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Strong Group eyes 4-0 record in Dubai

John Bryan Ulanday - The Philippine Star
Strong Group eyes 4-0 record in Dubai
Kevin Quiambao (17)
Strong Group Athletics

MANILA, Philippines — Strong Group Athletics tries to zero in on a group sweep when it tackles Beirut Sports Club in the resumption of its campaign in the 33rd Dubai International Basketball Championship today at the Al Nasr Club.

Coming off a two-day break, Strong Group wants no let-up against another Lebanese ball club at 1:15 a.m. in a bid to go 4-0 in Group B with a game left in its schedule.

Strong Group over the weekend scored a gritty 104-95 win over Lebanon’s Homenetmen for its closest win so far in the 12-team Dubai joust after drubbing the United Arab Emirates national team, 82-66, and Al Wahda of Syria, 89-67.

Kevin Quiambao, who has attracted massive interest to play for the UAE national team, has been tasked to carry the fight for the Philippine representative anew with a team-high scoring average in the first three matches.

The UAAP Season 86 and Finals MVP has stamped his class as Strong Group’s strongest weapon so far despite the presence of four quality imports led by NBA veteran Dwight Howard with norms of 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Against Homenetmen, Quiambao poured in 19 points, four rebounds and four assists to provide coverage for Howard, who finally had his breakout performance with 32 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.

Andray Blatche, Andre Roberson and McKenzie Moore are also expected to continue their steady play as the charges of head coach Charles Tiu prime up for a heavy collision against fellow Group B leader Al Ahly Tri Sports Club of Libya tomorrow.

Like the Filipino team owned by Frank and Jacob Lao, the Libyan ball club took care of its first three assignments.

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