The teams are from the UAE (National Team and Al Ahli Dubai), Jordan, Philippines, Kazakhstan and Lebanon (three teams). Tickets will be on sale from Al Ahli Club on the day.
Leading the team are naturalized player Marcus Douthit, Greg Slaughter, Jay-R Reyes, KG Canaleta, Ronjay Buenafe, Jake Pascual, Ronald Pascual, Kevin Alas, RR Garcia, Garvo Lanete, and Filipino-Americans Isaac Holstein, Matthew Rosser and Justin Melton.
The Dubai International Basketball Championship, now in its 24th year, has become an event basketball enthusiasts in the UAE don't want to miss. Eight teams are set to participate in the tournament, which is organised by the UAE Basketball Association under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
All games will be broadcasted live on LBCI, Future TV and Dubai Sport. You can watch the Live Streaming, click HERE!
According to the report from AKTV, the national team is bracketed with Tripoli along with host Al Ahli and Sporting Aramex of Jordan in Group B of the annual Middle Eastern competition.
SMART-Gilas will then face last year’s runner-up Al Ahli on January 12. Al Ahli will have three reinforcements in Leemire Goldwire, LeRoy Hurd and former NBA campaigner Cheikh Samb.
The Filipinos will finish their group campaign against Sporting Amarex on January 14. The club team from Jordan will have Alpha Bangura, a former Air 21 Express reinforcement, Darrin Dorsey and Palestinian Sani Sakkakini as imports.
1- Al Riyadi Beirut (LEBANON)
2- Sagesse Beirut (LEBANON)
3- UAE NT
4- Almaty (KHAZAKHISTAN)
1- Smart Gilas (PHILLIPINES)
2- AL Ahli Dubai (UAE)
3- Mouttahed Tripoli (LEBANON)
4- Sporting (JORDAN)
Schedule (All timings are Beirut +2):
Thursday January 10:
UAE v/s Almaty 2:00PM
Opening Ceremony 4:15PM
Riyadi v/s Sagesse 5:00PM
Friday January 11:
Al Ahli v/s Sporting Aramex 3:00PM
Sagesse v/s Almaty 5:00PM
Mouttahed v/s Smart Gilas 7:00PM
Saturday January 12:
Riyadi V/s UAE 3:00PM
Mouttahed v/s Sporting Aramex 5:00PM
Smart Gilas v/s Al Ahli Dubai 7:00PM
Sunday January 13:
Sagesse v/s UAE 5:00PM
Riyadi v/s Almaty 7:00PM
Monday January 14:
Mouttahed v/s Al Ahli Dubai 5:00PM
Smart Gilas v/s Sporting Aramex 7:00PM