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Lebanon ends exile with WABA return - May 28, 2015


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Veselin
Matic
Lebanon will make their much-awaited comeback to the international scene Friday when they seek to punch their ticket to 2015 FIBA Asia Championship which is to be staged in Changsha-Hunan, China, from September to October 3. The Cedars will take part in the 15th WABA Championship which will be hosted by Jordan from May 29 to June 2. They will battle it out against Iraq in the opening day Friday, before clashing with the hosts Saturday, then they will face Syria Sunday and Palestine Monday. Three teams will earn their promotion to the continental championship, which also gives the first-placed side a ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics. This will be the first tournament for Lebanon in almost two years after being slapped with an international ban from FIBA where they will be hopeful to make a promising comeback. Although the Lebanese squad has not had much time to prepare, as the domestic league only finished last week, and Serbian head coach Veselin Matic (agency: Interperformances ) had only three days to meet with his final squad. Fortunately for Matic, the Lebanese side will contain most of the country's best players, most notably is 35-year-old talisman Fadi el-Fadi Khatib (199-F/G-79) who continues to lead the national squad for the 16th successive year. Matic is going to use Lebanon-based Jasmon Youngblood (195-SG-84, college: Kent St.) as the naturalized player in his squad. A 31-year-old shooting guard with plenty of experience in the country's league, Jasmon Youngblood was among the league's leading scorers at more than 23 points per game this season and helped Byblos reach the finals. The Lebanese national team has traditionally used several naturalized big men such as Joe Vogel and Jackson Vroman, but Matic surprised pundits after requiring the services of Jasmon Youngblood. 'I think that Jasmon Youngblood showed that as the top scorer and leader at the same time he can help us be strong in both defense and offense. In a qualifying tournament, we need to have a strong backcourt line. We will have time to think for the best option to use in Asia' Matic said. 'Our goal is basically to make sure we qualify to the Asian Championship as a first step. And of course we will try to win it,' he added. Lebanon will miss some of the traditional and veteran faces such as Jean Abdelnour who is still nursing an ankle injury. He is scheduled to join the squad back in preparation for the FIBA ASIA Championship. Rodrigue Akl, Daniel Faris and Ali Kanaan will also stay home after suffering from injuries at the final stages of the league. The Cedars' final squad includes Fadi Khatib, Jasmon Youngblood, Ali Mahmoud, Wael Arakji, Nadim Souaid, Omar Ayoubi, Elie Rustom, Amir Saoud, Bassel Bawji, Nadim Hawi, Ali Haidar and Charles Tabet.
Courtesy of: dailystar.com.lb   



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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 
Full Standings

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  LEB
  (198-F/G-79)
  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
 Michael NUNNALLY
  PAL
  (203-F-86)
  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
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  IRQ
  (200-PG-88)
  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
 Sajjad MASHAYEKHI
  IRI
  (180-PG-94)
  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
 Ali HAMEED
  IRQ
  (208-C-84)
  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 
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