2011-12 FLBB League Division A Finals
Game 1: Anibal won 84-69
Game 2: Champville won 90-81
Game 3: Champville won 103-79
Game 4: Champville won 63-57
Champville win Finals 3-1
BEIRUT, Lebanon (FLBB Divn. A League): Champville capped a fantastic season with a final flourish that helped them beat Anibal 63-57 in Game 4 of the 2011-12 Lebanese Division A League Finals on Sunday and annex their first ever League title in the club’s history.
Champville, who had finished on top of the standings at the end of each of the previous stages of the league, had finished runners-up to Al Riyadi Beirut in the last two years.
This year, of course, has been one of triumphs and success for Champville with their talismanic superstar Fadi El Khatib – arguably the best ever player in Lebanese basketball history – in dazzling form throughout.
On Sunday too, the 33-year-old gave another show of his enormous prowess with a brilliant all-round performance of 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
Naturalized Lebanese center Sam Hoskin, another of the key players in Champville’s success this year, led the scoring for the Maristes-based team with 23 points, along with hauling down 8 rebounds.
Sunday’s game went on equal terms for the better part with Anibal, the toast of the Lebanese season this year, keeping pace with their more fancied rivals.
After an evenly part 35 minutes or so, Champville stepped up the gas outscored their rivals 9-4 in the final five minutes and clinched the issue finishing with their biggest lead of the game.
American Marcus Haislip, drafted by Champville just before the end of the Final 8 replacing Garnett Thompson, had 15 points and 6 rebounds in the win.
Americans Jay Youngblood and Leroy Hurd each logged a double-double for Anibal on a night when Rodrigue Akl looked far from his usual crafty self.
Yougblood had 18 points and 11 rebounds, with Hurd returning 16 points and a dozen rebounds.
Akl had merely one free-throw conversion to speak for his presence with seasoned Lebanese international Ghalen Reda too looking out of sorts in his 8 rebounds.
(Reporting Inputs from Hachem Makkeh in Beirut)