Saturday, August 19, 2006
Lebanon 82 - Venezuela 72
No honking, no fireworks. But Lebanon wins its first game at the World Championships.
After a slow start and 17 first half turnovers, the Lebanese team woke up in time to dominate late. Joe Vogel kept us in the game early and Fadi El Khatib had a huge second half, but the surprise today was Ali Mahmoud's performance off the bench. Rony Fahed wasn't his usual self today and Paul Coughter went for plan B with Mahmoud, and what a game he had. Roy Samaha had a good game on defense, but dude's gotta make the easy layups.
This is Lebanon's first win at this level, and I'm glad I woke up before dawn (is dawn before or after sunrise?) to witness it.
Let's do this one more time and move on to the Second Round.
*Photo Source: AP