Champville rout Ahli Sedab 113-94 in Arab Championship.
BEIRUT: Champville exhibited their potential as a contender for the Arab Championship crown Tuesday with a dominant 113-94 win over Omani side Ahli Sedab that leaves them with two strong wins from the first two games.
Champville played championship level basketball for three quarters, sweeping aside the Omani side with consistent defensive stops and relentless fast breaking the major factors behind their dominant win.
Fadi al-Khatib looked finally to have fully recovered from his injury troubles to put in a 27-point performance while the returning Lee Benson and new temporary signing Garnett Thompson gave Champville an attacking and defensive post threat.
Chris Thompson earned 32 points for Sedab with a large portion coming in their 39-point fourth quarter.
With Benson and Thompson, who seems a different player to the one that sulked his way through the second half of the season for Sagesse, on together, Champville dominated on defense.
The two played with the Sedab defense, opening holes for Jay Youngblood and Khatib to penetrate and virtually taking Malcolm Battles -- Sedab's biggest threat -- out of the game.
Champville attacked relentlessly in the first quarter but their defense wasn't as ruthless as it should have been, allowing Sedab to score 20 points to Champville's 28.
As Champville's defense tightened, their fast break ability began to influence the game. The Lebanese side forced five consecutive misses that resulted in fast break points, mainly at the hands of Khatib. A strong second quarter meant Champville took a 57-31 lead into halftime.
Champville opened a 30-point lead early in the second half before an emphatic Khatib dunk moved the deficit to 34 points, killing off any hopes of a comeback. Youngblood and Khatib combined on offense to score a slew of fast break points.
Sedab battled on however, cutting out the passing lanes, forcing mistakes by Champville's second string who were slowly introduced to save their starters from fatigue. Sloppiness began to creep in to Champville's game as they committed poor turnovers, letting their lead slip to 29 as the third quarter ended 84-55.
The fourth quarter was simply an attacking free-for-all as both sides opened their defense up, allowing points to accumulate at a relentless rate.
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|Publication:||The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Date:||May 18, 2011|
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