Byblos Club

Byblos Club is a multi sports club based in Byblos, Lebanon. The franchise was established in 1981, and such notable stars played as Jay Youngblood, Michael Fraser, Bassel Bawji, Ali Mahmoud, Rodrigue Akl, Ratko Varda, Steven Burtt, Joseph Vogel, Ziad Abbas, William Pharis, Ndudi Ebi, and Ekenechukwu Ibekwe have played for the club throughout its young history.

In 2009, Byblos won the Lebanese basketball Division 3 and qualified for the Division 2. In the following year, Byblos won the Division 2 championship and qualified for the first time for the Lebanese Basketball League as part of the 2010–11 Lebanese Basketball League Division 1.

During the 2014-15 FLB Div.A season Byblos Club was named UBA which stands for 'Union Byblos Amchit' Team since Amchit Club's basketball team was part of Byblos Club during that season for obligatory financial reasons. The season saw the signing of coach Nenad Vucinic and resigning Jay Youngblood, UBA finished the season with 8 win and 6 loses finishing the league in third. During the playoffs they faced the struggling Tadamon Zouk in a 3-0 swipe, in semi-finals they faced the Lebanese powerhouse Sagesse Beirut, during the playoffs UBA signed Ratko Varda, UBA shocked the Lebanese basketball by swiping Sagesse 4-0 and face Riyadi Beirut in the finals for the first time in there history. the series ended 4-1 to Riyadi Beirut.

2015-16 season saw Amchit Basketball club parted away from Byblos and they have relegated to division 4, Byblos have resigned coach Nenad Vucinic and Jay Youngblood, Ali Barada, Ali Kenaan and adding Steven Burtt, Sherwood Brown, Bassel Bawji. Byblos and Sagesse are facing each other in the cup final, just like they meet a week ago in the Henri Chalhoub Tournament Final which Byblos won the game, Byblos defeated Sagesse for the cup and they faced Al Riyadi for super cup against the Lebanese champions, which Byblos won the game. Byblos finished the season 8–7. Byblos entered the playoffs for the sixth straight year. However, Byblos were defeated 3–2 in the Quarter Finals of the playoffs by Mouttahed Tripoli which led by Omar Ayoubi.

2016-17 season Byblos finished the season strong with a 13–5 record. In the playoffs, Byblos beat Tadamon Zouk in the Quarter finals of the playoffs and then they faced the defending champions, the Riyadi, which they where eliminated 3-1.

This page was last edited on 14 February 2018, at 09:51.
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