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WABA Standings
 1. Lebanon 5-0 
 2. Iran 4-1 
 3. Jordan 3-2 
 4. Iraq 2-3 
 5. Syria 1-4 
 6. Palestine 0-5 
Points Per Game
  Avg: 22.8
 1. El Khatib, LEB22.8 
 2. Galloway, IRQ22.0 
 3. Jamshidi, IRI20.4 
 4. Abdeen, JOR19.8 
 5. Abu-Shamala, PAL17.8 
 6. Alawadi, JOR16.8 
 7. Yakhchali, IRI16.6 
 8. Madanly, SYR15.0 
 9. Rustom, LEB12.3 
 10. Al-Hchaimi, IRQ11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Nunnally, PAL10.4 
 2. Majok, LEB8.6 
 3. Haidar, LEB8.3 
 4. Cheikh, SYR8.0 
 5. Kazemi, IRI7.8 
 6. Hussein, JOR7.4 
 7. Hameed, IRQ7.2 
 8. Galloway, IRQ7.0 
 9. Tabet, LEB6.8 
 10. Abu-Shamala, PAL6.8 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Galloway, IRQ5.4 
 2. Madanly, SYR5.0 
 3. Abdeen, JOR4.0 
 4. Mashayekhi, IRI3.8 
 5. Alawadi, JOR3.4 
 6. Arakji, LEB3.3 
 7. Harbasha, SYR3.2 
 8. El Khatib, LEB2.3 
 9. Yakhchali, IRI2.2 
 10. Nasajpour, IRI2.2 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Mashayekhi, IRI3.2 
 2. Abdeen, JOR2.8 
 3. El Khatib, LEB2.5 
 4. Galloway, IRQ2.2 
 5. Harbasha, SYR2.2 
 6. Nazarian, SYR2.0 
 7. Saoud, LEB2.0 
 8. Abu-Shamala, PAL2.0 
 9. Bzai, JOR1.7 
 10. Aljuboori, IRQ1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2
 1. Hameed, IRQ2.0 
 2. Zaghab, JOR1.8 
 3. Al-Khafaji, IRQ1.6 
 4. Galloway, IRQ1.2 
 5. Majok, LEB0.8 
 6. Adribi, SYR0.8 
 7. Hussein, JOR0.8 
 8. Bawji, LEB0.7 
 9. Saddir, SYR0.6 
 10. Arghavan, IRI0.6 

Lebanon celebrate title in Amman (Photo: facebook)
   2017 ROSTER    
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
Wael Arakji
Elie Stephan
Mohamad Haidar
Ater Majok
Fadi El Khatib
El Khatib
4 Bassel Bawji 203-F-89 Champville Lebanon
5 Amir Saoud 186-G-91 Al Riyadi Lebanon
6 Jad Khalil 186-PG-96 Tadamon Lebanon
7 Wael Arakji 194-PG-94 Al Riyadi Lebanon
8 Elias Rustom 197-G/F-87 Moutahed Lebanon
9 Elie Stephan 193-SG-86 Louaize Lebanon
10 Ali Mezher 182-PG-94 Hoops Lebanon
11 Mohamad Haidar 201-F-90 Al Riyadi Lebanon
12 Charles Tabet 205-C/F-87 Moutahed Lebanon
13 Nadim Souaid 192-G/F-86 Homenetmen Lebanon
14 Ater Majok 208-C-87 Homenetmen Lebanon
15 Fadi El Khatib 198-F/G-79 Homenetmen Lebanon

Joe Nebhan Head Coach Homenetmen Lebanon
Vladan Glavinic Assistant Moutahed Lebanon All-West Asia Basketball Championships Awards 2017 - Feb 3, 2017 All-West Asia Basketball Championships 1st Team 2017
Kevin Galloway
Behnam Yakhchali
Fadi El Khatib
El Khatib
Mohammad Jamshidi
Asghar Kardoust

Best Player: Fadi El Khatib (198-F/G-79) of Lebanon
Best Guard: Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Iraq
Best Forward: Fadi El Khatib (198-F/G-79) of Lebanon
Best Center: Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) of Iran

1st Team
PG: Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Iraq
SG: Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) of Iran
F/G: Fadi El Khatib (198-F/G-79) of Lebanon
SF: Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) of Iran
C: Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) of Iran

Honorable Mention
Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) of Jordan
Wael Arakji (194-PG-94) of Lebanon
Elias Rustom (197-G/F-87) of Lebanon
Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) of Iran
Hameed Ali (188-G-93) of Iraq
Micheal Madanly (194-SF-81) of Palestine
Michael Nunnally (203-F-86) of Syria
Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87) of Palestine

Lebanon celebrate title in Amman - Feb 2, 2017

Jordan - Iran 59-82
Iran earned the second position in Amman. They wrapped up their campaign with an easy win over Jordan. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Iran grabbed a 25:15 lead after ten minutes. They extended the margin at 15-point mark at the interval. Iran sank 38 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) and Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) tossed in 14 points each for the visitors. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) responded with 17 points for Jordan.

Lebanon - Syria 78-64
Lebanon knocked down Syria to finish the tournament undefeated. Elias Rustom (197-G/F-87) stepped with 26 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Syria secured a 29:27 halftime lead. But Lebanon shifted the gear in the second half. They unloaded 51 points in the second half to march to a hard-fought victory. Elie Stephan (193-SG-86, college: Alabama So. CC) deposited 12 points for the winners. Hani Adribi (205-C-90) responded with 23 points and 13 rebounds for Syria.

Palestine - Iraq 48-79
Iraq beat Palestine in their final game in Amman and qualified for FIBA Asia Cup later this year. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88, college: Texas Southern) was pivotal for the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Iraq grabbed a comfortable 46:19 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Ali Hamad (193-F-86) accounted for 11 points for the winners. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Palestine.

Results and Stats from Day 4 in Amman - Feb 1, 2017

Syria - Palestine 86-70
Syria opened win count in Amman> They outlasted Palestine for 1-3 record. Micheal Madanly (194-SF-81) posted 21 points and 11 assists to pace the winners. Palestine jumped to a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. Syria however responded with a strong 29:11 run in the second term to spur ahead. Syria dropped 43 points in the second half to ice the win. Omar Cheikh (204-C-91) tallied 17 points and 19 boards for the winners. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Palestine.

Iran - Iraq 92-80
Iran beat Iraq to qualify for 2017 FIBA Asia Cup. Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) nailed 27 points to lead the winners. Iran unloaded 56 points in the first half to take a 19-point advantage. Iraq narrowed the deficit in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) delivered 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88, college: Texas Southern) responded with 29 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds for Iraq.

Jordan - Lebanon 61-72
Lebanon toppled Jordan to conquer WABA Championship title in Amman. Fadi El Khatib (198-F/G-79) was pivotal with 33 points and 6 rebounds for the champions. Lebanon set the tone early in the game. They recorded a 27:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Jordan narrowed the gap at 8-point mark at the final intermission. But Lebanon used a 20:17 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Mohamad Haidar (201-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) responded with 16 points for Jordan. Ahmad Alhamarsheh (197-F-86) had 12 points in the loss.

Results and Stats from Day 3 in Amman - Jan 31, 2017

Palestine - Jordan 75-90
Jordan outscored Palestine to pick up the third straight win at the tournament. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) nailed 30 points to lead the winners. Jordan found themselves trailing by 5 points at the interval 49:44. But Jordan went on a strong 46:26 run in the second half to seal yet another win in Amman. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) netted 23 points for the winners. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) responded with 23 points and 6 boards for Palestine.

Lebanon - Iran 65-62
Lebanon topped Iran for the third straight victory in Amman. Fadi El Khatib (198-F/G-79) tossed in 21 points for the winners. Lebanon grabbed a 14:10 lead after ten minutes. Iran pulled within 2 points at the big break 27:25. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. Lebanon entered teh fourth stanza up by two points. They held Iran to just 15 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory. Wael Arakji (194-PG-94) accounted for 16 points for the winners. Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) responded with 15 points for Iran.

Iraq - Syria 66-53
Iraq opened win count at the championship. They beat Syria to snap two-game skid. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88, college: Texas Southern) scored 25 points to lead the winners. Iraq recorded a 36:27 halftime lead. Syria narrowed the deficit in the third term. They pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But Iraq held their opponents to just 8 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to the first victory. Mohammed Al-Khafaji (206-C-91) and Dhilfiqar Al-Hchaimi tossed in 12 points each for the winners. Omar Cheikh (204-C-91) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Syria.

Lebanon ease past Palestine in Amman - Jan 30, 2017

Lebanon - Palestine 99:75

Lebanon claimed the second straight win at the WABA Championship. They topped Palestine to stay perfect in Amman. Elie Stephan (193-SG-86, college: Alabama So. CC) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Lebanon erupted for 29 points in the opening frame to gain an 11-point lead. Lebanon extended the lead in the second frame. They established a 50:26 halftime lead. Lebanon dropped 49 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Fadi Khatib (198-F/G-79) accounted for 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) responded with 25 points for Palestine as they dropped at 0-2 record.

West Asian Basketball Championship tips off - Jan 29, 2017

Jordan hosts the West Asian Basketball Association (WABA) Championship with an opening match against Syria on Sunday. The Kingdom is joined by Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Iran in the six-team tournament hosted at Fuheis Club. The points system will decide the zone champion and the top four will qualify to the 29th Asia Cup, to be held in Lebanon in August. Jordan first won the West Asia title in 2002. In 2016, Jordan beat Lebanon 83-82 to clinch second place at the WABA Championship and advanced alongside Iran and Iraq to the FIBA Asia Challenge, where they finished third. In 2014, Jordan won the WABA title for the second time in the absence of both the Lebanese and senior Iranian teams, and represented the West Asia zone at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup where China, as well as defending FIBA Asia Championship title-holders Iran, had automatically qualified. The competition was previously known as the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup between 2004 and 2010, and as the FIBA Asia Cup from 2012 to 2014. The champion was given an automatic berth to the following year's FIBA Asia Championship. Qatar were champs in 2004, Jordan in 2008, Lebanon in 2010 and Iran in 2012, 2014, and 2016.
In 2010, Jordan finished second behind Iran and qualified to the 26th FIBA Asia Championship where, for the first time in the country's history, Jordan reached the final but lost the chance to qualify directly to the 2012 Olympic Games after losing the final 70-69 to China. Jordan then played at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) for Men but lost to Puerto Rico and Greece and was eliminated. The OQT gave Asia's second and third teams a chance to qualify to the London Games basketball event.
Starting with 2017, the Asian Championships and the FIBA Oceania Championship will merge into one tournament to be known as the FIBA Asia Cup. It will be held every four years like the EuroBasket, AfroBasket and Americas Championship. The tournament will determine the composition of the joint FIBA Asia and FIBA Oceania qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. During the FIBA Asia Central Board meeting in 2016, it was decided that the event is the first step in the process of identifying the qualifiers for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup (the new name of the Asian Championship), the first ever Continental Cup played jointly by teams from Asia and Oceania. Although Jordan reached the World Championship in 2010, official support for Jordan's second most popular game is seen as below par by most observers, leading to a decline in the game locally and less competitive advantage on the regional scene.
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