Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Philippines loses to Lebanon in Jones Cup

The Philippines isn’t the only team with American bloodlines in the 31st William Jones Cup.

Brian Feghali, who played at Louisiana State and is of Lebanese descent ignited his side with 5 treys as they outplayed Powerade-Team Pilipinas Wednesday 95-83 to take up solo second in the 31st William Jones Cup tournament at the Hsinchuang gym.

Feghali finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds. His teammate, fellow American but naturalized Lebanese Jackson Vroman, who replaced the injured Joseph Vogel in the line-up had a monster game with 24 points with seven rebounds, four assists, and five steals.

The Philippines rallied behind James Yap and Kerby Raymundo to come within a basket of tying the game at 58-57 but Lebanese star forward Fadi El-Khatib drilled a three-pointer to give his team some breathing space. That spurred them to a 15-5 run that ended the Philippine team’s chance of getting its secondvictory in five matches. Instead the Powerade-RP team is reeling with a 1-4 record.

The Filipinos outrebounded the Lebanese 36-28 but it was their ball handling and poise that once more did them in as they turned the ball over 27 times to the 12 of their opponents.

Lebanon 95 – Feghali 29, Vroman 24, El-Khatib 14, Fahed 11, Nour 9, Mahmoud 4, Turk 3, Kanaan 1.

Philippines 83 – Helterbrand 12, Raymundo 11, Yap 11, Pennisi 9, Santos 7, Norwood 7, Aguilar 6, Baguio 4, Thoss 3, Taulava 3.

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