Stankovic Cup: Lebanon win test series against Japan

lebanon wins over japan in basketLebanon overcame Japan 2-1 in the exhibition series. Lebanon opened the series with an overtime 92:87 victory in Aichi. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) stepped up with 28 points and 14 rebounds to pace the visitors. Ghaleb Rida (190-G-81) contributed 22 points in the winning effort. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) answered with 16 points for Japan. Fumihiko Aono (210-C-78) netted 14 points in the loss. Japan bounced back in the second game of the series. The teams moved to Tokyo and the hosts entertained the home crowd with a hard-fought 79:77 victory. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) unloaded 21 points to pace the hosts. Lebanon led by as many as six points in the fourth quarter but Japan denied the deficit and clawed their way to the victory. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) scored 11 points in the win. Elie Estephane (195-G/F-86, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Alabama So. CC) answered with 20 points for Lebanon. However Japan could not continue with the winning attitude. Jackson Vroman delivered 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Lebanon to the series winning 93:80 victory in the third clash. Rony Fahed (186-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) added 20 points in the success. Japan led early in the game but Lebanon gradually took over and ran away for the win at the end. Daiji Yamada (200-C-81) had 20 points for Japan. Takuya Kawamura finished with 17 points in the loss.

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