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Basketball Team Claims Title
in Thrilling Euro Ibiza Final

In a thrilling final game, the University of Balamand men basketball team edged Barcelona’s ESADE University 39 to 35 to claim first place in the Euro Ibiza 2013, a tournament played in that Spanish resort island.

 Held in April, the tournament brought together 10 universities from across the Mediterranean, including ESADE, and ETSID from Spain, the Università Catollica, Bocconi University, and the Università della Svizzera Italiana from Italy, Singidunum from Serbia, as well as Club Ibiza and, from Lebanon, LAU-Byblos.
Balamand advanced to the final after defeating Singidunum 30-22, in another hard fought defensive game. Games were limited to 8-minute quarters.
“The best player in the final game was the whole team.” This is how Tony Dib, director of athletics at UOB, answered a question about who he believed was most responsible for UOB’s win. “The strength of our team is not one strong player; what guaranteed our success is the teamwork itself because basketball is a team game.”
“We were very good on the defensive play but we also focused on offense, and this is what let us win the championship,” said Dib.

But to those who were following the game from around the court, the last decisive four points, scored in the very last minute and a half of the match, were probably the most exciting. Balamand was down by 9 points at the end of the first quarter. The team rallied in the second and third quarters, and with just about one minute from the final whistle, Gilbert Nasr scored 2 points to give Balamand the lead, and only a few seconds later Alfred Mikhael brought the game to a close with another two points.
The University of Balamand, said Dib, went to Ibiza determined to win, and “both coaches and players did everything to make sure they would come back with the trophy – and they did.” This, added the team’s coach, Charbel Feghaly, “despite the fact that the team was missing its captain, Tarek Merhebi, who was unable to join them in Ibiza.“

Feghaly who praised the “fighting spirit” of the basketball team, added that “there is no secret to success; this is the result of hard work, good preparation and learning from our failures.”

The other Balamand players were Tony Wehbe, Philippe Karkar, Tanguy Osman, Joseph Yaacoub, Nassif Chedrawi, Kamil Bou Nassar, and Moussa Ibrahim. Their coach was Charbel Feghali.
Our congratulations to each one of them!

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