Khatib stars as Cham­pville de­stroy By­b­los 122-57

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - SPORTS -

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.

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