Khatib stars as Champville destroy Byblos 122-57
BEIRUT: Champville responded to last week’s demoralizing 72-69 loss to Riyadi with a staggeringly lopsided victory over Byblos in the Lebanese Basketball League in Dik al-Mehdi Friday.
The home side dominated from wire to wire to blow out hapless Byblos 122-57, the biggest margin of victory so far this season.
The rejuvenated hosts shot a monstrous 58 percent from the field while restricting Byblos to a seasonlow 30 percent.
Champville also took great care of the basketball, committing only 11 turnovers and forcing the visitors into an eye-watering 27 that led to 47 points for Foud Abou Chakra’s men.
The glaring disparities didn’t stop there, however, with the Champville side leading ahead in every department including assists, rebounds and steals.
Champville’s significant size advantage saw them score a frightening 64 points in the paint despite towering center Ater Majok finishing with just two for the night.
After managing a paltry five points in the defeat to Riyadi, Fadi al-Khatib exploded for 31 points in 30 minutes of action.
The local legend even flirted with a third triple-double in just four matches, adding seven rebounds and nine assists to his already handsome haul.
The 38-year-old Khatib continues to lead the league in assists with 10 per game.
Eleven of Champville’s 12-man roster got in on the scoring act, with Ahmad Ibrahim the one to miss out.
Dwayne Jackson continued his auspicious start in Champville colors, tallying 28 points, two rebounds and three assists.
Champville reserve Nadim Hawi added 16 points and six rebounds off the bench while Nadim Souaid chipped in with 14 points on the back of 4/5 from 3-point range.
For Byblos, Malcom Riley top scored with 20 points to go along with six rebounds.
Marco Dujkovic added 11 points and nine boards.
Elsewhere, Riyadi will be looking to improve to 4-0 when they face Arab Club Championship runnersup Beirut Sunday, while Homenetmen host Hoops. – J.J.
Khatib led all scorers with 31 points.