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24/10/2011
Being intelligent is not always useful: Salem
 
Lebanon lost to Chinese Taipei in an inconsequential game and mainstay Jimmy Salem was the one of the first to acknowledge that the team took it too casual. “We were all aware that nothing will change with the result, even if lose. That led to a lot of lose play,” he said talking to this website.
 
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22/10/2011
Ambitious Hadidian wants to take one step at a time
 
With an average of 19.5 points per game, especially considering that he played only for about 16 minutes in one game, Lebanese youngster Gerard Hadidian is, undoubtedly, one of the more influential players in the competition. “I’m having fun,” the Sagesse HS 11th grade student gushed after returning his third 20-point score in the competition against India on Saturday.
 
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06/10/2011
We’ve the luxury to play any kind of defense: Moujaes
 
Lebanon U16 NT is one of the better prepared teams in the fray in the Oct 18-28 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship at Nha Trang City what with the team undergoing a training-cum-competition camp in Turkey against some top Turkish junior teams. Joe Moujaes, the man at the helm of the young Cedars spoke to this website on return from Turkey amidst giving finish touches to his preparations for Vietnam.
 
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20/09/2011
You cannot score like handball and win in basketball: Sarkis
 
Ghassan Sarkis is one livid and confused man. Livid for the way his team has been squandering chances and confused because it’s happening with “players who are capable and not novices.” “It’s becoming like a football game. Looks like we need to celebrate every goal. You can’t be scoring like handball and expect to win in basketball,” the coach who made a comeback at the helm of the Cedars after a gap of eight years told this website.
 
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29/07/2011
Team showing tremendous character, commitment: Sarkis
 
Ghassan Sarkis has taken up the job of revitalizing Lebanese basketball almost as a personal obsession. Very clear in his goals with the Lebanese National Team that is preparing for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship, the coach who last coached Lebanon to a semifinal finish in the 2003 FIBA Asia Championship at Harbin states rather emphatically “my job is to prepare a National Team that can hold the future of Lebanon basketball on its own strengths and merit.”
 
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03/06/2011
It’s been a dream season: El Nour
 
Jean Abd El Nour is the unsung hero of Lebanese League this season. The 28-year-old more than made up for a hamstrung – literally – debut season last year returning 18.4 points per game average keeping Al Riyadi Beirut on the rampage en route to their seventh Lebanese Division A League championship.
 
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10/05/2011
Fouad hopes to carry the momentum into Manila
 
Lebanese giants Al Riyadi Beirut are on a roll so far this season and how! The Manara team had an impressive WABA League winning the title albeit by default, but only after forcing a fifth decisive game against Syria’s Al Jala’a and beating the mighty Iranians Mahram in back-to-back games – one of them at Tehran at that, in the semifinals en route. And back home, Riyadi swept the Lebanese League play-offs winning both the semifinals as well as the high-voltage Finals – against archrivals Champville – by identical 3-0 margins on their way to an unprecedented seventh successive championship. “I hope the momentum lasts for another month,” chuckled Riyadi chief helmsman Fouad Abouchakra.
 
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01/10/2010
I feel on top of the moon, but this belongs to the boys: Huang
 
Ten years ago, when Roman Huang made his maiden appearance as a coach in FIBA Asia competitions – as an assistant coach of the Chinese Taipei U18 team – the team went on to win the bronze ending a 11-year drought. And as things would have it took Huang’s return to the Taipei bench – this time as the chief helmsman – for the East Asian team to end another decade-long medal drought. Only this time the bronze has brought in an additional bonus in the form an entry to the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.
 
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09/08/2010
We’ve to learn to minimize the small mistakes: Zhang
 
The basketball mandarins of Chinese Taipei brought about a decision early this year to hand over the reins of the National Team to the coach of the club that wins the Taipei League. And as a result, Zhang Xueli, who donned the Chinese colors at the 1988 Seoul Olympics was handed the charge of taking the team forward.
 
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07/08/2010
The aim is to win here, and build on it for the World Championship: Mahmoud
 
Ali Mahmoud is quite the unsung hero in Lebanese basketball. The Al Riyadi Beirut point guard has been lynchpin on which the Lebanese offense wheel has moved for almost a decade now, and the 27-year-old has carried out his role in the team to near perfection every time he steps on the court with almost saint-like selflessness.
 
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22/07/2010
Baldwin hopes to continue from where the team left in Taipei
 
Lebanon have landed in Japan for a three-game friendly series and coach Tab Baldwin immediately asserted that the trip to the Land of Rising Sun will “be an extension of what we did in Chinese Taipei.”
 
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28/10/2011
Iraq hold off Lebanon for 5th place
 
Iraq held off a third quarter Lebanon rally and went on to post a 76-60 win to take the fifth position on Friday.
 
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27/10/2011
Iraq, Lebanon in all-WABA clash for fifth place
 
Iraq and Lebanon ensured that the additional qualification berth outside of top four for the next edition of the FIBA Asia U16 Championship will remain with WABA with runaway wins in the 5-8 Classification games on Thursday. Iraq routed SEABA’s Indonesia 99-38 after Lebanon had overwhelmed Saudi Arabia with a 76-43 result.
 
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26/10/2011
Lebanon’s attempt to ape Japan falls flat
 
Lebanon fell into the trap of attempting to match Japan in pace and were left exhausted much earlier than anticipated to lose 71-52 in the first quarterfinal on Wednesday.
 
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24/10/2011
Taipei win over Lebanon enhances their pride
 
Neither Lebanon nor Chinese Taipei had anything to gain or lose from their Group E game on Monday – except in terms of momentum for Lebanon heading into the quarterfinals and Taipei already rendered to the 9-12 Classification. Against that background, Lebanon chose to play it easy and paid the price in the way of a 61-70 defeat.
 
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23/10/2011
China open up Lebanon’s resistance in style
 
China changed their offense plan to suit the taller Lebanese defense and executed it in style to post yet another facile win – Sunday’s 88-42 result warming them up nicely for their clash against archrivals Korea on the morrow.
 
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22/10/2011
Gradually growing in strength, Lebanon crush India
 
Lebanon moved in on their with pythonesque calculativeness tightening their grasp around a profligate India slowly, but surely and steadily, and won 77-65 in a crucial Group E game on Saturday.
 
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20/10/2011
Lebanese rally leaves Iraq gasping, wanting
 
Lebanon brushed off a nine-point first quarter deficit to post a resurgent 75-68 win against an equally spirited Iraq in a Group B battle between WABA teams on Thursday.
 
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19/10/2011
Korea headed towards topping Group
 
Last edition’s silver medalists Korea put themselves in firm control of the top position in Group B with a 91-65 win over Lebanon, their second successive win against a WABA team, on Wednesday.
 
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18/10/2011
Overwhelming win marks Lebanon’s debut
 
Lebanon made a sparkling debut in the FIBA Asia U16 Championship winning their Group B game against Ubzekistan 108-21 on Tuesday, but coach Joe Moujaes was hungry for more. “I think we did get a good start, but we can improve a lot in our offense,” Moujaes said.
 
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29/09/2011
Lebanon U16 NT trains in Europe for Vietnam competition
 
Having missed out on the inaugural edition at the Johor Bahru in 2009, Lebanon are keen to make amends for the lost time in their program when they participate in the Oct 18-28 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship at the picturesque Nha Trang City in Vietnam.
 
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23/09/2011
China brook no challenge from Lebanon en route to semifinals
 
Hosts China packed their punches in batches, but when they did, each of those punches was sucker enough to beat Lebanon 68-48 and complete the semifinal line-up. China play archrivals and fellow East Asia team Korea in the semifinals on the morrow.
 
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21/09/2011
Reda calms Lebanese nerves; Cedars closer to quarterfinals
 
Ghaleb Reda scored 12 of his18 points for the game at a crucial juncture to calm the Lebanese nerves and steer them to a 101-53 win against Uzbekistan in Group E on Wednesday. The win put the Cedars one step into the last eight, and only an improbable Malaysian win – by a sizable margin at that – against Chinese Taipei in the game that follows can stop them from making the quarterfinal play-offs.
 
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20/09/2011
Lebanon too fall for Iran’s juggernaut
 
Twice defending champions Iran continued to roll in their unbeaten run, on Tuesday against traditional WABA rivals Lebanon by a surprisingly facile 76-45 margin.
 
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19/09/2011
Profligate Lebanon let Chinese Taipei off the hook
 
Five-time successive semifinalists Lebanon squandered one too many chances in the final few minutes and went down 58-60 to a disciplined Chinese Taipei in a needle Group E Second Round game on Monday.
 
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16/09/2011
Lebanese enthusiasm comes short against Korean efficiency
 
Set against a background of attrition, Lebanon showed enthusiasm early on in Friday’s Group A game but failed to maintain the momentum as the Korean efficiency gained control and took the East Asian team to what eventually looked a comfortable 80-62 win.
 
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15/09/2011
El Nour provides the star turn as India let Lebanon off the hook
 
Jean Abd El Nour scored eight of his game-high 24 points at the crunch moments WABA giants survived a serious scare by an enthusiastic Indian outfit before winning 71-68 in Group A on Thursday.
 
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05/09/2011
Lebanon down Syria in friendly at home
 
Naturalized center Sam Hoskin returned a double double and Ghaleb Reda scored a game-high as 2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup winners Lebanon defeated fellow WABA team Syria 86-51 in a friendly on Monday.
 
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01/09/2011
Hoskin the naturalized player as Lebanon take a team short on experience
 
After weeks of speculation 2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup winners Lebanon have confirmed that American center Sam Hoskin will be their naturalized player in the Sept 15-25 26th FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan as the part of team that is short in experience.
 
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30/08/2011
Qatar, Lebanon warm up well for Wuhan
 
GCC champions Qatar and 2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup winners Lebanon exchanged victories against each other leaving Syria winless as all three prepared for the Sept 15-25 26th FIBA Asia Championship at Wuhan.
 
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26/08/2011
Denson sets a blistering pace, keeps Lebanon in Level I
 
Naturalized center Brittany Denson led Lebanon from the front right from the word go, and the WABA team rolled on to beat Kazakhstan 65-54 in the Qualifying Game on Saturday and retain their place in Level I for next edition of the FIBA Asia Championship for Women.
 
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25/08/2011
Feisty first quarter gives Lebanon maiden Level I win
 
Lebanon reeled in 14 unanswered points in the early part of the game and held fort thereafter to win 71-52 against India for their first ever win in Elite Level I of the competition on Thursday.
 
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25/08/2011
Reda leads Lebanon to comfortable victory against Syria
 
A 21-10 run in the final five minutes of the game took WABA giants and winners of the 2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup Lebanon to a comfortable 82-58 win against fellow WABA team Syria in the 2011 Doha tri-nation tournament on Thursday.
 
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24/08/2011
Korea cross three-figure mark en route to fourth win in a row
 
Twelve-time former champions Korea became the first team to score more than the magical hundred points on Wednesday in their 104-75 win against Level I debutants Lebanon, en route to their fourth win in as many games and as many days to firmly perch themselves on top of the Level I standings.
 
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23/08/2011
Taipei cruise past Lebanon, one step in semifinals
 
Chinese Taipei’s 83-55 win against Lebanon on Tuesday virtually put the East Asian team along with their fellow regional trio – China, Japan and Korea – in the semifinals of the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women.
 
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22/08/2011
Lebanon find China too hot and hard to handle
 
For a team playing only their second ever game in Level I, Lebanon did well to boost their morale in the early part of the game against defending champions China even going ahead at the end of the first quarter. But as things would have it, China probably yet to recover completely from the draining Double Overtime defeat to Korea last night came into their own in the second quarter and coasted along for a 79-58 win.
 
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21/08/2011
Japan dash Lebanese hopes with early flurry
 
It was baptism by fire for Lebanon in Level I of the FIBA Asia Championship for Women with the team losing to hosts, and strong contenders for the title itself, Japan 77-49 on Sunday.
 
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16/08/2011
Lebanon down Algeria in Turkey camp
 
Lebanon’s NT, despite the absence of Ali Kanaan for a majority of the game, defeated Algeria 78-67 in a friendly game in their ongoing preparatory camp in Turkey on Tuesday.
 
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28/07/2011
No Fadi for Wuhan, it doesn’t matter says Sarkis
 
Lebanon, in all probability, will have to do without the services of their talismanic star Fadi El Khatib at the Sept 15-25 26th FIBA Asia Championship at Wuhan (China) and Lebanese NT coach Ghassan Sarkis went on to term the superstar’s absence “as a prospective blessing in disguise.”
 
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28/07/2011
Loren Woods on the verge of Lebanese naturalization
 
Al Riyadi’s American center Loren Woods emerged as the likeliest candidate for naturalization for the Lebanese National Team after a combination of factors that occurred during the last week.
 
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13/07/2011
Rustom injury adds to Sarkis’ woes
 
Lebanon’s preparations for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship received a jolt with Elie Rustom being ruled out of the King Abdullah tournament, the first step in Ghassan Sarkis’ plans.
 
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11/07/2011
Lebanon to naturalize Brittany Denson
 
Lebanon will field American Brittany Denson as a naturalized player for their National Team in the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women to be played in Omura (Japan) from Aug 21-28. Denson, a 191-cm former University of South Florida center, most recently donned the colors of Lider Pruszkow in the Poland league.
 
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07/07/2011
Sarkis looks to improve game after game with “favorable” draw
 
Newly resurrected Lebanese National Team coach Ghassan Sarkis was of the opinion that the results from the Draw Ceremony for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship paved the way for his team “to get better game after game.” “For sure, it is a favorable draw in the Preliminary Round,” the veteran coach, who makes a comeback at the helm of the Lebanese NT after 2003, told http://fibaasia.net.
 
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03/07/2011
Sarkis announces 25-player roster for initial training
 
Newly appointed coach Ghassan Sarkis has announced a 25-player roster for initial training as the Lebanon National Team began its preparations for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Wuhan from Sept 15-25. The team will start its practice at the Champville courts.
 
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21/06/2011
Lebanon settle on Ghassan Sarkis as NT coach
 
After weeks of yo-yoing, the Lebanese Basketball Federation (FLB) settled on veteran Lebanese coach Ghassan Sarkis as the coach of its men’s National Team that will participate in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan from Sept 15-25. In an unprecedented method of voting, 8 out of the 15 members of the Basketball Committee of the FLB voted in favor of the 54-year-old against his long time archrival Fouad Abouchakra. Abouchakra’s Al Riyadi Beirut had defeated Sarkis’ Champville in this year’s FLB A Division League Finals.
 
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05/06/2011
Thrilla in Manila Part 2: Riyadi down Mahram again, this time in final
 
Al Riyadi Beirut held their own in crunch moments toppling twice defending champions Mahram 91-82 en route to winning their first FIBA Asia Champions Cup gold medal in the cauldronesque PhilSports Arena on Sunday.
 
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05/06/2011
‘The feeling is awesome; it feels out of the world’
 
Al Riyadi Beirut owner Hisham Jaroudi flew for 15 hours all the way from Beirut to watch his team play their first FIBA Asia Champions Cup final. And when they won the title, he wasted no time in announcing a $ 200,000 bonus for the team. But the 91-82 win would weigh heavier for each of the players more than that bonus. Here's a collection of celebratory thoughts from the Riyadi camp.
 
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04/06/2011
Early Riyadi blitz leaves Rayyan gasping
 
Al Riyadi Beirut scored the first 13 points of the game, and then coasted through for a 71-52 win against last year’s runners-up Al Rayyan of Qatar and made their first entry into the finals of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Saturday.
 
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04/06/2011
All WABA Final: No quarter sought, none given!
 
Iran and Lebanon have demonstrated a new and refreshing approach to the development of clubs – the regulations on recruitment of domestic National Team players in order to spread the talent is one example – thus bringing together a new dimension in the growth of FIBA Asia basketball. That the first final between teams of these two countries in FIBA Asia Champions Cup should occur in a basketball-crazy nation like Philippines makes it even more special!
 
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03/06/2011
El Nour sparks Riyadi’s romping win over Duhok
 
There was a brief moment early in the game when Iraqi outfit Duhok built what otherwise might have been a sizable lead in their quarterfinal against Al Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon on Friday. But as things would transpire that proved a minor ripple in Riyadi’s sea of composed approach as the Lebanese giants took charge of the proceedings midway through the first quarter, built their strength and scoreboard gradually before romping home for a 106-80 win.
 
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01/06/2011
Riyadi bench prove too handy for Jala’a
 
With everything – including their No 1 position in Group B – assured Al Riyadi Beirut coach Fouad Abouchakra used only his ‘bench’ for the entire duration, yet the Lebanese giants proved more than a handful to Syria’s Al Jala’a and closed their Prelim Round engagements with a 86-73 win on Wednesday.
 
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31/05/2011
Rodrigue drives Riyadi to Overtime win over Rayyan
 
Al Riyadi Beirut reserved their best for the end and unleashed a 20-9 run in the final ten minutes – including a 8-3 advantage in the Overtime – to beat last year’s runners-up Al Rayyan 78-73 in a needle Group B game on Tuesday.
 
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30/05/2011
Riyadi, Mahram set PhilSports ablaze
 
Iranian defending champions Mahram and fellow WABA giants Al Riyadi Beirut, as expected, set the PhilSports Arena ablaze with some scintillating, spine-tingling and stimulating show of superlative basketball before the latter scraped through by the skin of their teeth 76-73 in a Group B game on Monday.
 
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28/05/2011
Riyadi play well within themselves to down Shabab
 
Twice defending bronze medalists Al Riyadi Beirut did nothing more than what was necessary and raced ahead to a 109-90 Group B win over newly crowned GCC champions to open their proceedings in the 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Saturday.
 
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01/10/2010
Mechref’s lay-up caps Lebanese rally in 7th place play-off
 
Karam Mechref’s lay-up capped a fourth quarter rally for Lebanon and helped the WABA U18 champions beat a feisty Japan 67-65 in the seventh place play-off on Friday.
 
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30/09/2010
Yemen head for a top-5 finish with Overtime win over Lebanon
 
Yemen held their composure when it mattered and posted a 79-75 win in Overtime against the much more fancied Lebanon on Thursday and the coach immediately termed it a “golden moment” in Yemen basketball history.
 
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29/09/2010
Chinese typhoon hits Lebanon
 
China played well within themselves and yet proved more than a handful to Lebanon, winning their quarterfinal game 87-56 on Wednesday. China, now head into the semifinal riding on an unbeaten seven-game streak and await the winners of the quarterfinal game between defending champions Iran and hosts Yemen.
 
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27/09/2010
Defensive, but disciplined, Iran overcome lackluster Lebanon
 
Discipline overcame disorganized efforts. Planned offense triumphed over profligate attempts. Teamwork defeated individual brilliance. Mohsen Zadeh Sadegh’s simplicity conquered Ghassan Sarkis flamboyance. These words should sum up the reason for defending champions Iran’s 79-54 win against WABA U18 Champions Lebanon in a needle Group E game on Monday.
 
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26/09/2010
Taipei carve out a fairy-tale win over Lebanon
 
Chinese Taipei continued a triumphant day for East Asian teams over their fancied West Asian counterparts to throw open the calculations of the formbook in Group E of the Second Round with an 87-79 win against WABA U18 Champions Lebanon on Friday.
 
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25/09/2010
Lebanon win big, but coach Sarkis far from “fully satisfied”
 
WABA U18 champions Lebanon emerged a runaway 96-67 victor over Malaysia on Saturday but coach Ghassen Sarkis was far from satisfied.
 
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24/09/2010
Lebanese rally falls short against Korea
 
WABA U18 champions Lebanon rallied gallantly in the second half in the final Group B game against Korea, but that only managed to cut down the deficit and keep their top position in Group B intact. Korea led by a whopping 53-25 margin at the end of the first half, but Lebanon fought back to cut the final scoreline to 66-74.
 
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23/09/2010
Ibrahim leads Lebanon past Kazakhstan into Second Round
 
Spearhead Ahmad Ibrahim scored a game-high 27 points and WABA U18 champions Lebanon rolled past last edition’s silver medalists Kazakhstan for an 83-67 triumph in Group B. The second successive win for Ghassen Sarkis’ boys thus put them in Group E of the Second Round in the competition. Lebanon had beaten Qatar on the opening day
 
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22/09/2010
Lebanon start with a big win
 
WABA U18 champions Lebanon began their Group B engagements with a resounding 123-32 win against their Gulf counterparts Qatar on Wednesday. “It’s nice to start off with such a result,” Lebanon coach Ghassen Sarkis said.
 
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15/08/2010
More at stake in this final than merely winning the title
 
The helmsmen of the teams playing the final tonight have been two of the more expressive coaches in this competition. But both the Thomases – Tim Wisman of Japan and Lebanon’s Tab Baldwin – have more than the title alone at stake in the final tonight.
 
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15/08/2010
Lebanon lead from start to finish for their maiden Men’s title
 
Inspired by the presence of their president, Mr. Michel Suleiman, Lebanon left nothing to chance, and doubt, from the word go and scored a 97-59 win over Japan in the Championship game on Sunday.
 
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15/08/2010
The boys were emotional, and charged up to win at home: Fadi
 
“I don’t have words to express my feelings,” beamed Lebanon spearhead Fadi El Khatib moments after receiving the trophy from President Mr. Michel Suleiman on Sunday. Read on for a collection of comments after Lebanon's win.
 
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15/08/2010
Thank You Mr. President! The privilege was all ours!
 
FIBA Asia events received a boost, when the President of Lebanon, Mr. Michel Suleiman, graced the final of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup and handed over the trophy to the winners of the event.
 
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14/08/2010
Hosts Lebanon fight their way past Philippines into final
 
Fadi El Khatib scored a game-high 25 and Jackson Vroman accounted for 23 as hosts Lebanon kept a fighting Philippines at bay with a 81-80 result, and enter the finals of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup on Saturday. Sunday’s final will witness Lebanon take on Japan.
 
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13/08/2010
Lebanon’s early avalanche leaves Kazakhs gasping
 
Hosts Lebanon scored the first eight points of the game, then launched a 30-0 offense avalanche to close the first quarter 38-7 ahead and played out for time thereafter for a 101-57 win against Kazakhstan on Friday.
 
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11/08/2010
Fadi to the fore as Lebanon ward off Qatar rally in Overtime
 
Hosts Lebanon relied more on their steely resolve to win on home court and the proficiency of Fadi El Khatib to defeat GCC champions Qatar 77-74 in Overtime and bring the curtain down on the Preliminary Round of the competition maintaining their unbeaten status after four games.
 
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10/08/2010
Lebanon down Jordan in battle of Turkey-bound teams
 
Hosts Lebanon and Jordan fought a protracted battle of FIBA Asia teams bound for the 2010 FIBA World Championship before the former prevailed by the skin of their teeth in front of a packed and partisan crowd on Tuesday. Lebanon’s 63-54 win put them as only the second team – after GCC champions Qatar – to win all their three games so far in the competition. Lebanon and Qatar will face off on the night of morrow to decide who will finish on top of Group B.
 
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09/08/2010
Syria forfeit game against Lebanon
 
Syria refused to take to the court for their Group B game against hosts Lebanon on Monday and thus forfeited the game.
 
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07/08/2010
Fadi gets ample court time, Lebanon off to a confident start
 
Hosts Lebanon carried too much firepower and left Philippines gasping for breath early in their Group B game to win the clash between two of the most popular basketball nations in the world on Saturday. Lebanon, who have never lost a game to Philippines in the last decade, won 74-59.
 
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05/08/2010
Fadi’s return to training buoys Lebanese mood
 
Iconic star Fadi El Khatib provided a shot in the arm for coach Tab Baldwin’s plans by returning to training after a month of rest as Lebanon prepared to host their first ever FIBA Asia competition for Men’s National teams.
 
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05/08/2010
Lebanon all excited and expectant for start of 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup
 
That basketball is almost a religion in Lebanon is palpable, pronounced and prominent right from the time you land at the Rafik Hariri International Airport. The smile of the even-otherwise friendly official at the Passport Control is enhanced a couple of wattages higher, and the “Welcome to Lebanon” sounds that much more hearty and sincere, the moment she hears that the “purpose of your visit” is basketball.
 
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27/07/2010
Fahed firepower strengthens Vroman’s efforts; Lebanon win series
 
Lebanon overwhelmed Japan in the middle two quarters, recorded a 93-80 result and won the three-game friendly series 2-1 at the Sukagawa Arena on Tuesday. Lebanon had won the first game of the series 92-87 in Overtime at Aichi on Saturday before Japan bounced back to level the series with a 79-77 win at Tokyo on Sunday.
 
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25/07/2010
Japan ward off Lebanon rally, level series
 
Japan surged ahead early in the game and then held on grimly to ward off the Lebanese rally to win the second of three-game series 79-77 on Sunday.
 
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24/07/2010
Vroman returns a game-high; Lebanon down Japan in Overtime
 
William Farris scored six and Jackson Vroman scored four as Lebanon held a 15-10 scoring advantage in the extended period of time, and defeated Japan 92-87 in Overtime in the first game of the three-game friendly series on Saturday.
 
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19/07/2010
Jordan, Lebanon face off in Group B; Iran drawn in Group A
 
FIBA Asia champions Iran were drawn in Group A and hosts Lebanon in Group B for the forthcoming 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup to be played in Beirut from Aug 7-15. The draw was completed at Ghazir Sporting Club, Beirut the venue for the competition on Monday.
 
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15/07/2010
Logo for 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup unveiled
 
The logo of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup, FIBA Asia’s premier event for men’s National Teams this year has been unveiled. The logo incorporates the significant aspects of the Lebanese National flag with the sport of basketball.
 
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30/05/2010
Fadi stars yet again, Riyadi retain bronze
 
For the second time in three games in play-offs, Fadi El Khatib showed why he continues to be the biggest star in Lebanese basketball. El Khatib, on loan from Champville for this competition, played yet another stellar role as Lebanese league champions Al Riyadi Beirut outpaced Applied Science University 82-78 in Overtime to retain the bronze medal they had last year won at Jakarta.
 
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29/05/2010
Mahram one step away from retaining title
 
Defending champions Mahram of Iran left nothing to chance and doubt right from the word go, overpowering fellow WABA team Al Riyadi Beirut 71-64 in the semifinal on Saturday.
 
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28/05/2010
Fadi spearheads Riyadi into semifinals
 
Fadi El Khatib dished out yet another vintage performance and Al Riyadi Beirut rode on their spearhead’s splendid show to enter the semifinals on Friday. Riyadi’s 74-63 win over an enthusiastic, but error-prone, Smart Gilas of Philippines led them to their third successive semifinal entry in FIBA Asia Champions Cup.
 
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26/05/2010
Bench strength to the fore in Riyadi’s fourth win
 
Coach Fouad Abouchakra fielded his bench for more than the better part of the game, yet Lebanese league champions Al Riyadi Beirut managed a 92-83 result over UAE’s Al Nasr to keep their slate clean at the end of their Group B preliminary round outings.
 
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25/05/2010
Riyadi win battle of nerves, down ASU
 
Lebanese champions Al Riyadi Beirut raised their game a couple of notches at the crucial junctures and defeated fellow WABA rivals Applied Science University of Jordan 73-72 in Group B preliminary round on Tuesday.
 
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24/05/2010
Another clean, confident and triumphant show by Riyadi
 
It was yet another in office for Al Riyadi Beirut as the Lebanese league champions swept away to a 83-77 win against Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in a Group B preliminary round game on Monday. Fadi El Khatib top scored the game, for Al Riyadi with 19 points.
 
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22/05/2010
Riyadi begin slow, but grow steady for a strong finish
 
Lebanese popular powerhouse Al Riyadi Beirut began slow, grew steadily, but finished strong to post a 87-77 win over fellow West Asian team Al Jalaa of Syria in a Group preliminary round game on Saturday. Al Riyadi, thus avenged the 107-112 Overtime loss they had suffered at Al Jalaa's hands in the WABA Champions Cup at Tehran in March. More to follow...
 
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