Re: Lebanon's bright spot: win at hoops worlds
- From: "edralp" <edralp@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 20 Aug 2006 23:57:34 -0700
My point was that Israel didn't qualify to the world championship
because it has to find its way through Europe, instead of Asia who is
the natural one.
By the way these are not the Asian Championships !.. This is the world
Championship ! It just happens to be played in Asia this time.. 4 years
ago it wasin the USA..
BASIL K wrote:
You sure now how to shoot something down. The
Lebanese lost over 900 civilians! They have suffered far more
infrastructure damage. This was a game against Venezuela. As far as
I remember, Venezuela is not in Asia or Europe.
I have nothing against Israel eventually playing in an Asian
championship, but you know Israel long viewed itself as European and
Israel has ethnic cleansed 700,000 Palestinians and killed 30,000
Lebanese. Of course, the 18 or so Arab states who are in Asia might
protest Israel being in there. And, of course, Asia will listen. The
U.S. boycotted a 1980 Olympics. People boycotted South Africa. Arabs
and Israelis are not angels, but when you compare what Lebanon suffered
to what Israel has endured, it is like comparing someone who got a
black eye to someone who had to go to the emergency room and get a
blood transfusion. Of course, I sympathize with an Israeli Jew,
Christian, or Muslim who got killed and were civilians of Israel. War
is very bad. Basketball and soccer are good.
Cheers... Focus on the game...
Congratulations for the win.
By the way Israel as an excelent basketball selection that couldn't do
its way to the world championship in the European tounaments, loosing
only to Greece the European champion . Israel is banned from playing in
Asian groups as it should be because of inacceptance of the Arab world.
But Lebanon from whom thousands of rokects were fired indiscrimanately
toward civilians in Israel has the opportunity to participate.
"BM" <m-e-d-a-w-a-r@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Lebanon's bright spot: win at hoops worlds
El Khatib scores 35 in upset win of Venezuela in tournament opener
Bright spot indeed. Let's hope we will have more!
HIROSHIMA, Japan - Fadi El Khatib scored 35 points as an inspired Lebanon
began the world basketball championship with an 82-72 upset win over
Venezuela on Saturday, giving the war-torn country reason to celebrate.
"We have a lot of motivation and are here to represent the Lebanese
people," El Khatib told reporters in Sendai.
"We knew we were going to have a tough challenge against a team like
Venezuela but we were well prepared mentally and physically."
Reaching the championship was a victory in itself for Lebanese players,
their route taking them through bombed-out villages into Syria as fighting
between Israel and Hezbollah began to escalate.
Following the recent cease-fire the team was able to focus on the
tournament and it was their first world championship victory after losing
all five contests in 2002.
Trailing 40-36 at the intermission, Lebanon rallied behind a rampaging El
Khatib, who hit 27 second-half points including 16 in the final quarter.
El Khatib, considered the second best player in Asia after China's Yao
Ming, was backed up by a 26-point performance from Joseph Vogel. No other
Lebanese player reached double figures.
"Venezuela did a very good job on him (El Khatib) in the first half,
keeping him in check and denying him the ball," said Lebanon's American
coach Paul Coughter.
"But in the second half they lost a bit of their intensity and we were
able to play a more up tempo style of basketball.
"That's the kind of game that fits Fadi the most and he certainly did
showed that as he got us back into the game and in a position to win."
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