It is not the NBA, but Lebanese basketball is still popular and maybe the most competitive in the Arab world.
Sagesse Beirut, the champions of the last two years, are also holding the Asian Club Championship for 1999 and thus participated in McDonald's Open last year.
Yesterday, Sporting club beat Al Sadaka 74-66 (39-28) in a game held in President Saib Salam hall at al Manarah. During the second half, Sporting extended its lead to 23 points. But with 7:18 minutes left in the game, Al Sadaka ate into this margin, reducing it to 10 points (54-64) and even to six points with 4 minutes remaining. The players on Sporting are: el Hajj Yasser, Boustani Ghazi, Kanso Jassem, Chibani Chabrel, Robinson Jamal, Ali Ahmad Marwan, Gouda Samir and Ismail Ahmed.
Two other games as part of the first division will be held on Saturday - Champville will meet Meziara on 16:00; Anibal Zahle will face Antranik. On Sunday, two other matches will be held:
* Homentmen v. Al Chabab
* El Hikmeh v. Tadamon Zouk
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