Outstanding Defense Inches Lebanon Closer to the FIBA World Cup


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After a slow start at home, trailing the Jordanian team by 6 after the first quarter 21-15, the Lebanese team bounced back with one of the most dominant quarters in their recent history outscoring Jordan 31-7. Ending the first half up by 18, 46-28. 

The Jordanian team was overwhelmed and despite Dar Tucker and Diwari’s performances the Lebanese team was just too much.

Lebanon went on to win 89-70 and avenge their previous loss against their stubborn rivals.

Amir Saoud went to work off the bench dropping 24 points while shooting an efficient 8 out of 15 from the field, Wael also did his fair share of scoring with 23 points scoring 7 of his 14 shots and being perfect from the free throw line draining all his 8 free throws.

Lebanese youngster Youssef “yoyo” Khayyat had a decent game with a couple of highlight plays finishing with a dunk in traffic and scoring a clutch 3.

Lebanon’s defense got them the win as they racked up 14 steals with Hayk and Sergio responsible for 7 of them. Ali Haidar on the other hand was a beast on defence limiting the Fenerbahçe center to just 16 points. 

The Jordanian team lacked focus after the first quarter turning the ball over 20 times in total which was key in them losing control over the game.

Up next for the Lebanese team, they face, at home, a red hot Saudi team fueled by a clutch win over Indonesia.

Lebanon will look to seal the deal and improve their chances of going to the FIBA World Cup by defeating KSA again.

Saudi Arabia will look for the win to secure second place behind Lebanon in their group. 

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