It was one of those home games for the Cedars where every shot was falling for them, especially from beyond the arc, where they drained 12 of their 26 three pointers an efficient 46.2% from deep.
And once again impressive defense helped Lebanon overcome impressive performances by Mathna Almarwani and Khalid Abdel Gabar who combined for 26 points for KSA. Where the Lebanese team forced the Saudi side to commit 26 turnovers.
The first quarter was close where the Greens took an early 6 point lead. But Lebanon came back fighting to end the first quarter up by 1, 20-19.
Second quarter was a different story, behind Arledge’s impressive scoring and Ali Mansour’s defensive plays, Lebanon made a run and closed the second quarter up by 14.
The second half was much of the same Saudis fell short and couldn’t handle Lebanon’s three point shooting.
The game ended in a blow out 90-60 where every player on the Lebanese roster scored except for Amir who couldn’t find his rhythm, instead he took the role of a facilitator having the highest +/- of the team with +25 dispite ending the night scoreless.
Rising star and Michigan wolverines youngster Youssef ‘Yoyo’ Khayyat had a couple of great plays one of them a dunk in traffic and the other an and one from deep, he’ll look to continue turning heads in the upcoming National Team games.
Up next for the Cedars in the World Cup Qualifiers, Lebanon needs to win 2 out of the 6 group games against New Zealand, the Philippines and India in order to secure a ticket to the FIBA World Cup.
On the other hand, in the coming days, the FIBA Asia Cup will look to entertain us yet again with games between familiar teams.
Lebanon fell in the same group with New Zealand, the Philippines and Idian which he’ll face in the FIBA Asia Cup in Indonesia before facing them again in the Qualifiers.
For Lebanon, it’ll be a hard test as they’ll get to face off against the Kiwis yet again. Lebanon lost all three previous meetings with New Zealand by a combined 9 points, giving the fans an entertaining game to look forward to.