Lebanese Basketball League-Preview: Mayrouba vs Tadamon
22 Mar.2017– In a fight to earn a playoff spot, Mayrouba battle Tadamon in one of the toughest games of the season.
Tadamon have shaken their roster with the acquisition of 2 new imports. Deng Deng and Courtney Pigram have not risen to the challenge in their first game against Sagesse. Today’s their last game for redemption as a loss would severely dent their chances to qualify. Deng has shown he is athletic, fast and explosive but lacks the size and power to hold off the powerhouse of other teams. With Robert Upshaw down low, Deng is definitely suffering. He can never hold him on his own, so doubling him with Gerard coming over would be the best idea. Mayrouba have a huge advantage under the rim.
Mayrouba has also a newcomer on their side, Tony Weeden. He seems to be a scorer with some tricks up his sleeves. With a style of play close to Pigram’s style, it seems to be a good matchup. The third matchup will be between Maurice Kemp and Emmanuel Jones. Both athletic, physical, with a great fighting spirit. They can play the post, drive the lane, and can hit you with many second chance points. Kemp could have a bigger defensive role as he might also help with containing Upshaw.
Mayrouba’s Lebanese players have proved they can step up when their team needed them most. Great showing against Louaize. Tom Ammar, Fouad Anati and Albert Zeinoun proved they belong in division 1. Missing an import last week, they elevated their game and kept fighting till the last second. On the other hand, Tadamon’s only Lebanese player that has really caught our eyes is Jad Khalil. Mesmerizing performances game in, game out. But he needs help. His backup PG, Rony Fahed is not the guy we used to know. Deteriorating game after game, Tadamon were relying a lot on him to score that go-ahead bucket, that dagger three, but he still didn’t show up. Ali Fakhredine must have an important role today as the battle down low will surely drain the players out of their energy.
Everything is on the line, who will step up and clinch a last 8 spot?