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    Things have been really bad and pessimistic regarding Lebanese basketball these last couple of months especially due to dirty politics interfering in the number one and most loved sport of the country.

    Right now only confirmed event is the Hariri tournament which will take place next month (November 14th). Hope a solution will be reached soon!

    Courtesy of our good friend Dany Abboud

    Upcoming edition of Hariri Tournament fuels hope for new season

    BEIRUT: Lebanese basketball players will get their first taste of competitive action in months when the 23rd edition of the Hussam al-Din Hariri tournament starts Nov. 14 in Sidon, after the league was halted prematurely last season, which resulted in an international ban from FIBA.

    The tournament has been active since 1990 with the participation of several Arab clubs, however the international prohibition has left organizers with limited options, head of the organizing committee Nizar Rouwes told The Daily Star.

    “The unfortunate ban implemented [by FIBA] has left us with few options, but honestly we were more determined than ever to hold the tournament, as we hope to make inroads into solving the local crisis,” he said.

    The tournament is the only scheduled event thus far for the 2013-2014 season, as the start of the domestic championship remains unknown pending the approval of the amendments during November’s election of a new governing body.

    Therefore, the Hariri Tournament comes at an ideal time as Lebanese basketball tries to make its way back from the nightmare that began with suspension of the strongest season ever following a judicial and political fallout and ended with the disappointment suffered by the national team, who were denied the opportunity to qualify for their fourth successive World Championship by the FIBA.

    Only Lebanese teams will take part in the tune-up event as the organizing committee has invited all the 12 clubs of the top league. Several teams have confirmed their participation, including Riyadi, Amchit, Byblos, Tadamon Zouk and Antranik. Heavyweights Sagesse and Champville have already confirmed their withdrawal from the competition, with both teams experiencing internal problems at administrative and financial levels. Homenetmen will also skip next month’s action.

    “The tournament will be just as exciting as previous editions simply because the Lebanese teams are strong and competitive. We hope for the biggest possible participation, so that the tournament can be a message of sportsmanship and harmony in these tough circumstances,” Rouwes said.

    Teams have started their preparation for the tournament at a rapid pace, with Riyadi, Amchit and Tadamon training on a daily basis for about two weeks with complete squads. Riyadi, under Slovenian head coach Slobodan Subotic, welcomed back Friday their American giant Loren Woods, who will join an improved squad boasting new arrivals in veteran center Roy Samaha and rising talent Ali Haidar. The new players will add to a roster of core players, including Egyptian Ismael Ahmad, Ali Mahmoud, Jean Abdel-Nour, Omar Turk, Amir Saoud, Ahmad Ibrahim, Miguel Martinez and Wael Arakji.

    Elsewhere, Amchit will have two friendly games against Iraqi side Al-Naft in their preparation for the Hariri Tournament. The Lebanese team made waves during the summer transfer period after they lured Champville’s head coach Ghassan Sarkis along with Lebanon star Fadi al-Khatib, Joey Accaoui, Karl Sarkis, William Pharis, Nadim Hawi, Ali Fakhreddine, and American duo CJ Giles and Kennedy Winston.

    Newly promoted Tadamon are leaving to Turkey between Nov. 1-10 to undergo a training camp. The team managed by young coach Marwan Khalil have been very active in the transfer period after signing several talented players such as Nadim Souaid, Bashir and Tarek Ammoury, Hassan Dandash, Imad Saade, Jad Bitar, and Mohammad Hamdar, as well as American duo Jarrid Famous and Steven Gray.

    Byblos are expected to begin their preparations within a week after the arrival of Serbian coach Nenad Vucinic early this week to the country, as well as the arrival of all their players from abroad. Byblos have added Mohammad Ibrahim and Ali Kanaan, to join the likes of Mazen Mneimneh, Ali Barada, Tom Ammar, and last season’s exciting American pair Jay Youngblood and Mike Fraser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khalid80 View Post
    Things have been really bad and pessimistic regarding Lebanese basketball these last couple of months especially due to dirty politics interfering in the number one and most loved sport of the country.

    Right now only confirmed event is the Hariri tournament which will take place next month (November 14th). Hope a solution will be reached soon!

    Courtesy of our good friend Dany Abboud



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    guys its been such a while eh ?... hehe

    any updates ?! failure ? success ?!!? ANYHTING !?!?
    Long Live Lebanon !! (Except All the Corrupted Citizens and All the Politicians!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernard View Post
    guys its been such a while eh ?... hehe

    any updates ?! failure ? success ?!!? ANYHTING !?!?
    It's been a while cuz the news for the last few months has been nothing but negative and disgusting news... and that's why many people, me included, just got fed up with this whole joke and lost interest due to the dismal situation.

    Latest update as per what Jean Hamam mentioned is that the current federation will resign and a new federation will be elected by the end of this month.

    I won't believe it until I see it and we'll have to see who the members of the new federation will be because if the new federation will have any members from this current federation, the federation will definitely fail.

    On another note the Hariri Tournament started yesterday and Riyadis' youngsters (Ali Haidar and Ahmad Ibrahim) played a very impressive game against Tadamon Zouk. For those who missed the game you can watch it here on the link below:


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    kinda share the same thoughts!

    The only good thing is Hariri Tournament as you said.
    Should we open a new thread for that?

    Halftime: Amchit 30-36 Tadamon Zouk NOW

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    Basketball never stops in Lebanon
    To becomes Asia's Best, we need to compete against the World's Best..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavrick_h View Post
    kinda share the same thoughts!

    The only good thing is Hariri Tournament as you said.
    Should we open a new thread for that?

    Halftime: Amchit 30-36 Tadamon Zouk NOW
    No it's ok cuz the thread won't have much posts so it's fine to keep it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reamily View Post
    Basketball never stops in Lebanon
    For sure... and definitely not in Philippines
    That pic with the kids playing basketball is Tacloban after such a calamity is really inspiring and unbelievable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khalid80 View Post
    For sure... and definitely not in Philippines
    That pic with the kids playing basketball is Tacloban after such a calamity is really inspiring and unbelievable!
    That only indicates how resilient Filipinos are amid such terrible disaster & how much we love basketball. Well, maybe they play basketball becoz there's nothing else to do and what else but playing the sport closest to our hearts. There's no use sulking over something they can't alter. I think we Filipinos are used to such adversities that's why we don't easily capitulate even in the face of such a horrible natural catastrophe.

    It's nice to know that despite the FIBA suspension, basketball never stops in Lebanon. I hope your pro league resumes soon & FIBA finally lifts the suspension. Its unfair that a basketball power like Lebanon can't play in any FIBA-sanctioned tournament.

    Good luck to Lebanese basketball & hope to see you soon in Asian basketball.

    Regards to you pareng Khalid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMSKIE View Post
    That only indicates how resilient Filipinos are amid such terrible disaster & how much we love basketball. Well, maybe they play basketball becoz there's nothing else to do and what else but playing the sport closest to our hearts. There's no use sulking over something they can't alter. I think we Filipinos are used to such adversities that's why we don't easily capitulate even in the face of such a horrible natural catastrophe.

    It's nice to know that despite the FIBA suspension, basketball never stops in Lebanon. I hope your pro league resumes soon & FIBA finally lifts the suspension. Its unfair that a basketball power like Lebanon can't play in any FIBA-sanctioned tournament.

    Good luck to Lebanese basketball & hope to see you soon in Asian basketball.

    Regards to you pareng Khalid.
    For sure pareng Jamskie... Pinoys are known to be able to go through such adversities especially since unfortunately Philippines is an area that is very prone to such natural disasters which are happening quite common there.

    And thanks for your kind words!

    Hope all will be fine

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    Congrats Riyadi on winning the 13th Hariri Tournament by defeating Mouttahed in the final 82-71!

    Courtesy of Dany Abboud:

    Riyadi defeat Mouttahed for 13th Hariri Title

    By Dany Abboud
    The Daily Star

    BEIRUT: Riyadi successfully defended their Houssam al-Din Hariri crown following a 82-71 victory over Mouttahed Tripoli at the Manara stadium in front of around 2,000 fans Thursday.

    The Beirut side also recorded an unprecedented 13th title and third in a row. Meanwhile, the Tripoli side were playing their first final ever at the competition and their quest to secure their maiden title will have to wait.

    Both teams wowed the fans several times, as Lebanese basketball welcomed back excitement and parity after months in the doldrums. The tournament, which gathered seven local teams, showed that a significant level of skill and potential may await fans in the 2013-2014 season, as the game continues to recover from last year’s fallout.

    Riyadi began with high intensity and a fast tempo, as two triples from Ali Mahmoud and Jean Abdel-Nour, as well as four points from Ahmad Ibrahim with two midrange shots that gave the defending champions a quick 14-7 lead.

    With American Hassan Whiteside well contained, Bassel Bawji stepped up for the Tripoli side with four consecutive points, including an impressive dunk over Roy Samaha to keep his team in touch at 19-15.

    Whiteside, who averaged 28.5 points per game before this match, was offensively quiet early on, but a monster block denied Ismael Ahmad the basket.

    The former Sacramento Kings center scored his first points from two free throws, as his side trailed 24-19 at the end of the first.

    Things remained tight in the second, although Riyadi gained the upper hand after Ahmad gave them a 36-27 lead with three minutes to go.

    There were some positives for the northern outfit, as Whiteside increasingly found himself under the basket, but Riyadi always had the answer – this time with rookie Ali Haidar from the bench.

    Haidar’s basket rounded off the second quarter 38-29.

    Their hot hands continued at the start of the third, Omar Turk hitting a 3-pointer, followed by three fast breaks from Abdel-Nour, Mahmoud and Haidar as the gap was widened to 15 and a timeout was called by Mouttahed’s head coach Joe Moujaes.

    Even Loren Woods, who arrived from the United States during the third, was in the party mood after checking the scoreboard. The 218-centimeter American didn’t take part in the tournament, as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.

    Mouttahed contributed to their own downfall with a clutch of mistakes, and turnovers made it all too easy for Abdel-Nour to score.

    When Miguel Martinez hit a three, the margin was 22 at the end of the third.

    There was a late compensation for Mouttahed, as they were able to close the gap to nine with less than a minute to go but it wasn’t enough to prevent Riyadi from lifting the trophy at the end.

    Abdel-Nour led the scoring for the champions with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Mahmoud added 15 points and Ibrahim added 12 points.

    Sammy Monroe led the scoring for Mouttahed with 25 points and Whiteside added 22 points and 13 rebounds.
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Sports/F...#axzz2m1LjgDUu

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    Latest News... Things are not positive much unfortunately


    Khajirian: FIBA Lebanon ban will continue

    By Dany Abboud
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    BEIRUT: FIBA Asia secretary-general Hagop Khajirian denied rumors Thursday suggesting Lebanese basketball’s ongoing international ban would be overturned imminently.

    Khajirian said the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) remained unconvinced with regard to some of the new regulations that were approved last month by the local general assembly. Chief among the governing body’ concerns is the independent committee delegated to manage the premiere league, which in its current form is a violation of the Olympic and FIBA system.

    Last month, the local governing body and the premiere clubs reached an agreement over new regulations which included the creation of an independent committee to supervise the top league, with the clubs electing three of its five members.

    However, Khajirian said while the committee was not the problem, it should not take the place of the governing body, stating that clubs could only suggest names for the group.

    “The [premiere league] committee is among some of the serious concerns that FIBA still has. There are other deficiencies too, but I believe they can be fixed. However, this committee, in its current form, affects the authority of the basketball federation.

    “There is no objection over the need for this committee, but clubs must only suggest the names of its members and not participate in electing them. The federation should hold responsibility over this committee, and especially in case of a violation of the general status, it must be capable of dissolving it.

    “As a result, the ban is probably going to continue for a while until FIBA is assured that the sport here has become solid and immune. We advise the federation and clubs to inform the league as soon as possible, under one condition [that is to let the federation appoint the committee]. Additionally, both the federation and FIBA will continue to look into some matters within the basketball system in order to lift the ban at the earliest opportunity,” Khajirian explained.

    Khajirian’s words are expected to come as a blow to local basketball, with the clubs clearly stating they would not play without an independent committee following disputes with the governing body and the interference of influential parties.

    Lebanese basketball fans were hoping the 2013-14 season would finally get under way after an arduous impasse that culminated with the election of the new federation headed by Walid Nassar on Dec. 22.

    The premiere clubs have been investing huge amounts of money despite the precarious situation and they recently made their displeasure known at the federation’s failure to launch the new season.
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    Some bit of good news:

    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Sports/B...his-month.ashx

    I wonder how FIBA will respond, but I am hoping for a positive one.
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    Yes, yes, finally moving the best league in Asia. I love the Lebanese league. I hope this season will be a lot of emotions.

    Friends of Lebanon, give have any websites where you can read a lot of news about the league.

    Greetings from Polish Fanatic .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanatic_1984 View Post
    Yes, yes, finally moving the best league in Asia. I love the Lebanese league. I hope this season will be a lot of emotions.

    Friends of Lebanon, give have any websites where you can read a lot of news about the league.

    Greetings from Polish Fanatic .
    guys what happened with the FIBA Ban?

    when will it be waived ?

    any news ?
    Long Live Lebanon !! (Except All the Corrupted Citizens and All the Politicians!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanatic_1984 View Post
    Yes, yes, finally moving the best league in Asia. I love the Lebanese league. I hope this season will be a lot of emotions.

    Friends of Lebanon, give have any websites where you can read a lot of news about the league.

    Greetings from Polish Fanatic .
    League started last Friday... Everything seems to be going well so far (in terms of the league).. I watched the opening game between Amchit and Sagesse and it was quite entertaining.

    If you want to read articles regarding the Lebanese league in English the best place to do so is on Daily Star where our good friend Dany Abboud writes articles there.

    In the link below you can read all the articles he writes there

    http://dailystar.com.lb/Dany-Abboud.ashx#axzz2sQhloJc3

    As for watching reruns of games you can also check the below link from the LBC TV Website:

    http://www.lbcgroup.tv/watch/15063/%...B4%D9%8A%D8%AA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernard View Post
    guys what happened with the FIBA Ban?

    when will it be waived ?

    any news ?
    Bernard it won't be waived that easily... FIBA has clearly stated that they want to see drastic changes being done in our league and most importantly in which there is no political intervention at all in basketball and so far this issue hasn't been solved.

    As long as politics is influencing basketball and decisions being taken are related to politics the ban will continue

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    I haven't had much time to update regarding the Lebanese league but so far these are the results for the first 4 rounds of the league with the exception of the top 2 teams (Riyadi and Sagesse) who will play each other tomorrow to close out the 4th Round.

    (All results courtesy of Roy Hajj)

    Round 1

    Friday January 31:
    Amchit v/s Sagesse ---> 78-83
    Mouttahed v/s Bejjeh ---> 104-74
    Hoops v/s Byblos ---> 61-86

    Saturday February 1:
    Tadamon v/s Champville ---> 82-70
    Riyadi v/s Homenetmen ---> 79-58

    Round 2

    Sunday February 2:
    Byblos v/s Mouttahed --->83-74

    Tuesday February 4:
    Tadamon v/s Amchit ---> 73-89
    Bejjeh v/s Riyadi ---> 74-86

    Wednesday February 5:
    Sagesse v/s Hoops ---> 105-97
    Champville v/s Homenetmen ---> 85-66

    Round 3

    Friday February 7:
    Riyadi v/s Byblos ---> 75-69

    Saturday February 8:
    Mouttahed v/s Sagesse ---> 74-81
    Homenetmen v/s Bejjeh ---> 84-82 (OT)

    Sunday February 9:
    Amchit v/s Champville ---> 79-73
    Hoops v/s Tadamon ---> 72-96

    Round 4

    Wednesday February 12:
    Champville v/s Bejjeh ---> 77-68
    Amchit v/s Hoops ---> 99-58

    Thursday February 13:
    Tadamon v/s Mouttahed ---> 73-86
    Byblos v/s Homenetmen ---> 72-51

    Friday February 14:
    Sagesse v/s Riyadi 6h00PM (Ghazir Stadium) [Live on LBCI, LDC & Livestreaming]

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    Hassan Whiteside (ex-NBA Sacramento Kings player) who has been sidelined over the last 2 weeks with a back injury had a huge game in his return today with Mouttahed..

    His stats were the following:

    Hassan Whiteside: 27 Pts, 21 Rbs, 3 Ass (10/19 FG + 7/9 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 6 TO & 8 Blocks) in 35 min.

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    Good win yesterday for Riyadi over Sagesse in a close game.

    Riyadi edge Sagesse in top-of-the-table clash
    February 14, 2014 09:39 PM By Dany Abboud
    The Daily Star

    BEIRUT: Riyadi moved to the top of the standings Friday after they beat archrivals Sagesse 77-71 in a thrilling match in round four of the Lebanese Basketball League at Ghazir. In-form Elie Stephan set the tone from the outset, scoring four consecutive points to edge the home side ahead 7-2 after three minutes. Riyadi seemed overawed by the huge crowd, but veteran power forward Ismael Ahmad’s neat drive kept his side in contention.

    However, Sagesse took advantage of Loren Woods vacating the inside to defend versatile American center Chris Daniels, as Elie Rustom found his way to the basket to restore superiority at the end of the first 17-12.

    Riyadi refused to let up early though and thanks to 23-year-old shooting guard Amir Saoud, the visitors managed to find their way back in the match. His 3-pointer gave them a narrow advantage 19-17 two minutes into the second.

    But sparked by a jubilant crowd, Sagesse went on a 6-0 run thanks to American duo Charles Thomas and Chris Daniels to lead 30-28. Riyadi eventually led 33-32 at the turn.

    The battle of 3-pointers caught fire in the third quarter as both teams opened it with two triples each as Riyadi led 41-38.

    Both teams continued to exchange 3-pointers, first Ahmad Ibrahim giving Riyadi a 48-42 lead, before Stephan answered with another triple to close the gap to 55-54.

    Things continued to heat up, with Daniels hitting two free throws to reclaim the lead for the hosts 56-55, and Rustom followed suit with another two free throws to confirm his side’s 57-55 lead into the fourth.

    Saoud opened the fourth period with a corner triple to give Riyadi a one-point lead, but Rustom continued his slashing drives, going all the way to the lane to score a layup with the score still swinging.

    But another triple from Ali Mahmoud, followed by a tipped basket by Woods, gave Riyadi a 63-59 lead with seven minutes to go.

    Saoud hit a midrange jumper to extend their lead to six, with Sagesse’s head coach Fouad Abu Chakra forced to call a timeout.

    With time running down in the fourth, Riyadi’s lead was cut to just two. And Thomas leveled the score at 65 all with a fade away jumper.

    With less than three minutes left, Sagesse stole the lead 68-67 thanks to a timely 3-pointer by Thomas.

    But Woods slammed two consecutive dunks to give his side a valuable 71-68 lead with one minute left.

    And turnovers continued to slip into Sagesse’s game, as Stephan lost the ball before Ismael Ahmad killed the match with a three to give his side a six-point lead with 38 seconds to go.

    Play was halted for around five minutes after fans hurled objects onto the court.

    Riyadi eventually secured a valuable win 77-71, to go top of the table at 4-0, while Sagesse are second with 3-1, level with Amchit and Byblos.

    Round four also saw victories for Mouttahed, Amchit, Byblos and Champville.

    Meanwhile, Byblos will look to maintain their strong start when they visit their Jbeil neighbors Bejjeh at Central Saturday in the opening match of round five.

    Byblos are enjoying a solid start to their quest to reach the final four for the first time, as they currently lie in fourth place at 3-1.

    Bejjeh, however, are still winless after four games, although they showed promise against Homenetmen, where they only lost after overtime 82-84, before coming up short 68-77 against Champville.

    Saturday also sees Champville visiting Hoops at Murr stadium.

    Three exciting matches take place Sunday, as Amchit take on Mouttahed at Tripoli, while Sagesse visit Homenetmen at Mezher Stadium while Riyadi host Tadamon.

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    Hoops without Alexander and Abdul-Hamid ???

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