Atlas F. Hoops Club is looking forward to face higher ranked Al Moutahed (#6) in Tripoli in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Atlas F. will play on the road against Champville in Dik El Mehdi and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Tripoli. Sixth ranked Byblos (3-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Al Moutahed (3-4) 86-84 in the fight for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Moutahed. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Aaron Nelson (205-91, college: S.Indiana) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Malcolm Riley who added 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. point guard Marvelle Harris (196-93, college: Fresno St., agency: Slash Sports) responded with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Byblos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Moutahed. Byblos will play against bottom-ranked Sagesse (#9) in Beirut in the next round. Al Moutahed will play on the road against Hoops Club (#7) in Beirut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beirut: Homentmen (#2) and Beirut Club (#4). Homentmen (6-1) smashed visiting Beirut Club (4-4) by 32 points 100-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Beirut Club. The winners were led by Walter Hodge who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by Ali Haidar did not help to save the game for Beirut Club. 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 keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Al Riyadi. Beirut Club at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Homentmen's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beirut to the arena Al Riyadi.
LBL top team - Al Riyadi (6-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Sagesse (1-6) in Beirut 73-68. The best player for the winners was Mark Lyons who scored 23 points. Sagesse's coach Ghassan Sarkis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Al Riyadi maintains first position with 6-1 record, which they share with Homentmen. Sagesse lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Al Riyadi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beirut Homentmen.



Atlas F. - Hoops 65-66

The most exciting game of round 8 in the LBL took place in Zahle. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Atlas F. (2-5) to eighth ranked Hoops Club (2-5) 66-65 in the game for the seventh place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atlas F.. Hoops Club forced 21 Atlas F. turnovers. American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) saved the victory by scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Senegalese forward Ibrahima Thomas (213-87, college: Cincinnati) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ghassan Nehme (190, college: Fair Dickinson) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Darian Townes (208-84, college: Arkansas) added 10 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Atlas F.Hoops Club moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Atlas F. Hoops Club is looking forward to face higher ranked Al Moutahed (#6) in Tripoli in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Atlas F. will play on the road against Champville in Dik El Mehdi and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Atlas F.: G.Nehme 18+5reb+5ast, D.Thompson 13+5reb+1ast, D.Townes 10+15reb+3ast, A.Abou-Akl 8+2reb+1ast, A.Farhat 7+7reb+4ast, J.Zaloum 5+4reb+2ast
Hoops: W.Warren 28+7reb+6ast, I.Thomas 14+16reb, A.Mansour 7+6reb+4ast, K.Jadayel 6+1reb, N.Hachem 5+4reb, S.Alaaeddine 4+1reb
gschID: 702893


Moutahed - Byblos 84-86

Important game to mention about took place in Tripoli. Sixth ranked Byblos (3-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Al Moutahed (3-4) 86-84 in the fight for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Moutahed. Byblos players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Aaron Nelson (205-91, college: S.Indiana) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Malcolm Riley (196-93, college: Texas Southern) who added 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. Point guard Marvelle Harris (196-93, college: Fresno St., agency: Slash Sports) responded with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St.) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Four Al Moutahed players scored in double figures. Byblos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Moutahed. Byblos will play against bottom-ranked Sagesse (#9) in Beirut in the next round. Al Moutahed will play on the road against Hoops Club (#7) in Beirut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: T.Franklin 23+8reb+1ast, M.Harris 23+6reb+4ast, J.Salem 14+5reb+3ast, O.El Ayoubi 11+6reb, H.Dandach 9+5reb+6ast, E.Bechara 4+4reb+1ast
Byblos: A.Nelson 29+7reb+5ast, M.Riley 18+3reb+4ast, M.Mneimneh 9+5reb, M.Khoury 9+9reb, R.Akl 8+2reb+7ast, A.Kanaan 8+3reb
gschID: 702894


Sagesse - Al Riyadi 68-73

LBL top team - Al Riyadi (6-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Sagesse (1-6) in Beirut 73-68. The best player for the winners was American guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 23 points. Naturalized Egyptian power forward Ahmad Ismail (205-76) chipped in 10 points and 5 assists. Canadian power forward Keanau Post (211-92, college: Missouri) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and Aziz Abdel-Massih added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Sagesse's coach Ghassan Sarkis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Al Riyadi maintains first position with 6-1 record, which they share with Homentmen. Sagesse lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Al Riyadi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beirut Homentmen.
Top scorers:
Sagesse: K.Post 20+12reb, A.Abdel Massih 16+3reb+3ast, Y.Ghantous 13+3reb+4ast, H.Johnson 6+5reb+1ast, M.Sadaka 5+2reb+1ast, A.Sbeity 3+1reb
Al Riyadi: M.Lyons 23+3reb+1ast, A.Ismail 10+4reb+5ast, A.Saoud 10+4reb+1ast, B.Bawji 8+3reb, W.Arakji 8+4reb+2ast, J.Abdel Nour 7+8reb+4ast
gschID: 702895


Homentmen - Beirut Club 100-68

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beirut: Homentmen (#2) and Beirut Club (#4). Homentmen (6-1) smashed visiting Beirut Club (4-4) by 32 points 100-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Beirut Club. Homentmen shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 63.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Beirut Club's players. The winners were led by U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 assists and American power forward Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) supported him with 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Homentmen players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by the former international forward Ali Haidar (201-90, college: Michigan Tech) did not help to save the game for Beirut Club. American guard Chris Crawford (193-92, college: Memphis) added 21 points for the guests. 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 keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Al Riyadi. Beirut Club at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Homentmen's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beirut to the arena Al Riyadi.
Top scorers:
Beirut Club: C.Crawford 21+4reb+3ast, A.Haidar 20+10reb+3ast, K.Hunt 8+5reb+1ast, M.Abdul-Aleem 7+4reb+2ast, M.Martinez 3+1reb, R.Fahed 3
Homentmen: M.Efevberha 20+5reb+2ast, W.Hodge 18+2reb+11ast, C.Johnson 17+11reb+1ast, G.Hadidian 12+2reb, E.Rustom 11+3reb+4ast, M.Ziadeh 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 702896
  




Ater Majok
Best players of Lebanese LBL round 10 - 4 days ago
ATER MAJOK Experienced Naturalized South Sudanese Center Ater Majok (208-C-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Champville and that's him to receive a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 10. The 31-year old center had a double-double of 16 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Moutahed (#7, 3-6) with 17-point margin 93-76. Champville is placed at 2nd position in Lebanese LBL. They would have been even better if they di...   [read more]

Mark Lyons
LBL Round 10: Leader Al Riyadi gets another victory - 5 days ago
Here is the last round review presented by ESL. Leader Al Riyadi delivered the eighth win on Monday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Byblos (4-5) 93-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Byblos. Al Riyadi dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Byblos' 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Byblos' players. American guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college...   [read more]

Darian
Townes
Lebanese LBL round 9 best performance: Darian Townes (by Interperformances) - 11 days ago
DARIAN TOWNES American Power forward Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) had a great game in the last round for Atlas F., receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 9. The 34-year old player was the main contributor (36 points, seven rebounds) to as his team Atlas F. maintains the 8th position in Lebanese LBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 6 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Townes had a rema...   [read more]


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